Environmentalist found dead in Peru
Jesuit Missions expresses its sorrow for the death of British De La Salle Missionary and environmentalist Brother Paul McAuley who was found dead on Tuesday at the hostel he worked at in the Peruvian Amazon city of Iquitos. Brother Paul worked tirelessly to support indigenous activists and educating people on their environmental and human rights.
Director of Jesuit Missions, Paul Chitnis, says, “Brother Paul McAuley’s death is very sad. He showed great courage and determination in standing with people whose rights are infringed by the actions of mining companies. Our thoughts and prayers are with the De La Salle brothers both in Peru and the UK.”
Jesuit Missions works with the Justice in Mining group within the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN). It seeks to advocate for the protection of human rights and the environment within places such as Democratic Republic of Congo and the Amazon.
Jesuit Missions has also worked with the Jesuits in Guyana to raise awareness of the pressures being put on the Amerindian communities by mining companies.
Photo source: Peruvian Episcopal Conference, Fides via ICN