IUCN speaks out for environmental defender Gerry Ortega

04 February 2011 | News story

Following the recent killing of Radio Mindanao Network DWAR Radio journalist Gerry Ortega, IUCN Director General has written to the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Citing IUCN’s World Conservation Congress Resolution on “Support for environmental defenders”, Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, conveys IUCN’s deepest regret for and condemnation of the killing of Mr. Ortega and expresses the hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.

While the exact motive behind his reported assassination will be the matter for an official investigation, Mr. Ortega was well-known as an outspoken critic of mining on the island of Palawan, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve that is home to isolated and vanishing indigenous communities and over 100 plants listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM.

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