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HRD Attack

11 Jan 2023

Pedro Antonio Rivas Laínez

Incident date
11 Jan 2023
Date accuracy
All Correct
Pedro Antonio Rivas Laínez
Affected community's leader or member, Human Rights Defender
Arbitrary detention
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: El Salvador
Other actors


The water defenders Miguel Ángel Gámez, Alejandro Laínez García, Pedro Antonio Rivas Laínez, the director of the Association for Economic and Social Development Santa Marta (ADES Santa Marta) Antonio Pacheco and the legal expert Saúl Agustín Rivas Ortega were arbitrarily detained accused by El Salvador's Attorney General of an alleged murder that occurred in 1989, during the country's civil war, and of illicit association. They were leaders of the historic and successful campaign that convinced the Salvadoran legislature to unanimously approve a ban on metal mining in 2017.