At least 102 activists have been murdered so far in Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s six-year term, the most recent case being that of activist Patricia Rivera Reyes on March 19 in Tijuana, Baja California, reported the organization Educa Oaxaca.
According to Educa, Rivera is the fifth defender killed so far this year in Mexico. The other activists are Ximena García, defender of the LGBT+ community; Ana Luisa Garduño Juárez, an activist who sought justice for the femicide of her daughter in Morelos; Francisco Vázquez, opponent of the Morelos Comprehensive Project in Ayala; and the Rarámuri defender José Trinidad Baldenegro.
The count data, Educa explained, correspond to activists claimed by a social or human rights organization, and added that “the State of Oaxaca leads the sad list, with 22 defenders murdered” under AMLO administration.
In addition to the murders, an increase in the disappearances of activists and defenders has been reported in the country, one of the most recent cases being that of the mother seeker Angélica Janet Armenta Quintero in Cajeme, Sonora, since March 10. In addition, March 26 will mark one year since the forced disappearance of defenders Claudia Uruchurtu in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, and Grisell Pérez Rivera, in the State of Mexico.
The increase in the disappearance and murder of human rights defenders, environmentalists, and journalists has turned Mexico into one of the most dangerous countries to exercise activism and communication, without the authorities intervening to guarantee their safety and prevent the cases from becoming in impunity.
Below is the full statement:
Since the beginning of the current six-year term, at least 102 defenders have been killed, according to EDUCA monitoring. The most recent case is the murder of the lawyer and defender of indigenous communities Patricia Susana Rivera Reyes at her home in Tijuana, Baja California, a crime that was committed on March 19, 2022.
According to EDUCA’s count, Patricia Susana Rivera Reyes is the fifth defender killed this year. On January 22, 2022, Ximena García, activist of the LGBT+ community and member of the National Secretariat for Sexual Diversity of Morena, was murdered, this crime was committed in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City.
On January 27, 2022, Ana Luisa Garduño Juárez, an activist seeking justice for the femicide of her underage daughter, Ana Karen Huicochea, was murdered in Temixco, Morelos, alerted IM-Defenders.
And on February 11, 2022, Francisco Vázquez, defender of water in eastern Morelos and member of the Supervisory Council of the Cuautla River Association (ASURCO), was assassinated in Ayala, Morelos, this after having denounced threats, the Ejidos in Defense of the Water of Ayala alerted.
Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the murder of community defender José Trinidad Baldenegro, perpetrated on March 7, and criticized the widespread impunity” in cases of violence in the country. The Rarámuri indigenous José Trinidad Baldenegro was attacked in Coloradas de la Virgen by armed men, who also burned his home and his vehicle.
According to the registry made by Services for Alternative Education AC EDUCA, these data correspond to activists claimed by a social or human rights organization. The State of Oaxaca leads the sad list, with 22 defenders killed.
Yesterday, the Mexican collective Madres Buscadoras de México denounced that Angélica Janet Armenta Quintero, searcher for her missing son, has been reported missing, this in Cajeme, Sonora, since March 10. In addition, March 26 will mark one year since the forced disappearance of defenders Claudia Uruchurtu in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, and Grisell Pérez Rivera, in the State of Mexico.
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