Sergio Rojas, an indigenous leader, was murdered in his home; wildfires ravaged Nosara and Costa Rica is facing water cuts as El Niño bears down on Central America. The Tico Times also continues its coverage of sexual assault and harassment. Finally, La Sele is gearing up for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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.
An indigenous rights issue has put Costa Rica’s much-vaunted human rights record to the test as the country struggles to protect members of the Bribrí and Teribe indigenous communities from non-indigenous people who have forcibly, and at times violently, removed them from indigenous ancestral lands.