Media Advisory, July 30, 2013


What:
On Wednesday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m., concerned Costa Ricans and their allies will take to the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica, to call for justice for Jairo Mora, an environmentalist and sea turtle activist who was murdered two months ago. They will march from the Ministry of the Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia or MINAE) to the Judicial Investigation Organism (Organismo de Investigacion Judicial or OIJ) to the Legislative Assembly (Asamblea Legislativa) to deliver a petition signed by more than 130,000 people from around the world who demand justice for Jairo.

Who: All interested Costa Ricans, sea turtle lovers, environmentalists, human rights defenders, staff and members of Red de Tortugas Marinas de Costa Rica, Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Sea Turtle Conservancy.

How: Contact Jaclyn Lopez, visit our Facebook page. Meet at MINAE at 4:30 p.m. We will have a limited number of T-shirts available. We will march to Corte Suprema de Justicia and then to the Asamblea Legislativa.

Media visuals and interviews: Demonstrators, activists and organizers will be available for broadcast, web and print interviews.

Background

Jairo was a 26-year-old sea turtle defender working to protect nesting sea turtles from poaching and other threats on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in Moín, near Limon. He was targeted as a sea turtle activist, kidnapped and tortured by at least five armed criminals on May 30. His body was discovered early in the morning on May 31. Four women — three Americans and a Spaniard — were also kidnapped but escaped uninjured.

Sea turtle poaching and drug trafficking continue to threaten the lives of people and sea turtles, endangering Costa Rica’s image as an ecotourist mecca. Costa Rica’s Caribbean beaches have seen an increase in sea turtle poaching. Jairo’s murder has forced an abrupt halt to protection efforts in Moín.

In addition to the petition, conservation organizations have organized a Jairo Mora Sandoval Reward, which has grown to more than $56,000, and a Jairo Mora Sandoval Memorial Fund, which has grown to more than $10,000 (see www.seaturtles.org/donateforjustice).

Contact:

(U.S. & Costa Rica) Jaclyn Lopez, 8503-4497, (727) 490-9190, jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org

(U.S.) Todd Steiner, (415) 488-7652, TSteiner@TIRN.net

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    Media Advisory, July 30, 2013 What: On Wednesday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m., concerned Costa Ricans and their allies will take to the streets of San Jose, Costa Rica, to call for justice for Jairo Mora, an environmentalist and sea turtle activist who was murdered two months ago. They will...