Jyri Jaakkola

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Jyri Antero Jaakkola
BornFebruary 11, 1977
DiedApril 27, 2010(2010-04-27) (aged 33)
Known forHuman rights activism, advocacy

Jyri Antero Jaakkola (February 11, 1977 – April 27, 2010) was a Finnish human rights activist. He was on his way to San Juan Copala, a village of indigenous Trique people that has declared itself autonomous, as a human rights observer when he was shot dead by UBISORT, a paramilitary organization connected to Institutional Revolutionary Party. In the attack Alberta Cariño, an activist for the local organization CACTUS, was also shot dead and more than ten people were wounded.


Jaakkola was widely known as a central figure in several alternative movements in Finland. He was involved with S/V Estelle, a sailboat operated on fair trade principles,[1] and sailed to Angola with the ship in 2002.


Jaakkola was killed in Oaxaca on 27 April 2010. His murder was unsolved in September 2010. According to Member of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala (Subcommittee on Human Rights) the individual cases allows the discovery of the roots of systematic human rights violations.[2]

Jaakkola's parents want the Finnish government to conduct investigations. In 2012 the murder was two years old but the Mexican investigation had not advanced.[3]

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  1. ^ Estelle website listing Jaakkola as chairperson, retrieved on 2010-05-02
  2. ^ Vääryys vaatii kasvot. Helsingin Sanomat 10.9.2010 B1
  3. ^ Omaiset haluavat Suomessa tutkinnan Jyri Jaakkolan surmasta. Helsingin Sanomat 28.4.2012 B1

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