Guerrero: Organizations clarify that they have no relationship with guerrilla movements

January 22, 2014

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On 13 January, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Prodh) affirmed its support for the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), which faces criminalization due to its work for human rights.  This criminalization was revealed on 7 January on the electronic news page Milenio.com, which published an article referring to State intelligence reports from the federal and Guerrero state governments.  This article observes that “the social groups which in 2013 were very active in the state (such as the teachers’ movements and the communal police) had been assessed and infiltrated by guerrilla movements or members of insurgent groups that work in the region.”

In light of this, the CCTI clarified to Milenio that it has no relationship or tie with any guerrilla groups, whether state or national, and it stressed that the published article threatens the physical and psychological integrity of Dr. Raymundo a human-rights coordinator for CCTI in Guerrero; Bertoldo Martínez Cruz, member of the Front of Organizations of Guerrero State (FODEG); Minervino Morán Hernández, memember of the State Coordination of Education Workers in Guerrero (CETEG); Bernardino García Francisco, survivor of the El Charco massacre; Manuel Olivares Hernández, from the Guerrerense Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations; Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, a lawyer in defense of human rights from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights; and Javier Monroy, from the Workshop for Communal Development (Tadeco).

Para más información:

COMUNICADO DEL COLECTIVO CONTRA LA TORTURA E IMPUNIDAD ANTE DIFAMACIONES DE INTELIGENCIA DEL ESTADO MEXICANO (CCTI, 10 de enero de 2014)

Centro Prodh repudia la criminalización contra organizaciones guerrerenses(Centro Prodh, 13 de enero de 2014)

Guerrilla “mueve” a grupos de autodefensa y maestros (Milenio, 7 de enero de 2014)


Guerrero: 3 of 8 disappeared PRD members found dead in Iguala

June 10, 2013

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Iguala municipality @wikipedia

On 3 June, in a community of the Tepecoacuilco municipality, were found three bodies of the eight PRD members who were “taken” on Thursday, 30 May, following their participation in the occupation of a control-point in Iguala, on the Sol highway, to demand the delivery of fertilizer.  Extra-official sources assert that among the victims is found PRD leader Arturo Hernández Cardona, who headed the Popular Unity (UP) faction, who was executed by gunshot after being beaten jointly with two comrades who were disappeared after the protest.

Organizations like the Front of Democratic Organizations of the State of Guerrero (FODEG), the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organization (Redgroac), and the Movement for National Regeneration (Morena) have demanded that state authorities locate the whereabouts of the UP activists, following their disappearance on 30 May.

The UP has manifested its support for the teachers of the Coordination of Educational Workers of the State of Guerrero (CETEG) during the recent conflict of March and April.  The state director of the PRD, Carlos Reyes Torres, noted that the disappearance of the eight social leaders of Iguala has to do with organized crime, and not conflict among parties.

For more information (in Spanish):

Encuentran ejecutados a tres de los 8 perredistas desaparecidos en Iguala (Libertad Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2013)

Exigen organizaciones sociales dar con el paradero de los activistas de Iguala (La Jornada de Guerrero, 1 de mayo de 2013)

Acción Urgente (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos – Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos, 3 de junio de 2013)

Los desaparecidos, víctimas de criminales, sugiere Carlos Reyes (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de junio de 2013)

La vorágine delincuencial (CDHM Tlachinollan, 3 de junio de 2013)

COMUNICADO DESPARECIDOS IGUALA (Comité de Familiares y Amigos de Secuestrados, Desaparecidos y Asesinados en Guerrero, y Taller de Desarrollo Comunitario, 31 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Teachers’ megamarch ends with occupation of Congress (23 April 2013)

Oaxaca: March-meeting of Section 22 of the SNTE in commemoration of 25 November (30 November 2012)

Guerrero: Briefs – Reactivation of arrest-orders against CETEG members (10 November 2010)


Guerrero – Briefs: Detention of FODEG member, Raúl Hernández recieved threats and announcement of the commemoration of the massacre at Aguas Blancas

June 30, 2010

On the morning of June 21, Bertoldo Martínez Cruz, member of the Front of Democratic Organizations  of the state of Guerrero (FODEG), was accused of  alleged robbery and other grievances by the City Council of Ayutla. He was released later that same day after it was demonstrated that his arrest was based on charges that Attorney General of Guerrero had retired in 2001. However, Bertoldo Martinez, who is also the coordinator of the Collective Against Torture and Impunity (CCIC), said that his detention “was not a mistake” and that in fact it was ordered three months ago. Bertoldo Martínez has been known as a member of the social struggle since 1973, when he was a political prisoner and tortured during the last years of the 90s, for his work against impunity in the case of Aguas Blancas. In a press conference, the Governor of Guerrero, Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo, denied that his government has criminalized social struggle and affirmed that they will continue to detain people with arrest warrants against them.

On the 22nd of June, Amnesty International (AI) released an Urgent Action in support of the prisoner of conscience, Raúl Hernández, who had recieved threats from inmates in the jail of Ayutla de los Libres. In the Urgent Action, AI asked the authorities to provide protection  to Raúl Hernández  and requested again his immediate release for having been detained unjustly. Moreover, Raúl Hernández, through the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña, sent a letter to the Superior Court of Justice (TSJ), on 21 June. In his letter, Hernández requested that the TSJ end the process with a fast and just sentence, in consideration of the fact that his lawyers have evidence showing his innocence. Raúl Hernández, member of the Organization of the Indigenous Me’phaa People (OPIM), was incarcerated in 2008, accused of murdering an army informant. He was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by AI because of his wrongful imprisonment.

Finally, the leader of the Popular Organization of Producers of Guerrero (OPPEG), Luis Enriquez Olivares, reported that 15-years after the slaughter of Aguas Blancas,  a rally will be convened commemorating massacre on the days of June 27th and 28th with 25 organizations attending. The event starts June 27 with a political-cultural event and will continue the next day with a caravan that will end with an offering of flowers and holding a mass for the fallen.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen a Bertoldo Martínez activista del FODEG (Medios Informativos , 21 de junio)

BOLETIN DE PRENSA Colectivo Contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (http://www.contralatortura.org (CCTI, 21 de junio)

Mi arresto no fue por una confusión, se ordenó desde hace tres meses: Bertoldo (La Jornada, 23 de junio)

Condenan organizaciones la detención de Bertoldo y de maestros cetegistas (El Sur de Acapulco, 25 de junio)

No negociaré órdenes de arresto con nadie, advierte Torreblanca Galindo (La Jornada, 23 de junio)

Acción Urgente Amnistía Internacional (22 de junio)

Urge proteger la vida de Raúl Hernández: AI (La Jornada, 22 de junio)

Hernández exige sentencia al Tribunal (La Jornada, 23 de junio)

Carta completa de Raúl Hernandez al Tribunal Superior de Justicia

Llama OCSS a que candidatos no usen matanza de campesinos como foro (La Jornada, 22 de junio)

Asegura OPPEG que habrá un solo acto por la matanza de Aguas Blancas (La Jornada, 24 de junio)


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