Oaxaca: Suspected Murderers of Defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Released


On September 7th, a judge from the Unitary Court of the Mixteca Region ordered the release of the last four members of the paramilitary group Social Welfare Union of the Triqui Region (UBISORT) implicated in the murder of human rights defenders Alberta Honey Trujillo and Jyri Antero Jaakkola.

After hearing the news, relatives of the victims reported that due to “the impossibility of finding justice in the country” they would take the case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA), of which Bety was the founder, lamented the release of the alleged murderers and demanded justice in a statement.

“REMA demands an end to impunity, punishment of those responsible for the murders, an end to intimidation and threats to defenders of the collective rights of the people.” “JUSTICE FOR BETY AND JYRI!”, the statement reads.

For its part, the Action Group for Human Rights and Social Justice (GADH), which legally accompanies the families of the victims, pointed out that “this is further proof of the complicity between the Oaxacan government and the paramilitary group” and announced the campaign Who is the Mexican Government Protecting?

For more information in Spanish:

Liberan a presuntos asesinos de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola; familiares acudirán a la CIDH (Educa 9 de septiembre de 2022)

Liberan a cuatro implicados en asesinato de Jyri Jaakkola y Bety Cariño(Página3 11 de septiembre de 2022)

La REMA rechaza la liberación de los asesinos de Betty Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola(REMA 12 de septiebre de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

International/Oaxaca: Murders of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño without Justice – Relatives To Go to IACHR (June 4, 2022)
Oaxaca: 12 Years of Impunity for Murder of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (April 29, 2022)
Oaxaca: 11th Anniversary of Murder of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola in San Juan Copala (April 28, 2021)
Oaxaca: Tenth Anniversary of Murder of Defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola in Triqui Territory (May 2, 2020)

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