MEXICO CITY – The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) of Mexico condemned on Friday the murder of LGBT activist Maria Guadalupe Hernandez Flores and asked justice authorities in the central state of Guanajuato to investigate whether the motive of the crime was related to her work as a defender of LGBT rights.
“This national organization demands that justice officials, with whom it remains in permanent contact, pursue a professional and thorough investigation to find those guilty of the crime and bring them to justice, so they receive the punishment the law requires,” the CNDH said in a bulletin.
The CNDH also expressed its condolences to the families of the human rights defender and its solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) communities in the country, and particularly with those in Guanajuato state.
Hernandez Flores, who had been missing since last March 11, engaged in activities of championing and defending human rights as related to gender and the LGBT population.
The media reported the crime this week after the woman, 37, was found slain on a parcel of land in the Guanajuato municipality of Coroneo.
The commission said in its bulletin that in the current social context, such human rights defenders are “particularly vulnerable.”
For that reason, the autonomous organization has sought “to systematically strengthen its relations with them and their organizations by means of actions that have a positive effect on respect for the fundamental rights of those communities.”
“The CNDH expresses its concern about this latest crime against a defender of human rights, and will closely follow the authorities’ endeavors to catch the culprits in the case,” the text said.