August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Butterfly Protectors and Biosphere Defenders Murdered in Mexico and Nicaragua


Mexican butterfly conservationist Homero Gómez González has been found dead, two weeks after he went missing. An official with Michoacán’s human rights commission says he might have been targeted by illegal loggers operating in the area where he managed a sanctuary for monarch butterflies.


Butterfly Protectors and Biosphere Defenders Murdered in Mexico and Nicaragua

Two Butterfly Protectors Murdered in Mexico
Democracy Now!
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/3/headlines/second_mexican_butterfly_conservationist_killed

In Mexico, a second man linked to a monarch butterfly sanctuary in Michoacán has been assassinated. Raúl Hernández Romero’s death comes just days after another slain conservationist’s body was recovered. Authorities are investigating the deaths and whether the men were targeted for their environmental activism. Friends and family of leading monarch conservationist Homero Gómez González, whose body was found last week, attended his funeral Friday.
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/31/headlines/mexican_butterfly_conservationist_found_dead


Six Indigenous Leaders Murdered in Nicaragua at Biosphere
Democracy Now!

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/3/headlines/6_indigenous_leaders_killed_in_nicaragua_biosphere_raid

In Nicaragua, six indigenous environmental leaders were assassinated last week after a group of at least 80 armed men raided the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve — the second-largest rainforest in the Americas after the Amazon. The attack is believed to be linked to raging land disputes between the local indigenous community and illegal loggers and miners who seek to exploit fertile land, timber and gold. Another 10 indigenous leaders were also kidnapped during the violent raid.