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Brazil: bishops condemn murder of environmental activist

Catholic World News - June 08, 2011

The Brazilian bishops’ Commission for the Pastoral Care of Charity, Justice and Peace has condemned the murder of José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife. The activist, who opposed illegal logging in the Amazon River basin, had not received police protection despite death threats.

The episcopal commission added that the violence “highlights the urgency of a development model that respects and promotes the richness of traditional cultures.”

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