Human Rights Delegate Murdered With His Son In Mexico

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

This human rights delegate has been murdered along with his son when the van they were travelling in was ambushed.

Jesus Memije Martinez, delegate of the state Commission of the Human Rights and his son Uriel Memije Avila, were shot to death by an armed gang when they were driving home to the community of Yetla, in Costa Grande of Guerrero, in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero.

Local media report the van was ambushed by an armed gang on the outskirts of the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez, in the region of Costa Grande on 24th April.

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Police were called to the scene and found the victims’ bodies inside the vehicle which was owned by Memije Martinez.

Investigators are now searching for the culprits and the Commission of Human Rights of the State of Guerrero (Comision de Derechos Humanos del Estado de Guerrero-CDHEG) where Memije Martinez have condemned the “cowardly murder”.

They urged the authorities to find out more about the case and said the victim was an “example” who had defended human rights for more than 25 years.

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A press statement said: “The CDHEG asks state and federal authorities to launch a thorough investigation to bring the culprits of this crime to justice.”

According to preliminary investigations, Memije Martinez worked in the delegation of Acapulco a year ago and in February he was appointed as the regional delegate to the Costa Grande region.

The commission asked for their safety to be guaranteed so that they can continue to work in Guerrero.

The investigation is ongoing and so far no arrests have been made.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.

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