Chiapas: Release of Florentino Gómez Girón of the FPRFM

December 17, 2014

PLantón por la liberación de Florentino Gómez Girón (@quadratin.com.mx)

Sit-in for the release of Florentino Gómez Girón (@quadratin.com.mx)

On 6 December, Florentino Gómez Girón, leader of the Ricardo Flores Magón Popular Front (FPRFM) from Ixtapa, was released from prison after his nephew immolated himself before the state congress in Tuxtla Gutiérrez the previous day.  Agustín Gómez Pérez, 21 years of age, doused himself in gasoline and asked one of his friends to light him on fire to demand the release of his uncle who has been held in the Amate prison since 1 May 2014.  His probability of survival is very low.  Following the release of Gómez Girón, those who had maintained the blockade of the state congress since 10 November suspended their sit-in.

Gómez Girón had been charged for the crime of robbery of cattle.  There are still another four arrest-orders against him on the charges of organized crime, kidnapping, use of firearms restricted for the Army, and planned plundering, according to information from the Subsecretary for Human Rights at the Secretary of Governance.  The FPRFM indicates all these charges as having been fabricated.

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Liberan a líder en Chiapas luego de que su sobrino se inmoló (Proceso, 6 de diciembre de 2014)

Liberan a líder tras inmolación de seguidor en Chiapas (El Universal, 6 de diciembre de 2014)

Pronunciamiento sobre el caso de Florentino Gómez Girón de la Subsecretaría de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobierno de Chiapas (5 de diciembre de 2014)

Se inmola joven de 18 años en Chiapas; exige liberación de líder campesino (La Jornada, 5 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sit-in, hunger strike, suturing of lips, and simulated crucifixion for the release of Florentino Gómez Girón (15 November 2014)


National: approval of law on social movement that some have characterized as an “anti-protest law”

December 17, 2014

Movilización en la Ciudad de México, 20 de noviembre de 2014 (@SIPAZ)

Mobilization in Mexico City, 20 November 2014 (@SIPAZ)

On 2 December, deputies from the PRI, PAN, PVEM, and PANAL parties approved a bill on “social movement,” or constitutional changes that some NGOs and analysts worry could allow the authorities to suppress protests and more broadly restrict freedom of expression, reunion, and petition.  This comes within the context of multitudinous mobilizations against the government of Enrique Peña Nieto over the case of the disappeared 43 normalist students from Ayotzinapa.

Some PRD, PT, and Citizens’ Movement legislators have qualified this bill as an “anti-protest law.”  Yet it still was approved 292 to 100, and thus will proceed to the Senate.  Once approved by the Senate, it must be approved by at least 17 state congresses.

Those comprising the front for the Liberty of Expression and Social Protest and Greenpeace Mexico have made an energetic call on the federal congress to avoid instituting any disposition that would seek to restrict the rights to freedom of expression, meeting, and association.  These groups indicated that it is alarming that the reform take place “within a context of enormous social discontent and public mobilizations against which public force has used disproportionate force, leading to violations of the freedom of expression, meeting, social protest, and even health.”  It is for these reasons that the General Law on Movement may seek to further restrict the right to social protest.

For more information (in Spanish):

Aprueban diputados ley antimarchas en medio de protestas por Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 2 de diciembre de 2014)

PRI y PAN buscan aprobar reforma que reglamente las manifestaciones(La Jornada, 3 de diciembre de 2014)

 ¿Ley antimarchas? Puntos clave de lo aprobado por diputados (Aristegui Noticias, 3 de diciembre de 2014)

El PRD condena Ley Antimarchas, pero en el DF la impulsa, acusan activistas (Sin Embargo 4 de diciembre de 2014)

ONG se declaran en alerta por eventuales intentos de cercar la libertad de expresión (La Jornada, 4 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State congress approves initiative on “legitimate use of force” (18 May 2014)

National: Creation of the Front for the Freedom of Expression and Social Protest (26 April 2014)


Chiapas/Mexico: EZLN to cede its place to relatives and disappeared students of Ayotzinapa

December 17, 2014


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In a communique signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés on 14 December, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) reports that it will cede its place to the relatives and disappeared students from Ayotzinapa during the First Global Festival for Resistance and Rebellion against Capitalism, to be held from 21 December to 3 January in different places in Mexico, though it clarified that it still will participate in the work.

The EZLN calls for a commission comprised of 10 persons, 10 male and 10 female, who are relatives or comrades of the murdered and disappeared normalist students of Ayotzinapa, because “we said that the first and most important or urgent matters is to listen to the relatives and comrades of the disappeared and murdered [students] from Ayotzinapa.  It is these voices that have touched the hearts of millions in Mexico and throughout the world.”

Subcomandante Moisés added that the “nightmare of Ayotzinapa is neither local, state, or national.  It is instead global […] because this is not just against the youth or males.  It is a war within many wars: the war against the other, the war against indigenous peoples, the war against youth, the war on those who in their work make the world run, and the war against women.”

Yet this, as he notes, “was already [clear] from different calendars and geographies.  What places Ayotzinapa on the world map is the dignity of the relatives and comrades of the murdered and disappeared youth: their tenacity and intransigent insistence on the search for justice and truth.”

For more information (in Spanish):

De Ayotzinapa, del Festival y de la histeria como método de análisis y guía para la acción. Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Enlacezapatista, 14 de diciembre de 2014

El EZLN invita a padres de normalistas a participar en el Festival Mundial de las Resistencias, Proceso, 15 de diciembre de 2014

Cede EZLN lugar a normalistas de Ayotzinapa en Festival Mundial de Resistencia, La Jornada, 15 de diciembre de 2014


National: “To Defend Human Rights Is Necessary, Legitimate, and Dangerous” – Amnesty International

December 17, 2014

AI

On 9 December, day for human-rights defenders, Amnesty International (AI) presented the document “To Defend Human Rights Is Necessary, Legitimate, and Dangerous” regarding the work of human-rights observers and journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The report notes that journalists and rights-defenders risk their lives and liberty to struggle for human rights, and continue to suffer from intimidation, assault, and other forms of violence.

The document stresses the “high levels of violence and repression” against those who work in questions having to do with the land, territory, and natural resources, as well as the rights of women and children, migrants, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans* and intersexual persons, in addition to journalists and trade-unionists who defend human rights.

“The saddening reality is that many of these persons who defend human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer constant persecution and attacks as revenge for their efforts.  In different countries we have observed a disquieting and lamentable increase in the levels of violence and repressions suffered by these persons just for defending human rights and justice,” noted Erika Guevara Rosas, director of the American Program with AI.

For more information (in Spanish):

Defender Derechos Humanos en las Américs: Necesario, Legítimo y Peligroso, Amnestía Internacional, 9 de diciembre de 2014

Denuncia AI aumento de violencia contra defensores de Derechos Humanos en Latinoamerica, SDPNoticias, 9 de diciembre de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for environmental defenders (12 June 2014)


Chiapas: popular rejection of dams and mining projects in the Tapachula, Motozintla, Huixtla, and Huehuetán region

December 17, 2014


Marcha en Tapachula (@Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina)

March in Tapachula (@Observatory on Mining Conflicts in Latin America)

On 8 December 2014, representatives from 39 ejidos, communal land-holdings, communities, and social, indigenous, and campesino organizations from the Tapachula, Motozintla, Huixtla, Huehuetán, and San Cristóbal de las Casas municipalities held a march to express their rejection of planned dam and mining projects in the region.

Protestors affirmed that their lands and territories “ARE FREE OF HYDROELECTRIC DAMS AND MINERAL EXPLOITATION.”  In the same way as 10 December 2013, they agreed that to “continue demanding that the federal, state, and municipal authorities heed and respect the decision of the ejidos, communal land-holdings, organizations, and peoples, and cancel all types of contracts, agreements, concessions, or permits to build these megaprojects that they have awarded on our lands and territories.”

Presenting the Second Declaration of Tapachula, the communal representatives claimed that “the three levels of government [will be responsible for] any conflict that is generated toward the end of sowing divisions and imposing projects of plunder at the cost of violating our human rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

II Declaración de Tapachula (Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina)

Emiten declaratoria por territorios libres de represas y minerías en Tapachula (Diario Contrapoder en Chiapas, 9 de diciembre de 2014)

Se manifiestan contra hidroeléctricas y mineras, en Tapachula (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Mobilization of 56 communities in Tapachula against mines and dams (17 December 2013)

Chiapas: International socio-environmental seminar, the Open Veins of Contemporary Chiapas (12 November 2013)


International/National: IACHR presents report regarding right to truth which includes the case of the “Dirty War” in Mexico

December 16, 2014

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At the end of November, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) published a report regarding the right to truth in Latin America “in light of the enormous challenges that many States of the region confront with regard to guaranteeing the rights of thousands of victims after periods of dictatorship, armed internal conflicts, and generalized violence.”

The report analyzes several cases, emphasizing “the obligations that the States have in reagrd to the objective of guaranteeing the right to truth in terms of grave human-rights violations.”  In the specific case of Mexico, the report makes reference to the creation of a Special Prosecutorial Office for Past Social and Political Movements (FEMOSPP), which seeks to investigate what happened in 532 cases of disappeared and arrested individuals.  It recalls that “on 15 December 2005, a group of investigators submitted a draft of the report.  However, to date, the report has not been made public, and it can only be found online, as published by the National Security Archive.”

In observance of the presentation of the report, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary for the IACHR, stressed that “this report is a contribution that compiles the jurisprudence of the Inter-American legal system regarding the obligations States have in terms of truth, justice, and compensation for victims of past [crimes].  But it is not a report which deals only with the past, for it is also a contribution to the present, so as to assist from our place and mandate the democracies of today to advance with their pending debts.  It is also a contribution to the future.  The guarantee to the right to truth permits the construction of a future exempt from these types of abuses.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Derecho a la verdad en América: Informe Completo (CIDH)

Urge CIDH a erradicar desapariciones forzadas en América (El Universal, 27 de noviembre de 2014)

CIDH presenta informe sobre el Derecho a la Verdad en América (Boletín de prensa de la CIDH, 27 de noviembre de 2014)

CIDH presenta informe sobre el derecho a la Verdad; retoma el caso de la FEMOSPP en México (Centro Prodh, 2 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: TPP preaudience judges Mexican State for crimes against humanity (27 July 2014)

Guerrero: Death-threats directed against two activists with the Truth Commission (7 February 2013)

 


Chiapas: 3 years since the forcible displacement of the families from Banavil

December 16, 2014

Conferencia de prensa, 4 diciembre 2014 @ SIPAZ

Press-conference, 4 December 2014 @ SIPAZ

On 4 December 2014, 3 years were commemorated since the attacks in the Banavil community, Tenejapa municipality, Chiapas, as prosecuted by members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).  In a press-conference, the Zapatista-sympathizing families mentioned the attack with firearms which led to the displacement of 13 persons “who have lost everything and are prevented with death-threats from returning.”  The attack caused the death of Pedro Méndez López, while six others were injured, and Alonso López Luna forcibly disappeared.  Furthermore, two arbitrary arrests were carried out of Lorenzo López Girón, son of the disappeared who was injured by gunfire and then accused of assault and battery, as well as Francisco Santiz López, Zapatista support base (BAEZLN), who was actually located elsewhere during the attack.  Subsequently, both were released, with Francisco’s case won thanks to the work of a special campaign involving international-solidarity actions.

The press-bulletin indicates that “due to these grave human-rights violations, we continue to demand justice and punishment of those responsible for the attacks.  It is necessary to clarify the truth regarding the forcible disappearance of Mr. Alonso López Luna, and that he be returned to us with life.  Furthermore, we demand compensation for the damages incurred, owing to the plundering of our possessions and lands in the community; an expeditious return to the homes for the displaced, who now live in vulnerable situations in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, lacking access to healthcare and housing, and without options for work under dignified conditions.”

Following the press-conference, representatives of the Simojovel parish celebrated a ceremony and prayer with the displaced families to express their support and alleviate their pain.  This case of the displaced families from Banavil has been included within the Campaign Faces of Looting, “Our Lands, Our Rights.  No to Forcible Displacement.”

For more information (in Spanish):

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Those displaced from Banavil continue demanding justice (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from and announcement of action on part of the displaced from Banavil and the Aurora Ermita ejido(10 April 2014)

Chiapas: Two years after the attack in Banavil, displacement and forced disappearance live on,” CDHFBC (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: Public denunciation from those displaced from Banavil (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: The displaced of Banavil, Tenejapa in “precarious and inhumane conditions” (8 April 2013)


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