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Date of Incident: June 12, 2023

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla

Region & Country:Americas | Mexico

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On June 12, 2023, a group of unidentified individuals attacked Cuauhtémoc Márquez, a beekeeper and researcher at the Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP), in his home. Márquez later died at the hospital.

Prior to his murder, Márquez was working on preserving natural resources in the Tlalmanalco region, primarily around the Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl volcanes. The attack on Márquez occurred the night before an attack on another environmentalist, Álvaro Arvizu Aguiñiga (see report), who worked in the same area. The two attacks may have been connected, according to a statement made by the Zeferino Ladrillero Human Rights Center.

Scholars at Risk is gravely concerned about the targeted killing of a researcher and sends condolences to Mr. Márquez’s family, colleagues, and community. Authorities should take reasonable steps to prevent and respond to such attacks, including by investigating and holding perpetrators responsible, in accordance with international human rights standards. In addition to the harm to the victims, lethal violence of a university researcher undermines academic freedom and democratic society generally.

Sources:
*SAR identified this incident in data made publicly available by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)
https://aztecreports.com/mexican-environmentalists-murdered-near-mexico-city/3811/
https://www.proceso.com.mx/nacional/2023/6/20/matan-dos-investigadores-agroambientalistas-en-tlalmanalco-edomex-309151.html
https://elpais.com/mexico/2023-06-21/asesinado-el-defensor-del-agua-alvaro-arvizu-en-el-estado-de-mexico.html
https://piedepagina.mx/asesinatos-de-investigadores-universitarios-en-el-edomex-encienden-la-alerta-de-amenazas-contra-defensores/
https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=614592347429072&set=pcb.614592440762396

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El 12 de junio de 2023, un grupo de individuos no identificados atacó en su domicilio a Cuauhtmoc Mrquez, apicultor e investigador de la Benemrita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP). Más tarde murió en el hospital.

Antes de su asesinato, trabajaba en la conservación de los recursos naturales de la región de Tlalmanalco, principalmente en torno a los volcanes Iztacchuatl y Popocatpetl. El ataque contra el Sr. Márquez se produjo la noche anterior a otro ataque contra otro ecologista, lvaro Arvizu Aguiiga, que trabajaba en la misma zona. Los dos ataques podrían estar relacionados, según una declaración del Centro de Derechos Humanos Zeferino Ladrillero.

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Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a member of the Coalition for Academic Freedom in the Americas (CAFA), and partners with CAFA on Americas-focused monitoring activities. Relevant incidents, with factual details translated into Spanish, appear on both SAR and CAFA websites.

Scholars at Risk (SAR) es una institución que integra la Coalición por la Libertad Académica en las Américas (CLAA). SAR trabaja junto con la CLAA en el monitoreo de situaciones en las Américas. Los incidentes relevantes que reportamos, con descripción de hechos detallados en español, aparecen tanto en los portales de SAR como de la CLAA.