Tita Radilla and members of AFADEM (@SIPAZ)
On 17 November, Juan Marcos Gutiérrez, Secretary of Governance for functions, and chancellor Patricia Espinoza led a public act in Atoyác de Álvarez that recognized the responsibility of Mexican State in the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, which occurred in 1974, in observation of the sentence dictated by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), an act from which were absent his relatives who for 37 years have sought justice. “Due to the pressured and unilateral manners in which the Secretary of Governance has communicated with representatives of the Radilla family–the Mexican Commission for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH)–to report that the public apology would be carried out the following day, the Radilla family, its representatives, and the Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Mexico (AFADEM) decided not to attend the event,” noted Julio Mata Motielo, technical secretary of Afadem, on 16 November. During the act, governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero took the opportunity to announce the creation of a Truth Commission that is to investigate the human-rights violations committed in the state during the decades of the ’70s and ’80s.
In other news, news has been released noting that in light of the growth of demand for energy in the state of Guerrero, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is considering accelerating the construction of the hydroelectric dam La Parota, aiming for it to become operational in October of 2016. The present administration of Ángel Aguirre has sought better relations with the communards, but his position is that the project will be carried out. The main reason for its approval is that beyond supplying energy to the whole state, the dam would also guarantee drinking water for Acapulco. The communards opposing the project, associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), are not convinced about the supposed benefits of the dam, and they have already succeeded in maintaining the project in suspension for the last 8 years.
Lastly, members of the autonomous Ñomndaa radio, from the community of Suljaa’, municipality of Xochistlahuaca, invite civil society to participate in the celebration of its anniversary. The event will take place in said community from 17-19 December of this year. The objective is to “strengthen our resolve in the struggle so as to engage in dialogue and live together in resistance and rebellion with joy.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Una imposición, acto oficial de disculpa pública por caso Radilla: Afadem(Proceso, 16 November)
Reconoce el Estado mexicano su responsabilidad en el caso Radilla (La Jornada, 18 November)
Rachazan perdón en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 17 November)
Estado acepta culpa en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 18 November)
Comuneros, en contra de la obra en la región (El Universal, 17 November)
La Parota, el futuro eléctrico para Guerrero (El Universal, 17 November)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides; SCJN will analyze recommendations of the Inter-American Court in the case of Radilla (14 September 2010)
Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)