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José Luis Gutiérrez


José Luis Gutiérrez is a Maya Tseltal indigenous defender and farmer from the San Sebastián Bachajón community in Chilón, Chiapas. He has spent most of his life defending the rights of his community for use of their ancestral land, particularly against the construction of mega projects and other large infrastructure projects.

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.