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Human Rights Activist and Oaxacan Indigenous Leader Killed

By 25 septiembre, 2014 Sin Comentarios

jaime lopezIt was the 10th murder of a member of the Zapotec community in Oaxaca since 2013. The Oaxacan human rights advocate Jaime Lopez Hernandez, was killed by members of organized crime, according to the Indigenous Organization for Human Rights in Oaxaca (OIDHO, for its acronym in Spanish).

Lopez, who was recently named secretary of the OIHDO’s board of directors, was shot in the back on Monday, when he was visiting his mother’s grave, also assassinated last year, said the OIHDO to Mexican news website Revolucion 3.0. Days before his murder, Lopez, a Zapotec indigenous person who worked as a farmer, denounced the presence of criminal gangs in his hometown San Juan Ozolotepec, Oaxaca, where he was killed.

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For more information on Indigenous Human Rights Defenders, Journalists and impunity in Mexico, Oaxaca read: Mexico Human Rights Advocates at Risk – National Human Rights Network ReportsMexican reporter shot dead in Oaxaca stateStory of Indigeous Leader Mario Luna Romero and the Yaqui’s Fight for Water