Óscar Eyraud Adams
Indigenous Activist Found Dead in his House. Oscar Eyraud Adams, kumiay indigenous activist and defender of native people from Tecate, Baja California, was found dead in his house the night of September 25th, 2020. According to witnesses, around 19:00 a group of people arrived in two vans with tinted windows, and shot the activist. Adams was very vocal on the impunity and injustices faced by indigenous communities in Baja California. Just a month earlier he had complained about their lack of access to water and how that would affect them. He declared to a newspaper that “we [referring to the indigenous community] would like to be considered before large water consuming companies”. A human rights defenders group, Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos (CCDH) del Noreste, accuses Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) and Heineken Brewery for the death of the activist. In 2010, Conagua delivered a permit to Heineken brewery to exploit 1,892,160 cubic meters of water each year in Tecate, Baja California; however, it is currently carrying out an additional 25% expansion of production capacity. In a written statement, the CCDH said that the death of Eyraud Adams is intended to silence his work as an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples and for the democratisation of water management.