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)


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)


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

September 15, 2014

Foto @ Cuartoscuro

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)


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

September 15, 2014

Pres@s de la CRAC-PC de Guerrero (@CENCOS archivos)

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

(@Amnistía Internacional)

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: Deployment of elements of the Gendarmerie Division in 6 states of Mexico

September 9, 2014
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On September 1, the National Safety Commission (CNS) reported that elements of the Gendarmerie Division, the new agency of the Federal Police (FP), were deployed to the states of Baja California, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Tamaulipas to “strengthen territorial control”. Without specifying the number of troops, it informed that the deployment of elements began on August 30. The first mobilization occurred in the town of Valle del Bravo, State of Mexico, with the entry of 350 gendarmes to combat kidnapping and extortion. Within this context, Manelich Castilla Cravioto was presented as head of the Gendarmerie Division. A year ago, he had been replaced from his position as an officer of the Federal Police (FP). His dismissal was never clarified, but occurred after a failed FP drug raid at the International Airport of Mexico City (AICM).

The National Gendarmerie is an elite corps trained by the Ministry of Defense and international police commanders. They are considered civilian elements with military training. According to defenders of human rights organizations, the National Gendarmerie confirms that the security strategy of President Enrique Peña Nieto favors militarization of the country, since a police force is created with military training but without training on the protection of freedom and citizenship human rights.

As for Chiapas, one hundred officers of the National Gendarmerie arrived at Tapachula to participate in security operations along the border with Guatemala, with the aim to avoid the transit of migrants who enter the country irregularly in an intent to cross Mexico.

For more information (in Spanish):

Despliegan a la Gendarmería Nacional en 5 estados más (Animal Político, 1 de septiembre de 2014)

Gendarmería Nacional arriba a Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de septiembre de 2014)

Despliegan a la Gendarmería en otros cinco estados (Proceso, 1 de septiembre de 2014)

Dan la Gendarmería a mando destituido hace un año (Proceso, 27 de agosto de 2014)

Reforzarán la vigilancia en Valle de Bravo 350 agentes de la Gendarmería (La Jornada, 28 de agosto de 2014)


Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release

September 2, 2014

Foto (@SIPAZ)Photo (@SIPAZ)

A year ago, on 21 August 2013, Nestora Salgado García, member of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested and accused of aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. She was then transferred to the maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, where she has been held to this day. From prison, she has written, “Remember, my beautiful people, that I am imprisoned.” The last time that her daughter Saira Rodríguez Salgado visited her was on 2 August, when she reported that she found her mother desperate due to the inhumane treatments she received. Saira Rodríguez reported that “this is a punishment against my mother for fighting for her people.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of her arrest, the National Network of Defenders of Human Rights in Mexico (RNDDHM) published a communique to demand her transfer to a jail in Mexico City as well as adequate attention to her health, in addition to demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of the human-rights defender.” The RNDDHM declared that “we call on the authorities of the federal government and the Guerrero state government to provide security guarantees for human-rights defenders, and we demand the cessation of the impunity of murders and forced disappearances of rights-defenders. We have had quite enough of the criminalization of human-rights defenders and of the social movement in Guerrero.”

The Committee of Women #NestoraLibre initiated the campaign “We are all Nestora,” toward the end of expressing solidarity toward her. In this way, both organizations demanded the release of other political prisoners: 9 members of the CRAC-PC and Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP). These arrests, according to the RNDDHM, “evince the political character of penal persecution and the illegal use of federal prisons, using the complicity of the federal government, from which no human-rights defender in Guerrero is exempt.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Me quieren matar o enloquecer, acusa Nestora Salgado; cumple un año en prisión (La Jornada, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Comunicado de prensa: RNDDHM exige libertad inmediata de Nestora Salgado (RNDDHM, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Mujeres crean frente por la libertad de presos políticos (Cimacnoticias, 20 de agosto 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)


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