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Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz

HRD, Community Leader

Marco Antonio Suástegui is a human rights defender and leader of the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa La Parota – CECOP (Council of Communal Lands and Communities Opposing the La Parota Dam), which is fighting to protect the Papagayo River in Mexico. For his peaceful work, Mr Suástegui has been detained, threatened, and beaten by members of the Ministerial Police.


HRDs and journalists in Mexico are subject to intimidation, legal harassment, arbitrary detention, death threats, acts of physical aggression, enforced disappearances and killings as a result of their activities in defence of human rights and the exercise of freedom of expression and journalism.