Elena’s abduction was among the cases that CPDG and other civil society groups cited in their petition to the Supreme Court last year against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The dubious circumstances around her death further underscores the urgency for judicial action against this dangerously repressive piece of legislation. It criminalizes development work, dissent, and criticism. Once fully operational, disappearances, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests against development workers and activists will be legitimized on the pretext of curbing terrorist activity or support.
Development workers, environmental defenders alike, join the broad civil society in a picket protest on February 2, 2021 – the day of the oral arguments against the ATA 2020 – urging the Supreme Court to junk the oppressive law.