Press conference: Girls and female adolescents also count

October 25, 2014

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Participants in the press-conference. Photo @Sipaz

In observance of International Girls’ Day, on 11 October there was held a press-conference at Melel Xojobal with the title “Girls and female adolescents also count: challenge in the observance of their rights to education, decent work, and a lives free of violence.”  Moderated by Magaly Dominguez López, four girls aged 13 to 17 expressed their concerns and demands.  These indigenous girls go to school, but they also work in childcare, selling artisanry, or helping in hotels, thus supporting their families.  For these reasons, they demand not only the right to school, but also to dignified work.  Beyond this, they demand lives free of violence alongside gender equality.  They criticized communication media for presenting images of the ideal woman that do not correspond to their lives.  With regard to the future, they desire more attention from media, so that their voices are also counted.

For more information (in Spanish):

Melel Xojobal

Red por los derechos de la Infancia en México

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/National: Mobilization #x1heightlaw in favor of the human rights of children and adolescents (1 October 2014)


Chiapas: Campesin@s from San Francisco, Teopisca, denounce new attacks

October 25, 2014


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The Organized Group from San Francisco, Teopisca municipality, which adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the EZLN, denounced that on 14 August, José María Trejo Narváez destroyed “the sign indicating our recovered lands by removing the tree located behind this sign, and also on 18 of this same month he was firing his gun,” as they noted in a public denunciation.  The Group continues: “[t]his person bought a plot of land of approximately 20 hectares of the lands that we already possess.  We as the group of campesinos tell you by means of our writing that these lands were already being used and that for this reason no one could buy them.”

Beyond this, a relative of Trejo Narváez, Edilberto Castellanos Domínguez, entered the area on 6 October to cut down trees “within our territory (of recovered lands).”

Lastly, the Organized Group demanded that the government relocate the persons in question, “because they have entered our lands and we do not want aggressive people in our lands.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia del grupo organizado de San Francisco (Enlace Zapatista, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Campesinos y campesinas de San Francisco denuncian agresiones en tierras recuperadas (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Denuncia Pùblica del grupo organizado de San Francisco, adherentes a la Sexta Declaración del EZLN (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Denuncia pueblo organizado de San Francisco, Municipio de Teopisca, Chiapas, México (Chacatorex, 19 de septiembre de 2012)


Chiapas: New meeting in Los Llanos against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway

October 25, 2014

Foto @ Colectivo Pozol

Photo @ Colectivo Pozol

On 12 October, 900 people met in the Los Llanos ejido, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (SCLC) municipality, to celebrate the “522 years of indigenous resistance before the European invasion,” and to express their rejection of the planned SCLC-Palenque highway that would pass through their lands.  Following the invitation that was carried out by ejidatarios from Los Llanos on 21 September, those present affirmed that the highway “does not bring development for us indigenous peoples, but only death, depression, and division.  The money goes to the rich transnational [corporations].”

Collectives and civil organizations attended the event, in addition to the brigade of solidarity with Bachajón from the Network against Repression and for Solidarity.  The Otomí people from San Francisco Xochicuautla, Mexico State, who similarly oppose the Toluca-Naucalpan highway, sent a letter in solidarity.

Ricardo Lagunes, the lawyer who accompanies the legal process of the Los Llanos ejido, denounced that there was no free, prior, and informed consent in the case, as is demanded by the international treaties that Mexico has signed, in order to avoid the situation wherein indigenous peoples are affected by projects in their territories over which they have no say.  He recalled that the announcement of the construction of the highway was made in November 2013, such that the community requested a legal motion at the beginning of 2014.  The official response was to deny that the highway would damage the lands of Los Llanos, thus allowing judges to bury the motion and leave the communities vulnerable.

Lastly, the Council for Vigilance from La Candelaria has organized a pilgrimage for 25 November in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejidatari@s de Los Llanos defenden la Madre Tierra contra el Megaproyecto (Espoir Chiapas, 12 de octubre de 2014)

Los Llanos se suman al rechazo de la autopista y lanzan una invitación(Espoir Chiapas, 21 de septiembre de 2014)

Conmemoran 12 de octubre como “Día de la resistencia” pueblos opuestos a carretera San Cristóbal-Palenque (Koman Ilel, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Con ritual de música y oraciones rechazan autopista Sancris-Palenque en Los Llanos (Chiapas Paralelo, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Mobilizations against the planned SCLC-Palenque highway (29 September 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Candelaria express their opposition to the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: An assembly of Tzeltal communities from Chilón municipality reject the SCLC-Palenque highway (9 September 2014)

Chiapas: Los Llanos and San José El Porvenir reject passage of highway from San Cristóbal to Palenque through their communities (14 February 2014)


Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of female human-rights defender

October 25, 2014

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The Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders of Oaxaca denounced that on 8 October, the home of defender Silvia Gabriela Hernández Salinas, a member of the Oaxacan Voices Building Autonomy and Freedom (VOCAL) collective, was forcibly entered to remove her personal computer and two external hard drives.  Despite the fact that the house contained other valuable items, only the digital materials in question were stolen, such that the Network believes that the robbery is associated with her work in favor of the defense of human rights.

In Oaxaca, mobilizations were undertaken on 2 and 8 October to demand the presentation of the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa alive.  It should be mentioned that Silvia Gabriela participated in both such protest-actions.  Furthermore, she indicated that months previously, she had been confronted by members of the State Preventive Police and was arrested on 6 July 2007, when supporters of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) clashed with police following the procession of the popular Guelaguetza in Oaxaca City.

This case adds to the list of 59 attacks against 22 human-rights defenders, 3 journalists, and 6 collectives and organizations in the state of Oaxaca that have been committed in the first half of 2014.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian allanamiento y robo defensora de los DH (Noticias Net, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Allanan domicilio de defensora de DH; suman 60 ataques en Oaxaca solo en 2014 (Página 3, 9 de octubre de 2014)

Oaxaca: Primer lugar en ataques a mujeres defensoras de DH y periodistas (Consorcio Oaxaca, 23 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Attempted murder against a member of VOCAL (12 January 2009)


Guerrero: Death-threat directed against Nestora Salgado’s daughter and Communal Police commander fromo Olinalá

October 25, 2014

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

Saira Rodríguez Salgado (@losangelespress.com)

On 9 October, Saira Rodríguez Salgado, daughter to Nestora Salgado García (a communal police commander from Olinalá who is presently being incarcerated in a high-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit), was threatened with death by telephone.  Her attackers demanded money to avert the murder of communal police officers in Olinalá.

On 10 October, Jesús Coronel Díaz, the current commander of the communal police in Olinalá, similarly was threatened with death from the same telephone number that had contacted Saira Rodríguez Salgado.  These calls were made both to his home and his cellular phone.  The speaker demanded money, threatening to decapitate his daughter.

Roberto López Suárez, member of the Commission on Human Rights of the federal congress, reported that Saira Rodríguez now has police protection, and that Coronel Díaz has refused this means, so as not to frighten his family members.  López Suárez told media that “these threats are worrying, because they come within the context of an insecure and terroristic climate experienced in the state, above all due to the disappearance and murders of students from the Rural Normal school of Ayotzinapa.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Hija de Nestora Salgado denuncia amenazas de muerte en su contra (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a jefe comunitario de Olinalá (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan de muerte a la hija de Nestora y al jefe de la Comunitaria de Olinalá, denuncian (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release (2 September 2014)

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)


Chiapas: Presentation of annual report from the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, “Between official cynicism and popular dignity”

October 12, 2014


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On 8 October, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) presented its annual report, entitled “Human Rights under Debate: Between official cynicism and popular dignity,” which corresponds to the period between January 2013 and July 2014, as based in information compiled in Chiapas.  Those who spoke on the panel to present the report were Dolores González Saravia, director of Services and Assessment for Peace (SERAPAZ); Fray Gonzalo Ituarte, member of the directive council of the CDHFBC; and  José Javier Avilés Arreola, vicar for justice and peace from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese.

The report is comprised of four chapters.  First, “Faces of plunder,” describes how “the governments seek to commodify the Earth and land”; second, a discourse on the defense of human rights, and third, the impacts of the armed internal conflict in Chiapas on the national system.  In the fourth chapter, it is written that “life, death, and rebirth is resignified by those who survived the Acteal massacre , those who testify about the terror of the crimes against humanity committed in the northern zone of Chiapas, the continued impunity in the case of the Viejo Velasco massacre, and the invisibilization of our disappeared, among other stories that have lacerated humanity.  Despite this, the spirit of searching for truth and justice is the path that illuminates our path amidst the war standing,” as the CDHFBC indicated in its press-bulletin.

On 20 October, the report will also be presented at the Lamm Cultural Center in Mexico City.

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe: Los derechos humanos a debate “Entre el cinismo oficial y la Dignidad de los Pueblos”

Presenta Frayba su Informe Anual: Los Derechos Humanos a Debate(Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos, 5 de octubre de 2014)

Audio – Video:Informe Frayba 2014 – Presentación (Ustream.tv)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/International: US Supreme Court rejects appeal in case against former president Zedillo over Acteal masascre

October 12, 2014

Acteal (@SIPAZ archivo)

Acteal (@SIPAZ archive)

On 6 October, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rejected an appeal that had been submitted by 10 individuals against the former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León (1994-2000) for his responsibility in the Acteal massacre (December 1997), which left 45 dead in Chiapas state.  SCOTUS did not justify its decision; instead it simply upheld the decision made in February 2013 by a federal judge in Connecticut, holding that Zedillo has political immunity as a former head of state.

The initial demand had been presented in 2011 in Hartford, Connecticut, accusing Ernesto Zedillo of having covered up the events of the massacre.  The case was submitted in Connecticut because that is where he resides, being a professor at Yale University.  Plaintiffs had demanded compensation of $50 million for relatives of the victims of the massacre.

For more information (in Spanish):

Tribunal Supremo de EU rechaza oír la apelación contra Zedillo por Acteal (CNN México, 6 de octubre de 2014)

Desechan en EU demanda contra Zedillo por masacre de Acteal (Proceso, 6 de octubre de 2014)

Corte Suprema en EU desecha demanda contra Zedillo por masacre de Acteal (Animal Político, 6 de octubre de 2014)

Corte Suprema de EU bloquea demanda contra Zedillo por Acteal (La Jornada, 6 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Case against Zedillo for Acteal massacre is dismissed (21 July 2013)

Chiapas: Commemoration of 20th anniversary of Las Abejas and coming 15th anniversary of the Acteal massacre (21 December 2012)

Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies (16 November 2012)

Chiapas: the Las Abejas Civil Society denounces reactivation of paramilitaries in its community (12 October 2012)

National-International: Zedillo obtains immunity for the Acteal case(19 September 2012)


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