Guerrero – briefs: Protestors submit complaint against soldiers; NGO notifies US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under the Mérida Initiative

On 9 November, members of the movements in resistance to high electricity-prices submitted a complaint to the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Guerrero (CODDEHUM) due to the intimidation suffered at the hands of soldiers on Tuesday 8 November who forced them to abandon the sit-in they had been engaging in at the office of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  That Tuesday, some hours after the members of the resistance movement succeeded in closing the CFE offices in Chilpancingo as a form of protest against the high electricity prices imposed on marginalized communities, they were displaced by several soldiers.  Manuel Rivera Salazar, who was part of this protest, noted that although there was neither physical nor verbal violence, the mere act by the soldiers of disembarking from the Hummer with their arms “intimidated the comrades and we fell back to the other side of the street.”

In other news, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights is reporting that one year after the release of the historic sentences by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the cases of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo, several work-meetings were held in Washington DC to inform a number of US governmental authorities of the process of the implementation of both sentences, the operation of the military court and its implications for the investigations of these cases, and the content of what would be an adequate reform of the Code of Military Justice.  The informational bulletin of 8 November stresses that “The cases of Inés and Valentina form part of a large number of grave military abuses that go on in impunity.  To date, in Mexico the Military Prosecutor continues to investigate human-rights violations committed by soldiers against civilians, despite the decision by the Supreme Court of Justice in the Nation, the four sentences released by the IACHR, and the obligations of the Mérida Initiative.  The incapacity to appropriately judge these cases even with international attention and its high political costs reflects the lack of established civilian controls in Mexico over the armed forces.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Interponen queja contra militares en la Coddehum por desalojo en la CFE (La Jornada, 10 November)

Informan a autoridades del Gobierno de EEUU obligaciones de México Iniciativa Mérida (Tlachinollan, 8 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerero – briefs: high electricity prices are denounced (27 September)

Guerrero – briefs: march from Guerrero to Mexico City to demand a single price from CFE (22 September)

Guerrero – briefs: Judge acquits attacker of Radio Ñomndaa Committee member; Interior Ministry evades compliance with sentencing in the case of Inés and Valentina (4 February 2011)

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