Oaxaca: march to demand investigation of new femicide

September 29, 2014


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On 15 September, a group of students from the Normal School of Preschool Education of Oaxaca (ENEPO) and teachers from Section 22 of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) marched in Oaxaca City to demand the clarification of the murder of the 21-year old student Karen González Reyes, whose body was found in the metropolitan region of the capital with signs of violence, sexual assault, and gunshot wounds.  Protestors challenged the lack of advance in the case and the wave of insecurity against women in the state.

Thereafter, two persons were arrested: Benito Hernández, a state police officer, and Silverio Benítez, partner of the deceased.  Both have been charged with the crime of homicide.

For more information (in Spanish):

Piden normalistas castigo a homicidas de Karen en Oaxaca (Radio Fórmula, 15 de septiembre de 2014) Marchan para pedir esclarecimiento de feminicidio (E Consulta, 15 de septiembre de 2014)

Detienen a presuntos homicidas de normalista (Milenio, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State complicity in femicide is denounced (2 May 2014)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Commemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)


Chiapas: Presentation of tool for greater corporate transparency in Chiapas, the “Who is Who?” Wiki

September 29, 2014


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On 17 September, in a press-conference held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Benjamin Cokelet, Executive Director of Projects on Organization, Development, Education, and Investigation (PODER), and Fernanda Hopenhaym, coordinator of the “Who is Who?” Wiki, presented this latter platform, defined as a “technological tool that, by means of monitoring firms, corporate elites, and their governmental counterparts, will allow for transparency to advance and will contribute to corporate accountability.”

Benjamin Cokelet indicated that “the firms in many countries such as Mexico are like a black box [...].  The information that impacts society is hidden, or one must go to many different places to learn–for example–about [a firm's] administrative councils, its negotiations with the government, the form and type of permits it has been given, as well as demands or denunciations from regulatory bodies, etc.”  He explained that the “Who is Who” Wiki is a page, “the first of its type in Latin America, that helps to open this box, because it allows for the concentration, systematization, and organization in a single place of information that different firms release, not just in their own countries, but throughout the world [...].”

It should be added that “Who is Who?” is a collaborative tool; that is to say, if one person or an organization wishes to contribute to the information that has been gathered about one company, they can do so insofar as such information be true and verifiable.

For more information (in Spanish):

Plataforma accesible en: www.rindecuentas.org

Boletín de prensa de Poder (Poder, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Quién es quién Wiki (La Tribuna de Chiapas, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Crean herramienta de acceso a la transparencia en el sector empresarial(El Universal, 13 de mayo de 2014)


Chiapas/International: Book presentation “Opening Borders with the Heart: Guide for the Application of a Psychosocial Focus in Migrant Contexts”

September 29, 2014

Portada de la guía (@OSC de defensa de derehos de los migrantes)

Cover of the Guide (@civil-society organizations defending the rights of migrants)

At the beginning of September, eight non-governmental organizations from Mexico and Central America met in Tapachula, Chiapas, to present their guide for the provision of comprehensive attention to migrants in public and private institutions: “Opening Borders with the Heart: Guide for the Application of a Psychosocial Focus in Migrant Contexts.”

This document, published in May 2014, seeks to contribute to the “recognition and implementation of a psychosocial focus in our region of Central America and Mexico, for migrants themselves, their families, and local communities as well as the organizations that work daily to defend their rights.”  The guide covers four themes: communities of origin, especially with regards to women; relatives of the disappeared; migrants homes; and teams that work with migrants.

For more information (in Spanish):

Descargar material Abriendo fronteras con el corazón: Guía para la aplicación del enfoque psicosocial en contextos migratorios

Proponen ONG´s guía para la atención integral de migrantes (Chiapas Paralelo, 6 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Oaxaca: Father Solalinde declares that migrant flows will not diminish amidst imposition of new federal measures (5 August 2014)

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)


Oaxaca: Network of women’s rights defenders fears for female members of Radio Nahndiá

September 16, 2014

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On 9 September, the Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders of Oaxaca, which brings together 98 activists and defenders from the state, published an open letter expressing its concern for the risks faced by members of Radio Nahndiá.

In the letter, the Network recalls that “Radio Nahndiá is a Mazateca communal radio located in Mazatlán Villa de Flores which for 13 years has been doing crucial work in favor of information and education of the community, including the diffusion of information regarding the rights of women and indigenous peoples.”  It noted that “since 2013, Radio Nahndiá has released information of special importance regarding the electoral process in the Mazatlán Villa de Flores municipality and its irregularities [...].  Since this time, a wave of violence has plagued the community, as directed by former mayor Mario Carrera López.”

For this reason, the Network expressed its concern for the risk of revenge attacks and the security of the 6 female radio operators affiliated with Radio Nahndiá who have been threatened with death.  Lastly, the Network called on the state government “to immediately implement the necessary actions to guarantee the exercise of the right to freedom of expresion in the state, and that it adopt urgent and adequate measures to prevent and punish the attacks against communal radios, including specific measures to protect female human-rights defenders.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta pública de la Red de Mujeres Activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Oaxaca (Adnsureste, 9 de septiembre de 2014)

Radio Nahndiá

Definirán en consulta, elección en Mazatlán (Noticias.net.mx, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Mazatlán Villa de Flores desea elecciones;  trabajan conjuntamente(Boletín del gobierno del estado de Oaxaca, 4 de septiembre de 2014)


Chiapas: Those displaced from Banavil continue demanding justice

September 16, 2014

Desplazada de Banavil (@Koman Ilel)

On 4 September, Zapatista supporters from the Banavil region, Tenejapa municipality, newly denounced “the acts of 4 December 2011 when we were attacked with firearms and 13 of us displaced, being EZLN sympathizers, by PRI militants from the Banavil region, Tenejapa municipality.  On that day, our father Alonso López Luna was forcibly displaced and to date continues disappeared; the state and federal governments do nothing, nor does the Special Prosecutorial Office for Indigenous Justice.  Today, 4 September 2014, we mention that we continue to be displaced, and we denounce that we continue living in inhumane conditions.  We share with you our memory.”

Two years and nine months since the attack that led to their displacement, the displaced warned also about the plan that the government has to build a highway between San Cristobal and Palenque, passing through Banavil.  “This means that they will destroy our lands, and we do not know if for this reason they seek conflicts so that we confront ourselves in the same community.”

For more information (in Spanish):

En riesgo de perder sus tierras por autopista, denuncian desplazados de Banavil (Chiapas Paralelo, 8 de septiembre de 2014)

“Seguimos desplazadas, viviendo en condiciones inhumanas y compartimos con ustedes nuestra memoria”, Mujeres de Banavil Chiapas(Pozol colectivo, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

A dos años y nueve meses exigiendo justicia: Desplazadas de Banavil(Comunicado de las desplazadas, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


National/Chiapas: CNI and General Command of the EZLN demand release of Mario Luna

September 16, 2014

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On 14 September, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Revolutionary Clandestine Indigenous Committee-General Command of the EZLN publicly pronounced themselves in favor of the release of Mario Luna, a spokesperson from the Yaqui people in the state of Sonora, who was arrested on 11 September, “falsely accused of crimes that were fabricated [against him]; with this, they seek to arrest the very struggle of the Yaqui tribe to defend the waters that in 1940 were recognized as theirs by Lázaro Cárdenas following a long war, and that since 2010 owners of capital have sought to take away from them by means of the Independence aqueduct.”  The two groups denounced that said aqueduct “is said to be constructed so that the poor have water and progress, as those from above call it, but [in fact] it is so that the rich take away the water that for centuries has belonged to the Yaquis.  Instead of irrigating crops, they want to take it for the large industries in Sonora.”

For the CNI and the General Command, the developmentalist megaprojects are a threat to the lives of indigenous peoples, given that “they want to kill us with wind-energy plants, highways, mines, dams, airports, and drug-trafficking; today, above all, it hurts us that they want to kill us in Sonora with aqueducts.”  For this reason, they demanded “the immediate release of Mario Luna; we call for the cancellation of all arrest-orders against him and the fabrication of charges against members of the Yaqui tribe and, together with this, we demand the release of all our prisoners and particularly that of our Nahua brothers Juan Carlos Flores Solís and Enedina Rosas Vélez, who have been imprisoned by the bad government since April, similarly accused falsely of fabricated crimes, toward the end of halting the struggle of the Front of Peoples in Defense of Water and Land in Morelos, Puebla, and Tlaxcala against the comprehensive infrastructural project for Morelos.”

Beyond this, the Network against Repression and for Solidarity identified Sonoran Governor Guillermo Padrés and President Enrique Peña Nieto as responsible for the health and safety of Mario Luna: “We hold them responsible for any repressive act that is taken against the Yaquis.  Above all, we call on our comrades from this network, the Sixth, who feel this attack as your own to express your solidarity by protesting and pronouncing yourselves according to your means and forms in favor of the liberty of our comrade Mario Luna and against this attack on the Yaqui people.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento del CNI y el EZLN por la libertad de Mario Luna, vocero de la tribu yaqui (Enlace Zapatista, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

RvsR: ¡Libertad a Mario Luna! (Enlace Zapatista, 13 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN and members of the CNI united against the plundering of their peoples (29 August 2014)


Guerrero: March of families victimized by tropical storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid, one year on

September 16, 2014

Marcha de damnificados en Tlapa (@Tlachinollan)

A year after tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid pummelled the state of Guerrero, indigenous communities from the Mountain region organized a march of between 3,000 and 4,000 people in Tlapa de Comonfort to denounce that, more than ten months after the announcement of the New Guerrero Plan (PNG) that would liberate 37 billion pesos, still roads, schools, health clinics, and homes have not been repaired.  Regarding the few advances made, protestors noted that the authorities discriminate against indigenous peoples by sending incompetent firms that use poor-quality materials.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights released a communique indicating that the communities “continue to experience great risks, especially due to the lack of a comprehensive program for reconstruction for the Mountain region and due to the inefficiency of the different levels of government in terms of providing a coordinated response to affected peoples.”  Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, noted that before the march, state and federal authorities told him that the march should not proceed, and that if it did, that participants “not be so demanding.”  Barrera Hernández noted that thanks to the “Let Maize Rain” program in the Mountain region, famine was avoided, but the government still has not followed through on its promise to provide maize and other grains for victimized peoples.  Of a total of six planned deliveries, only three have been completed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Permanecen en condición de damnificadas familias de La Montaña a un año del paso de Ingrid y Manuel (Boletín de prensa de Tlachinollan, 13 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa afectados para exigir reconstrucción total por daños de Manuel (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan miles en la Montaña; exigen cumplir promesas de reconstrucción (la Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa 4 mil damnificados por Manuel; exigen los granos que les prometieron (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Victims from the Mountain region carry out “Hunger Pilgrimage” due to lack of governmental support (13 February 2014)

Guerrero: Victims of storms migrate to survive (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Continúa crisis humanitaria causada por la tormenta Manuel en La Montaña (1ero de octubre de 2013)


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