Oaxaca/National: Caravan of Migrants arrives to Mexico City

June 12, 2014
"We are migrants, not delinquents" (@Cuarto Oscuro)

“We are migrants, not criminals” (@Cuarto Oscuro)

On June 1, the Caravan for Migrants Free Transit left Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, in order to reach the capital of Mexico, with the aim of seeking dialogue with the relevant authorities and so as to denounce the treatments received by migrants en route to the United States. Father Alejandro Solalinde, director of the migrant shelter “Hermanos en el Camino,” called various Central American ambassadors to engage in dialogue with federal Mexican officials so as to find real solutions to the migrant movement’s demands.

Arriving in Mexico City, migrants from Guatemala and Nicaragua expressed outrage at the cancellation of the round-tables they were supposed to have with their consuls in the premises of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF): no one gave them a solid argument to justify such a cancellation. Only the charge d’affaires of the Embassy of El Salvador and the vice-consul of Honduras arrived to the round-tables. The meetings that took place addressed issues related to insecurity suffered by migrants crossing the country, the discrimination faced by Mexicans, and the extortion of victims by various police forces.

The migrant Gonzalo Gonzalez said: “As a Guatemalan I feel outraged that none of our representative authorities is here, when, supposedly, they ensure that the rights of Guatemalans are respected. Where are they? Whats up? What do they fear? A simple migrant that dares to speak out for the first time?”

For more information (in Spanish):

Migrantes hartos de violencia en México (Diario de México, 5 de junio de 2014)

“México es una gran maquinaria de desaparición de personas”: Solalinde; con EPN no hay expectativa de mejora (Sin Embargo, 28 de mayo de 2014)

INM repatria a 90% de centroamericanos y a 66.9% de América del Sur presentados (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2014)


Sale caravana migrante este 1° de junio #Video (Oaxaca Tres Punto Cero, 1 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Chiapas: Massive raids against migrants and attack on human-rights defenders (May 3, 2014)

National: Migrant pilgrimage arrives in Mexico City (May 2, 2014)

Chiapas: March from Suchiate river to denounce abuses against migrants, and beginning of hunger strike (April 29, 2013)

Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state

June 12, 2014
Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Ana María Hernández Cárdenas, director of the civil association Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, has reported that so far during the administration of Gabino Cue Monteagudo, 294 women have been killed, exceeding the figure of femicide murders during the previous government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Just in the period from May 10 to 30, 10 murders of women were recorded in the state, thus representing one murder every two days.

With respect to 2013, the cases of femicide in Oaxaca have increased by 216.6 percent, counting only from January to May 2014. In this situation, the director of Consorcio announced that civil organizations have requested a Gender Alert, and she demanded an immediate halt to violence against women, calling on the three branches of government to make progress in legislation, budget, and public policies consistent with the seriousness of the situation.

For more information (In Spanish):

Suman 289 feminicidios en lo que va del gobierno de Cué: ONG (Proceso, 23 de amyo de 2014)

Se disparan feminicidios (El Imparcial, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Feminicidios en color naranja (NSS Oaxaca, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Violencia feminicida es un problema de seguridad nacional (Ciudadanía Express, 28 de mayo de 2014)

¿Cuántos feminicidios son suficientes para una alerta de género? (Consorcio, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (March 2, 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI

June 12, 2014
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés (@SIPAZ)

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés (@SIPAZ)

In a communiqué on May 29, Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), announced the new dates and the place for the exchanges between the Zapatistas and the indigenous peoples of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI). This event had been suspended in earlier dates due to the murder of Zapatista support base “Galeano” in La Realidad in May.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 9 of August in the Zapatista “Caracol” of La Realidad (Chiapas), and will not be open to the general public. “The exchange is only between the Zapatista people and the National Indigenous Congress. No one else will be allowed in, not even the independent press or compas from the Sixth Declaration.” However, “the session on resolutions and agreements from the exchange is open to compas from the sixth and the independent press.”

Finally, complementing another communiqué entitled “Condolences,” the EZLN announced that the event with the CNI will be named “David Ruiz Carcía.” David was a ñhañú indigenous from the community of Xochicuatla, in the State of Mexico, and a member of the CNI, who died following an accident suffered while coming back from the tribute to murdered Zapatista “Galeano,” held on May 24 in La Realidad: “This Compañero David did not die while on some vacation trip, but because he was fulfilling his duty on the mission given to him by the compañeras and compañeros of his community and of the National Indigenous Congress. This mission was to accompany us as Zapatistas in our homage to our Compa Galeano. That is why we have decided to honor the memory of this compañero by giving the first exchange between the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and the Zapatista people his name.”

Subcomandante Moisés, on behalf of the EZLN, offered condolences to the family, the peoples and the CNI companions of the deceased.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado EZLN: Compartición con CNI (Enlace Zapatista, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Comunicado EZLN: Pésame (Enlace Zapatista, 30 de mayo de 2014)

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

Anuncia EZLN fechas para diálogo indígena (El universal, 30 de mayo de 2014)

EZLN se reunirá con el Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) (Chiapas Paralelo, 31 de mayo de 2014)

EZLN anuncia que encuentro ‘Compartición’ será a partir del 4 de agosto (La Jornada, 31 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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)

Guerrero: Harassment and attacks on individuals and organizations in favor of the decriminalization of abortion and the right to decide

June 12, 2014
Womens' Rights are also Human Rights

Women’s Rights are also Human Rights

Organizations and human rights organizations have denounced the harassment, insults, and aggressions suffered by feminist groups, activists, and government agencies that have positioned themselves in favor of the proposed initiative to decriminalize abortion in the state of Guerrero. This initiative was sent by Governor Angel Aguirre to the local Congress in May.

The director of the Guerrero Institute of Human Rights, Silvia Castillo, explained that women who defend their right to decide have been physically and verbally attacked by conservative groups. For example, at a recent forum, one female member of the Institute was beaten for expressing her support to the initiative.

Moreover, Rosario Herrera Ascencio, Secretary for the Women in Guerrero (Semujer), reported having been threatened by local members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN), who have also disqualified the Secretariat: “There is a struggle against the secretariat both by Congress members and people of Provida (…) They can not silence our voices with their threats; I will be very respectful of the decisions of the Congress, but I will defend the initiative that aims to ensure equality, life, and safety for all the women of the entity whom I represent. “

Finally, local media reported that workers at the service of PRI and PAN deputies have impeded interviews with activists and experts who attended the forums in the framework of the Congress debates, so as to prevent the spreading of information about the importance of decriminalizing abortion.

For more information (in Spanish)

Amenazan a promotores de la despenalización del aborto en Guerrero (Proceso, 4 de junio de 2014)

Hostigan PRI y PAN a quienes apoyan despenalización de aborto (CIMAC Noticias, 4 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: State government presents initiative to legalize abortion (May 18, 2014)

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)

National: Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries for environmentalists

June 12, 2014
Demostration against the Paso de la Reina Dam in Oaxaca (@SIPAZ)

Demostration against the Paso de la Reina Dam in Oaxaca (@SIPAZ)

The Mexican Environmental Law Center (CEMDA) announced that, between 2009 and 2012, 51 environmental activists were attacked in Mexico. 23 of those cases were murders and two are of forced disappearance.

Andrea Ulisse Cerami, responsible for Defense and Public Policy at CEMDA, also mentioned: “We have a record of cases but we believe there might be many more of them, because several defenders do not even report those aggressions. We believe that there are more; there are cases of persons that come to us and express that they are afraid to denounce. “

These attacks occur when communities oppose development projects of different types. The projects are imposed in their territories without consulting them, although they may imply the sale or abandonment of their lands.

According to Andrea Ulisse Cerami, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for environmental defenders, and it is among the 5 countries that have received the most complaints. The states with the highest number of reported assaults are Guerrero and the state of Mexico. The cases of Oaxaca and Chiapas, both rich in natural resources, are also notable. “There has been a number of complaints, mainly related to mining. The case of Mariano Abarca Romero, defender of indigenous peoples and anti-mining activist who was killed [in Chiapas], is one of them.”

Finally, the representative of CEMDA emphasized the failure to investigate and punish the perpetrators, “which is the main preventive measure that can be given.” “In the case of murders in recent years, none of them has been clarified. There is the problem of access to justice for environmental defenders. In fact the lack of punishment of those responsible is another measure that encourages new attacks because nobody seems to mind about them.”

For more information (in Spanish)

El CEMDA reporta 51 ataques a activistas del medio ambiente en tres años; hay 23 asesinados y dos desaparecidos (Sinembargo, 5 de junio de 2014)

Guerrero: the State Government pressures to build the La Parota dam

June 12, 2014
March against the La Parota Dam (@International Rivers)

March against the La Parota Dam (@International Rivers)

In a statement, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) reported the increased pressure exerted by the Guerrero state government for the project of the hydroelectric dam La Parota to be built in the basin of the Papagayo river. It mentions that “the State Government seeks at all costs to complete the project, on top of our rights as peasants, on top of our freedom, and including on top of our lives.”

The CECOP stated that many economic interests are at stake in this project and claimed that these are the source of reprisals, arrests, and assaults suffered by the members of the organization due to their opposition to the construction of the dam. However, they affirmed that “this does not deter them to keep fighting; instead, it gives them more strength and reasons to keep up with the social movement.”

They also denounced the attempted manipulation of the media by the state government so that “for the people who don’t live here we may look like we are criminals, when our greatest crime is to defend the land, the water, and the whole environment.”

The statement concluded: “We know it is worth fighting for our rights, and it is our duty as citizens to keep civil society informed of what is going on, for them to take their position, for them to check the information they have access to, for them to investigate. So that, fully knowing what is happening, they can speak out in favor of the environment and justice. Because that’s what we want: to respect the law and the right, but even more justice.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado urgente del CECOP (Mapder, 02 de junio de 2014)

El gobierno de Guerrero insiste en realizar proyecto hidroeléctrico “La Parota” (Sididh, 03 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco (April 23, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (11 de marzo de 2014)

Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)


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