Press release | Jan. 18, 2017

We are outraged and saddened by the murder of forest defender Isidro Baldenegro Lopez

“We are outraged and saddened by the murder of Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, an award-winning environmental activist who fought against deforestation in Mexico,” said Global Witness campaigner Ben Leather. “The threats that Isidro faced for his resistance are emblematic of those suffered by countless others who take a stand against the theft of their land and destruction of the environment. Nowhere is it deadlier to do so than in Latin America, where at least 122 activists were murdered in 2015."

"This crime must not be met with impunity, like the majority of these killings are. The Mexican authorities must act with conviction, prosecuting those responsible for Isidro's murder and protecting his family and colleagues. Failing to do so will only encourage future violence,” said Leather.