Noel Carrillo Aguilar, a member of the Committee for the Defence of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI), promoted the defence of the beaches and lands of the coastal region of southern Mexico.
According to a statement by the National Human Rights Commission on 26 October 2018, he was murdered on the previous day in the town of Barra de la Cruz, in the state of Oaxaca. The Commission asked the state prosecutor’s office to “closely analyse the line of investigation related to the human rights work carried out by the victim”.
“The crime committed yesterday adds to a series of attacks against other members of the CODEDI recorded in recent years,” the statement adds. The Commission asked that precautionary measures be implemented to protect the life, safety and bodily integrity of Noel’s family members and the rest of the activists affiliated with the NGO.
Noel’s murder took place just one day after the killing of Julián Carrillo – no relation to Noel – a defender of the rights of the indigenous people of the state of Chihuahua’s Sierra Tarahumara.
Taken from original report by the Associated Press