Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam

June 23, 2014
Marco Antonio Suategui Muñoz, spokesman of Cecop (@Proceso)

Marco Antonio Suategui Muñoz, spokesman of Cecop (@Proceso)

In a police raid on June 17, in the city of Acapulco, state ministerial police arrested the spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop), Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz.

According to the State Attorney General (PGJE), there was a warrant for the arrest of Marco Antonio Suástegui for his presumed involvement in various crimes. The suspect faces about 15 criminal investigations for various suspected crimes linked to his struggle against the construction of the La Parota dam and the removal of gravel and sand from the Papagayo riverside.

The Cecop has announced that it would submit the case to the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, for it to conduct the defense of the detainee.

As reported by the weekly magazine Proceso, “the arrest of the leader of the peasants in opposition to the La Parota dam occurs in a context of reactivation of the hydroelectric project promoted by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and supported by the administration of Aguirre,” the state governor.

For more Information (in Spanish):

 Detienen en Guerrero a dirigente opositor de la presa La Parota (La Jornada, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen al dirigente opositor al proyecto La Parota (Proceso, 17 de junio de 2014)

Capturan a promotor de la Policía Comunitaria en Acapulco (Milenio, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a opoditor de La Parota en Guerrero (El Universal, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a líder comunitario en Acapulco (AM, 17 de junio de 2014)

Detienen ministeriales al vocero del Cecop, informa la PGJE (La Jornada de Guerrero, 18 de junio de 2014)

Detienen al vocero del Cecop; lo llevan golpeado a la cárcel de La Unión (El Sur, 18 de junio de 2014)

Llevan policías adolorido y esposado de pies y manos al vocero del Cecop a la cárcel de La Unión (El Sur, 18 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: 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)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)


Guerrero: Hundreds of people leave their communities due to the action of organized crime

June 14, 2014
San Miguel Totolapan Municipality (@www.inafed.gob.mx)

San Miguel Totolapan Municipality (@www.inafed.gob.mx)

Over 250 people have left three communities from Tierra Caliente of the Sierra Madre del Sur, municipality of San Miguel Totolapan, fleeing the violent actions of drug trafficking groups in the region. Most displaced people took refuge in the neighboring municipality of Ajuchitlán del Progreso, where authorities set up a temporary shelter in the central park which is guarded by soldiers from 41 Infantry Battalion.

According to official sources, the communities from where the displaced fled are in a narcotics transit and production area that is disputed by delinquents of the organized crime group La Familia and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Since last year, the struggle for control of this area has led to the displacement of more than 2000 people. “People cannot leave their villages due to insecurity. There is a group (of crime) that is coming from the coast (Grande) to displace the people of Tierra Caliente,” expressed a professor of the region.

Organizations have denounced the lack of interest from the governor Angel Aguirre Rivero to solve the problem in the region controlled by crime. According to Rigoberto González Acosta, director of the Regional Council of the Sierra de Guerrero (Cresig), “the government should be concerned by the insecurity in these villages, where violence has caused murder, extortion and other crimes.”

Rigoberto Acosta confirmed that inhabitants of 14 municipalities of the Sierra Madre del Sur are disconnected due to the effects of organized crime and the fear when performing daily activities.

For more information (in Spanish)

Narcoviolencia desplaza a más de 250 habitantes de la sierra de Guerrero (Proceso, 6 de junio de 2014)

Desplazados de San Miguel Totolapan buscan refugio en Tecpan e Iguala (La Jornada Guerrero, 10 de junio de 2014)

Huyen más de 250 personas de la violencia en San Miguel Totolapan (La Jornada, 10 de junio de 2014)

Acciones del narcotráfico incomunican a 14 municipios de la sierra, acusa el Cresig (La Jornada Guerrero, 12 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: Aggresions against displaced, and newly displaced in Tierra Caliente (August 4, 2013)

Guerrero: new displacement of families from La Laguna to Puerto de las Ollas (7 December 2012)


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)


Guerrero: Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity takes over the case of the 6 community police prisoners in Acapulco

June 12, 2014
Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

At the request of their family and the community police from the House of Justice of El Paraiso, Ayutla municipality, that belongs to the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity has taken over the legal defense of six community policemen who are held prisoners in Acapulco.

The policemen were arrested on August 21, 2013 by elements of the Army and the Federal Police. They were formally arrested on the charges of kidnapping. Ángel García García, one of the arrested policemen, said that they signed a statement under torture: “we never knew what we were signing.”

Yesenia Bolaños, the mother of the girl allegedly abducted by community police, stated that she willingly took her daughter to the House of Justice in El Paraiso “to be reeducated for being rebellious.”

José Sánchez Sánchez, defense attorney in the case, considered that the process in course is due to a political context in which the state government wants to “annihilate” the community police system. According to Magdalena Lopez Paulino, secretary of the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity, the six detainees are accused of unproven crimes. She demanded the process be carried out as stated by the American Convention on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Raúl Vera López y defensores de derechos humanos visitarán a policías comunitarios presos en Guerrero (Kaos en la Red, 04 de junio de 2014)

Declararon bajo tortura, dicen los presos de la CRAC en Acapulco; niegan las acusaciones de secuestro (El Sur, 6 de junio de 2014)

Visita obispo Raúl Olvera a policías comunitarios en penal de Acapulco (Milenio, 6 de junio de 2014)

Injusto y contradictorio, que el gobierno aprese a quienes buscan paz: Vera López (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

For more information (in Spanish)

Guerrero: Communities support new CRAC coordinator and announce rescue of communal system of justice (May 2, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC makes announcement in favor of release of arrested coordinators (September 16, 2013)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)


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)


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)


Guerrero: Mexican State is denounced for failing to observe its obligations in the Rosendo Radilla Pacheco case

June 2, 2014

rosendo radilla

Nearly 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco and 5 years since the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) handed down its sentence in the case, the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) and the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM) denounced that the federal government has failed to observe its obligation of providing the whereabouts of the disappeared and that it continues not to investigate those responsible for the disappearance: “the investigation has not been conducted with due diligence, such that it has not succeeded in identifying the responsible of the disappearance, much less process them.  It is also true that the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has similarly failed with its duty to provide the relatives of Mr. Radilla with a copy of the investigation in a form that would respect the rights of victims, as the IACHR has ordered.  Due to both omissions, the rights of Rosendo Radilla’s relatives have been repeatedly violated, as have those of society to know the truth of the acts, context, and circumstances in which the crime was committed.”

Last April, CMDPDH and AFADEM presented observations for the eleventh report of the federal government regarding the observance of the sentence in the case, noting that the federal congress “similarly has failed to modify the Federal Penal Code to adequately classify this type of crime of forced disappearance of persons.”

Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, a social activist from the municipality of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero, was disappeared by Army units in 1974.  In 2009, the IACHR released a sentence in the case condemning the Mexican State for grave human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Impunidad y negación: respuestas del Estado mexicano sobre Caso Radilla (CMDPDH, 23 de abril de 2014)

Exige Afadem pesquisa seria sobre los desaparecidos de la guerra sucia(La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de mayo de 2014)

Caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army (15 March 2014)

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: State government presents initiative to legalize abortion

May 18, 2014

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Ángel Aguirre, governor of the state of Guerrero, has presented a legal initiative to present to the state congress that would legalize abortion in Guerrero.

The measure has been supported by a number of civil and human-rights organizations which favor the idea that women have the power of decision over their bodies and reproduction, as is outlined in different international agreements on sexual and reproductive rights, as well as over the right to safely abort.

“That the interruption of a pregnancy be decriminalized does not mean that pregnant women must abort.  The idea is that they enjoy guarantees and conditions so that they can interrupt pregnancy if they desire to do so,” noted María Luisa Garfias, from the Guerrero Institute for Human Rights (IGDHAC).

According to data provided by the state government of Guerrero, between 2000 and 2008, 141 women died and 100,000 were hospitalized due to unhealthy or clandestine abortion attempts.  In 2010, 5000 were hospitalized in the state over badly performed abortions, notes the IGDHAC.  For the members of the organizations Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Mexico (Ddeser) and Zihuame Xotlametzin, “What is least desired is that women engage in abortion, but if they do it, they should be able do so in adequate conditions.”

Human-rights and women’s organizations have accused the Catholic Church of having launched a disinformation campaign on the question that has produced conflict among citizens of Guerrero.

Libni Dircio, from Zihuame Xotlametzin, exhorted local deputies charged with deciding on the bill to choose from a standpoint of public good rather than religion, thus affirming secularism, human rights, and the sexual and reproductive rights of women: “They are public representatives and for this reason cannot act from a religious basis.  Religion can be practiced at home.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on health emphasizes that penal arrangements which punish and restrict the voluntary interruption of pregnancies are an unacceptable barrier which impedes women from being able to exercise their right to health and for this reason should be eliminated.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ángel Aguirre busca despenalizar el aborto en Guerrero (Animal político, 06 de mayo de 2014)

Despenalización del aborto, nuevo debate en Guerrero (El Universal, 07 de mayo de 2014)

Confía ONG que diputados del PRD avalen despenalización del aborto (La Jornada, 07 de mayo de 2014)

Guerrero inicia un debate “histórico” sobre la legalización del aborto(CNN México, 09 de mayo de 2014)

Chocan posturas sobre el aborto en Guerrero (El Universal, 13 de mayo de 2014)

La Iglesia presiona a ciudadanos para firmar contra la despenalización: ONG (La Jornada, 13 de mayo de 2014)


National: Nestora Salgado, communal police officer from Guerrero, and Cherán community are recipients of the “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo 2014″ National Human Rights Prize

April 23, 2014

Entrega del Premio Nacional en Derechos Humanos “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo” 2014 (@losangelespress)

On 3 April were announced the recipients of the “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo 2014″ National Human Rights Prize,” which is awarded each year to recognize, accompany, and promote solidarity with organizations, groups, and persons who have been indicated for their courage in defending and promoting a culture of respect for human rights in Mexico. This year, Nestora Salgado García, a communal police officer from Olinalá, Guerrero, who is at present imprisoned in El Rincón, Tepic, Nayarit, and the Cherán community from Michoacán were awarded the prize.

The selection committee for the XXII National Prize decided to grant the recognition to the Cherán community on the group level given its struggle against logging and in favor of the preservation of the identity and established organizational forms of indigenous peoples.  Nestora Salgado was elected at the individual level for her commitment to the indigenous peoples of Guerrero, particularly the communal police of Olinalá.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cherán, Michoacán, recibirá premio de derechos humanos (Milenio, 3 de abril de 2014)

Dan a Nestora Salgado el premio Sergio Méndez Arceo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


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