Mexico: Land and Freedom? Criminalization of Defenders of the Land, Territory and Environment

In Mexico, the right to protest has been exercised by defenders of land, territory and the environment to demand respect for their rights, including self-determination, free, prior and informed consent in the case of Indigenous Peoples, a healthy environment, information and participation in projects that may affect the environment, among others. However, the criminalisation of protest is used as part of a broad strategy of disincentivising and dismantling the defence of rights related to land, territory and the environment.

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