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Mexico: Isidro Baldenegro López, anti-logging activist & winner of Goldman prize, killed

Author: Nina Lakhani, Guardian (UK), Published on: 19 January 2017

“Second winner of environmental prize killed months after Berta Cáceres death”, 18 January 2017

An indigenous Mexican activist who received the prestigious Goldman environmental prize for his crusade against illegal logging has been shot dead, the second award-winner to have been murdered in less than 12 months. Isidro Baldenegro López, a subsistence farmer and leader of the Tarahumara community in the…Sierra Madre mountain region…received the Goldman prize in 2005 for his non-violent campaign to protect ancient forests from deforestation in a region plagued by violence, drug trafficking and corruption…[T]he indigenous leader…had only recently returned to his community…after a long period in exile due to threats against him and his family. Baldenegro’s murder is yet another grave reminder of the dangers faced by environmental and land activists in the region…[A]t least 122 activists were murdered in Latin America in 2015 while trying to protect natural resources from environmentally destructive mega-projects such as dams, mines, tourist resorts and logging, according to…Global Witness…2015 was the deadliest year on record for environmental activists globally…

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