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Mexico: Killing of human rights defender against the “high energy tariffs” of CFE & mining in Oaxaca

On 8 April, human rights defender José Alberto Toledo Villalobos died after being badly beaten. He worked against mining in the region and opposed to the high energy tariffs of CFE.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited CFE to respond; the company did not reply. 

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Company non-response
25 April 2017

CFE did not respond

Author: CFE

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12 April 2017

Mexico: Second HRD beaten to death in Oaxaca in one month

Author: HRD Memorial

Taxi driver José Alberto Toledo Villalobos was a human rights defender and campaigner for indigenous peoples’ and land rights in the area of San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca. He was a leading campaigner against large scale mining projects, which are being proposed for development in the eastern part of the Istmo region. He was also involved in the campaign against the imposition of excessive charges for electricity…[O]n Saturday, 8 April, he was found badly beaten and semi-conscious…He was…taken to…[a] hospital because of the critical nature of his injuries, where he later died. José Alberto had taken part in recent dialogues between local communities and the state authorities to reach agreement on how to de-escalate the conflict over the electricity charges. Despite an agreement with the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) that there would be no reprisals against the activists, the company continued to harass them with threats and intimidation, while electricity was cut off to the communities throughout the month of March…José Alberto had reportedly received numerous death threats, telling him to give up his campaign for lower electricity charges or face the consequences…

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