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It is unbelieveable that the killings of human rights defenders and witnesses to their deaths go on in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. How do we campaign to get an end to them?
9 days ago, 17 year old Juan Ernesto Maciel, a key witness to the murder of the daughter of human rights defender Ms Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, along with his father, Mr Manuel Dámaso Maciel García, and his aunt, Ms María Maciel Garcia, were killed at their home in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Juan had been scheduled to appear in court as a witness in the days following his killing.
On the night of 15-16 March 2011, a group of at least six armed men reportedly broke into the home of Manuel Dámaso Maciel García, María Maciel García and Juan Ernesto Maciel and shot all three individuals dead with automatic weapons before fleeing the scene. Two younger children, aged one and three years, were spared.
Those responsible reportedly travelled to and from the scene in two aging automobiles.