Santos Neftali Ruíz Martínez
The threats became reality on the 20th of December 2009 when Ramiro Rivera was murdered on his way home; on the 26th of December 2009, Dora Sorta was also murdered on her way home.
Padre Santos Neftali Ruíz Martínez is a community organizer, anti-mining activist and human rights defender in Cabañas, El Salvador. He has been attacked and faces ongoing threats because of his human rights work.
Father Neftalí is the President of the Comité Ambiental de Cabañas – CAC (Environmental Committee of Cabañas), an organisation which works to educate the community about the health and environmental risks of cyanide contamination as a result of gold mining operations. Father Santos Neftalí Ruíz Martínez was also a participant at the Front Line Defenders Sixth Dublin Platform in September 2011.