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Bolivian authorities prevent COICA representative’s participation at Climate Summit

Indigenous Bolivian leader Adolfo Chávez was detained at Viru Viru international airport on Sunday, 31 October and prevented from travelling to the Climate Summit in Glasgow. There he was due to speak on the extraction of minerals, hydrocarbons and other violations affecting Bolivia's native peoples. A report by the Servindi media outlet questions the authorities’ motives, pointing to corruption and a court sentence delivered in absentia for alleged embezzlement of funds from the former Indigenous Peasant Fund. Adolfo Chavéz was later released and is currently under a restraining order preventing him from leaving Bolivia. Climate Alliance has worked with the COICA representative in the past and welcomed him as a special guest to the 2018 Climate Alliance International Conference in Barcelona.

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