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

 

Isidro Baldenegro López, anti-logging activist & winner of Goldman prize, killed (Photo credit: Goldman Prize)

 

On the 15th of January 2017, Isidro Baldenegro López, an indigenous Mexican activist who received the prestigious Goldman environmental prize for his crusade against illegal logging, was shot dead. He was the second award-winner to have been murdered in less than 12 months. 

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20 January 2017

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders says murder of Goldman Prize winner Isidro Baldenegro reminder of dangers facing defenders in Mexico

Author: Michel Forst, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

"Outrageous and senseless: the murder of Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, a Raramuri environmental defender", 19 Jan 2017

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, condemned the murder of environmental human rights defender Isidro Baldenegro Lopez of the Raramuri indigenous people. Mr. Baldenegro died of wound shots earlier this week, after being attacked last Sunday at his native community in Chihuahua, Mexico. His peaceful defence of the Raramuri community’s forests from illegal logging was internationally recognized through the Goldman Prize in 2005. “I am utterly shocked by the cold-blooded murder of Isidro, who wished for his community nothing but safeguarding their traditional forests in the Sierra Tarahumara,” said Mr. Forst, who is currently in Mexico conducting an official visit, invited by the authorities. On 18 January, Mr. Forst and the Governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, jointly stated: “We condemn the outrageous and senseless killing of environmental defender Isidro. It is a tragic reminder of the dangers and risks facing environmental and indigenous defenders in Chihuahua.” Mr. Corral and the UN expert underlined the importance of immediate and effective investigation by relevant authorities into the defender’s murder.

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19 January 2017

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

Author: Nina Lakhani, Guardian (UK)

“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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