Champion of indigenous land rights Isidro Baldenegro Lopez assassinated in Mexico

Isidro Baldenegro López, 2005 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner, North America (Mexico), holding his Ouroboros statuette, waves to the enthusaistic crowd, San Francisco, April 18, 2005.

In 2005 Isidro Baldenegro Lopez won the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America. Isidro Baldenegro was recognized internationally as a champion of indigenous land rights. On Sunday 15 January he was shot in the home of a relative and died later from his injuries. According to local media reports the murder suspects are linked with known assassins of other Indigenous environmental activists in the region.

Baldenegro’s courageous efforts have made him a national and international hero. He brought world attention to the beautiful, ecologically crucial old-growth forests of the Sierra Madre as well as the survival of the Tarahumara.

You can read the full profile of Isidro Baldenegro Lopez here