Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila receive threats following march to commemorate 80th anniversary of the ejido

October 26, 2014

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© SIPAZ

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH Center) has reported on a denunciation of the recent acts of harassment targeting ejidatari@s of Tila which “could affect the personal integrity and [...] collectively affect the ejidal autonomy of the Ch’ol indigenous people.”

On 16 October,1500 ejidatarios from Tila (northern zone of Chiapas) marched to commemorate the creation of their ejido 80 years ago.  During the march, “the commander of the municipal police filmed protestors from the balcony of the police office,” noted the PRODH Center.  PRODH also indicated that “a day later, an ejidataria was assaulted by unknown persons, though witnesses could observe that one of the assailants was wearing a municipal police uniform.”

PRODH has manifested its concern for the harassment against the ejidal authorities of Tila, given that the ejidal commissioner has been followed and surveilled in the wake of the mobilization.  PRODH noted as well that “unknown persons have surrounded his home and asked local residents if that is where the ejidal president lives; as a consequence, indigenous ejidal authorities have found themselves displaced, amidst the threat of suffering new attacks.”

For this reason, PRODH has demanded the cessation of all harassment and attacks on members of the Tila ejido; that the necessary, sufficient, and effective measures be implemented to guarantee the security and physical and psychological integrity of the members of the ejidal commission of Tila; and that those responsible for these threats and acts of harassment be investigated and punished forthright.

It is critical to note that in 2008, the Tila ejido won a motion it has advanced against one of the several attempts at plundering its lands it has suffered since 1964 due to the actions of Tila City Hall, the Chiapas state government, and the local congress.  This motion ordered the restitution of 130 hectares of ancestral lands; however, using the false argument that said sentence would be impossible to observe, City Hall has failed to observe it.  This is the reason the Tila ejidatari@s have advanced the case of the violation of sentence 1302/20130 before the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN).

For more information (in Spanish):

Centro Prodh denuncia nuevos ataques contra ejido Tila en Chiapas, Centro Prodh, 20 de octubre de 2014

Denuncian hostigamiento a ejidatarios y ejidatarias del ejido Tila, Chiapas Paralelo, 21 de octubre de 2014

Marcha mitín por 80 aniversario de nuestro ejido, laotraejidotila, 17 de octubre de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila denounce new attempt to loot land (January 22, 2014)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones new decision on Tila ejido (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: March and rally in Tila to commemorate the founding of the Tila ejido 79 years ago (20 August 2013)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones new decision on Tila ejido (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones decision on case of the Tila ejidatario(16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios march in Tila and Mexico City (16 August 2012)


Guerrero: Impunity one year after the murder of Rocío Mesino Mesino, OCSS leader

October 26, 2014

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(@cencos.org)

In an announcement, the National Network of Human-Rights Defenders in Mexico (RNDDHM) and the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) recalled Rocio Mesino Mesino, the leader of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS), who was murdered on 19 October 2013 in the Mexcaltepec community, Atoyac de Álvarez municipality, in Guerrero state.

The two organizations expressed their “indignation for the impunity which prevails in the murder of the defender.  One year after the fact, we have testified to the total lack of advance in investigations: to date, none of the material or intellectual authors of the murder have been judged, despite the existence of portraits that have been derived from the testimony of witnesses, and despite the fact that her family is disposed to assisting with the investigation.  The lack of serious, diligent, and impartial investigation has generated an even greater debt with OCSS, the Mesino family, and all human-rights defenders in Mexico, particularly those who live in Guerrero.”

The groups denounced “the threats and acts of harassment [seen] against relatives of the defender and members of her organization, which have kept them in constant danger and has inhibited the full exercise of the defense of human rights in the Costa Grande of Guerrero.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de OSC: Rocío Mesino, un año de impunidad (Ciudadanía Expres, 19 de otcubre de 2014)

Reclaman la impunidad en el crimen de la líder de Ocss (La Jornada de Guerrero, 20 de octubre de 2014)

Rocío Mesino: Un año de impunidad, tras su asesinato en Guerrero(VocesOaxaca, 20 de octubre de 2014)

Condenan defensores de derechos humanos la impunidad en el asesinato de Rocío Mesino (El Sur de Acalpulco, 20 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: murder of a social activist from the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: Murder of leader of the Organization of Ecologist Campesinos of the Sierra de Petatlán and Coyuca de Catalán (7 December 2012)

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)


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)


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