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Kenia Montalvan

Kenia Inés Hernández Montalván

Libertario Zapata Vive

Kenia Inés Hernández Montalván is a human rights defender from Mexico, currently enrolled as the coordinator of peasant Collective Libertario Zapata Vive and for a long period a prominent leader of the National Movement for the Freedom of Political Prisoners. The Zapata Vive Libertarian Collective is a peasant movement that defends land rights, collective identity and promotes different forms of peaceful resistance against development models with a neoliberal approach imposed by the Mexican State. Kenia Inés has dedicated a large part of her life to defending human rights under continuous death threats from groups such as the Union of Organizations and Peoples of the State of Guerrero (UPOEG), paramilitary groups, and harassment by national police forces. This has led her to request protection mechanisms from the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and to relocate to Mexico City where she continues her human rights work.


HRDs working in Mexico in the defence of territory, particularly indigenous territory, face a high level of risk. They are criminalised, imprisoned, defamed, and often killed.