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)


National: Closure of the Campaign “Let Us Defend Hope”

June 12, 2014

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On May 31, members of various civil Human Rights organizations held a public event to close the campaign “Let Us Defend Hope,” which was launched just over a year ago and aimed at “spreading the positive impacts of male and female Human Rights defenders.  They recalled that the Campaign began in March 2013 and “collected twenty stories of how the work of human rights defenders has contributed to build a more just and democratic society. <p>”>were present at the event.

They stressed that forums, conferences and public events were held in eight Mexican states in the framework of this Campaign. Moreover they stated that: “Mexico is a country of high risk to those who defend human rights. One factor that increases this risk is the lack of knowledge and appreciation of the work of human rights defenders. [...] No doubt, through this campaign, we helped to publicize these contributions, and invited others to do so. Today more than ever, Mexico needs human rights defenders and to open spaces for public debate so as to strengthen freedom of expression of all people. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Clausuran campaña en pro de defensores de derechos humanos (31 May 2014)

Comunicado de las OSC que integraron la Campaña (31 May 2014)

Website: http://defendamoslaesperanza.org.mx/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Presentation of book “Accompanying hope: 20 experiences in defense and promotion of human rights” in Chilpancingo (14 February 2014)

Chiapas: Forum “Defending hope and autonomy from southeastern Mexico” (19 July 2013)

National: Campaign “We Defend Hope” in favor of human-rights defenders (8 April 2013)


Chiapas: Alejandro Diaz denounces human rights violations by the new director of San Cristóbal de Las Casas prison

June 11, 2014
(@Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad)

(@Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad)

Alejandro Diaz Sántiz, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle who is incarcerated at the San Cristobal de Las Casas prison, reported that “since the arrival of this new director named José Israel López Escandon along with Commander Juan Humberto Pablo Vazquez, our rights and individual guarantees have been violated: there were very regrettable abuses such as intimidations against us and against our family members that come to visit us. They also suffer these violations by the guardians (male and female) by order of the director.” On June 1st, a visit came to see Alejandro Diaz and the entry to the prison was denied. He also questioned the behavior of the custodians that review things “such as food, fruits and vegetables, pozol and tortillas that visitors bring to share with their prisoners. These guardians seize most of the things. For us, as indigenous people, those are elements of our basic nutrition. What they seize gets lost, or maybe they consume it. “

He also noted that discrimination against them persists “for being indigenous and poor people [...] The food they gave us previously has been reduced, along with the amount of tortillas. We spoke with José Asunción Chacón Mendes, but he says that he does not have sufficient resources, that the undersecretary has not deposited funds in the bank, and that the supplier was unable to provide the food that was needed in this prison.We know all of these are pretexts.”

Finally, he “called on President Enrique Peña Nieto and the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, to consider my early release because I have been unjustly imprisoned for over 15 years.”

For more information (in Spanish)

Denuncia de Alejandro Diaz Santiz Solidario De la Voz del Amate (Enlace Zapatista, 3 de junio de 2014)

Alejandro Díaz Santis, indígena injustamente preso, denuncia vulneración de sus derechos (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 3 de junio de 2014)

Niegan alimento a reos del penal de San Cristóbal. No hay recursos dice director (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz announces 10-day hunger strike to protest 15 years’ imprisonment (May 16, 2014)

Chiapas: day of fasting and prayer for Alejandro Díaz on International Political Prisoners’ Day (29 April 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Alejandro Díaz Santis from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail (30 March 2014)


Chiapas: The detained of the Dialogue Commission in the conflict of Montes Azules are released

June 11, 2014
"Today they are free (@Serapaz)

“Today they are free (@Serapaz)

On May 30, the 22 Tzeltal, Chol, and Lacandon representatives of the Council of Communal Properties of the Lacandon Zone, of the organization ARIC-ID and of other organizations from Ocosingo were released “under the reserves of the law.” The released reported that they were freed after an agreement was signed in Mexico City with federal and state authorities. The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center considers that these representatives were detained “arbitrarily” last May 29 in Tuxtla Gutierrez when they went to an appointment with the Secretary of Government of Chiapas, Eduardo Ramirez to “dialogue” about the regularization of three villages in the Lacandon Jungle (Rancheria Corrozal, Salvador Allende and Nuevo San Gregorio), and to demand the freedom of Gabriel Fernando Montoya Oseguera, who was originally accused of the alleged abduction of Julia Carabias.

The Indians declared that the federal government, through the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, Jaime Martinez Veloz, signed an agreement to open a negotiation table with the undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of Interior. The meeting should take place in Mexico City and should be attended by the state authorities and the defense of Gabriel Montoya Oseguera, advisor to the Communal Lands of the Lacandon area. The arrest of Montoya on May 15 led to demonstrations that allegedly generated the detention of the 22 indigenous. They reported the suspension of roadblocks and demonstrations until an agreement was reached. Services and Advices for Peace (Serapaz) reported that “an agreement between the Commission for Dialogue, Peace, and Justice in the Lacandon Jungle and the representation of the Federal and State Government was signed. Both parties agree to privilege dialogue and the construction of agreements to resolve the problem that exists in the Lacandon area.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Otra oportunidad a la palabra: Los 22 compañeros de la comisión de diálogo que fueron detenidos hoy son libres (Serapaz, 30 de mayo de 2014)

Privación Arbitraria de la Libertad a indígenas y Defensor de Derechos Humanos perpetrada por el gobierno de Chiapas (CDHFBLC, 30 de mayo de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas detenidos en Chiapas (Proceso, 31 de mayo de 2014)

Criminalizar a pobladores de Montes Azules y la Lacandona, una infamia (Chiapas Paralelo, 31 de mayo de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas tras un acuerdo entre autoridades de Chiapas y federales (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas lacandones en Chiapas (El Universal, 31 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Government arrest members of a commission for dialogue on the Montes Azules conflict (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: Peace Network calls for “inclusive processes in the use, conservation and management of the Biosphere Reserve of Montes Azules” in the face of the increasing problematic in the Lacandon Jungle, (June 10, 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)


National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico

June 10, 2014
International Week of the Detained and Disappeared 2014  (@Comité Cerezo)

International Week of the Detained and Disappeared 2014
(@Comité Cerezo)

In the last week of May, various activities were held in Mexico in the framework of the International Week of the Detained and Disappeared. They were organized todemand the presentation alive of all the disappeared of the country, to feed the memory and historical consciousness of the population, and to sensitize it to suppress forced disappearance, a crime against humanity, carried out in the country and the world; as well as to establish and promulgate clear laws prohibiting its execution and guarantee that the guilty are punished, and to eradicate such practices.”

On May 26, the Committee of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them” informed that it has been seeking justice in the case of the forced disappearance of Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez (militants of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) disappeared in Oaxaca, in May 2007) for seven years. It announced that they will come before the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), due to the fact that the Mexican State “has ignored their demands” and has not guaranteed the conditions to find them alive nor to punish those responsible.

On 28 May, the Report of the National Campaign Against Forced Disappearances was presented in Mexico City. It informs that forced disappearances against social activists (men and women) is a State practice which seeks to control and eliminate political dissent. It claims that during the current administration, the practice has spread to other sectors of society such as the young people, women, and migrants, and so has become “a broader social control mechanism that also serves for territorial plunder and to control migration flows.” The Cerezo Committee reported inconsistencies between the number of missing people presented by the authorities such as the Ministry of the Interior and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) compared to what the civil and victims organizations have documented. The report also states that 30 human rights defenders have been victims of this practice during the first 18 months of Enrique Peña Nieto‘s government.

After the presentation of this report, the Forum “Forced Disappearances, Systematic Impunity: From Rosendo Radilla Pacheco to Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Cruz…” was carried out.

Finally, on the 30th, a march was organized under the motto “Detained and Disappeared to the Streets! Presentation NOW!” Members of approximately 15 social organizations participated so as to demand actions to adequately characterize this crime against humanity and to establish a single protocol for the whole country.

For more information (in Spanish)

Informe sobre Desaparición Forzada 2014 (Comité Cerezo, mayo de 2014)

El gobierno “desaparece a los desaparecidos”, acusan las ONG (CNN México, 24 de mayo de 2014)

Irán ante justicia interamericana familiares de dos eperristas desaparecidos en 2007 (La Jornada, 26 de mayo de 2014)

La desaparición forzada de activistas aumentó 300% en los primeros 18 meses de Peña Nieto, denuncian ONGs (SinEmbargo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Activistas marchan para exigir una ley contra las desapariciones forzadas (La Jornada, 30 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Internacional: Mexico accepts 166 of the 176 recommendations released by the United Nations (March 30, 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (September 16, 2013)

Mexico: Amnesty International presents its report on forced disappearances (June 10, 2013)


Chiapas: Government arrests members of a commission for dialogue on the Montes Azules conflict

June 10, 2014

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On May 29, a committee comprised of leaders and representatives of the Council of Communal Properties of the Lacandon Community Zone, members of the Independent ARIC organization, and a member of the civil organization “Services and Advices for Peace (SERAPAZ), Mario Marcelino Ruiz Mendoza, who accompanied the commission as a mediator, were arrested by agents of the State Attorney General of Chiapas.

The arrest occurred near the House of Government in Tuxtla Gutierrez, where the commission was going to start a negotiation table with the Secretary of Government, Eduardo Ramirez Aguilar. The stated objective of the session was to address different issues such as the release of the legal adviser of the Lacandon community, Gabriel Montoya; the recognition and respect of the free choice of the agricultural authorities of the Communal Properties; and the resolution of the agrarian situation in the open conflict in Montes Azules.

Around midnight, the SERAPAZ mediator was released, while the other members of the commission remained detained.

The detainees are accused of riot, attacks on public roads and kidnapping, crimes supposedly committed during the demonstrations, and roadblocks that occurred in recent weeks in the Lacandon Jungle to protest against what their participants consider the interference of environmental organizations in the communities’ decision-making.

Pablo Romo, a SERAPAZ member, expressed that the government of Manuel Velasco betrayed the negotiation process and does not listen to the needs of the population: “The arrest of the 28 people is a clear expression of the government’s insensitivity. People were approaching the government to generate a discussion process to give a solution to their demands. “

For more information (in Spanish)

Accion urgente: Detención de autoridades y representantes del Consejo de Bienes Comunales de la Zona Lacandona, organizaciones sociales y un miembro del equipo de SERAPAZ (SERAPAZ, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Actualización urgente: Mediador de Serapaz libre, persiste detención arbitraria de más de 20 personas (SERAPAZ, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Gobierno de Chiapas detiene a campesinos de la lacandona y a integrante de SERAPAZ (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Detienen a 30 indígenas que iban a dialogar con autoridades sobre protesta en Ocosingo (Proceso, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Reportan detención de integrante de Serapaz en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (La Jornada, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Detienen a activistas que fueron citados por el gobierno de Chiapas (Sididh, 30 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Peace Network calls for “inclusive processes in the use, conservation and management of the Biosphere Reserve of Montes Azules” in the face of the increasing problematic in the Lacandon Jungle, (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: Social and civil organizations denounce “simulated” kidnapping of Julia Carabias (June 2, 2014)

Chiapas: Federal and state government announce imposition of territorial order in Lacandona Jungle (2 June 2014)

Chiapas: historic accord in the Lacandona Zone (3 May 2014)

 


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