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  • Nearly four days after he was reported missing, human rights defender and community advocate, Gonzalo Molina Hernandez, has been located, officials reported Saturday.

    Nearly four days after he was reported missing, human rights defender and community advocate, Gonzalo Molina Hernandez, has been located, officials reported Saturday. | Photo: Twitter / @CDHAntonioEst

Published 30 March 2019
Opinion

"I have learned with satisfaction that Gonzalo Molina is safe and sound; he will soon be with his family," the governor of Guerrero ​​​said in a tweet.

Mexican human rights defender Gonzalo Molina Hernandez was found "safe and sound," the governor of Guerrero, Hector Astudillo, said Friday.

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"I have learned with satisfaction that Gonzalo Molina is safe and sound, he will soon be with his family," the governor said in a tweet.

Gonzalo Molina, spokesperson of Guerrero’s community police network (CRAC), disappeared along with three others Wednesday, March 27, in Mexico City amid circumstances not clarified by authorities.

After his disappearance, the National Commission for Human Rights sent a statement demanding that the federal government present the CRAC spokesperson alive and take precautionary measures to protect his family members.

The human rights activist was officially released from prison on March 1 after a set of terrorism charges and a five-year sentence were dismissed. 

Gonzalo Molina is a community leader and advocate of community police in Tixtla, Guerrero, where he had denounced "collusion" between crime groups and state agents. In 2013, he led protests against the arrest of Nestora Salgado, a member of the community police and senator of the National Regeneration Movement party.

That same year, Molina was arrested on charges of kidnapping, carrying weapons, terrorism, and aggravated injuries. On Feb. 28, 2019, he was released and exonerated of the charges after "demonstrating that his imprisonment was encouraged for political reasons," the Center for Human Rights of the Mountain, Tlachinollan, said in a statement.

Upon hearing about the disappearance of Molina, the government of Guerrero state expressed concern about his whereabouts. The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) demanded that the federal and state governments of Guerrero take action to locate the activist alive along with the people who accompanied him.

"The CNDH will observe promptly the actions of the authorities and will take the necessary steps, within the scope of their legal and constitutional powers," the agency said.

On March 24, Mexican President  Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the reinstallation of the National Search System for Missing Persons. In his speech, he said the disappearance of people is very painful for the country and one of the worst legacies of previous governments.

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