Wednesday 27 April 2011 was the first anniversary of the killing of human rights defenders “Bety” Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Antero Jaakkolain in Oaxaca Mexico. In a joint statement issued today (Wednesday) a coalition of Mexican and international human rights NGOs have reiterated their demands for action on this case.
The joint statement included demands for : a full and independent investigation into the killings, for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and for the Government of Mexico to take action to ensure that human rights defenders are able to go about their work freely and without the risk of attack.
“Bety” Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Antero Jaakkolain were shot dead in a violent attack on a peaceful solidarity caravan of human rights defenders on 27 April 2010, as it tried to enter the autonomous indigenous municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca. To date the Mexican authorities have failed to identify either the intellectual authors or the actual perpetrators of the crime.