Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón denounce the Ejidal Commissioner for promoting forced dispossession from their communal land

June 14, 2014
Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

On June 10, the ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón denounced the “officialist” Ejidal Commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, for trying to “hand over [the land] to the bad government,” by organizing an “illegal” assembly in order to convince the courts that the Assembly agrees with the plundering of the communal lands.

They denounced: “On June 11, 2014 the officialist ejidal commissioner is organizing an illegal assembly to illegally collect signatures to request withdrawal of the petition for motion and land claim before the tribunals, and to pretend that the general assembly of ejidatarios are in agreement with the dispossession; so we denounce these corruptions because we energetically reject these crimes being committed by the ejidal commissioner to the detriment of the people of San Sebastián Bachajón.  As an authority he should respect his people, but he is a mere puppet of the bad government because he has no dignity.”

The indigenous Tzeltales from the ejido also agreed to continue defending their land by legal means, invoking the amparo (constitutional protection demand) 274/2011. They commented however that this corrupt judge, who already has an agreement with the bad government, has respected neither the law nor human rights, [...] saying that he will not proceed to study the case because we have no right to defend our land, and he falsely says that the ejidal assembly consented to the government staying permanently in our lands.”

At the same time, the ejidatarios filed a complaint against the ejidal Commissioner before a Land Court “for the illegal assembly in which Alejandro Moreno Gómez and his supporters were imposed as ejidal commissioners. They committed many irregularities with the support of the Agrarian Court of Ocosingo”. They stressed that on June 5, they were “intimidating and harassing compañeros of our organization by taking pictures and videos with their cellphones.”

Finally, they asked the “compañeros who fight for a world in which many worlds fit” to remain vigilant, because the bad government increasingly seeks to put an end to our organization to dispossess our people of their territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

EN EJIDO SAN SEBASTIAN BACHAJON ADERENTES A LA SEXTA DECLARACION DE LA SELVA LACANDONA. CHIAPAS. MEXICO. A 10 DE JUNIO DE 2014 (Viva Bachajón, 11 de junio de 2014)

Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (Enlace Zapatista, 11 de junio de 2014)

Denuncian que ejidatarios opositores en Bachajón buscan legitimar despojo (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón denuncian al comisariado ejidal Alejandro Moreno Gómez por querer entregar la tierra al mal gobierno (Pozol Colectivo, 11 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Homage to the “fallen in defense of their people and land” in San Sebastián Bachajón (May 3, 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding maneuvers to formalize looting of ejidal territory for touristic ends (March 15, 2014)


Oaxaca: The Diocese of Puerto Escondido expresses its full support to the communities in resistance to hydro project Paso de la Reina

June 13, 2014
Demostration form COPUDEVER (@SIPAZ)

Demostration form COPUDEVER (@SIPAZ)

Coinciding with International Environment Day, the Bishop of the Diocese of Puerto Escondido, Pedro Vasquez Villalobos, conducted a Mass in which he expressed the full support of the diocese to the community of Paso de la Reina and other communities organized in the Council of Peoples United for the Defense of the Verde River (COPUDEVER). In relation to their resistance to the construction of the Paso de la Reina Hydroelectric Dam, in the Municipality of Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, he stressed: “I say to those who live here and are striving to protect this river and the land, feel our support … our spiritual presence and strength of will because we are united to you, saying NO to the construction of the dam at Paso de la Reina … We are united with you, it is an union of the Church with you … “.

The bishop noted that the project violates the human rights of hundreds of thousands of people and stressed the importance of the river to the lives and development of communities that benefit from it: “You are the guardians of water, plants, animals, and the land they inhabit,” said the bishop in reference to the Indians, “rightful owners of these lands and territories”. 3.100 hectares of 40 villages from six municipalities would be affected by the dam.

About the smear campaign undertaken by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) against the Diocesan Church of Puerto Escondido, the bishop said: “It has made serious disqualifications against our work saying that we come from outside the region and accuses of misinforming and confusing public opinion. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento diocesano (Diócesis de Puerto Escondido, 5 de junio de 2014)

La Iglesia se opone a proyecto hidroeléctrico en Oaxaca (Proceso, 5 de junio de 2014)

CFE desprestigia a Diócesis de Puerto Escondido por oponerse a Presa Paso de la Reina (Página 3, 5 de junio de 2014)

La Diócesis de Puerto Escondido y agentes de pastoral reiteran su apoyo al Consejo de Pueblos Unidos en defensa del Río Verde (Fé y resistencia, 6 de junio de 2014)

Respalda obispo lucha de pueblos contra Paso de la Reina (Noticias, 6 de junio de 2014)

Reitera Diócesis de Puerto Escondido oposición a hidroeléctrica Paso de la Reyna (E-Oaxaca, 6 de junio de 2014)

CFE desprestigia a Diócesis de Puerto Escondido por oponerse a Presa Paso de la Reina (Chiapas Paralelo, 6 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

National: National Program on Infrastructure presents projects with possible effects for the populace (May 16, 2014)

Oaxaca/National: Peaceful protest by COPUDEVER to mark “International Day of Action against Dams and for Rivers, Water, and Life” (March 28, 2014)

Oaxaca: COPUDEVER and EDUCA present report on “Paso de la Reina” (July 19, 2013)


National: Lack of gender perspective in the protection of female human rights defenders

June 13, 2014

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The international feminist organization JASS (Just Associates) has denounced the sexist vision and absence of gender perspective in the protection of women human rights defenders. According to JASS, it’s necessary to introduce such a perspective and to take into account the specific needs of female defenders, “not because women face more or less aggressions, but because the nature of the attacks, the fact that they occur or may occur, their impacts and consequences are different from the attacks against men. Therefore they require specific and comprehensive measures”.

The prevailing patriarchal vision implies a bias in the understanding of the existing reality that deso not distinguish the gender implications of the risks, impacts and needs of a different kind of protection for female defenders. The claim is that instruments and mechanisms of protection were created according to the specific needs of men, which are taken as universal.

JASS recognizes that there have been advances in various United Nations mechanisms and institutions such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to recognize the specific risks that female defenders face. Nonetheless, it stressed that “the civil society and the mechanisms for the protection of human rights still have significant challenges. “

Currently, the Mesoamerican Initiative for Female Human Rights Defenders, a network created in 2010, is generating alternatives of comprehensive protection, including safety measures and self-care. They aim at responding to the violence that female defenders in the region face in their work. In the case of Mexico, there were some advances through national networks of defenders.

For more information (in Spanish):

Porque Importa la Perspectiva de Género en la Protección para Defensoras (JASS, 2 de junio de 2014)

México trata con doble rasero a las mujeres (Cimac noticias, 15 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

National: Suprema Corte presents protocol to judge gender crimes (September 13, 2013)


Guerrero: commemoration of the 16th Anniversary of the El Charco Massacre in demand of justice

June 13, 2014
@CIMAC Noticias

@CIMAC Noticias

On June 7, various social organizations marched to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the El Charco Massacre, near Ayutla de Los Libres, where on June 7, 1998, eleven people were killed by soldiers of the Mexican Army.

Jose Rosario Marroquin, director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (PRODH), said that “impunity prevails in this case, there is no advance, only two or three spectacular actions, but in the end there is nothing concrete although justice has been demanded for several years. There is nothing that clarify the facts; there is no will from the government to do it. “

Eleven people were killed in the massacre among a group of 70 Mixteco indigenous persons who met in the elementary school in El Charco to discuss the situation of marginalization and poverty in their communities. Mario Palma, one of the survivors of the massacre explained “We had asked commissioners and representatives of the peoples of the region to organize and develop productive projects because we couldn’t endure much more poverty and marginalization provoked by the government. There were no health centers, doctors, schools, or field support. That’s what we were talking about when the people of the government arrived.”

Efren Chavez Cortes, another survivor, said, “Nothing has changed in El Charco in 16 years. There remains the same poverty, the same neglect of Mixteco indigenous peoples and, worse, governor Angel Aguirre Rivero has divided the CRAC- PC. In conclusion, there has been no justice (…) The government only gives pure palliatives. There is no development strategy in the communities.” He added that “the case was presented to other institutions such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), for the summary execution of the compañeros, because they had surrendered. Here the people who were murdered had surrendered and were unarmed.”

“[The] person who is guilty of all is Angel Aguirre Rivero, who was governor at that time as he is today. Therefore, he should be in jail,” said Nazario Gatica, one of the survivors.

During the march, the cartels also demanded the release of the members of the Community Police-Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC), who are imprisoned at present.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen ONG y personalidades a la Coidh atender ya el caso de matanza de El Charco (La Jornada, 6 de junio de 2014)

En la matanza de El Charco murieron 100 militares, dicen (La Jornada, 7 de junio de 2014)

Sobreviviente de El Charco desmiente versión oficial; murieron 10 militares, dice (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

En El Charco se asesinó a la gente rendida y desarmada, narra uno de los sobrevivientes (La Jornada, 8 de junio de 2014)

A 16 años, en El Charco lo único que cambió es el partido en el poder: Cortés (La Jornada Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: Presentation of the Observation Mission Report “A light against impunity” (April 10, 2014)

Guerrero: 18th anniversary of the Aguas Blancas massacre (July 19, 2013)

Guerrero: 14th anniversary of the El Charco massacre (June 17, 2012)


Chiapas: Pilgrimage in Simojovel for the closure of “cantinas” and the end of violence; parish priest receives threats

June 13, 2014
Pilgrimage in Simojovel, June 2014 (@Frayba)

Pilgrimage in Simojovel, June 2014 (@Frayba)

On June 6, a pilgrimage of about 3,500 people from the Parish of San Antonio de Padua and villagers from Simojovel was held to pray for peace and to end violence. They asked the authorities “to close the bars, nightclubs, prostitution and vice centres which are damaging families.”  They also sent a letter to the mayor of the municipality, Javier Guzman Hernandez, to explain the problems generated by alcoholism among the families in Simojovel, because “we have all been victims of robberies, assaults and murders in broad daylight as a result of all evil.”

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre joined the pilgrimage “in the face of the social discontent due to the excessive amount of alcohol outlets, tolerated by the local authorities. They have resulted in increased domestic violence, extreme poverty in entire families, serious impacts on public health and social injustice in community life”, said the Centre in a statement. It added that “a cause which favours the existence and proliferation of bars and purchase of alcohol in communities is the economic resources that are channelled through social programmes, such as Procampo and Opportunidades.”

Moreover, the bishop of the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, said that the priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Perez Perez, has received threats linked to the protests to close bars and cantinas. The bishop noted that “some people whose interests are affected (owners of bars, people selling drugs or organizing murders), are obviously not very happy with the church’s position and the organization of protests about these things.” On the threats against Father Marcelo, he said: “The father is not organizing paramilitary groups or other violent actions; he is organizing people so that they realize they cannot live in a climate of violence.” He also commented that these threats could have been made ​​by people in political campaigns.

For more information (in Spanish):

Mensaje a quienes peregrinan por justicia social en Simojovel, Chiapas (Boletín Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 6 de junio de 2014)

Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel peregrinó para exigir: seguridad, libertad y justicia (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 6 de junio de 2014)

Piden se detenga venta de drogas, armas y alcohol, en Simojovel (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de junio de 2014)

Amenazan a párroco por oponerse a las cantinas (Noticias Net, 6 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Believing People holds pilgrimage in Simojovel to denounce the increase in violence in the municipality (October 26, 2013)


Chiapas: EZLN requests support for the reconstruction of the autonomous school and clinic in La Realidad

June 13, 2014
Zapatista Women (@SIPAZ)

Zapatista Women (@SIPAZ)

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, spokesperson of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), reported that at a meeting was held with “Zapatista comrades from La Realidadwho agreed to ask to “the comrades of the Sixth Declaration in Mexico and the world” to organize and try to get some money for the purchase of construction materials with which a new autonomous school and clinic could be built in the caracol.

The Zapatista facilities were destroyed last May 2 by members of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H), who also assaulted several Zapatista support bases, and killed the Zapatista support base José Luis Solis Lopez (“Galeano”).

The total cost for the building, which will be a two-story building both for the school and the clinic, is 200,209 pesos. Apart from building materials, “health equipment, the thermometer, baumanometer, auriscope, etc., and also the medicine are needed.”

Subcomandante Moisés concluded: “Well compas of the Sixth, that is what I wanted to tell you. You see if you are able to gather any money together”.

In response to the request made by the EZLN, individuals and organizations in Mexico and the world have organized the “Global Campaign for the reconstruction of the school and clinic in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico”, in order to collect the necessary funds.

For more information (in Spanish):

Una reunión en La Realidad zapatista hace unos pocos días. Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés (Enlace Civil, 8 de junio de 2014)

Circular informativa Campaña mundial para la reconstrucción de la esculea y clínica de La Realidad, chiapas, México (Enlace Civil, 8 de junio de 2014)

Pide EZLN 200 mil pesos para obras en La Realidad (El Universal, 8 de junio de 2014)

EZLN llama a La Otra Campaña a reunir 200 mil pesos para construir escuela y clínica en La Realidad (SDP Noticias, 8 de junio de 2014)

“Con ley o sin ley” practicaremos autonomía en derechos y cultura: EZLN (La Jornada, 9 de junio de 2014)

EZLN reconstruirán escuela y clínica en La Realidad, pide solidaridad de adherentes (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (June 12, 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities (June 10, 2014)

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


Oaxaca / National: Assault on teacher Damian Gallardo in a prison of Jalisco

June 13, 2014
Demostration of teachers from Oaxaca (@Sección XX)

Demostration of teachers from Oaxaca (@Sección XX)

The Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (LIMEDDH), reported that on May 26, the teacher Damian Gallardo Martinez, was attacked in the jail in Salto, Jalisco, where he is imprisoned having been accused of kidnapping the children of a Oaxacan entrepreneur. A criminal complaint was presented to investigate the facts, since his relatives fear he might be victimized by a new assault. Martínez Gallardo’s defense asked the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) to issue precautionary measures to ensure his physical and psychological integrity.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acusa Limeddh que Gallardo es hostigado aún estando preso (Enfoque Oaxaca, 5 de junio de 2014)

LIMEDDH denuncia que Damián Gallardo fue atacado en el penal del Salto, Jalisco (NSS Oaxaca, 5 de junio de 2014)

Piden a CNDH medidas cautelares para Damián Gallardo (Quadratín Oaxaca, 5 de junio de 2014)


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