National: NGOs ask to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) an official visit to Mexico in the face of the “human rights crisis” in the country

August 30, 2014

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During the 152 Special Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held in Mexico City from 12 to 14 August, 55 networks and civil society organizations called on the mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) to realize an official visit to Mexicoin the face of the deterioration of the effective exercise of human rights” in the country. In a joint statement, the organizations argued that “the presence of the Inter-American Commission is an occasion to highlight the huge gap between what is stated in the American Convention on Human Rights and the reality of our country, that ranks first regarding individual petitions and requests for precautionary measures before the IACHR”. They announced that they would deliver information about the “human rights crisis that we currently face in the country”, which particularly affects women, children, indigenous peoples and human rights defenders.

“Given the deterioration in the observance of human rights that Mexico has experienced in recent years, the need for the Inter-American System to closely monitor the situation in the country is imperative”, they stressed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado conjunto: Ante grave situación de derechos humanos, sociedad civil llama a la Comisión Interamericana a realizar una visita oficial al país (ONG, 11 de agosto de 2014)

Piden ONG a CIDH supervisar a México por “crisis en derechos humanos” (Proceso, 11 de agosto de 2014)

Inicia sesión de CIDH en México; activistas quieren visita oficial (CIMAC Noticias, 11 de agosto de 2014)

Piden ONG la presencia en México de representantes de la CIDH (La Jornada, 12 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/International: Mexico confronts a “humanitarian crisis” amidst context of violence and impunity, denounces civil society in Brussels (March 30, 2014)


National: According to the pre-audience for the People’s Permanent Tribunal (TPP), simulation and impunity prevent the eradication of violence against women

August 30, 2014
TPP Pre-audience (@Cencos)

TPP Pre-audience (@Cencos)

 Between August 4 to 6, there was held in Mexico City the pre-audience “Gender Violence and Femicide” of the the Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal (TPP), Chapter Mexico. This time 18 cases were analyzed and the different types of violence against women that happen in the country, such as femicide, discrimination, criminalization, labor violence, attacks on journalists and presenters, obstetric violence and human trafficking, were demonstrated. The jury accused the Mexican government of not fulfilling its obligation to eradicate violence and discrimination against women. According to the jury, laws, institutions and state actions do not generate concrete results in combating violence, and especially do not guarantee neither protection nor effective access to justice. It declared: “Legal changes are achieved, yes [...] but in the end, the State justifies itself and doesn’t assume the contents of those law [...] and that is serious, because it undermines the right of women to live without violence”. Besides the Jury stressed that in all cases reported to the TPP, there have been no follow-up, penalty or damage repair and in some cases, victims have been criminalized. The Mexican government, it said, through “simulation and impunity,” violates international treaties it has signed and ratified, affecting the right of women to a life free of violence, and therefore all their rights.

Finally, it recalled that the final hearing of the axis “Femicide, family and sexual violence, disappearance and human trafficking, women in war, defenders and structural violence” of the TPP will be held in September. In November, after three years of work, the TPP Mexican Chapter will conclude with a final hearing, in which the Mexican government will be judged by a national and international commission.

For more information (in Spanish):

Termina Preaudiencia Violencia de Género y Feminicidio DF del TPP (Noticias MVS, 6 de agosto de 2014)

Simulación e impunidad impiden erradicar violencia contra mujeres: TPP (Sididh, 13 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: TPP pre-audience judges Mexican State for crimes against humanity (July 27, 2014)

National: Activists denounce increase in violence against women (July 19, 2014)

National: the Mexican government does not comply with the recommendations of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (23 June 2014)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan considers “illegal” Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz ‘s transfer to a Nayarit prison and demand his return to the state

August 30, 2014

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In a statement released on August 13, the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan announced that it issued a complaint before the District Judge of Acapulco regarding the transfer of the leader of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop), Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui to the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation of Tepic, Nayarit . Tlachinollan considers that this transfer was “illegal“, so it demanded the prison authorities to order his return to Guerrero.

It recalled that at the time of his arrest in June, “anticipating a transfer to a federal prison, as it has been seen in other cases of criminalization of Guerrero social activists”, Tlachinollan had filed a legal demand “to prevent his transfer and his subsequent confinement that might prevent access to an adequate defense for the community defender. “ It denounced that nevertheless “Suástegui was illegally transferred to the Social Rehabilitation Center of La Unión de Isidoro Montes de Oca, located in the Costa Grande of Guerrero; and finally to the Federal Center of Tepic, in Nayarit. Besides being a violation of his rights, it allowed the state government to gain time to manipulate the charges against the community leader and to avoid he might be freed. “

 Tlachinollan said that at the same hearing, it presented “information to the federal court about the systematic use made ​​by the State Executive of federal prisons, of medium and maximum security, as a tool of coercion against social movements, which violates international treaties ratified by Mexico” .

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Tlachinollan ante Juez de Distrito ilegalidad de traslado a un penal federal a Marco Antonio Suástegui, líder histórico del CECOP (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 13 de agosto de 2014)

Ilegal, traslado a Tepic de activista guerrerense (La Jornada, 14 de agosto de 2014)

Regresar a Suástegui a un penal del estado, demandan en diligencia al juez (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 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)


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
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On August 3, soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Community, where the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (Cecop) had just finished their weekly meeting. The soldiers on board of four vehicles claimed that they were patrolling the area. They were intercepted while trying to pass the camp that the community keep there, and then threw out with machetes and sticks.

On the other hand, during the Assembly, the lawyer of the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, Vidulfo Rosales, said that he will file a petition for annulment in the Land Court against the complaint for dispossession presented by the entrepreneur Humberto Marín against the Cecop spokesman, Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui. The latter has been detained since mid-June and is currently imprisoned in Nayarit. Vidulfo Rosales said that the hearing on constitutional protection due to his transfer to the prison in Tepic, will be held on August 13. It might establish his mandatory transfer back to Guerrero.

The lawyer explained that after that, it will take an intensive campaign for the final release of the commoner: “First we want his transfer, and then his return.” Sierra Rosales asked the villagers to avoid actions that put them at risk of arrest or might generate greater conflict, as this would prevent the release of Suástegui.

For more information (in Spanish):

Corren comuneros a marinos y soldados que pretendían patrullar pueblo de Cacahuatepec (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Irrumpen soldados y policías en La Concepción tras asamblea del Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

Abogado: la próxima semana llegará el expediente del caso contra Suástegui (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Guerrero: the State Government pressures to build the La Parota dam (June 12, 2014)


National/Oaxaca: Father Solalinde declares that migrant flows will not diminish amidst imposition of new federal measures

August 5, 2014

Padre Alejandro Solalinde (@MPJD)

Padre Alejandro Solalinde (@MPJD)

If the number of undocumented migrants who have boarded the “Beast” (this being the train that travels from Arriaga, Chiapas, to Ixtepec, Oaxaca) seems to have diminished since the declarations made by the federal Secretary of Governance, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, that migrants would not be allowed to travel this way, Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, priest and recognized rights-defender for migrants, assured for his part that said policy would only increase the risks of travel without inhibiting migratory flows.

According to a report in La Jornada, Solalinde denounced that “Osorio Chong seeks to suppress the human rights of migrants; he is digging their graves even before they leave their countries.  He will be the only one responsible for whatever happens to the Central Americans.”

For his part, Alberto Donis Rodríguez, who heads the “Brothers on the Path” migrant home in Ixtepec, affirmed that the number of migrants continues steady, as train travel has now been replaced by overland routes on the highways.

Carlos Bartolo Solís, director of the Migrant Home of Compassion in Arriaga, Chiapas, affirmed that according to testimony from Central American migrants, masked armed men dressed in civilian clothes (presumably federal police) travel on the trains to persecute and detain migrants.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cava Osorio Chong tumbas de migrantes al impedirles viajar en La Bestia: Solalinde (1ero de agosto de 2014)

Sacerdote mexicano critica decisión contra viajes en la Bestia (Prensa Latina, 1ero de julio de 2014)

Flujo migratorio continuará pese a amenazas de Osorio Chong, asegura Solalinde (Página3.mx, 31 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Chiapas: Massive raids against migrants and attack on human-rights defenders (3 May 2014)

National: Migrant pilgrimage arrives in Mexico City (2 May 2014)

Chiapas: March from Suchiate river to denounce abuses against migrants, and beginning of hunger strike (29 April 2013)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan celebrates 20 years of struggle in defense of human rights

August 5, 2014

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In Tlapa de Comofort, Guerrero, on 25 and 26 July, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights celebrated its XX anniversary, with these twenty years being characterized by struggle besides indigenous peoples in defense of their rights.   More than 400 representatives from 85 communities of the Mountain region, together with different organizations and social movements from various states and representatives of international institutions, arrived to attend the forum “From the communal heart of resistance.”  On this occasion Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, declared that “the criminalization of indigenous peoples has risen, and so has the threats against their lands.  There are attempts to loot [these lands] by means of mining concessions and attempts to build hydroelectric dams.  The situation of life in these communities is worsening due to abuse, looting, and the complacence of the authorities in the face of organized crime.”  Furthermore, he stressed the inequity and lack of attention from the government for indigenous peoples in the region.

At the end of the forum, a march was held toward the city center to demand the release of representatives of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) and of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), including Nestora Salgado García, Arturo Campos, Gonzalo Molina, and Marco Antonio Suástegui.  Furthermore, members of the Council of Victims of the Mountain of Guerrero demanded that the state government observe its promises to support communities that were affected by the storms that destroyed crops and homes last September.

During the event itself, the importance of collective work was recognized as fundamental for the defense of human rights in the Mountain region, and Abel Barrera Hernández expressed his gratitude to indigenous peoples: “They gave us tortilla, coffee, petate, and shade, and they showed us how to sow communal justice.  For this reason, these twenty years have no sense without you, because you are the fathers, mothers, and founders of Tlachinollan.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Festeja Tlachinollan sus 20 años con una marcha en Guerrero (La Jornada, 27 de julio de 2014)

Reconocen 20 años de Tlachinollan, trabajo que busca justicia social para las comunidades (Sididh, 28 de julio de 2014)

Tlachinollan, 20 años de defensa de los derechos humanos en la Montaña(Sin Embargo, 28 de julio de 2014)

OPINIÓN: 20 años por los derechos humanos (Tlachinollan, 23 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (4 August 2013)

Guerrero: 18th Anniversary of Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (20 June 2012)


Chiapas: South-Southeast Forum on analysis and construction of alternatives: Land Tenancy, Use, and Usufruct of land for women in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

August 5, 2014

Foro Sur-Sureste de análisis y construcción de alternativas: Tenencia, Uso y Usufructo de la tierra para las mujeres (@pozol.org)

From 24 to 26 July there was held the “South-Southeast Forum for analysis and construction of alternatives: Land tenancy, use, and usufruct of land for women in Chiapas,” which counted with the participation of approximatey 300 indigenous and campesina women from Chiapas and other states, as well as researchers and female human-rights defenders.  Upon conclusion of the event, participants expressed their opposition to policies that seek to deprive them of their natural resources by means of oil, mining, eco-tourist, wind-energy, hydroelectric, highway, and airport-seaport construction projects and by denying their traditional knowledges.  Participants denounced that these projects are being carried out without any sort of consultation or authorization from indigenous peoples themselves, but are instead blessed by governmental institutions.

Participants demanded, among other things, that the political and agrarian policies at the federal, state, and community levels respect their rights to land tenancy, use, and usufruct, as well as to their right to participate in decisions regarding land use and territory, without the denial of such using the argument of traditional uses and customs.

Lastly, they reported that they would seek to organize a broad movement of women to unite their strength with the people in resistance to demand their rights as women to land.  They affirmed that “we also call on the populace at large to also affirm our demands, to organize, and unite forces to arrest the offensive being waged by neoliberal patriarchal capitalism which, with the support of the government, threatens to remove campesino peoples from our natural and cultural goods to benefit national and transnational corporations, which threaten all forms of life.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Mujeres en Chiapas y otros estados, reivindican su derecho al uso y usufructo de la tierra (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de julio de 2014)

Realizan foro por derechos de mujeres indígenas y campesinas (CIMAC Noticias, 28 de julio de 2014)

Pronunciamiento final (28 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pronouncement  from the women’s gathering “Saving Our Mother Earth” (20 June 2014)


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