Bring Mexican killers to justice

TODAY is the first anniversary of the death of Digna Ochoa y Placido.

On October 19 last year Digna Ochoa a leading human rights lawyer, who had won many international awards in recognition of her work defending those who had suffered from human rights abuses in Mexico, was shot dead in Mexico City. The killers left a death threat, warning other human rights defenders they would meet a similar fate.

In the lead up to her murder Digna had suffered many attacks and threats, yet none of these were properly investigated by the Mexican authorities. A year on from her death her killers have still not been brought to justice.

Surely it is the responsibility of the international community to impress upon the Mexican government the need for a proper investigation into her murder and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, sending a clear message that such attacks on other human rights defenders will not be tolerated.

Tom McLoughlin,

2, The Friary,

Cook St,

Dublin 8.

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