‘Disappeared’

Activist who helped track down her daughter’s killers gunned down on Mother’s Day in Mexico

(San Fernando Missing Persons/Handout/EPA)

Mexican activist Miriam Rodriguez was shot to death by gunmen on Wednesday, an apparent reprisal for Rodriguez’s long-standing work searching for her own missing daughter and those of others in Mexico’s northern state of Tamaulipas. Rodriguez’s death came on Mexico’s Mother’s Day, an occasion that had in recent years come to be associated with the struggle to find justice for thousands of Mexico’s “disappeared” people.

After the disappearance of her daughter in 2014, Rodriguez had led a search that eventually led to the discovery of her daughter’s remains in San Fernando, according to Citizen Community in Search of the Disappeared in Tamaulipas. Rodriguez, who had been a part of Citizen Community, was later able to provide authorities with evidence about the perpetrators that would eventually lead to their arrest.

According to Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios, the government had been providing protection to Rodriguez at the request of her family. But Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has pointed to Rodriguez’s death as further evidence of the government’s failure to protect human rights advocates.

More than 30,000 people are missing in Mexico after disappearing under suspicious circumstances — including more than 5,500 who have gone missing in Tamaulipas alone.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.

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