MEXICO CITY (AP) — Unidentified gunmen shot to death a lawyer and activist who defended a rural tract against development near the Mexican city of Cuernavaca, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.
The governmental commission issued a statement condemning the killing of Isaac Medardo Herrera on Monday March 23rd.
His neighborhood activist group in Jiutepec, Morelos posted a statement saying the killers knocked on the door of Herrera’s home and shot him, before fleeing the scene.
Herrera had led a fight over at least four years to stop plans to build a housing development on the Los Venados tract, an environmentally sensitive woodland area in Jiutepec, just south of the state capital, Cuernavaca. The development was halted and the area was supposed to be used as a nature reserve.
The commission said at least one other activist has been killed in Mexico so far in 2020.
The Mexican Center for Environmental Rights reported that 15 land defenders were killed in Mexico in 2019. Morelos, the state where Jiutepec is located, was the third most dangerous for environmental activists in 2019.
The state’s semi-tropical climate and abundant water, added to its close proximity to Mexico City, have made it the subject of heavy pressure from developers eager to build homes and vacation properties there.
Source: The Associated Press
more recommended stories
When will Canada ease or lift travel restrictions?
Canada currently has travel restrictions in place for travellers of.
Learn which city in Mexico is ideal for you to retire based on your lifestyle preferences (Free Webinar)
Mexico (MAy 7, 2021) – If you.
Public health experts ask the SCJN to close down pig farm in Yucatan
Mèrida, Yucatàn (May 07, 2021).- Scientists,.
Campeche candidate inappropriately touches female colleague (Video)
A video reveals the moment Eliseo.
Mexico City man who changed subway cars survives deadly collapse
“People were desperate, they tried to.
Chetumal, Quintana Roo state capital celebrates its 123 anniversary
Chetumal, QRoo, (May 07, 2021).- The.
AMLO holds virtual meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris on immigration issues
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held.
Another hotel in Tulum closed down for holding massive party
Tulum, Q. R., (May 07, 2021).-.
A very active rainy season is forecast this year for the Yucatan Peninsula
Mèrida, Yucatàn (May 07, 2021).- Atmospheric.
Canada is the first country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in adolescents
CANADA, (May 07, 2021).- Canadian authorities.