José Enedina

On 21 July of 2014, when the lifeless body of José Enedina was found, after three days missing, the body showed signs of beatings and multiple stabbings. He was a community leader in the struggle for land rights in the Municipality of Araioses, state of Maranhão, Brazil.

According to sources, there have been many recent conflicts in this area. Moreover, at the time, approximately  thirty families were living on the disputed land.

The Sociedade Maranhense de Direitos Humanos issued a statement in which it expressed solidarity with the community and condemned José’s death: “this is a loss for the land struggle, a brave man, he confronted the  interests of the rich and powerful”.

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Nickname:Zé Enedina


Date of Killing:21/07/2014

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Community leader

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Land Rights

More information:Front Line Defenders

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