National: Lack of confidence and strong criticisms of the Second Governmental Report presented by EPN

September 15, 2014

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On 1 September, President Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) presented to the Congress his second governmental report after 21 months of management that have seen the approval of 11 structural reforms and negative results in terms of security, economic growth, and employment rate, according to official statistics and experts.

The Movement More than 131 together with Youth Amidst the National Emergency, Migration Table 132, Services and Assessment for Peace (SERAPAZ), the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, and Article 19 launched a video to expose “the questions that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s report omitted” using the hashtag #MexicoHasNoPresident.  SERAPAZ warned that, two years into his administration, more than 23,640 murders have been registered, in addition to 22,322 victims forcibly disappeared.  For its part, Migration 132 stressed that the Southern Border Strategy recently launched by EPN’s government “seeks only to militarize the border.”  Furthermore, Mexico has no official data regarding disappeared migrants. Article 19 reported that during EPN’s government, seven journalists have been murdered, possibly due to the exercise of their profession; that in 2013, 330 attacks on the press were observed in Mexico, with more than 150 journalists assaulted during the first half of 2014.  It noted that “public resources of the State are used to control the editorial line of the communication media.”

Édgar Cortez, from the Mexican Institute on Human Rights and Democracy, indicated that the content of the governmental report is poor, because “it only presents a series of laws and programs as successes, when these are not translated into concrete actions and results” that would result in the observance of these guarantees.  “Neither does it say anything about the great question which has existed since the beginning: impunity.  Nor does it present any strategy for how to combat it,” adding that “it does not deal with serious problems that continue to present themselves in the country,” such as the practice of torture as a means of investigation.  He said that there still are no indications that the government has an effective policy in terms of human rights. José Antonio Lara Duque, coordinator of the Zeferino Ladrillero Center for Human Rights, noted that cases of forcible disappearances, extrajudicial executions, and other human-rights violations continue unabated, since the government has not modified its strategy against organized crime.  Lara Duque observed in addition that, following the approval of the energy reform, a policy will be applied for the imposition of megaprojects that will degrade the rights of ejidtarios and indigenous peoples.

For more information (in Spanish):

Documento: 2º Informe de Gobierno 2013-2014 (septiembre 2014)

EPN habló más de promesas que de logros en 2do informe: PAN y PRD(Aristegui Noticias, 3 de septiembre de 2014)
Muestra Segundo Informe retrocesos en procuración de justicia(Quadratín Oaxaca, 2 de septiembre de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Nacional: Submission of First Governmental Report amidst protests and mass-disturbances (13 September 2013)

National: Polemical ascension of EPN (7 December 2012)


Oaxaca: Consorcio Oaxaca completes 10 years working for a free life for women

September 15, 2014

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To observe its tenth anniversary of work, Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca (Consorcio Oaxaca) has published the book Lines toward New Geographies: Ten Years of Feminist Construction.  Since Consorcio Oaxaca emerged in 2003, with the goal of promoting respect for and exercise of the human rights of women and gender equality, it has been struggling against the criminalization of abortion, denouncing femicide and violence against women, and constantly criticizing racism, injustice, and inequality.  It also has insisted on public policies incorporating gender perspectives and has contributed to the training of judicial officials and public servants.

The book presents personal reflections of Consorcio members regarding their experiences, such as “when we fight against injustice it is impossible to separate this from our emotions,” and they called for a “will to actively participate and not allow oneself to be defeated, though it may seem that the fight has already been decided.”  For the female authors, the daily work of each woman is the first step to achieving change, given that the “struggle begins the life of each person.”

For more information (in Spanish):

10 años de Consorcio Oaxaca: “Mujeres que rompen el silencio” (30 de agosto de 2014)

Libro: Trazos hacia Nuevas Geografías. Diez años de construcción feminista (Consorcio Oaxaca)

Mujeres que rompen el silencio (E-Oaxaca, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Van 74 feminicidios en ocho meses (Noticias Net, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Trazos hacia nuevas geografías: Consorcio Oaxaca 10 años de construcción feminista (Las Caracolas, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)


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)


Guerrero: Press-conference in Mexico City to demand release of CRAC-PC prisoners

September 15, 2014

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On 4 September, a press-conference was held in Mexico City as part of the activities of the Women’s Committee #FreeNestora which seeks the liberation of Nestora Salgado and other prisoners belonging to the Communal Police of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Guerrero.

Mothers, daughters, and wives of the communal police officers who have been imprisoned were present, as was a delegation of women from the CRAC-PC, which announced its formal affiliation with the #FreeNestora Women’s Committee, which was founded in August to demand Salgado’s release. Nestora Salgado is being held in a maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit.  Though the federal charges she had faced were dropped in April, it has been denounced that the state government of Aguirre Rivero has added further charges to her on four separate occasions, including 48 kidnappings, though “no one knows who these people are who were supposedly kidnapped.”

Other irregularities and violations of due process were denounced, including the conditions faced by the imprisoned communal leaders.  Also present at the event was the Front of Resistance of Los Ángeles, which shared letters from two senators and seven congressional representatives from the U.S. that called on Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately attend to the case of Nestora Salgado.

Beyond this, there was denounced the lack of adequate response to the demands of the victims of tropical storm Manuel (2013).  Edith Herrera, member of CRAC-PC, denounced that the aid promised by the government has not arrived to the Mountain region of Guerrero.  She claimed that more than 129 billion pesos for the “New Guerrero” plan were used for “political means,” leaving the region “abandoned [and] plundered.”  She indicated furthermore that, with the Crusade against hunger, soldiers entered several communities on the pretext of installing communal eateries.  Since August, greater conditions have been placed on women who benefit from the “Opportunities” welfare program, because several women had been injected with contraceptives as a condition.  The claim is that this means amounts to an “extermination” of the people.

For more information (in Spanish):

Congresistas estadunidenses exigen la excarcelación de Nestora Salgado(La Jornada, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Exigen mujeres la liberación de Nestora y de los presos políticos de la entidad (El Sur, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Gobierno de Guerrero, responsable de que Nestora siga presa(CimacNoticias, 5 de septiembre 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)


National: New Amnesty International report, “Out of Control: Torture and Other Abuses in Mexico”

September 15, 2014

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On 4 September, Amnesty International published a new report, “Out of Control: Torture and Other Abuses in Mexico.”  The organization affirms that “torture and other abuses are out of control in Mexico.  In 2013, the number of denunciations (1505) increased 600 per cent with respect to 2003, according to the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH).  However, the real statistics may be well higher.”

Speakers at the public presentation of the report indicated that torture lives on due to the unwillingness of national authorities to admit that it exists, not only because it a structural part of the justice system, but also because to eradicate it would require the unmasking of high-ranking officials implicated in the practice.

Furthermore, with regard to the mechanisms designed to avoid this type of situation, Rupert Knox, an AI special investigator, noted that the CNDH “does not act in favor of victims,” and especially in terms of torture, it is “part of the problem and not the solution.”

The document covers a ten-year period during which the CNDH registered 7,164 complaints, with 275 in 2003 and 1,505 last year.  All these denunciations led to nothing more than 4 recommendations from the CNDH.  “If it is not recognized that there is a truly persistent and generalized problem here; if one speaks, as the subsecretary of Governance did, of only four cases from the CNDH and claims that they [the CNDH] has no greater mandate, it is easy for the government, and all is lost, because the CNDH does not mandate the needed mechanisms to receive complaints, quantify them, and later investigate them as they should be investigated,” Knox said in an interview with media.

For more information (in Spanish):

La tortura en México: 14 datos (Amnistía Internacional, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

“Fuera de control: Tortura y otros malos tratos en México” (Amnistía Internacional, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

Peña debe comprometerse a abordar la cuestión de la tortura (Salil Shetty, Secretario General de Amnistía Internacional, CNN México, 5 de octubre de 2014)

CNDH, “parte del problema en casos de tortura”: Amnistía Internacional(Proceso, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

Tortura, parte estructural del sistema judicial del país: ONG (LA Jornada, 7 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Presentation of the Special Report: “Torture, mechanism of terror” (3 July 2014)

National: UN Special Rapporteur on torture ends official visit to Mexico (16 May 2014)

Chiapas: release of indigenous prisoners and denunciation of torture in the state (29 April 2014)

Chiapas: Torture and killing of youth the responsibility of municipal police from Acala, CDHFBC denounces (18 March 2014)

Chiapas: Torture and kidnapping of youth Hiber Audentino García Villafuerte (1 January, 2014)


National: FPDT of Atenco initiates mobilizations following announcement of new airport

September 15, 2014

Foto @ Blog del Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT) de San Salvador Atenco

Photo @ Blog del Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT) de San Salvador Atenco

The Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land (FPDT), based in the ejidos of San Salvador Atenco, started mobilizations on 2 September against the construction of a new airport in the Texcoco zone, as announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto in his second government report.  The mobilizations included marches, roadblocks, and other protests, beyond the request for judicial support to nullify the authorization of change of use of land, as approved by ejidal groups in assembly on 1 July.  Said assembly, according to the FPDT, was carried out “illegally, because it was manipulated; the necessary quorum was not observed.”

The first action was taken with the symbolic occupation of construction machinery belonging to the Virgo form as hired by the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), which carries out work to maintain a canal that moves waste-water.  These works were being performed within the ejidal zone, thus constituting a “provocation.”  The FPDT assured that the lands in question had been taken by CONAGUA “illegally, by coopting the [ejidal] commisisoners and carrying out fraudulent assemblies.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Con “toma” de maquinaria, Atenco inicia protestas contra aeropuerto(Blog del Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra (FPDT) de San Salvador Atenco, 3 de septiembre de 2014)

Habitantes de San Salvador Atenco inician movilizaciones contra el nuevo aeropuerto (La Jornada, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

Rechaza el FPDT que se erija el nuevo aeropuerto en Texcoco (La Jornada, 3 de septiembre de 2014)

Tema ambiental, la parte débil del nuevo AICM (El Economista, 3 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: After 8 years of impunity in Atenco, threat to build airport continues (16 May 2014)

Mexico: Atenco five years on, raped women continue demanding justice (6 May 2011)

Atenco: repression in San Salvador Atenco, 4 years on (11 May 2010)


National / International: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared

September 6, 2014

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Various events were held in different parts of the Mexican Republic, the United States and in Central America on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which is also called the Day of the Detained and Disappeared. That day, a march was held in Mexico City organized by members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).

The National Front of Struggle for Socialism – FNLS also held “a day of national struggle demanding the safe return of the disappeared”, as it expressed in a public report. Furthermore, it demanded the “presentation alive of two social activists, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez”. Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya were detained and disappeared on May 25, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca. Since their disappearances, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared “Until we Find Them” was created.

It should be noted that on June 19 a collegiate court issued an order requiring various governmental bodies (such as the Army, the Federal Police and the government of Oaxaca) to explain their actions in these cases and demanding the integration of a special commission to find the whereabouts of Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez. The Civil Commission for Monitoring and Research consists of the legal representatives of the families of the missing, families’ members, persons of social authority and civil organizations. They stated that if they don’t get satisfactory results from the Mexican justice system, they will go to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas, boletín de prensa: La detención desaparición de los luchadores sociales, Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, se enmarca dentro del terrorismo de Estado que implementa el Estado mexicano en contra todo el pueblo (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, 25 de agosto de 2014)

Caminata por el Día Internacional del Detenid@-Desaparecid@ (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 28 de agosto de 2014)

Exigen cumplimiento de la sentencia de buscar a Reyes Amaya y Cruz Sánchez (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2014)

Desaparición Forzada de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez. 7 años de impunidad (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Hasta Encontrarlos, mayo 2014)

Avala EPR comisión para localización de eperristas desaparecidos en Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (June 10, 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (September 16, 2013)


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