Brad Will's Killer is Still at Large

Juan Manuel Martinez, the political activist wrongly accused of killing US video journalist Brad Will, has been released.  Although this is welcome news, his accusation and detention constitute a miscarriage of justice that has ensured that the real perpetrator of Brad Will’s killing is still at large.

Brad Will’s tragic death and the subsequent unwarranted arrest of Juan Martinez have served to highlight Mexico’s human rights abuses and broken criminal justice system.  Brad Will, a video journalist, was filming a confrontation between protesters and local police when he was shot. Juan Martinez had been wrongly detained for his murder since October 2008.  AmnestyInternational believes he was being used as a scapegoat.  Mexican authorities must investigate who really killed Brad Will.

No one has been brought to justice for any of the killings that took place during the 2006 Oaxaca protests. Amnesty International demands an investigation into the abuses committed by the security forces during violent political protests in the Mexican state of Oaxaca in 2006 when Brad Will and at least 17 others, most of them political activists, were killed.

Amnesty International is also concerned about Juan Manuel’s safety, and urges the Mexican authorities to ensure his safety and offer him appropriate compensation for the unnecessary suffering he has experienced as a result of his wrongful imprisonment by the authorities.

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  4. Thank you, Ms Subherwal, for this most timely followup. i hope you keep up this particular focus.

    i feel a special sense of gratitude to you in particular for your categorically candid coverage of issues i myself hold important, so if i have a question in my mind about your reporting i feel it a part of my debt of gratitude to you to tell you about it.

    Your comments leave out nothing & spare no one … except for your usual & — by now charactertistic — omission as to the clear identity of the guilty in this case.

    Front page newspaper photographs worldwide of the moment of Will's murder reveal members of the Oaxaca state security forces as his murderers. Even the particular killers have been identified.

    Yet you consistently omit mention of this vital fact.

    i always wonder why you do this.

    Are we waiting for the Mexican authorities to do the work of revealing their salaried assassins to us ?? !!

    On the other hand, i keep noticing Elise Auerbach in her Iran coverage never fails to mention the Basij if they're involved in any way in protestors' deaths.

    Is axisofevil Iran OK'd by the powersthatbe for fearless, allout & sustainable spotlighting on its record, but a Mexican state's armed forces part of the hosts of the good we can't be too careful about ?

    It's just one of those questions thast come to me & don't let go.

    My respectful & sincere best wishes to you, as always.

  5. Thank you, Ms Subherwal, for this most timely followup. i hope you keep up this particular focus.

    i feel a special sense of gratitude to you in particular for your categorically candid coverage of issues i myself hold important, so if i have a question in my mind about your reporting i feel it a part of my debt of gratitude to you to tell you about it.

    Your comments leave out nothing & spare no one … except for your usual & — by now charactertistic — omission as to the clear identity of the guilty in this case.

    Front page newspaper photographs worldwide of the moment of Will’s murder reveal members of the Oaxaca state security forces as his murderers. Even the particular killers have been identified.

    Yet you consistently omit mention of this vital fact.

    i always wonder why you do this.

    Are we waiting for the Mexican authorities to do the work of revealing their salaried assassins to us ?? !!

    On the other hand, i keep noticing Elise Auerbach in her Iran coverage never fails to mention the Basij if they’re involved in any way in protestors’ deaths.

    Is axisofevil Iran OK’d by the powersthatbe for fearless, allout & sustainable spotlighting on its record, but a Mexican state’s armed forces part of the hosts of the good we can’t be too careful about ?

    It’s just one of those questions thast come to me & don’t let go.

    My respectful & sincere best wishes to you, as always.