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Tribunal Finds Mexico Guilty of Ecocide and Ethnocide over Mayan Rail Project

HeadlineAug 04, 2023

The International Rights of Nature Tribunal has found Mexico guilty of ecocide and ethnocide over the Mexican government’s construction of a massive railway project running through the rainforest of the Yucatán Peninsula. The project, known as Tren Maya, has drawn grand opposition from local Indigenous Maya communities, environmentalists and archaeologists, who say the railway will cause irreparable harm to biodiversity, sacred Mayan sites and communities in the region. The rail project is spearheaded by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who claims it will benefit tourism and expand access to transportation to local communities living in remote regions of southern Mexico.

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