Jose Isidro Tendetza Antun, the leader of an Ecuadorian indigenous group, was found dead in an unmarked grave last week.
Tendetza had been a vocal critic of a controversial Ecuadorian mining project and was due to speak in Lima to the United Nations on climate change.
According to earlier reports the authorities said the circumstances surrounding his death were unclear but as more news comes to light it’s now believed he was tortured before being murdered.
The project that Tendetza opposed is an open pit copper mine built by a Chinese company.
The project will require stripping 450,000 acres of forest.
As investigation continue, many say that his death is due partly to Ecuador’s unhealthy dependance on China. Ecuador owes massive debts to China and to pay them off they have been using one of the only things they have, their natural resources.
Tendetza’s murder is the third death of a critic of the mine in the last few years, leaving many to question the costs of doing business with China.