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Obencio Downs Peralta

HRD, President
Youth Council of Bilwi

Obencio Downs Peralta is an indigenous leader and President of the Youth Council of Bilwi.


Land disputes in Nicaragua, largely ignored by the authoritarian government, have led to precarious situations for indigenous communities and those who defend them. In many cases, the companies who carry out violations and human rights defenders and communities are working in collaboration with police forces and even the army. HRDs have been attacked, criminalised, imprisoned and even killed.