Pedro uc be MEXICO

Pedro Uc Be is a Mayan land rights defender, writer, translator, teacher and promoter of Mayan culture and the protector of its land.

He has worked on the protection of lands of Mayan peoples affected by mega-projects, including transgenic soybean production, pig farms, renewable energy plants, and high-impact tourism.

Pedro Uc Be is member of the Assembly of Defenders of the Mayan Territory Múuch' Xíinbal and the Indigenous National Congress (CNI).

'The National Indigenous Congress (CNI) was constituted on October 12, 1996, as the home of all indigenous peoples, a space where originary peoples can find shared thought and solidarity to strengthen their struggles of resistance and rebellion, with their own forms of organization, representation and decision-making.'
Through his work as a defender of human rights, Pedro Uc Be invites communities to critically reflect on and revalue Mayan culture and language, especially to inform them of their rights to land as indigenous peoples.
The most recent mega project to be faced is the ’Mayan Train’, which is intended to be both a tourist and regional train that would cross the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.

The Mayan Train is a proposed 1,525-kilometre (948 mi) high speed intercity railway that would traverse the Yucatán Peninsula. It would use abandoned right of way from Ferrosur as well as new tracks constructed through the jungle, which caused outcry from environmental and indigenous rights activists.

There was a National Consultation on the Mayan Train on December 2019 where the votes in favor were the majority, although the consultation was criticized for its short time of preparation, the lack of information on negative effects, and the low number of voters.

'Human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in Mexico are subject to intimidation, legal harassment, arbitrary detention, death threats, acts of physical aggression, enforced disappearances and killings as a result of their activities in defence of human rights and the exercise of freedom of expression and journalism.' - FrontLine Defenders. This is no exception for Pedro Uc Be.


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