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Mexico: BHRRC and other civil society organisations call for the protection of environmental defenders, opponents of the Morelos Integral Project

Red TdT

"Reactivation of the Morelos Integral Project and the lack of legal certainty puts environmental defenders in Mexico at risk", 23rd September 2020

...Red-TDT, made up of 86 human rights organizations in 23 states of the Republic, Front Line Defenders and the Information Center on Business and Human Rights (CIEDH), who accompany the People's Front in Defense of Land and Water - Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala (FPDTA-MPT) express our grave concern about the federal government’s statements, since the announcement of the reactivation of the project makes its members vulnerable and will worsen the local context in the three states in which aggressions against defenders, including those maintaining Zapatista Camp in Apatlaco, are common.

It is important to remember that the consultation carried out in the communities had little participation and took place three days after the murder of Samir Flores, a land and water rights defender. At the time, the FPDTA-MPT denounced that the consultation was discriminatory, illegal and denigrating, due to the way in which the right to consultation of indigenous peoples was violated, which was confirmed by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in the processing of the complaints initiated against the PIM and noted in Recommendation No. 3/2018...