Urgent Action: Indigenous environmental rights defender killed

Julián Carrillo was shot death on 24 October, after receiving several death threats for his work defending the territory of his Indigenous community in Mexico. He is the latest death in a series of killings, including several members of his family and Indigenous authorities. The community fears that other attacks could take place.


Take action


Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language to the Mexican authorities:

  • Urging them to conduct a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation of Julián Carrillo’s killing, taking into account the possibility of the attack being in retaliation for his activities as an environmental, land and territory defender;
  • Calling them to take all measures to guarantee the safety of Julián Carrillo’s family members and the Coloradas de la Virgen community in accordance with their wishes and consent, including a prompt risk assement of the community;
  • Demanding them to take immediate steps to overcome the structural causes behind the threats, killings and attacks faced by human rights defenders in the Coloradas de la Virgen community.




Governor of Chihuahua

Javier Corral Jurado

Av. Independencia 209

Zona Centro, 31000

Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

Fax: +52 614 429 3300 EXT 11100


Salutation: Dear Governor of Chihuahua / Estimado Gobernador de Chihuahua


Chihuahua Attorney General Office

César Augusto Peniche Espejel

Avenida Paseo Bolívar 704

Zona Centro, 31000

Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

Tel: +52 614 429 3330 EXT 11402

Email: despacho.fiscalia@chihuahua.gob.mx

Twitter: @Fiscalia_Chih        

Salutation: Dear Attorney General / Estimado Fiscal


And copies to:

Vice Minister of the Interior

Rafael Adrirán Avante Juárez

Bucareli 99, Colonia Juárez

Delegación Cuauhtémoc, 06600, Mexico

Tel:+5128 00 00 EXT 16109, 16114, 16163

Email: ravante@segob.gob.mx

Twitter: @SEGOB_MX

Salutation: Dear Vice-Minister / Estimado Señor Subsecretario


Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR JULIÁN VENTURA, Head of Mission Embassy of Mexico, 16 St. George Street, London, W1S 1FD Phone: 020 7499 8586 E-Mail: mexuk@sre.gob.mx  twitter: @Embamexru


Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. 

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