On February 10, 2008 in the municipal seat of Ayutla de los Libres, Lorenzo Fernández Ortega, a member of the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous Peoples (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Mepha´a) was killed. In the last few months, the OPIM has denounced the intensification of death threats and other aggressions made by the federal army and supposed paramilitary organizations.
According the OPIM, the intensification of the aforementioned threats coincide with the recommendations made by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH, Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos) in regards to the forced sterilizations imposed on members of the indigenous community of El Camalote. The recommendations also pertained to the testimonies of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú made before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) which implicated members of the federal army in cases of sexual assault (2002).
Lorenzo Fernández Ortega was the brother of Inés Fernández Ortega and was from the community of El Camalote. According to the OPIM, “Lorenzo was killed by paramilitaries that work for the 48th Infantry Batallion of the Mexican Army based in Cruz Grande”.
The assault occurred after Lorenzo and others from the community of El Camalote left for Huamuxtitlán to present the case of the 14 campesionos who were sterilized as well as that of the rapes and the extreme militarization of the region before the UN High Commisssioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour who made a visit to Guerrero last week.
Recently another member of the OPIM, Obtilia Eugenio Manuel, has received death threats.
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