Guerrero: Evaluation of SIPAZ Follow-up Visit

SIPAZ presentation at the Guerrero state social forum “Guerrero: Where poverty is punished and protest is criminalized” [Source: Theres Hoechli]

Between June 18 and 21, three delegates –Marina Pagès (France), Monica Wooters (USA) and Theres Hoechli (Switzerland)– conducted a four-day visit to the State of Guerrero as a follow up to the March delegation coordinated by the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) which included the participation of representatives of 11 NGOs (nongovernment organizations) from six countries.

This second trip included a stop in Ayutla de los Libres where the delegates met with the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña, the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous Peoples (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me’phaa) and interviewed five members of the OPIM in the municipal prison where they have been detained since April 18, 2008. In Chilpancingo, a meeting was conducted with the president of the State Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (Comisión Estatal de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos), Juan Alarcón Hernández, as well as the Secretary General of (State) Government, Ramírez Ramos.

Concluding the trip, the delegates attended the forum “Guerrero: Where poverty is punished and protest is criminalized,” organized by Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña as part of its 14th anniversary celebrations. On the first day of the forum, soldiers from the Mexican Army established a roadside checkpoint at a distance of 50m from the event. This was interpreted by forum participants as a clear act of intimidation.

More information:

Full Evaluation of the SIPAZ Follow-up Visit to Guerrero (25/06/08)

Tlachinollan celebrates fourteen years of constant struggle in defence of human rights (18/06/08)

More information on the past SIPAZ delegation:

SIPAZ Delgation to Guerrero: Conclusions (05/08)

Guerrero: SIPAZ and Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña launch international mission to document human rights violations (SIPAZ 14/03/08)

Guerrero: SIPAZ and CDHM Tlachinollan promote international mission to document human rights violations (SIPAZ 07/03/08)

More information on Guerrero:

Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña

Guerrero: Human rights defenders in Ayutla held in prison for nearly two months (SIPAZ 13/06/08)

More information in Spanish:

Los derechos humanos no son prioritarios para el gobierno de Guerrero, afirma Sipaz (El Sur 20/06/08)

Comienza el Sipaz visita a Guerrero (La Jornada 08/03/08)

Policía Comunitaria de la Costa Chica y Montaña de Guerrero

Radio Ñomndaa – La Palabra del Agua

CODDEHUM de Guerrero

Gobierno estatal de Guerrero

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