Co-author of the murder of Berta Cáceres is convicted;  Indigenous organizations denounce police repression;  Government of Mali spreads balance of Islamist massacre;  COP15 summit moved to Montreal

INTELLECTUAL CO-AUTHOR OF THE MURDER OF BERTA CÁCERES CONVICTED

The National Sentencing Court of Tegucigalpa (capital of Honduras) sentenced former soldier Roberto David Castillo Mejía to 22 years and six months in prison, for proving his intellectual co-authorship in the murder of environmentalist Berta Cáceres Flores, which occurred in in 2016. The human rights defender and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, confronted the company Desarrollos Energéticos sa over the operations of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, which affected the Gualcarque River, ancestral territory of the indigenous people. lenca. (Telesur)

INDIGENOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN ECUADOR DENOUNCE POLICE REPRESSION

With more repression, raids and mobilizations throughout the country, Ecuador reached its ninth consecutive day of protests this Tuesday, and in the face of new statements by the Minister of Defense accusing indigenous organizations of putting “democracy at risk.” Within the framework of the National Strike, thousands of peasants arrived in Quito in support of the movement called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) against the economic management of conservative President Guillermo Lasso. Conaie herself denounced a strong repression, with at least one death. (Telesur)

MALI GOVERNMENT SPREADS TERRIFYING BALANCE OF ISLAMIST MASSACRE

The Government of Mali released a report according to which Islamist groups killed or kidnapped around 130 civilians in the center of the country last weekend. Likewise, it blames members of the Al Qaeda and Islamic State groups for setting fire to houses in the city of Diallassagou and two neighboring towns, where Islamic fundamentalism has a large number of followers. The actions of the Islamists in Mali gained strength from 2012 and, since then, have spread to Burkina Faso and Niger in an apparent attempt to force their way into West African countries. (LP)

CHINA ANNOUNCES TRANSFER TO MONTREAL OF COP15 SUMMIT ON BIODIVERSITY

China announced that the second part of the world summit on biodiversity (COP15) scheduled to be held in Kunming (southwest), was moved to the Canadian city of Montreal, due to the COVID-19 situation in the Asian nation. The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment explained that the event will take place from December 5 to 17 at its new headquarters, and that the decision emerged after consultations between the governments of the two countries and the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The COP15 logo and theme remain unchanged, and China will continue to lead major issues and policies of the conference in its current presidency. (LP)

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