Guerrero: murder of a social activist from the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra

November 12, 2013

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Sepelio de Rocío Mesino Mesino in the zócalo of Atoyác de Álvarez, photo @Javier Verdín

On 19 October, Rocío Mesino Mesino was murdered in the Mexcaltepec community, which pertains to the Atoyac de Álvarez municipality.  According to the story told by her relatives, the rights-defender found herself supervising the construction of a provisional bridge in this community, when a man arrived who shot her several times and then rode away on a motorcycle which had been awaiting him.

Iñaki Blanco Cabrera, State Attorney General, has said that different lines are being pursued for investigating this murder of the leader of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS), including the participation of organized crime syndicates which operate in the region of the Grand Coast of the state.  In a press-conference, the Guerrero state official said that the campesino leader had been shot six times by pistol.  Blanco Cabrera noted that her killers have not yet been identified, despite the fact that the crime took place in the middle of the day and in the presence of several witnesses.  It is understood that many are afraid of reprisals if they were to provide testimony.

The Guerrero Network for Human Rights (Redgro), the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), the Front of Democratic Organizations of the State of Guerrero (Fodeg), the Regional Center in Defense of Human Rights José María Morelos and Pavón, and the Society of Students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, among others, demand an investigation into the crime.  Furthermore, they denounced that 10 homicides have been committed against social activists in the state of the PRD governor Ángel Aguirre, and that not one has yet been resolved.

For more information (in Spanish):

PGJE investiga el asesinato de dirigente de la OCSS (El Universal, 21 de octubre de 2013)

Impunes, muertes de 10 activistas en el gobierno de Ángel Aguirre (La Jornada, 20 de octubre de 2013)

Frente de Organizaciones Democráticas del Estado de GuerreroCondenan asesinato de la luchadora social Rocío Mesino (Centro Prodh, 21 de octubre de 2013)

PGJ-Guerrero investiga crimen de dirigente de la OCSS (Milenio, 20 de octubre de 2013)

CONDENAMOS EL ASESINATO DE LA LUCHADORA SOCIAL ROCÍO MESINO MESINO, INTEGRANTE DE LA OCSS (20 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Oaxaca: New motion detains construction of wind-energy park, while harassment against land-defenders continues

November 12, 2013

San Dionisio del Mar. Foto @Sipaz

On 9 October, the judge of the 7th District declared a new motion in favor of the communards of San Dionisio del Mar ordering the temporary suspension of the construction of the wind-energy park being promoted by the multinational consortium Mareña Renewables in the Barra de Santa Teresa, land which belongs to the municipality in question.

According to declarations from the Assembly of Indigenous Peoples of the Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT), “[t]his is a victory which corresponds to the struggle for the respect of the land and the rights of indigenous peoples.  We demand that all authorities involved in the wind-energy project San Dionisio del Mar and the Mareña Renewables consortium observe with the suspension that has been ordered.”

In other news, the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco Peoples (APPJ) has newly denounced the constant climate of aggressions, death-threats, and intimidation suffered by its members at the hands of persons linked to the Fenosa Natural Gas corporation.  “Armed types keep circling the homes of APPJ comrades,” notes Mariano López, spokesperson for APPJ.

Furthermore, reported Mariano López, members of Peace Brigades International (PBI) have visited the locale and assessed the damages suffered by the resistance camp erected by the APPJ against the construction of the Bii Hioxho wind-energy park of Fenosa Natural Gas; this camp was burned down on 15 October.  According to the profile of the Juchitán Assembly on Facebook, on 27 October, members of the APPJ began work to rebuild the camp which had been devastated by flames.

For more information (in Spanish):

Continúa la defensa vs eólicas (Tiempo en Línea, 19 de octubre de 2013)

Brigadas Internacionales constatan intimidación a activistas en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 22 de octubre de 2013)

Grupos opositores a parque eólico en Oaxaca denuncian acoso de pistoleros (La Jornada, 23 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People denounces attack on wind-energy camp (26 October 2013)

Oaxaca: New threats of displacement from Playa Vicente (25 October 2013)

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)


Oaxaca: New threats of displacement from Playa Vicente

October 25, 2013

Foto @ Red Betances

Photo @ Red Betances

The Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) denounced on 23 September that the Spanish firm Fenosa Natural Gas and the Constructoral S.A. de C.V. have threatened to displace the peaceful camp which had been installed in the highway to the municipal agency Playa Vicente, in opposition to the construction of the wind-energy park on communal lands.

An APPJ spokesperson said that a representative from the Spanish corporation and one from the construction firm attended the protest to attempt to convince participants to suspend the blockade, but when they received no response, they threatened to displace them by force the following Monday, 30 September.

In a communique, the APPJ demanded that the construction at the Bii Yoxho wind-energy park be suspended until the legality of the work be established.  Similarly, it reported that the homes of residents of Playa Vicente still find themselves flooded by the rains which took place 15 days previously; no governmental authority has come to attend to the victims.

It should also mentioned that Fenosa Natural Gas has been accused of intimidation, harassment, death-threats, and murder of communal leaders in Guatemala.

For more information (in Spanish):

Eólicas amenazan con desalojar a opositores (Noticias Net, 29 de septiembre de 2013)

Comunicado de los habitantes de Playa Vicente ante las recientes amenazas de la empresa Gas Natural Fenosa (Chacatorex, 27 de septiembre de 2013)

Comunicado de prensa del centro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos Robert F. Kennedy que envia una carta al Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto por la ola de violencia a los Defensores y Defensoras de los DDHH en el estado de Oaxaca (Blog Tierra y Territorio, 1 de octubre de 2013)

El Grupo Gas Natural-Unión Fenosa atropella y asesina a dirigentes comunitarios en Guatemala (Red Betances, 3 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Death by gunfire of opponent to wind-energy projected promoted by multinational Fenosa Natural Gas (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: “The Isthmus at the Crossroads” Seminar (20 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Attacks on those opposed to the wind-energy park in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (4 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of wave of attacks against journalists and activists(21 July 2013)

Oaxaca: Meeting of Peoples in Resistance for the Defense of Territory in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (17 May 2013)


National: Civil society pronounces itself on International Day of Support for Torture Victims

July 19, 2013

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Several civil-society organizations pronounced themselves on 26 June, in observance of the International Day against Torture, regarding the practice of torture by Mexican authorities.  The National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” emphasized that “if the Mexican State has signed the principal international accords regarding torture and subjected itself to periodical evaluations by human rights mechanisms [...], the recommendations released by said mechanisms must be implemented [...].  There is seen an increase in the practice of torture in our country, as well as of impunity which continues in terms of the cases that have been denounced before the corresponding authorities.”

For their part, several civil organizations, including the Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH) and the Cerezo Committee, jointly declared that “torture is a grave and inexcusable violation, whose commission and toleration cannot and should not have any social or legal basis in any democratic society [...].  In this sense, we consider it fundamental that ministerial and judicial authorities throughout the government take political will to break the present cycle of impunity for this crime [...].  We emphasize that the procedural guarantees of presumption of innocence and due process are incompatible with torture as a legitimate act for the extraction of confessions and clarification of juridical truth, given that its criminal nature violates the very ends of justice and damages the aspirations of the State to be constitutional and democratic.”

A bulletin released by several organizations from Chiapas, Mexican and international, indicated that “in Chiapas, acts of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and punishments have been converted into a ‘normal’ and accepted practice by the authorities of procuration and administration of justice and the carceral system.  It is moreover tolerated by the governor of Chiapas.”

In Guerrero, there was held the forum “Torture from Yesterday to Today, Impunity Forever,” as organized by the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI).  At the forum, members of organizations of human-rights defense stressed that the situation of violation of individual rights in Guerrero has not changed with regard to the situation which prevailed at the end of the 1960′s.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sigue aumentando en México la tortura, advierten ONG y Amnistía Internacional (La Jornada, 27 de junio de 2013)

Boletín completo de Amnistía Internacional: Las víctimas de tortura merecen justicia pronta y efectiva (AI, 26 de junio de 2013)

OSC denuncian la persistencia de la tortura en México y exigen justicia para todas las y los sobrevivientes (RedTdT, 26 de junio de 2013)

Declaración con motivo del Día Internacional en Apoyo a las Víctimas de la Tortura (PRODH, 26 de junio de 2013)

Comunicado de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas y organizaciones internacionales (26 de junio de 2013)

El Estado no reconoce que hay torturados y desaparecidos, por eso no se les atiende, reprochan expertos, (El Sur de Acapulco, 26 de junio de 2013)

No ha prosperado ninguna de las 56 quejas por tortura en el estado, revela la Codehum (El Sur de Acapulco, 26 de junio).

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International organizations conclude observation mission on torture in Mexico (10 June 2013)

Mexico: UN Committee against Torture expresses grave concern for the practice of torture in Mexico (9 November 2012)

National: Amnesty International presents report regarding use of torture in Mexico (19 October 2012)

National: International judges report on conclusions of the observation of state of justice in Mexico (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Presentation of report on torture in Chiapas “From Cruelty to Cynicism” (2 July 2012)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)


National: UN presents “Report on the situation of human-rights defenders in Mexico: update for 2012 and assessment 2013″

July 19, 2013

Screenshot-2013-06-18_18.52.19-300x225On 25 June, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico presented the “Report on the situation of human-rights defenders in Mexico: update for 2012 and assessment 2013,” which reported that, from 2010 to 2012, 89 cases of aggressions against activists had been found, and that authorities had only prosecuted three presumed people responsible for the documented attacks; however, there exists no “firm sentence” against any of them.  The Commissioner emphasizes that “the lack of sanctioning of perpetrators does not only contribute to the repetition of the acts, but also aggravates the level of risk in which rights-defenders carry out their work.”

The report notes that in the majority of aggressions reported during this period took place in the states of Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Guerrero, and Mexico City, affecting 26 women, 35 men, 11 human-rights organizations, and four relatives of rights-defenders.  It stresses that at least 23 persons or organizations had been awarded precautionary measures in their favor, having been attacked.  A plurality of the cases referred to death-threats (38%), arbitrary actions (13%), harassment (12%), arbitrary arrests (11%), murder (11%), attacks (6%), and forced disappearances (2%).  From 2006 to date, 22 rights-defenders and five familymembers have been killed in Mexico, and the whereabouts of six other defenders is unknown.

Javier Hernández Valencia, representative of the High Commissioner’s Office, stressed that “it it not only organized crime which attacks defenders,” given that “at least in nearly a fourth of the cases state actors were identified as those responsible for the actions, and for this reason we must continue strengthening our efforts to activate protocols and not remain stuck with accusations, but rather progress to the arrest of those responsible.”

The subsecretary of governance, Lía Limón García, who was present at the event, reported that since the launching of the “Mechanism of protection for rights-defenders and journalists,” there have been received 81 requests for incorporation, of which 33 correspond to journalists and 48 to activists.  She agreed that the “best means of protecting rights-defenders and journalists is to investigate the cases which exist of aggressions, attacks, and death-threats, so as to sanction and inhibit these abuses.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Defensores de DH, víctimas de caciques: ONU (El Universal, 27 de junio de 2013)

Alerta ONU por impunidad en agresiones a activistas en México (Proceso, 26 de junio de 2013)

ONU: persisten agresiones contra defensores de DH (El Universal, 26 de junio de 2013)

Defensores de derechos humanos, en la indefensión (Proceso, 25 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Governmental Council for Mechanism of Protection for Journalists and Defenders is Installed (20 July 2012)

Mexico: human-rights organizations affirm that “human rights are NOT an existing reality in the country” (3 March 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

Mexico: Presentation of the 2010-2011 diagnostic regarding human-rights observers (8 February 2012)


National/Chiapas: EPN in Navenchauc, Zinacantán launches actions for the National Crusade against Hunger

April 22, 2013

Enrique Peña Nieto y Da Lula Silva (@Animal Político)

Enrique Peña Nieto and Da Lula Silva (@Animal Político)

On 19 April, accompanied by the former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto visited the community of Navenchauc in the Zinacantán municipality in the Highlands of Chiapas, where he launched actions for the National Crusade against Hunger.  In January of this year, the Las Margaritas municipality in Chiapas had been selected for the inauguration site of this campaign.

In his comments, EPN defended the Crusade against Hunger and called on Rosario Robles Berlanga, Secretary for Social Development, to “weather” the criticisms of those who “only concern themselves with elections.”  He added that “for us, for this government, we have a clear objective, a task of commitment to Mexicans, which is to put an end to hunger.”  It should be recalled that the previous day, Robles Berlanga fired a delegate of this institution in Veracruz, Ranulfo Márquez, so that he could be investigated for the presumed utilization of the resources of the Crusade to the benefit of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the upcoming state elections.  On 23 April, he will present testimony before the federal Senate regarding the supposed advances of this program.

At the event was also present Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, former president of Brazil and initiator of the program “Zero Hunger” which allowed 33 million people to leave poverty and another 40 million to ascend to the middle class of Brazil.  Lula noted that the “Zero Hunger” program gave rise to many criticisms: “They said that the program had welfare characteristics.  They said it was populist, that it thought nothing more than of elections.  They said that this program was merely to give handouts to the people, and that people would then become lazy.”  He assured on the other hand that “Hunger does not exist because of lack of money, agricultural production, or technology.  It exists due to the lack of shame on the part of the authorities in this world [...].  So for this reason, President, the poor do not have reason to have patience, but instead should be present and trust in their government.  They have you; do not fail them.”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Hay hambre por falta de vergüenza de gobernantes”: Lula (Proceso, 19 de abril de 2013)

Lula acompañará a Peña en Cruzada contra el Hambre (El Universal, 19 de abril de 2013)

Espaldarazo de Peña a Rosario Robles: hay que aguantar (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)

EPN: nos critican los que sólo piensan en elecciones (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)


National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″

March 27, 2013

Fray Tomás González @ Periódico ABC

Fray Tomás González @ Periódico ABC

On 17 March, Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the Refuge Home “La 72″ for migrant persons, denounced that he and those residing in the home received two death-threats from organized crime operating in Tenosique, Tabasco. “It should be mentioned that in recent weeks, we have accompanied many persons who have gravely victimized by extortion and death-threats.  We have denounced this before the PGR and PGJ of Tabasco,” notes the communique published by Fray Tomás.

His communique adds that the home had reported this to public security forces (Ministerial Federal Police, PGJ, Federal Police, Mexican Army), leading to the provocation of “an operation with a great lack of coordination: they took three people indicating as being migrants.  Regardless, they did not detain those who we consider to be the principal leaders, among them the chief who leads the gang that operates between Tenosique y Coatzacoalcos. This puts us at greater risk and danger.”

Both Fray Tomás and Rubén Díaz Figueroa, from the Usumacinta Center for Human Rights and a member of Amnesty International (AI), have denounced the death-threats and aggressions engaged in by soldiers, state police, and other uniformed people in Tenosique before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE).  Raúl Izquierdo and Samuel Villicana León, visitors with the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), have accompanied the migrant defenders in their presentation of complaints before the government in Tenosique, where the events occurred.

The “All Rights for All” National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations has announced that “it is important to indicate that these aggressions against the migrant home and the rights-defenders who work there has to do with the accompaniment and the denunciations made regarding the situation of migrant peoples transiting through Mexico.  From this Network we manifest our support and solidarity with the “72″ migrant home; we recognize the important work done their daily to support our brother migrants.”  Amnesty International (AI) itself has called on Mexican authorities to provide “effective and immediate” protection for Fray Tomás González and Rubén Figueroa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Urgente desde Tenosique: Amenaza del crimen organizado a Defensores de Derechos Humanos (Frontera Sur, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Exigimos proteger la vida de Fray Tomás González y del personal del albergue “La 72” (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos”, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Denuncian agresión contra defensores de migrantes en Tabasco (Proceso, 20 de marzo de 2013)

Pasan noche de zozobra en el refugio La 72 (La Jornada Veracruz, 19 de marzo de 2013)

Amnistía Internacional urge a las autoridades a dar protección a defensores de migrantes amenazados de muerte (Periódico Sin Embargo, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Pide mafia mi cabeza: fraile; caen 3 bandidos (Tabasco Hoy, 20 de marzo de 2013)

Fray Tomás, defensor de los migrantes, denuncia amenazas de muerte (Diario El País, 20 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

 


Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón

February 7, 2013

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On 31 January, the definitive judgment to deny a motion to ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding the return of their common-lands which were occupied by state authorities and a group close to the government was made public, this within the context of the dispute over possession of the control-point that is seen at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfall.

The motion had been promoted by Mariano Moreno Guzmán, a Tseltal indigenous man from the ejido, with the juridical identity of “substitute representation of ejidal goods,” so as to avoid the privatization of land in question, their being collective.  As Moreno Guzmán’s lawyers commented (Maribel González Pedro y Ricardo Lagunes Gasca), the General Assembly of the ejido did not provide its consent to the convention signed in February 2011 between the state government and the “officialist” authorities who recently turned over the common lands.  According to defense lawyers, during the trial the president of the ejidal commission, Francisco Guzmán Jiménez, and the state government showed a document called “act of assembly” which confronted an objection, due to its not complying with established standards as stipulated in agrarian laws and international law on indigenous rights.  Regardless, the judge in the case declared Moreno Guzman’s attempt invalid, as it would supposedly not represent the requisite “substituted representation,” instead recognizing the “assembly act,” thus supporting the transfer of lands in dispute to the Chiapas government.

González Pedro and Lagunes Gasca noted that the sentence of the judge constitutes “a disregard for indigenous peoples and the constitutional reforms of motion and human rights.”  The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration, for their part, indicated that after showing “the necessary documents that justify and evidence the looting of our common-use lands from the community of San Sebastián Bachajon, the authorities of justice continue defending the interests of the government.”

For more information (in Spanish):

La Jornada: Niegan amparo a indígenas de San Sebastián Bachajón (01/02/2013)

Comunicado de Maribel González Pedro y Ricardo Lagunes Gasca (31/01/2013)

Denuncia de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón después de la negativa (01/02/2013)

La Jornada: La ley no está hecha para los pobres, se lamentan ejidatarios de Bachajón (02/02/2013)

Acusan los ejidatarios de Bachajón al gobierno de despreciar a los indígenas (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)


Guerrero – briefs: Rally for justice and the end of impunity in Chilpancingo; NGOs request definitive cancellation of La Parota

May 12, 2011

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On Thursday May 5, social organizations in defense of human rights, such as the Community Development Workshop (TADECO), the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, the Guerrero Network of Human Rights (Redgroac), and the Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities (CRAC), among others, protested in the zócalo of Chilpancingo against the violence that continues to pervade the state of Guerrero.  Minutes before the rally for justice and to end impunity, the authorities of the capital city council cut the electricity to prevent the protests from being heard through the speakers. However, this action did not stop the activists who, without microphones, raised their voices to speak. Manuel Olivares, of Redgroac, said he joined the march that was organized by Javier Sicilia to tell the authorities “enough murders, kidnappings, disappearances”. Javier Monroy, coordinator of TADECO, and the director of the Citizen Movement of Guerrero Alphabetization, Austreberto Basilio Goytia, expressed outrage over the murder of the director of the Center of Studies and Projects for Total Human Development, Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrera, which occurred on May 4 in the central plaza of Chilpancingo. In a communique on May 5, TADECO and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero demanded, among other things, that the State Government of Guerrero “respect, facilitate and support the collaboration of the families of victims of social violence in the investigations”, and that the Federal Government “[…] clarify the cases of campesino Javier Torres Cruz, of the community of La Morena, who was murdered recently [and t]he identification and punishment of those responsible for the extrajudicial murders […] of Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas”.

Additionally, in a press statement on May 3, national and international human rights networks urged the federal and local government to cancel the La Parota hydroelectric dam project. On the day of April 19, 2011, the Agrarian Tribunal (TUA), based in Acapulco, issued a ruling that annulled the land assembly held on April 28, 2010, which was intended to impose the construction of the hydroelectric project. National and international networks have welcomed the cancellation of the agrarian assembly decision and now call for the definitive cancellation of the project, based on Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which states that the consent of communities is a requirement and without which, no project that involves the removal or relocation of the population can be carried out.

For more information:

Sabotea alcaldía capitalina mitin de ONG contra la violencia en el zócalo (La Jornada, 6 May)

Respaldan organizaciones en el Zócalo de Chilpancingo la Marcha por la Paz (Sur Acapulco, 6 May)

Communique of TADECO and Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero

Exigen ONG’s cancelar definitivamente La Parota, por fallo de juez (Radio Formula, 3 May)

Redes de OSC llaman a poner punto final a La Parota (CENCOS, 3 May)

For more information from SIPAZ:

TUA annuls the 28 April 2010 assembly regarding La Parota (May 12)

Brutal murder of LGBT activist in Chilpancingo (6 May)


Guerrero – briefs: The violent legacy of the Zeferino Torreblanca administration; New Governor Ángel Aguirre to meet with La Parota opposition; Tlachinollan receives Human Rights award from Amnesty International

April 18, 2011

On April 1, Guerrero’s new governor, Ángel Aguirre Rivero took office. The previous governor, Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo, was strongly criticized by various civil society actors during his term in office. In a press release on March 25, the Community Development Workshop (TADECO) and the Committee of Relatives and Friends of Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero said, “Under the agonizingly bad governance of Zeferino Torreblanca, the lack of coherent and effective policies on security and human rights was not only a result of the inefficiency and inability of his government, but rather, such crimes were being organized by the state, reaffirming the fact that the governments of Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa are ultimately responsible for this situation by action, omission or connivance. ” Similarly, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Guerrero (CODDEHUM), Juan Alarcón Hernández, said that during the term of Torreblanca, Guerrero suffered setbacks on human rights and now faces a stage that is “unfortunate and of crisis.” At least 202 abductions, more than 5,000 intentional homicides, including 11 journalists and 447 against women, and 170 missing, is the legacy left by Zeferino Torreblanca in Guerrero, according to CODDEHUM.

The new governor, Angel Aguirre, in an interview with Formula Radio on Tuesday April 5, clarified that in the case of the La Parota dam, he did not say he supported its construction and that he would consult the mayor Manuel Anorve Baños. “No, I did not say ‘yes’ to La Parota, I said that there were a number of projects to be analyzed, among which is La Parota.” He said the April 11 Council will meet with the Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), accompanied by Archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos from the Diocese of Acapulco. During his campaign, Aguirre first came out against the hydroelectric project, possibly for the support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but after a meeting with the former governor, Zeferino Torreblanca, he said he would consider it. For his part, the mayor of Acapulco, Manuel Anorve – who was a candidate for governor of the state alliance, Better Times for Guerrero – reiterated his support for the construction of the hydroelectric dam. He stated that no one can be against the development of Acapulco. He said hydroelectric power is “a new and economically important industry that will generate 10,000 jobs. I’ll be doing what corresponds to me being a mayor in order for the project to be realized.”

Finally, on 19 March, Amnesty International issued a statement that the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña and its director, Abel Barrera Hernández, will receive the VI Human Rights Award from Amnesty International. The organization wants to recognize the struggle for the human rights of the indigenous population in the state of Guerrero, parting from the work of the anthropologist Abel Barrera and the Human Rights Center of the Montaña. The awards ceremony will take place during the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International in Berlin, Germany on May 27 this year.

For more information:

Cinco mil asesinatos, 202 secuestros y 170 desaparecidos, la herencia de Torreblanca (Proceso, 29 March)

Se extingue un gobierno de pesadilla y en el horizonte no percibimos ninguna luz de justicia (TADECO and the Comittee of Relatives and Friends of Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, 25 March)

Dice Aguirre sobre el sexenio de Zeferino que no habrá revanchismos, pero tampoco impunidad (Sur Acapulco, 7 April)

Se reunirá Ángel Aguirre con los opositores a la presa La Parota (La Jornada, 7 April)

Refrenda Añorve su apoyo a La Parota; nadie puede ir contra el desarrollo, dice (Sur Acapulco, 7 April)

Incluirá Aguirre a la Iglesia en discusión por La Parota (La Jornada, 7 April)

Con Aguirre, relación de trabajo y de respeto, dice Añorve Baños (La Jornada, 7 April)

Comunicado de Amnistía Internacional (19 March)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Instalación de mesas de trabajo en los casos de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo; Acto simbólico en el río Papagayo en contra de la presa La Parota, CRAC convoca para Foro contra la minería – 12 de abril (25 March)


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