Oaxaca: Ninth Anniversary of Murder of Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola in San Juan Copala

May 11, 2019

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On May 7th, in the framework of the ninth anniversary of Bety Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Antero Jaakkola (Finnish), human rights defenders killed in San Juan Copala, Oaxaca when they participated in a humanitarian caravan on April 27th, 2010, relatives and friends placed commemorative plaques on the Beam of Light and on the representation of the Oaxaca government in Mexico City. Omar Esparza Zarate, widower of Bety Cariño, said that “a plaque was installed symbolically on the victims of the country, and this monument has been considered by the victims of violence as the monument of corruption that was the scam of light, where the relatives of the victims and the members of the Movement for Peace and Justice have been placing plaques of their relatives who have been victims of insecurity, so this is a way of demanding justice.”

He denounced that nine years later, there is no interest from the authorities to solve the murders and that many inconsistencies have been detected in the investigations: “Until now we have nothing, we want to say that since November we have been looking for the approach with other bodies and we have not had an answer either.” He expressed his fear that the case be forgotten. He continues to demand that those responsible be punished, since two of those who had been arrested have already been released and six more have never been arrested. “They continue to walk around Oaxaca, and they are even in public office, such as the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples”, he said.

The lawyer David Peña, from the Action Group for Human Rights and Social Justice, explained that the two persons who were released were done so because “the federal and state governments have not specified the protection of witnesses and survivors of the attack, who have not been able to attend the hearings due to the risks that exist against them.”

For more information in Spanish:

Ataque en San Juan Copala, nueve años de impunidad (La Jornada, 7 de mayo de 2019)

Exigen justicia en la Estela de Luz (NVI Noticias, 8 de mayo de 2019)

PRONUNCIAMIENTO A 9 AÑOS DEL ASESINATO DE BETY CARIÑO Y JYRI JAAKKOLA (familiares y amigos de Bety Cariño, 27 de abril de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Suspect in Murder of Human Rights Defenders in San Juan Copola in 2010 Arrested (January 31, 2019)

Oaxaca: MEPs Highlight Lack of Political Will Regarding Murder of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño (February 26, 2018)

Oaxaca/National: Another Suspect Implicated in the Murder of Defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakola Arrested (September 6, 2017)

Oaxaca: Seven Years of Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Case (May 4, 2017)

Oaxaca: European Parliamentarians Again Denounce Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case (March 6, 2017)

Oaxaca/International: Fifth Person Arrested in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case (October 19, 2016)

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National/International: Mexico Ranked 99th of 126 in Rule of Law Index – World Justice Project

March 12, 2019

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At the end of February, the civil organization World Justice Project (WJP) published its “Index on Rule of Law 2019”, in which Mexico was ranked 99 out of 126 listed countries, worse than countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and its neighbor, Guatemala. At a Latin American level, Mexico is still considered one of the countries with the least respect for the rule of law, ranking 26 out of 30.

The results obtained by the WJP are “based on surveys in 120,000 households and 3,800 experts in 126 countries, and measures the perception and experience of the general population of the rule of law in practical and everyday situations.” The Index evaluates eight key categories: Limits to Government Power, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Compliance, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

Leslie Solis, researcher in the project, highlights in the report published by Animal Politico that the hot spots that Mexico should dedicate “immediate attention” to are: corruption, security and criminal justice. These factors are the worst valued by the citizens and the experts consulted, being in second last place regionally in two of the three categories. Jorge Morales, a member of WJP, adds that, “the rule of law in Mexico has not improved in recent years. Therefore, it is necessary to begin to change this situation with decisions based on evidence and data such as those shown in this Index, because these data will serve to identify weaknesses and strengths, and what are the priorities in the public policies to be developed, so that they have an impact on the population.”

Globally, the three countries with the highest rates are: Denmark, ranking leader, Norway and Finland; the last three, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cambodia and Venezuela, occupying last place. It is striking that in general more countries have obtained lower scores than the previous year, which according to the researchers “is a sign that suggests an increase in authoritarianism, the score of the factor ‘Limits to Government Power’ was the one that showed the highest deterioration: 61 countries decreased, 23 remained the same, and 29 improved.”

The founder of WJP, William Neukom, reiterates that, “the Rule of Law is the basis for communities to enjoy peace, equality and opportunities.” That is why the results of this research project are important as “a first step to establish reference points, inform and direct reforms.”

For more information in Spanish:

México, entre los países del mundo donde menos respeto hay por el Estado de Derecho: World Justice Project (Animal Político, 28 de febrero de 2019)

El Estado de Derecho continúa debilitándose en el mundo (World Justice Project, 28 de ferbrero de 2019)

México más corrupto que Venezuela: estudio de WJP 2019 (Vanguardia, 1 de marzo de 2019)

For more infromation from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: denuncian grave incremento de la violencia feminicida en el primer bimestre de 2019 (18 de febrero de 2019)

Nacional/Internacional: ONU-DH condena asesinatos de defensores y periodistas en Chiapas y Baja California. Cuestiona eficacia del Mecanismo de protección gubernamental para dichos sectores (25 de enero de 2019)

International/National: Mexico’s 2018 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (November 14th, 2018)

International/National: Human Rights Watch Publishes Report on Human Rights Situation in Mexico and the World
(February 4th, 2018)

 


Oaxaca/National: Another Suspect Implicated in the Murder of Defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakola Arrested

September 6, 2017

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On August 25th, Antonio Solano Vazquez, one of the alleged perpetrators of the ambush where human rights defenders Bety Cariño Trujillo, director of the Community Working Together Support Center at (CACTUS in its Spanish acronym) and Jyri Antero Jaakkola , a human rights observer of Finnish origin, were killed in April 2010 while participating in a humanitarian caravan in San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, was arrested in Sinaloa.

For seven years, relatives, social and human rights organizations as well as Euro-parliamentarians have questioned the Mexican government and Oaxaca’s lack of progress in the delivery of justice. With this arrest, six people have been arrested and seven arrest warrants are still pending.

 For more information in Spanish:

Cae otro de los presuntos asesinos de activistas asesinados en Oaxaca hace siete años (Proceso, 25 de agosto de 2017)

Detienen en Sinaloa a otro implicado en el asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (Página3.mx, 25 de agosto de 2017)

Detienen en Sinaloa a asesino de activistas, Bety Cariño y Jiry Antero Jaakola; emboscados en Oaxaca (NVI Noticias, 25 de agosto de 2017)

Detienen a presunto homicida de Bety Cariño y el finlandés Jyri Jaakkola

(Contralínea, 26 de agosto de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca : 7 años de impunidad en el caso de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2017)

Oaxaca: Parlamentarias europeas vuelven a denunciar impunidad en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca/Internacional : Suman 5 detenidos en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2010) (15 de octubre de 2016)


Oaxaca: European Parliamentarians Again Denounce Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case

March 6, 2017

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Almost seven years after the assassination of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (Finnish) in April 2010 in the Triqui area of Oaxaca when they participated in a humanitarian caravan, and in the context of their tenth visit to Mexico seeking clarification, MEP Ska Keller (Germany) and Satu Hassi, a parliamentarian from Finland stated that “Seven years is a long time to clear up a homicide”, and that “This makes distrust in the will of the authorities grow. After so many years the resolution of the case is a very distant idea.”

Both legislators stressed that in all their visits, they have heard promises from various public officials both in Oaxaca and at the federal level but that they are still not being implemented. “The new governor of Oaxaca [Alejandro Murat, who received them in a private meeting] assured us that he will solve the murder and do justice, but what we want is to see how that commitment translates into concrete actions. The commitment is very important, but we do not know how they will show it with deeds“, said Ska Keller in an interview with La Jornada.

They recalled that of the alleged perpetrators of the murder, one is already dead, eight are released and five are in prison without sentence; two of the key witnesses who were present at the events were threatened; the lawyer of the accused is also the interpreter of the families of the victims; and the case is based in Huajuapan in the same Triqui region, so it is unsafe for witnesses.

In a press conference, the parliamentarians clarified that “we come here not only to solve the crime of a citizen of Finland but to help break the circle of impunity. In these visits we learned a lot about the serious human rights violations committed in Mexico and it is incredible and it is very sad because we believe that breaking impunity is the key to development and should be in the interest of this whole country.”

 For more information in Spanish:

“Remota”, la justicia para activistas asesinadas en Oaxaca hace siete años: parlamentaria finlandesa (Proceso, 23 de febrero de 2017)

Hay omisión en caso de activistas asesinados en San Juan Copala, Oaxaca: Eurodiputadas (NVI Noticias, 24 de febrero de 2017)

Eurodiputadas piden a Peña Nieto menos palabras y más hechos para terminar círculo de impunidad (Página3,mx, 25 de febrero de 2016)

Pendiente, la justicia para Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (La Jornada, 26 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/Internacional : Suman 5 detenidos en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2010) (15 de octubre de 2016)

Oaxaca: PGR archiva el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Gobierno del estado no recibe a eurodiputadas por “falta de voluntad” hacia el caso de Bety y Jyri (2 de octubre de 2015)

 

 


Oaxaca: State government fails to meet with Euro-deputies due to “lack of will” to deal with case of Bety and Jyri

October 10, 2015

Foto @ Página 3Photo @ Página 3

During an official visit from the deputies from the European Parliament who have been following the case of the murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, which took place in April 2010 on a humanitarian caravan en route to the Triqui region, no representative of the government of Gabino Cué Monteagudo or even the commissioner for human rights, Eréndira Cruz Villegas, received the Eurodeputies Satu Hassi and Ska Keller. The member of the Finnish Parliament, Satu Hassi, clarified that they had decided to come to Oaxaca “because there have been no advances; there is nothing; nothing has happened. For this reason, my conclusion is that there is a total lack of will” to arrest the perpetrators of these crimes. She stressed that they held meetings with the federal government but not with the Oaxacan state government, as the latter indicated that it was not the right time. Hassi mentioned that although there are accords written and signed between Omar Esparza, the widower of Bety Cariño, the Finnish embassy, and the European Union, as well as between lawyers of the families of the activists and the Oaxacan state authorities, nothing has happened, such that there is no other explanation than lack of interest.

She added that “we see a very similar pattern between the case of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño and that of the 43 disappeared from Ayotzinapa, because there are large gaps in time before investigations are launched, and the authorities hide evidence or even deliberately destroy it.” She concluded that the cases of the 43 and that of Bety and Jyri are symptoms of the same disease—impunity—such that it is not judicial officials but others who document evidence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Gabino Cué le cierra las puertas a eurodiputadas por caso de Jyri Jaakkola y Bety Cariño; no las recibe (Página 3, 28 de septiembre de 2015)

Diputada finlandesa cuestiona a EPN por no resolver asesinato de activistas en Oaxaca por grupo ligado al PRI (Revolución TRESPUNTOCERO, 29 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: 5 years since the murder of human rights defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (28 April 2015)

Oaxaca: Two female witnesses threatened in the murder case of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (1 March 2015)

Oaxaca: 4 years and 7 months later, presumed murderer of human-rights defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola is apprehended (8 February 2015)