National: political trial sought against head of the National Commission on Human Rights

October 1, 2014

Raúl Plascencia Villanueva (@CNDH)

Raúl Plascencia Villanueva (@CNDH)

On 24 September, close to 85 persons and civil organizations formed the Citizens’ Committee to attempt to rescue the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), calling on the federal congress to begin a political trial of its present director, Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, whom they accuse of having “failed in his mandate of defending victims of human-rights violations.”  They provided two arguments to support this claim: “1. The extremely grave omissions of the CNDH amidst the innumerable human-rights violations in Mexico. 2. The utilization of the institution as ‘a fashion’ and toward ends that are separate from the defense of human rights.”

The accusers accompanied their request with situations and cases that “are very well documented in the attached denunciation, which comes close to 100 pages of evidence showing that the CNDH president has omitted acting in an opportune, comprehensive, and independent manner in affairs that would make it imperative that he act in accordance with the constitutional mandate he received upon being named head of the CNDH.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Juicio político contra Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, presidente de la CNDH (Comunicado presentado ante la Cámara de Diputados, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Piden a diputados iniciar juicio político contra titular de la CNDH(Proceso, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Defensores de DH de todo México exigen juicio político contra el ombudsman nacional (Animal Político, 25 de septiembre de 2014)

Plascencia no tiene estatura moral para avalar derechos humanos: grupos civiles (Sin Embargo, 25 de septiembre de 2014)


National: XI National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) in Olintla, Puebla

September 15, 2014

Marcha en Olintla, Puebla (@Boca de Polen)

From 29 to 31 August, the XI National Meeting of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defense of Rivers (MAPDER) took place in Olintla municipality, Puebla, with the participation of more than 600 persons pertaining to 80 organizations hailing from the states of Puebla, Chiapas, Tabasco, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Mexico City, Mexico State, and Coahuila, as well as other countries.  At the event, participants share their experiences, struggles, and dreams.

In the final Declaration, conference-participants denounced that, “since the [time of the] approval of the structural reforms promoted by the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, [...] we have confronted a meticulous and systematic dismantling of all the legal mechanisms used by the people in defense of their lands.  The right to consultation, communal property in land, free municipalities, the–already weak–environmental regulations: all of this has been weakened so as to open the door to investment in megaprojects.”  They warned that “to close the pincer-grasp of the counter-reforms that have battered the country for three decades, the government of Peña Nieto is preparing to place the cherry on the cake with the announced agrarian reform, which seeks to consolidate the plan to plunder campesino lands begun in 1992 by Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Amidst this latest attempt to attack our rights, they have said that they come for our lands and territories.  We tell them: ‘Here we await you.  You will not pass!'”

Conference-goers also indicated that the government “employs all power in the security forces and military to repress communal defenders and to demobilize struggle by criminalizing social protest [...].  The murder of Noé Vázquez, the illegal arrest of our comrade in struggle Marco Antonio Suástegui (CECOP), [and] the imposition of arrest-orders against dozens of MAPDER members are demonstrations of the war strategy to loot our peoples.”

They closed by stressing that “we will continue to advance our own communal ways of life, and we struggle for an alternative energy project in Mexico and Latin America.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Declaración de Olintla y Acuerdos del XI Encuentro Nacional del MAPDER(MAPDER, 31 de agosto de 2014)

El rechazo a reformas, entre las demandas del Mapder (La Jornada de Oriente, 3 de septiembre de 2014)

Audio de Boca de Polen: http://bocadepolen.org/web/?p=12994

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Murder of MAPDER member in Veracruz (20 August 2013)

National: IX National Intercultural Meeting of MAPDER in Presidio de los Reyes (15 October 2013)

Chiapas: Regional Forum in Defense of the Land, the Territory and Natural Resources held in Ejido Costa Rica, frontier municipality of Comalapa (9 March 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)


National: Report on human rights in Mexico (from June 2013 to May 2014)

September 6, 2014

portada-informe-webOn August 30, the Report “Defending human rights in Mexico: A struggle against impunity (from June 2013 to May 2014)” was presented in Mexico City. It’s based on the work of documentation of Urgent Action for the Defense of Human Rights (ACUDDEH AC), Comité Cerezo Mexico and the National Campaign Against Enforced Disappearances.

The report recorded that since the beginning of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) Presidency, 669 arbitrary political arrests were registered, of which 412 were documented in the report. 25 extrajudicial executions against human rights defenders were also documented (23 are in the report). As for the forced disappearance, during the administration of EPN, 29 occurred, of which 16 are included in the report. Not including arbitrary arrests in Mexico City, the most dangerous states for the work of human rights defenders are Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

The press release highlighted: “We remain convinced that to sum up the information that has been documented with respect to cases of political imprisonment, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, help to get a much more comprehensive picture of the strategies of social control, political repression and counter-insurgency that the state uses in its quest to impose to the Mexican population a series of reforms that deepen neoliberal policies, or what is the same, that deepen dispossession and plunder in the conditions of a worthy life for people in general.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe: La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Comité Cerezo México, 30 de agosto de 2014)

La defensa de los DDHH en México: una lucha contra la impunidad‏. Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Kaos en la Red, 28 de agosto de 2014)

PRESENTACIÓN INFORME: LA DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN MÉXICO DE 2013 A 2014 (Protection Line, 26 de agosto de 2014)

La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos  “Todos los derechos para todas y todos”)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Publication of report “Human rights in Oaxaca 2009-2013. Citizens’ report: a pressing debt” (August 20, 2013)

National: 176 recommendations for Mexico during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (November 13, 2013)


Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release

September 2, 2014

Foto (@SIPAZ)Photo (@SIPAZ)

A year ago, on 21 August 2013, Nestora Salgado García, member of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested and accused of aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. She was then transferred to the maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, where she has been held to this day. From prison, she has written, “Remember, my beautiful people, that I am imprisoned.” The last time that her daughter Saira Rodríguez Salgado visited her was on 2 August, when she reported that she found her mother desperate due to the inhumane treatments she received. Saira Rodríguez reported that “this is a punishment against my mother for fighting for her people.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of her arrest, the National Network of Defenders of Human Rights in Mexico (RNDDHM) published a communique to demand her transfer to a jail in Mexico City as well as adequate attention to her health, in addition to demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of the human-rights defender.” The RNDDHM declared that “we call on the authorities of the federal government and the Guerrero state government to provide security guarantees for human-rights defenders, and we demand the cessation of the impunity of murders and forced disappearances of rights-defenders. We have had quite enough of the criminalization of human-rights defenders and of the social movement in Guerrero.”

The Committee of Women #NestoraLibre initiated the campaign “We are all Nestora,” toward the end of expressing solidarity toward her. In this way, both organizations demanded the release of other political prisoners: 9 members of the CRAC-PC and Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP). These arrests, according to the RNDDHM, “evince the political character of penal persecution and the illegal use of federal prisons, using the complicity of the federal government, from which no human-rights defender in Guerrero is exempt.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Me quieren matar o enloquecer, acusa Nestora Salgado; cumple un año en prisión (La Jornada, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Comunicado de prensa: RNDDHM exige libertad inmediata de Nestora Salgado (RNDDHM, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Mujeres crean frente por la libertad de presos políticos (Cimacnoticias, 20 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero: 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco

September 2, 2014

imagesOn 25 August 1974, Rosendo Radilla Pacheco was illegally arrested at a military checkpoint. He was last seen alive in the Military Barracks of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero. Rosendo Radilla was a celebrated social activist from the Atoyac municipality who worked for the health and education of his people and acted as mayor.

For the executive secretary of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM), Julio Mata Montiel, the lack of political will from the federal government, “be from whichever [party] it may be,” is the principal cause for the continued impunity in the case. He assured that “on 25 August will have passed 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla, one of 470 disappearances in Atoyac which took place during this time, despite the recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and a sentence that was handed down five years ago by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Mexican State. However, the State still refuses to reveal the whereabouts of Rosendo Radilla, such that the Mexican government is not concerned by international condemnation.”

It should be mentioned in these terms that on 22 August ended the excavations which the Guerrero Truth Commission (Comverdad) carried out for three days in Atoyac in an attempt to seek out possible clandestine burial sites associated with the 49th Infantry Batallion. Nicomedes Fuentes García, Comverdad member, reported that they had found bones which will be analyzed to determine their origins. Tita Radilla Martínez, daughter to Rosendo Radilla, has insisted that it is necessary that this labor be carried out by specialized experts. She announced that no public act would be taken to commemorate the anniversary of her father’s disappearance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Más elementos sobre el caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (CMDPDH)

Al reanudar excavaciones, la Comverdad encuentra osamenta en Atoyac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Sugieren familiares a la Comverdad parar las excavaciones hasta que lleguen especialistas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 23 de agosto de 2014)

Concluye la Comverdad las excavaciones en Atoyac; esperan que se reanuden con peritos (El Sur de Acapulco, 24 de agosto de 2014)

No le importa al gobierno aclarar crímenes: Afadem (La Jornada de Guerrero, 24 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Mexican State is denounced for failing to observe its obligations in the Rosendo Radilla Pacheco case (2 June 2014)

Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army (15 March 2014)

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)


Guerrero: denunciation of intimidation against Proceso correspondent in the state

September 2, 2014

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On 15 August, the Proceso magazine denounced in an editorial note that a presumed representative of the Agency of the Public Military Ministry, which is contained within the Secretary for National Defense (SEDENA), attempted to hand over a summons to appear to its correspondent in Guerrero, Ezequiel Flores Contreras. The note detailed that, “in accordance with a report published by the daily newspaper La Crónica, Vespertino de Chilpancingo, at around 8:00 PM on Thursday 14 August, a man dressed in civilian clothes though with military features was making rounds in the SUSPEG district, located in the capital of Guerrero. Identifying himself as Israel Martínez, he asked in several houses about the location of the reporter’s home. The motive of the search, according to the claims he provided to neighbors, was to submit to Flores Contreras a summons to appear before the military courts, even though he is a civilian.”

Some hours previously, Ezequiel Flores had published a digital report in Proceso regarding the violence experienced in the state’s capital on Wednesday night. The correspondent confirmed that the SEDENA had not advised him of an agent visiting his home, such that he suspected that the military is after him.

In this sense, Article 19, an organization that defends journalists, published an alert for this, “which increasingly seems to resemble an attack on freedom of expression, insofar as the publication of information on organized crime cannot be reason for investigation or judicial processing.” The organization has called on SEDENA to clarify the events in question, recalling that this is not the first time that the correspondent has been harassed by the authorities, given that last year, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero “defamed and denigrated his labor.” Article 19 stressed that, so far this year, Guerrero has seen 15 attacks on journalists and communication media.

For more information (in Spanish):

Presunto militar busca entregar citatorio a corresponsal de Proceso (Proceso, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Alertan por acto de intimidación contra el corresponsal de la revista Proceso en Guerrero (El Sur de Acapulco, 17 de agosto de 2014)

Emiten alerta por presunto acoso a un comunicador (La Jornada, 17 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur (2 May 2014)

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (28 March 2014)

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (June 10, 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (May 16, 2014)


Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP

September 2, 2014

Marcha del CECOP, 18 de agosto de 2014 (@Tlachinollan)CECOP march, 18 August 2014 (@Tlachinollan)

On 15 August, in observance of the eleventh anniversary of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), thousands of campesin@s marched in Acapulco together with members of national and state social organizations, making for a mobilization in which nearly 3000 persons particiapted. The principal demand of the protestors was to demand the release of one of CECOP’s spokespeople, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who was arrested last June. In parallel terms, protestors demanded justice in the case of the other political prisoners of the state, such as Julio Ventura Ascencio and Emilio Hernández Solís, also CECOP members, in addition to the commanders of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC): Nestora Salgado, Arturo Campos, and Gonzalo Molina.

Abel Barreara Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, assured that the transfer of Marco António Suástegui to the federal prison in Tepic, Nayarit, was “illegal,” affirming that “we seek to show to the bosses of criminalization that they are imposing themselves on the state and the country in transferring comrades who are communal defenders, like Marco Antonio, to federal prisons and to isolate them in places where it is impossible for relatives to have contact with them, for lawyers to implement an adequate defense, and for the comrade himself to avoid greater vulnerability through isolation.”

Ignacio del Valle, director of the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land of Atenco, declared at the event that “we are here because it is necessary to unify our resistance efforts. It is enough of this form of governance; we have had enough of the imposition of these projects that have nothing to do with the necessities that are priorities for our peoples […]. We came to tell you that you are not alone, that what is happening here is not an isolated case, given that both in Guerrero as in other parts of Mexico, we are obliged to say enough to the looting of territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan cientos en Acapulco; exigen liberar al vocero del Cecop (La Jornada, 16 de agosto de 2014)

Marchan Cecop y ONG en Acapulco; exigen liberar a Suástegui Muñoz (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de agosto de 2014)

Marchan organizaciones, pueblos y movimientos por libertad para defensor de los ríos y el agua (Nota Informativa de Tlachinollan, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Unas 179 órdenes de aprehensión hay contra cecopistas, dicen coordinadores (La Jornada de Guerrero, 18 de agosto de 2014)

Las arbitrariedades del poder: a once años del Cecop y a un año de Nestora Salgado (Tlachinollan, El Sur de Acapulco, 18 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (August 29, 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (July 20, 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (June 23, 2014)


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