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Mexico: Prosecutor’s office must consider Manuel Gaspar’s environmental work as a possible motive for his killing

    December 06, 2018

    Following a statement from the Regional Public Prosecutor for Puebla state, Jaime Huerta, in relation to the arrest of an individual allegedly connected to the killing of the environmental defender Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez, and the claim that the crime could be attributed to personal problems, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

    “It is essential that the authorities carry out a comprehensive, independent and impartial investigation, including into those who could have ordered or planned the killing of Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez. If it fails to do so, the Public Prosecutor’s Office would be sending a message of impunity and encouraging further attacks against defenders of the land, territory and environment.”

    “Amnesty International urges the Mexican authorities to include within the line of investigation the possibility that the attack could be related to Manuel Gaspar’s work to defend the environment, before hastily speaking out about possible motives for his killing.”

    For more information, contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332 bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca

    Further information:

    Mexico: Defending your home from an electricity power station can cost your life (News, 20 July 2018)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/07/mexico-defender-tu-hogar-de-un-proyecto-electrico-puede-costarte-la-vida/

    Mexico: Authorities must not criminalize land defenders in Cuetzalan (News, 5 July 2018)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/07/mexico-autoridades-no-deben-criminalizar-a-personas-defensoras-del-territorio-en-cuetzalan/

     

    Mexico: Indigenous defender killed, others at risk (Campaigns, 18 May 2018)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr41/8451/2018/en/