I just got this press release from the RFK Memorial:
WASHINGTON DCâ€”The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial strongly denounces the murder of JosÃ© Emanuel â€œPepeâ€ MÃ©ndez, son of 1990 RFK Human Rights Award winner AmÃlcar MÃ©ndez UrÃzar. Pepe MÃ©ndez was shot to death in Guatemala City on the afternoon of August 17th, 2007 by assailants with high caliber weapons.
“The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and human rights advocates around the world are shocked and deeply saddened by Pepe MÃ©ndez ‘s murder. We stand in solidarity with AmÃlcar and his family during this very difficult time,” said Monika Kalra Varma, director of the RFK Memorial’s Center for Human Rights.
For most of his life, Pepe MÃ©ndez worked with his father, a longtime human rights defender working with Guatemalan indigenous communities. RFK Memorial is concerned that Pepe MÃ©ndez ‘s death may be associated with these activities. Pepe MÃ©ndez received a number of death threats, including within the last month, which were reported to Guatemala’s Human Rights Prosecutor’s Office. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – the regional body for protection of human rights in the Americas – granted Pepe MÃ©ndez and his father protective measures after determining that they faced “grave and imminent risk of harm.”
As elections approach, Guatemala has witnessed a number of high profile murders of public figures and activists. The perpetrators have been able to act with impunity, despite denunciations by the Guatemalan human rights community.
“We urge the Guatemalan government to name a Special Prosecutor to immediately investigate Pepe MÃ©ndez ‘s murder and those of activists and politicians in recent weeks,” said Varma.
Asesinan a hijo de AmÃlcar MÃ©ndez from El Periodico (Spanish)