In September 2014, Diana Ríos lost her father, a member of the Asháninka community, in what many believe to be the vicious actions of illegal loggers.
Months later, on November 17, Ríos was awarded by the Alexander Soros Foundation in the United States. At the young age of 21-years, Ríos set upon her first trip abroad in memory of her father, Jorge Ríos. Her father, accompanied by three other members of the Amazonian tribe, had been journeying towards Brazil in pursuit of meeting up with other community members when they were slaughtered. Believed to have been consumed by wild animals in the Ucayali region, Ríos body has not yet been found.
Accepting the award on behalf of all members of the Saweto community, Ríos spoke upon her hopes that the award will draw attention not only to her personal suffering, but similar cases of justice and human rights that occur frequently due to illegal activity in the Amazon. “I ask for justice, that the criminals be punished as well as those who profited from the death of my father,” expressed Ríos, pleading that the law be abided by all guilty members.
The foundation’s name bearer, Alexander Soro, is dedicated to “progressive causes that might not have widespread support” (Wall Street Journal) and expressed his passion for social justice and human rights.
“People who defend their environments are, often times, vilified because they are seen as crazy, anti-technology people. It is important that we show that these types of activists exist and they are risking life and limb,” Soros told Reuters. The award looks to promote civil and environmental rights.
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