Urgent Action: Environmental Rights Defender Killed (Mexico: UA 24.19)

Samir Flores Soberanes, environmental, land and territory human rights defender, was shot dead on 20 February, after receiving several death threats for his work defending the territory of his community. Samir was a member of a grassroots collective for environmental and the territorial protection called Front of Peoples in Defense of the Earth and Agua in the states of Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala (southeast Mexico). He was also vocal against the geothermic project called “Proyecto Integral Morelos” and had received written death threats and was beaten by an unknown group in October 2018.



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Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Governor of Morelos
Calle de la Luz, 88
Colonia Chapultepec
CP: 62450, Mexico
011 52 (777) 322 1621 ext. 105
Email: [email protected], [email protected] 
Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui
Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC. 20006
Phone: 202 728 1600
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Martha_Barcena
Facebook: @EmbamexEUA
Instagram: @embamexeua
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Governor,

I write to you in relation to the killing of Samir Flores Soberanes, a member of the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Earth and Agua, a grassroots collective dedicated to protecting the environment and the territory in the states of Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala. On 20 February, Samir was shot to death outside his house by an unknown armed group that shot him four times, twice in the head.

Samir Flores Soberanes was very vocal against a thermal-electric plan project called “Proyecto Integral Morelos” and, as a result, received written death threats. In October 2018, he was beaten by an unknown group. The day before his killing, Samir attended an informative session on the “Proyecto Integral Morelos” and expressed concerns about the human rights and social impacts of the project.    

I urge you to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of Samir Flores Soberanes’ killing, taking into account the possibility of the attack being in retaliation for his activities as an environmental, land and territory defender.

Yours sincerely,