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Mexico | Genuine commitment urgently needed to protect environmental and human rights defenders

The 'Mayan Train', a touristic train cutting across numerous areas of rich environmental and cultural diversity in Eastern Mexico, may sound like a fancy development project. But what the shiny brochure doesn't display are the terrible consequences for the indigenous communities who call this area home, and for the environment. Six UN experts have addressed those in a letter to the Government, raising expectations of a meaningful commitment by Mexico, as a re-elected member of the Human Rights Council, to address human rights concerns and protect defenders.

Human rights defender’s profile: Naayeli Ramirez Espinosa from Mexico

ISHR had the honour to interview Nayaali Ramirez Espinosa, a lawyer providing legal assistance to Mayan communities in the region of Holpelchén, in the State of Campeche in Mexico. She expresses her satisfaction with legal achievements such as the indigenous consultation in the region.

Romel Rubén Gonzalez Diaz from Mexico

ISHR was honoured to interview Romel Rubén Gonzalez Diaz from the Indigenous and Popular Regional Council of Xpujil. This organisation works in partnership with the Cooperativa Chac Lol, in the defense of the territory, training in municipal and human collective rights, generating sustainable development alternatives (agriculture, biocultural tourism, sustainable management of natural resources).

Human rights defender’s profile: Mariana Zaragoza from Mexico

'Our countries are restricting migrants' rights, and there is always something we can do to demand full protection of people', says Mariana Zaragoza in her interview with ISHR. Mariana works in the immigration programme at the Ibero-American University of Mexico and she advocates for migrants and refugees' rights.