Luis Carlos Gutiérrez Castillo

Luis Gutiérrez, age 45, was a member of the organization Resistencia Civil Madera y Madera Unido. He was “executed and his body was later found inside a parked vehicle on the highway from Madera to Nahuerachi,” according to a statement in the press. Luis had left home for one of the weekly meetings held by social activists in the state capital, but never returned.

Dedicated to providing medicine and foodstuffs to the Tarahumara people of Chihuahua, Lucas also often accompanied them when carrying out legal processes. He became well known for confronting the governor of Chihuahua in a face-to-face meeting in which he requested that low-cost automobiles purchased in the USA be regulated.

“This is how social activists are silenced… On Sunday he had just finished hosting an event in which medications were collected for donation to local hospitals” said a fellow human rights defender to Agence France-Presse

The assassinations of human rights defenders in Mexico has motivated complaints to the national government as well as to international organisations such as the UN. One of the most emblematic of these cases was the murder of Guadalupe Campanur at the beginning of 2018.


If you would like to provide a personal recollection, please email us at: HRDMemorial@frontlinedefenders.org

Region:Americas

Country:Mexico

Department/Province/State:Chihuahua

Nickname:Lucas

Sex1:Male

Age:45

Date of Killing:16/04/2018

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Social leader

Organisation:Resistencia Civil Madera y Madera Unido

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Indigenous People’s Rights, Right to Health

More information:contact@frontlinedefenders.org

1This database records an individual's chosen gender identity. If they do not self-identify as male or female they can use the option of recording other/neither or use the term NBGI (non binary gender identity).