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Letter to US on Climate Change/Mario Aburto Case

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 10/28/2021 - 11:34

Yucatan has the lowest homicide rate in the country. Yucatan Gov. Mauricia Vila Dosal announced that Yucatan state has the lowest homicide rate nationwide. Vila said that the crime incidence has fallen by 48.7 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, making it the state with the greatest reduction in crime incidence. Minister of National Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval said that there has been an increase in the rate of intentional homicides in Yucatan; however, this is due to the fact that it is a crime of low incidence and just a few new cases can increase the average. "Yucatan has been characterized by being the most peaceful. We are in first place for the lowest number of robberies, looting and homicide rate."

 According to INEGI data, in 2020 there were 72 homicides in Yucatan, for a homicide rate of 3 per 100,000 inhabitants. These figures made it the entity with the lowest incidence in all of Mexico since the national average is 29 per 100,00 inhabitants. According to SEDENA, the entity has accumulated 37 homicide cases so far in 2021, with five of those in the last month.

AMLO sends letter to Biden. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he had sent a letter to US President Joe Biden to reaffirm Mexico's position on climate change and its commitment to producing clean energy. López Obrador explained that it was important to demonstrate Mexico's position, especially after a study by the US Department of Energy said that with the electricity reform, carbon emissions would skyrocket by 65 percent. "It is totally false and illogical. We are in a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help stop global warming. We are making commitments to have clean energy production."

According to the US Department of Energy, López Obrador's proposal to give CFE a 56 percent share of the energy market would lead to less generation and use of clean energy, which would increase carbon emissions between 26 and 65 percent, in addition to raising electricity bills from 32 percent to 54 percent.

AMLO: There will be no impunity in the case of José Ravelo. López Obrador assured that the perpetrators in the case of José Eduardo Ravelo, a 23-year-old man from Veracruz who died after being detained by elements of the municipal police in Merida, would not go unpunished. “There are cases that are lamented, such as that of the young man who was arrested and lost his life at the hands of the municipal police. The case is already being addressed. The state authorities are helping and there will be no impunity. Everyone who commits a crime must be punished.”

On July 21, 2021, Ravelo was detained by the police after two men denounced him for dumping concrete inside a premises. During his transfer to the police station, Rovelo was sexually abused and murdered by four elements of the Merida Municipal Police. On Aug. 7, the four officers were detained and are now being investigated by the Yucatan Attorney General's Office.

Government analyzes CNDH recommendations in Mario Aburto case. Minister of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez announced that the government is analyzing the recommendations from the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in the case of Mario Aburto Martínez. “We are reviewing the response to the recommendation made by the CNDH. As for the accusations, the detainee (Aburto) is not in solitary confinement and is in good health." López Obrador reported that protection will be provided to Aburto and his family if it is found that their rights have not been respected. "If he (Aburto) can prove that he was tortured and that is why he has kept silent, the state will protect him. We are very interested in the fact that there is no doubt about the murder of Luis Donaldo Colosio. It is a priority case for justice and therefore it is a matter for the state."

In 1994, Aburto, a 23-year-old factory worker, confessed to assassinating PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994. Following his confession, the Mexican authorities sentenced Aburto to 42 years in prison. On Oct. 26, 2021, the CNDH delivered a set of recommendations to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation (FGR) to carry out a new investigation into the case of Aburto, saying he had been a victim of torture. CNDH also cited irregularities in the criminal process by elements of the FGR from 1994 until last year when Aburto was transferred to CEFERESO.


The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Gobierno de México, Milenio
Photo by:   Gobierno de México
Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst