Chiapas/National: Mobilization #x1heightlaw in favor of the human rights of children and adolescents

October 1, 2014

Manifestación #x1leydealtura en San Cristóbal de Las Casas (@SIPAZ)

Protest #x1heightlaw in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (@SIPAZ)

On 24 September, the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (#REDIM) and civil organizaitons carried out a symbolic protest in 11 cities of Mexico and in Geneva, Switzerland, “toward the end of calling on the Senate to be careful in the reforms it is implementing with regard to the bill presented by the president’s office, so that [senators] consider changes to be relevant and to guarantee the rights of the nearly 40 million children and adolescents who live in Mexico.”

The organizations stressed that “in this new General Law initiative, it is very important to guarantee an adequate and transparent budget for implementation; that the participation of civil society be contemplated via voice and vote; and that truly participatory mechanisms be established so that children and adolescents can opine regarding the decisions which affect them, such that these opinions be taken into account in terms of the construction of public policies having to do with children.”

Symbolic protests were carried out in Guadalajara, Jalisco; Morelia, Michoacán; Tehuacán, Puebla; Comitán, Tapachula , and San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas; La Paz, Baja California; Poza Rica and Xalapa, Veracruz, and in Mexico City.  Protestors carried black umbrellas to symbolize the protection that is sought with this new law.

For more information (in Spanish):

REDIM Y OSC REALIZAN ACTO SIMBÓLICO Y LLAMAN A SENADORESA CUIDAR LOS DETALLES PARA GARANTIZAR UNA LEY DE ALTURA (Melel Xojobal, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

REDIM presentará informe sobre los derechos de la niñez en México ante la ONU (Cencos, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Organizaciones llaman a senadores para analizar ley infantil (Reporte Ciudadano, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Hoy, debate final en el Senado de ley para proteger a niños (La Jornada, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Para solidarizarse: http://chn.ge/1wwb3mg

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Chiapas: “little to celebrate” for Children’s Day (16 May 2014)

Chiapas: Forum on “The rights of childhood and adolescence in southeastern Mexico” (15 March 2014)


Chiapas: Mobilizations against the planned San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque highway

September 29, 2014

Foto @ SIPAZ

Photo @ SIPAZ

On 16 and 17 September, there were held new mobilizations against the planned construction of a highway between San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Palenque, both in the Tseltal ejido San Jerónimo Bachajón, Chilón municipality, as in the Tsotsil ejido of La Candelaria, San Cristóbal municipality.  The Movement in Defense of Life and Territory was created through the mobilizations organized against this project.

On 16 September, banners and signs were raised in communities and parishes to express popular opposition to the highway project.  On 17 September, ejidatarios from San Jerónimo Bachajón blockaded the Temó crossways en route to Palenque to demand “the cessation of harassment and threats against our ejidal authorities and other comrades, in light of the decisive defense of our territory and our disagreement with the highway project.”

Furthermore, on 17 September there was held in Laguna Suyul, La Candelaria ejido, a ceremony and joint declaration of more than 2,000 Tsotsil, Tseltal, Ch’ol, and Tojolabal persons from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Zinacantán, San Juan Chamula, Huixtán, San Pedro Chenalhó, San Pablo Chalchihuitán, San Juan Cancuc, Tenejapa, Amatenango, Chilón, Tila, Salto de Agua, Comitán, and Las Margaritas municipalities expressing opposition to the highway project.  In the declaration of Laguna Suyul, considered sacred land of the peoples of the Highlands of Chiapas, the writers indicate that “we will defend the environment, the fabric and veins of mother earth: rivers, lakes, springs, mountains, caves, and hills.  We will defend the lives of animals, sacred places, the ecosystem of Mother Nature, and the lives of human beings.”

Also, on 21 September, some 3000 Ch’ol indigenous persons from the Tila parish carried out a pilgrimage in the municipal center against the planned highway projects between San Cristóbal and Palenque as well as between Villahermosa and Palenque, as against the plundering of lands for mineral extraction, and they denounced the increase in drug addiction rates, alcoholism, and prostitution.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acciones de protesta contra la Autopista Sancris-Palenque (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de septiembre de 2014)
Anuncian nuevas protestas contra construcción de supercarretera San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque (La Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)
Casi 3000 personas rechazan la autopista y organizan la resistencia a la autopista. + historia de Suyul(Espoir Chiapas, 18 de septiembre de 2014)
Chiapas: Desde Laguna Suyul indígenas manifestan su rechazo a la Supercarretera San Cristóbal – Palenque (Pozol Colectivo, 17 de septiembre de 2014)
Denuncian en Bachajón acoso y persecución judicial por protestar contra autopista (Chiapas Paralelo, 18 de septiembre de 2014)
Peregrinación en Tila contra autopista San Cristóbal-Palenque, megaproyectos y cantinas (Chiapas Paralelo, 22 de septiembre de 2014)

Audio-Video:

Ejido La Candelaria: “No a la autopista San Cristóbal – Palenque (Koman Ilel, 12 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Candelaria express their opposition to the construction of the San Cristóbal-Palenque highway (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: An assembly of Tzeltal communities from Chilón municipality reject the SCLC-Palenque highway (9 September 2014)

Chiapas: Los Llanos and San José El Porvenir reject passage of highway from San Cristóbal to Palenque through their communities (14 February 2014)


Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities in Chiapas

December 27, 2012

Movilización zapatista, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, 21 de diciembre de 201 (@SIPAZ)

During the morning of 21 December, in observance of the change in Baktún, or the beginning of the new Mayan era, thousands of indigenous support-bases affiliated with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) concentrated themselves at the entrances of 5 cities in Chiapas (San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Ocosingo, Altamirano, Palenque, and Las Margaritas) before carrying out silent marches through each one.  This was understood as a symbolic act, given that some of these cities were taken by the EZLN during its insurrection of 1994.  On this occasion, covered with ski-masks but lacking firearms, carrying the national flag and the Zapatista one together, the Zapatistas directed themselves to the principal plazas of these cities, where they erected kiosks which were raised by all.  After this, they left as rapidly and orderly as they entered.  Preliminary reports spoke of 6 to 10,000 Zapatistas in each location.

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Zapatista march in Palenque, 21 December 2012 (photo @SIPAZ)

The “silent” message presented by these marches could hardly be more convincing, demonstrating the continued life and relevance of the movement, as well as showing that it is not principally based on its leadership.  The communique released by the General Command (announced for a month beforehand on the Enlace Zapatista webpage) makes reference to the rigorous silence that was maintained during the day, noting: “Have you heard?  It is the sound of their world collapsing.  It is the sound of ours resurging.”The EZLN support-bases had not mobilized themselves publicly since May 2011, when they expressed their solidarity with the victims of the war launched by Felipe Calderón against drug trafficking and with the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, led by the poet Javier Sicilia.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Comité Clandestino Revolucionario Indígena-Comandancia General del Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (21 de diciembre de 2012)

Marchan zapatistas en Ocosingo, Las Margaritas y San Cristóbal (Proceso, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Movilización silenciosa de zapatistas en Chiapas (La Jornada, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Zapatistas se movilizan en Chiapas en el inicio de la nueva era maya (CNN México, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Zapatistas muestran su presencia en Chiapas (El Universal, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Marcha zapatista en Palenque en el fin del Baktun 13 (El Independiente, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Hubo orden en las marchas del EZLN, informa gobierno estatal (La Jornada, 23 de diciembre)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Marches for Peace with Justice and Dignity (12 May 2011)

Chiapas: Communiqué by the EZLN: For reflective criticism, individuals and collectives (15 April 2011)

Mexico: National march “We are fed up” (14 April 2011)


Chiapas: the Peace Network presents report on Chiapas’ border zone

October 13, 2010

In light of the deterioration of the human-rights situation lived in Chiapas, the civil organizations that comprise the Peace Network agreed in early 2010 to carry out documentation-visits in distinct regions of the state of Chiapas from which have originated testimony regarding problems that disrupt the international protection and guarantee of human rights, thus putting at risk conditions of social peace.

The organizations that constitute the Peace Network organized a “Civil Mission of Observation of Human Rights and Social Conflictivity,” which began its work of observation and documentation in four municipalities of the border zone of Chiapas: Comitán, Trinitaria, Comalapa, and Chicomuselo.

The Civil Mission visited these municipalities during the days 16, 17, and 18 March 2010.  In each of the municipalities were held interviews with actors who agreed to share their testimony on various issues regarding human rights.  The questions that received the most emphasis during the interviews were organized around the following themes: migration; militarization; land and territory; economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights; rights of women; and criminalization of social protest.  The results of these interviews can be found in a published report that was presented during the 7 October press-conference.

On 6 August, there was held a space among interviewed individuals and organizations during the March civil mission to assess the information that went into the report, which allowed for the report that was presented at the press-conference to be finalized.  This report presents an evaluation of the tendencies and principal problems documented during the mission as well as possible moves toward the construction of peace that, despite everything, were seen as present in the visited municipalities.

For more information (in Spanish):

Peace Network press-release (7 October 2010)

Report of the Peace Network’s Civil Mission of Observation-Border Zone (October 2010)


Chiapas: Wife of Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, Member of Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación, Margarita Martínez: Beaten, Kidnapped and Threatened with Death

February 26, 2010

The International Service for Peace repeats its deep concern for the physical safety of members of the civil organization and SIPAZ counterpart Enlace Comunicación y Capacitación A.C. and their family members.

On the afternoon of February 25, in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mrs. Margarita Martínez, wife of Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz (Enlace member) left to pick up her son from his elementary school. On her way, at approximately 1:30pm, Martínez was kidnapped by unidentified individuals who placed a plastic bag over her face in order to obscure her vision and forced her to enter a fleeing vehicle. Inside the vehicle, Martínez heard voices one of which she identified as the individual who had held her. The individual proceeded to beat her face with a solid object producing lacerations of the lips and swellings on her forehead and neck. They also engaged in psychological torture by poking an unidentified object on the sides of her body, however it might have been that a knife-like object or a gun was used. They also placed a cold object in her hands and told her that “you will not be able to work anymore,” and insisted that she drop the criminal charges made months earlier against Chiapas government officials.

In addition, the unidentified attackers stated that the kidnapping was “a gift from the municipal president of Comitán.” They eventually released Martínez in a street near her home. These events took place less than 35 hours before the reconstruction of the unlawful entry of her home in Comitán which originally took place on November 8, 2009.

For More Information (Spanish):

Accion Urgente del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (February 26, 2010)

More Information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: new harrassmants of a member of the civil organization Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación, AC (January 13, 2010)


Chiapas: new harrassmants of a member of the civil organization Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación, AC

January 13, 2010

The International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) would like to express its concern regarding acts that since November have threatened the physical security of Mr. Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, member of Enlace Capacitación y Comunicación in Comitán, Chiapas, as well as that of his family. Enlace, Capacitación y Comunicación is a counterpart of SIPAZ and a member of the Peace Network in Chiapas. The series of acts of harassment that is here denounced seems to find its impetus in the marked tendency toward the criminalization of the work of human-rights defenders.

We invite you to answer to the most recent Urgent Action from Enlace, Capacitación y Comunicación and the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (CDHFBC) that you can find below:

For more Information:

Urgent Action: The harassment of Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, human-rights defender and member of the civil organization Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación, AC, continues

More Information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Human Rights Defender Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz Receives Death Threats (December 12nd, 2009)


Chiapas: Human Rights Defender Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz Receives Death Threats

December 26, 2009

On Dec. 14, 2009, Mr. Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz, who works with the organization Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación in the city of Comitán de Dominguez, received a death threat at his home that read: “stop or you are going to die.” In the early morning of Nov. 8, 2009 his house was raided by state police wearing civilian clothing and balaclavas and carrying fire arms. A complaint was filed with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in regards to the events. Interestingly, Guzmán received the death threat two days before he was scheduled to attend the hearing held at the Public Prosector’s Office for the criminal investigation into the raid that took place, abuse of authority and torture. Due to the threat, Adolfo and his wife did not attend the proceedings on Dec. 16.

This is yet one more family that has been affected, one more human rights defender that has been criminalized and intimidated in Chiapas. The list continues to grow.

Read the Complete Denunciation (Spanish):

Amenazan de muerte a defensor de derechos humanos (Boletín 40 del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 17/12/09)

For More Information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento de la sociedad civil ante una nueva ofensiva gubernamental contra las organizaciones sociales y civiles en Chiapas (30/11/09)

Chiapas: Denuncia pública de Enlace, Capacitación y Comunicación (blog de SIPAZ, 11/11/09)

For More Information in English:

Mexico – Death threats against human rights defender Mr Adolfo Guzmán Ordaz (Front Line, 23/12/09)


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