Mexico: Defender at Higher Risk: Clemencia Adelaida Salas Salazar

On 30 March 2020, the Secretariat of Public Security of Yucatan, Mexico, withdrew the police accompaniment to human rights defender Clemencia Adelaida Salas Salazar alleging its response to COVID-19. Adelaida Salas has protective measures granted by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) since March 2017. The state of Yucatan must not use measures in response to the pandemic as a pretext to weaken or withdraw protection for human rights defenders. We urge the government of Yucatan to immediately restore Adelaida’s protection measures in accordance with the highest international human rights standards.

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