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Alfredo Zetino Santos

Alfredo Zetino Santos

HRD, Guide, Spiritual Leader

Alfredo Zetino Santos is a human rights defender, guide and indigenous spiritual leader of the Nahuat Pipil tribe from the municipality of San Antonio del Monte, department of Sonsonate. He is a survivor of the 1983 massacre of the leaves and is currently a leader of the Asociación Nacional Indígena Madre Tierra.

El Salvador

The human rights defender community is regularly subjected to campaigns of defamation - they are labeled as 'traitors of the nation', 'terrorists' and 'subversive'. This tactic employed by the authorities is designed to discredit and undermine the work of human rights defenders by isolating and marginalising them, making them a vulnerable target for abuse. Community leaders and environmental activists who are opposed to large-scale mining projects face death threats and violence.