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Manuel Santiz Cruz

HRD, President
Comité de Derechos Humanos de la parroquia de San Juan Evangelista

Manuel Santiz Cruz is an indigenous Tseltal human rights defender and president of the Human Rights Committee of the parish of San Juan Evangelista in the municipality of San Juan Cancuc, Chiapas. Manuel Santiz Cruz's work focuses on the defence of the rights of indigenous peoples, particularly the right to autonomy and self-determination.

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.