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Carlos Mendoza

Carlos Mendoza Ramos

Unión Campesina e Indígena Nacional

Carlos Mendoza Ramos est l'un des leaders de l'Unión Campesina e Indígena Nacional - NICU, et un défenseur des droits humains dans la région de Chinanteca dans l'État de Oaxaca. Il a pris la tête de la NICU après l'assassinat de son frère Jeremías Mendoza Ramos, et il a joué un rôle important pour réclamer justice dans cette affaire.


Human rights defenders (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.

Disappearances are endemic in Mexico, often happening with collusion from the state. HRDs working on the issue face serious risk, up to and including death. HRDs working in the defence of territory, particularly indigenous territory, face a similar level of risk. They are criminalised, imprisoned, defamed, and often killed. Journalists working on any of these issues, or issues related to the drugs trade and the government's complicity in this, also run the risk of losing their lives.