The Third Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition of Spain, Teresa Ribera, promotes a declaration, which has been signed by 20 other Ibero-American environment ministers, in memory of the Dominican Minister Orlando Jorge Mera, recently killed.
The document, which has also been supported by 42 former Spanish and Latin American ministers, shows “affection, admiration and mourning” for Merawhich was added last week “to the sad list of activists, prosecutors, forest rangers, journalists or people belonging to indigenous minorities killed for defending nature.”
Four days before his death, Mera participated in an international meeting commemorating the 1972 Stockholm summit, where global goals were set for the first time. against the environmental footprint of economic growth.
He was “committed to multilateralism and international cooperation as a means to strengthen a global environmental governance framework,” highlights the statement promoted by the Spanish minister.
Mera was preparing “with enthusiasm” the organization of the XI Ibero-American Conference of Environment Ministers, scheduled for Santo Domingo in July.
Nevertheless, was assassinated in his office, “in the exercise of his functions of protection, conservation and restoration of the environment as the highest public official of his country in the matter”, regret the signatories, who recall that in 2020 alone 227 environmental defenders died, according to the latest Global Witness report .
According to the file of the Public Ministry, the confessed author of the crime, Miguel Cruz, would have complained that the minister rejected a permit to export 5,000 tons of used batteries that he requested in the name of his company Aurum Gavia. He finally met up with Mera and gave her “six shots”.
“His sense of responsibility led him to promote with passion and determination the ecological transition of his country towards a sustainable model in balance with nature”, according to the letter signed by ministers and personalities such as the Ibero-American Secretary General, Andrés Allamand.