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Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez

HRD
Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory
International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples - Campaign
2017

Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez is a Mexican human rights defender and member of the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory, in the Santa María Xadani municipality, Tehuantepec Isthmus, Oaxaca. She is also a member of the movement of Civil Resistance against High-Electricity Prices, who has faced significant threats against her because of her human rights work. She is also a member of the Red Nacional de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México (National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico – RNDDHM), which is comprised of 168 women human rights defenders and 95 member organisations, located in 21 States in the Republic and Federal District of Mexico. She has precautionary protection measures awarded by the Office for the Defense of Human Rights from the Oaxaca state-government since 14 November 2011 for her having been assaulted by state police during her work of informing indigenous communities regarding their rights to property of land.

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.