National: According to the pre-audience for the People’s Permanent Tribunal (TPP), simulation and impunity prevent the eradication of violence against women

August 30, 2014
TPP Pre-audience (@Cencos)

TPP Pre-audience (@Cencos)

 Between August 4 to 6, there was held in Mexico City the pre-audience “Gender Violence and Femicide” of the the Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal (TPP), Chapter Mexico. This time 18 cases were analyzed and the different types of violence against women that happen in the country, such as femicide, discrimination, criminalization, labor violence, attacks on journalists and presenters, obstetric violence and human trafficking, were demonstrated. The jury accused the Mexican government of not fulfilling its obligation to eradicate violence and discrimination against women. According to the jury, laws, institutions and state actions do not generate concrete results in combating violence, and especially do not guarantee neither protection nor effective access to justice. It declared: “Legal changes are achieved, yes [...] but in the end, the State justifies itself and doesn’t assume the contents of those law [...] and that is serious, because it undermines the right of women to live without violence”. Besides the Jury stressed that in all cases reported to the TPP, there have been no follow-up, penalty or damage repair and in some cases, victims have been criminalized. The Mexican government, it said, through “simulation and impunity,” violates international treaties it has signed and ratified, affecting the right of women to a life free of violence, and therefore all their rights.

Finally, it recalled that the final hearing of the axis “Femicide, family and sexual violence, disappearance and human trafficking, women in war, defenders and structural violence” of the TPP will be held in September. In November, after three years of work, the TPP Mexican Chapter will conclude with a final hearing, in which the Mexican government will be judged by a national and international commission.

For more information (in Spanish):

Termina Preaudiencia Violencia de Género y Feminicidio DF del TPP (Noticias MVS, 6 de agosto de 2014)

Simulación e impunidad impiden erradicar violencia contra mujeres: TPP (Sididh, 13 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: TPP pre-audience judges Mexican State for crimes against humanity (July 27, 2014)

National: Activists denounce increase in violence against women (July 19, 2014)

National: the Mexican government does not comply with the recommendations of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (23 June 2014)

Oaxaca: new journalist’s murder

August 30, 2014
Octavio  Rojas Hernández (El Buen Tono)

Octavio Rojas Hernández (El Buen Tono)

On August 11, the director of Social Communication of the municipality of San José Cosolapa, Oaxaca and collaborator of the newspaper “El Buen Tono” in Veracruz, Octavio Rojas Hernández was shot dead. His recent articles were about “Chupaductos” referring to a band that was “milking” Pemex pipelines. His research pointed that among those responsible were policemen from the municipality. The chief information officer of El Buen Tono said that this murder has to do directly with these notes. He thus demanded that the police investigation considers this line of research: “For us, the family and even sources within the city council, we all believe it is because of his articles. The Attorney should deepen that line of investigation, investigate well and deal with the consequences. “

Darío Ramírez, Director for Mexico and Central America of ARTICLE 19, an organization that protects the rights of journalists, “the murder of Octavio Rojas is a sad reminder of the latent danger to those who do journalism in Mexico. The murder must not go unpunished, even though all indications are that it will, according to previous cases. If we want a secure and free press, the first thing we need to do is to fight the most poignant sign of encouragement for future aggressions: impunity. “

In an alert related to the case, ARTICLE 19 said they it has documented from January 1, 2007 to the first semester of 2014, at least 139 attacks on the press in Oaxaca, which stand out as one of the three Mexican states with more aggression against reporters in seven years (the first place is the Federal District and the second, Veracruz). Of the total of agressions, four have been murders, 75 physical attacks, 27 threats, 13 acts of intimidation and six arbitrary arrests, to name a few of them. In 58 percent of cases, the alleged perpetrators of the attacks are public officials. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Ejecutan en Oaxaca a funcionario y corresponsal del diario “El Buen Tono” (Proceso, 12 de agosto de 2014)

Asesinan a balazos funcionario en Oaxaca (El Universal, 12 de agosto de 2014)

Otro periodista fue asesinado: Van 79 homicidios contra periodistas desde 2000 (Animal Político, 13 de agosto de 2014)

ALERTA: Procuraduría de Oaxaca no debe descartar vínculo profesional de comunicador asesinado (Artículo 19, 12 de agosto de 2014)


For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (June 10, 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (May 16, 2014)

National: Offices of the Contralínea magazine are raided and robbed

July 3, 2014
Foto @ Contralínea

Photo @ Contralínea

The Contralínea magazine reported that its facilities located in Coyoacán, Mexico City, were attacked on the night of June 23. Newspaper records, editorial materials and reporters’ personal documentation as well as computer equipment were stolen, including the laptops of its director, Miguel Badillo, and of the deputy director, Jose Reyez.

Contralínea considered the incident as an act of intimidation” because of the constant attacks that itseditorial team has received. Last April 18, the house of its director was also assaulted.

It should be recalled that the magazine has been awarded precautionary measure and has had permanent police surveillance cameras installed in its offices as a part of the Protection Mechanism for Defenders and Journalists. Furthermore, since beginning its work in April 2002, Contralínea denounced threats, harassment, lawsuits, thefts, burglaries, advertising, censorship from the government, an arrest, and an ambush.

For more information (In Spanish):

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea (Contralínea, 24 de junio de 2014)

Saquean las instalaciones de la revista Contralínea en Coyoacán (La Jornada de Oriente, 24 de junio de 2014)

Allanan y roban las instalaciones de la revista “Contralínea” (Proceso, 24 de junio de 2014)

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea en el DF (Sexenio, 25 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English):

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (March 28, 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (April 23, 2013)

Mexico: 2 journalists are murdered (September 22, 2011)

Guerrero: Kidnapped journalist is found dead

June 12, 2014
Jorge Torres Palacios. Foto (@La Jornada)

Jorge Torres Palacios @La Jornada

On June 2, the body of Jorge Torres Palacios, journalist and coordinator of Social Communication at the General Directorate on Health in Acapulco, Guerrero, was found dead in the community Plan de Amates, rural area of ​​the port. He presented signs of having been tortured. On May 29, Torres Palacios had been kidnapped by an armed group close to his house.

Journalists from different media organized demonstrations in different parts of Guerrero  to demand the safe return of the kidnapped. Those protests continued after the tragic outcome of the kidnapping, demanding that the state governor, Angel Aguirre Rivero, promptly investigate the case. As a result, the governor promised to ensure the investigation of this case, as well as to meet with the family of the deceased.

For more information (in Spanish):

El periodista de Guerrero secuestrado es hallado muerto; fue torturado (Página 3, 2 de junio de 2014)

Hallan el cuerpo de Jorge Torres en fosa clandestina de Acapulco (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2014)

Hallan en la periferia de Acapulco el cadáver del comunicador Jorge Torres (La Jornada, 3 de junio de 2014)

Encuentran muerto a periodista secuestrado en Acapulco (Animal Político, 03 de junio de 2014)

Hallaron muerto al periodista Jorge Torres Palacios; estaba enterrado en una huerta (Diario de Guerrero, 03 de junio de 2014)

Exigen justicia en el funeral del periodista Jorge Torres Palacios (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur (2 May 2014)

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (28 March 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities

June 10, 2014
Bases de Apoyo Zapatistas en el homenaje a Galeano. Foto (@Sipaz)

Support-bases of the Zapatista Army in Galeano’s homage (@Sipaz)

Subcomandante Moisés, spokesperson of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), announced in a communiqué upcoming activities scheduled by the organization.

Among these are the announcement of upcoming sessions of the Escuelita “both the first degree for those who have not yet arrived, and the second degree for those who have been approved.” There are no specified dates for those activities yet.

Other news include the installation, at the initiative of the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de Las Casas, of a Civil Peace Camp in the community of La Realidad, and a new meeting with the National Indigenous Congress (CNI).

Finally, the EZLN also called for the provision of materials for the rebuilding of the autonomous schools and clinic destroyed by “paramilitaries at the service of the bad governments [...] This is so that the bad governments understand that no matter how much they destroy, we will always build more.

In the final part of the communiqué, a review is made to the paid media, which were not invited to the homage to the Galeano which took place on May 24: “I want to say that I have been seeing what the paid media has been saying happened in reality in La Realidad. And I see that what the now defunct Supmarcos said was right: they neither listened nor understood. Those above don’t understand that we didn’t lose anything; on the contrary, we recovered a compañero. And those on the outside don’t understand that they in fact did lose something, because now they don’t have a window through which to see us, much less a door through which to enter.”

For more information:

Escuelita, Camp of Peace, Sharing and Reconstruction (Enlace Zapatista, May 29, 2014)

For more information (in Spanish):

Instalarán Campamento Civil por la Paz en La Realidad: Sub Moisés (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

El EZLN anuncia la reanudación de las “Escuelitas Zapatistas” (Proceso, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Escuela de La Realidad dañada por agresores será reconstruida: subcomandante Moisés (La Jornada, 29 de mayo de 2014)

EZLN retoma diálogo con Congreso Nacional Indígena (El Universal, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: EZLN pays tribute to murdered Support-base and announces organizational changes (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: indigenous organizations and communities also affected by “counterinsurgency and war of extermination” express their solidarity with the EZLN (June 9, 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces homage to Zapatista murdered in La Realidad and announces primary results of investigation on the case (May 18, 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism

May 16, 2014

Foto (@Oaxaca 3.0)

Photo (@Oaxaca 3.0)

On 3 May, Global day for Freedom of the Press, journalists from different media protested in downtown Oaxaca City to demand legal guarantees and security to allow them to exercise their profession.

According to data from the Mexico City Commission on Human Rights (CDHDF), Oaxaca occupies the second place after Mexico City in the number of death-threats and attacks on journalists this year, reaching a total of 50.

Article 19, an international organization that promotes the protection of journalists throughout the world as well as freedom of expression, has indicated that during the first third of 2014, 66 attacks were registered on journalists in Mexico, with Oaxaca being among the most violent and dangerous states of the country in which to exercise journalism.

“In Oaxaca have occurred lamentable attacks this past year, such as the murder of Alberto López Bello [writer for El Imparcial] and the attack with Molotov cocktails against the offices of the Piñero de la Cuenca in Tuxtepec.  The most alarming thing is that 90 percent of the attacks on journalists continue to enjoy impunity [...].  This impunity in attacks on journalists is based on the fact that the authorities are the judges and perpetrators.  Two out of every three attacks are committed by public authorities or officials.  And it is these same governmental institutions which investigate the cases, such that there is a palpable conflict of interests, and for this reason there is no punishment for those responsible,” noted Francisco Sandoval, an adjunct official for Freedom of Expression for Article 19.

For more information (in Spanish):

Oaxaca, quinto estado más peligroso para periodistas (Noticias, 03 de mayo de 2014)

“congeladas” 20 denuncias por agresiones contra periodistas en Oaxaca(Nss Oaxaca, 03 de mayo de 2014)

Exigen periodistas fin a mordaza y seguridad (Noticias, 04 de mayo de 2014)

Oaxaca, segundo lugar en agresiones a periodistas (Oaxaca 3.0, 6 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (23 April 2013)

Mexico: 172 aggressions against journalists in 2011 – Article 19 (2 April 2012)

National: Protests on the rise against Law on Telecommunication

May 3, 2014


In recent weeks, there has been observed an increase in social protests against the legislative proposals following the implementation of reforms in the telecommunications sector, as was approved last year.  The criticisms that have been presented, among others, argue that said proposals would violate the right to expression by fomenting censorship, transgress the right of users to privacy, and threaten net neutrality.

In the latest examples, on 26 April, there was organized a “human chain” as called for on social networks, intellectuals, and politicians (including Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and the PAN senator Javier Corral).  The chain began at the presidential residency in Los Pinos and marched to Televisa Chapultpec, thus covering approximately 8km.  7000 persons participated in this action.

On 22 April there was also held a march #AgainstSilenceMX in Mexico City, which was repressed.  The Front for Freedom of Expression and Social Protest condemned the police attacks which “consisted in excessive police deployments and formations, intimidation, direct attacks on protestors, and arbitrary arrests of those who were doing nothing illegal.”   They noted that “the new aggressions against representatives of media, activists, human-rights defenders, and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights of Mexico City are reasons for concern in this sense, given the attempt to repress the right to social protest.”  Media reported that five police from the Secretary for Public Security of Mexico City (SSPDF) were suspended for presumed abuse of authority upon attacking protestors and representatives of the Commission of Human Rights.

It should be mentioned that these types of protests have begun to spread to other states of the Republic.

For more information (in Spanish):

Suspenden a cinco policías del DF por agresión a manifestantes (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2014)

Se extienden protestas contra leyes en telecomunicaciones a los estados(La Jornada, 26 de abril de 2014)

Protestan por telecom frente al Senado; impiden a #CadenaHumana llegar a Los Pinos (Proceso, 26 de abril de 2014)

Comunicado conjunto: Frente por Libertad de Expresión y Protesta Social condena enérgicamente agresiones policiacas cometidas ayer en marcha(23 de abril de 2014)

Marchan jóvenes en defensa de Internet (La Jornada, 22 de abril de 2014)

Protesta contra ley de telecomunicaciones en la Ciudad de México(Fotogalería, CNN México, 22 de abril de 2014)


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