Authorities in Mexico’s Jalisco state announced on Sunday that the physique of anti-mining activist Higinio Trinidad de la Cruz had been found. The Jalisco Prosecutor’s Workplace reported that De la Cruz was killed in an space between the states of Jalisco and Colima. The activist’s physique displayed a gunshot wound.
Higinio Trinidad de la Cruz was a vocal environmental defender belonging to the indigenous neighborhood of Ayotitlán in Jalisco and a member of Jalisco’s State Indigenous Council. He took an lively half in exposing land dispossession attributable to mining and unlawful logging.
The NGO Global Witness stated that 54 out of 200 environmental defender homicides recorded globally in 2021 occurred in Mexico.
As well as, an annual report by the free speech group Article 19 indicated that Mexican journalists confronted document ranges of harassment, intimidation and violence in 2022. Journalists in Mexico face pervasive threats, evidenced by an annual report recording 696 crimes towards Mexican journalists in 2022. Article 19 says state actors and safety forces had been chargeable for over 40 p.c of the aggressions, with greater than half associated to reporters investigating corruption, reflecting a harmful surroundings marked by harassment, intimidation, and violence.