Action Alert for Justice for Bety and Jyri

TO INDIGENOUS AND PEASANT ORGANIZATIONS
TO WOMEN’S AND HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS
TO ANTI-MINING AND INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY NETWORKS
TO THE MEDIA

On April 27, near San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, a humanitarian observation mission was attacked by the paramilitary group UBISORT, during which Alberta Cariño Trujillo and Jyri Jaakkola were assassinated.

The initial investigation was carried out by the Oaxacan State Attorney General’s Office, however, given the evident relationship which exists between the state government and the paramilitary group, it was demanded that the case be taken up by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), which joined the preliminary investigation. Six months have passed since the crime occurred and the PGR submitted the results of its investigation to a judge, but given the investigation’s deficiencies it was sent back and up to now there does not exist any interest on the part of the PGR to ensure that this double murder does not remain in impunity.

During this time, numerous national and international organizations, as well as dignitaries and parliamentarians have demanded that the PGR carry out an adequate investigation and obtain justice, however, this institution has not shown any genuine interest in investigating this crime and even less in punishing those materially and intellectually responsible for it.

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Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño, a crime of impunity

By Érika Ramírez, Contralínea
Translation by Scott Campbell

More than 20 people have gone to the Federal Attorney General’s offices to give statements regarding the ambush in which human rights defenders Jyri Antero Jaakkola and Alberta Cariño Trujillo were murdered. Nearly five months after the crime was committed, the authorities have not identified those responsible. Their families demand justice. The lives of these activists were abruptly cut short by a paramilitary group’s bullets in the vicinity of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca.

He would have returned to his country in 2011 to travel on the sailboat Estelle, promoting “just commerce” and bringing humanitarian aid to developing countries. These were Jyri Antero Jaakkola’s plans, the young Finn killed by a shot to the head in the community of La Sabana, Oaxaca this past April 27.

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