Paraguay raids offices of NGO opposing research trip

Amnesty International has criticized the Paraguayan government for raiding a group that disputed an expedition by the British Natural History Museum.

The group questioned the impact on Indigenous peoples from the expedition to Paraguay’s remote Chaco forest.

Amnesty International believes that the Paraguyan government had unacceptably “retaliated” against the small group, Iniciativa Amotocodie (Amotocodie Initiative, AI).

Iniciativa Amotocodie (IA) had its offices in Filadelfia raided, and files, computers and documents taken last week. IA said the arrival of outsiders into voluntarily isolated communities was “like a genocide”.

Armed police accompanied by a legal team arrived when no one was in the IA office and “forcefully entered by breaking a window. When the team returned, they found files, computers and documents strewn across the floor. They have taken everything relating to the administration of IA – down to credit cards and chequebooks, effectively paralysing the organisation, which is clearly the aim,” said one IA member.

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