One of the most spectacular wildlife displays on the planet is happening in the skies over Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast right now: fall raptor migration and the formation of a "river of raptors." And thanks to a geographic bottleneck, one of the best places in the world to witness it is the Kèköldi indigenous territory on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast.
This new crime against the life of an indigenous leader comes less than a year after the murder of Sergio Rojas, a Bribrí leader from the territory of Salitre, in a crime which remains unsolved.
After the murder of Sergio Rojas, the struggle to regain indigenous land has continued.
Costa Rican authorities announced the return of two properties to indigenous communities, which have for years denounced the invasion of their land.
During the visit, the mission of the IACHR also intends to learn about the situation of Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights
The United Nations has estimated that some 60,000 people have fled Nicaragua since last April.
About 30 indigenous leaders, friends and family of Sergio Rojas gathered in the indigenous Bribrí community of Shiroles, about 20 km west of Puerto Viejo, to commemorate Rojas’s life and struggle on Friday night.
The IACHR issued precautionary measures in favor of the communities due to the threats they faced in the defense of their lands.
Past coverage from The Tico Times provides context about Costa Rica's relationship to indigenous populations.
“This is a tragic day for the Bribrí people, the indigenous communities and for all of Costa Rica.”