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Mexico: Protection measures for Indigenous leader Mario Luna Romero implemented

    October 02, 2017

    Pictured above: Indigenous Leader and Human Rights Defender - Mario Luna Romero

    In recent weeks authorities have implemented some security measures to protect Mario Luna Romero, human rights defender and leader of the Indigenous Yaquí community in Sonora state, northern Mexico.

    On 27 June, unidentified intruders entered Mario’s family home and the assailants set fire to the car of his wife, Victoria Anahí Ochoa Domínguez. 

    Mario Luna Romero and Victoria Anahí Ochoa Domínguez have suffered a series of attacks over the past few years including; his politically-motivated imprisonment, assault against his family members and, most recently, the arson attack on Anahí Ochoa’s vehicle at their home in June. 

    For the first time, the government of Sonora state and the Guaymas municipal government have implemented some measures to protect Mario Luna and his colleagues in this context, who are all traditional Indigenous Yaquí authorities in the town of Vicam in Sonora state.

    Mario is known for his work to defend the collective rights of the Yaqui community, especially in relation to the right to water in light of the Independence Acueduct, a project which could threaten the community’s access to water and cultural survival. 

    During July and August, thousands of activists across Canada sent urgent appeals putting pressure on authorities in Mexico to provide protection and security measures for Mario Luna Romero and his family. 

    Thank you to everyone who took part in adding their voice to this collective action!

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