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Pedro José Cruz

HRD, Lawyer & President
Asociación Salvadoreña por los Derechos Humanos - ASDEHU

Pedro José Cruz is a human rights lawyer and President of the Salvadoran Association for Human Rights (Asociación Salvadoreña por los Derechos Humanos - ASDEHU), an organisation that provides legal accompaniment to victims of human rights violations.

El Salvador

The human rights defender community is regularly subjected to campaigns of defamation - they are labeled as 'traitors of the nation', 'terrorists' and 'subversive'. This tactic employed by the authorities is designed to discredit and undermine the work of human rights defenders by isolating and marginalising them, making them a vulnerable target for abuse. Community leaders and environmental activists who are opposed to large-scale mining projects face death threats and violence.