National: “La 72″ migrant home denounces kidnapping, robbery, and threats against migrants by INM

March 30, 2014

Foto @ Zapateando

Photo @ Zapateando

Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the migrant home “La 72,” denounced that on 10 March a truck belonging to the National Institute on Migration (INM) from the Tenosique delegation stopped before several migrant persons.  “They took them into the vehicle and transferred them to a place very close to the jungle.  There, they released two persons, threatened them, took the only money they had (2700 pesos), threatened them once again, tortured them psychologically, and finally released them,” as the public denunciation notes.

He added that “this description is of a kidnapping comparable with the kidnappings carried out by organized crime in the zone, given that they deprive migrants of their liberty, take them to the jungle, extort them, torture them verbally, psychologically, and physically, and finally charge them for letting them go.”

It should be noted that two months prior, the federal police “arrested, beat, and threatened two migrants staying in ‘La 72′ with death.”  It should also be stressed that “La 72″ is a beneficiary of the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights-Defenders and Journalists, in addition to precautionary measures awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Agentes del INM en Tenosique, secuestran migrantes (Frontera Sur, 24 de marzo de 2014)

También INM secuestra migrantes: La 72 (Noticias sin Fronteras, 25 de marzo de 2014)

Agentes del Instituto Nacional de Migración secuestran, extorsionan y amenazan de muerte a dos personas migrantes en Tenosique, Tabasco (Centro de Medios Libres México, 24 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Collaborators of the “72″ migrant home abandon work due to threats (24 June 2013)

National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″ (27 March 2013)

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)


Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army

March 15, 2014

rosendo radilla

Coinciding with the centenary of the birth of the activist Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, who was forcibly disappeared by Army elements in 1974, relatives and members of social organizations have rendered him an homage in Atoyac de los Libres, demanding punishment of the perpetrators of his disappearance.

“100 years have passed in the life of Rosendo; for us this is a very special date, because as family we cannot let this important date pass because this man struggled greatly for his people, and though we do not have him with us anymore, we remember him with much tenderness,” said Tita Radilla, Rosendo’s daughter and president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violation (AFADEM).

Although the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) released a sentence condemning the Mexican State for grave human-rights violations, Tita Radilla has criticized the lack of observance of said sentence on the government’s part: “yes there has been compensation, but due to security concerns I would rather not disclose the amount.  The problem is not this; the problem is the hope that we would like to share with the families of the disappeared.  We always think that if we found Rosendo, then there would be hope among the people: we continue with this hope, but it takes its toll.  I am now 62 years old.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Celebran centenario de Rosendo Radilla en Guerrero (El Universal, 1 de marzo de 2014)

Activistas y familiares rinden homenaje a Rosendo Radilla (Terra, 1 de marzo de 2014)

Celebran deudos 100 años del nacimiento de Rosendo Radilla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 2 de marzo de 2014)

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

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

Oaxaca: Harassment and death-threats directed against members of the Democratic Civic Union of Neighborhoods Colonies and Communities (UCIDEBACC)

March 1, 2014

Denuncia púbica sobre las agresiones a integrantes de Ucidebacc. Foto (@Kaos en la Red)

On 15 February, Eva Lucero Rivero Ortiz, a human-rights defender and spokesperson for the Democratic Civic Union of Neighborhoods Colonies and Communities (UCIDEBACC), received two death-threats to her cell phone after having participated in a meeting with Oaxaca state officials.

The previous day, other members of UCIDEBACC, María Dolores Merino Ortiz, Reina Clavel Tapia, Cinthia Narciso Bernal, and a minor, were injured as a result of beatings received by the State Preventive Police during a peaceful protest they were carrying out in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca.

According to the urgent action released by Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca A.C., “These acts take place within a context of constant and systematic attacks against the rights-defender Eva Lucero Rivero Ortiz and her organization,” which since June 2013 has suffered multiple acts of intimidation, death threats, defamation, harassment, and arbitrary arrest.

Though the case has been presented before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Defense Institute for the Human Rights of the Oaxacan People (DDHPO), the security of neither the defender nor the other members of the organization has been maintained.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian ataque de la Secretaría de Seguridad a organización UCIDEBACC (NSS Oaxaca, 16 de febrero de 2014)

Policía Estatal agrede a manifestantes de la Ucidebacc en Pinotepa Nacional (Diario Oaxaca, 17 de febrero de 2014)

Denuncia pública de la represión policial contra Ucidebacc (Kaos en la Red, 17 de febrero de 2014)

Preocupación por la vida e integridad física de Defensoras de DH integrantes de la UCIDEBACC (Consorcio Oaxaca, 18 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Communique by Consorcio in light of multiple attacks by the State (2 July 2012)

Mexico: Human-rights organizations call on Senate to reform military justice system

October 5, 2013

Audiencias públicas sobre justicia militar en el Senado (@PAN)Within the context of the public audiences regarding military courts carried out between 24 and 27 September 2013 in the Senate of the Republic, national human-rights organizations called on the present legislature to pass reforms as soon as possible to restrict the use of military tribunals in accordance with international standards.  By means of a communique, these organizations indicated that said reform should observe the four sentences emitted by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) and the recommendations made by different international human-rights mechanisms affiliated with the United Nations, as well as those advanced by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN).

Amnesty International (AI) publicly expressed its support for the Mexican organizations, claiming that “due to its lack of impartiality and independence, military justice has proven to be an obstacle in the struggle to put an end to the impunity of human-rights violations committed by armed forces.”

With regard to the public audiences, Javier Hernández Valencia, representative of the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights, stressed that “the military courts should be limited, that is, the human rights violations committed by soldiers should be judged in civilian tribunals.”  Valencia questioned the senators why it is that “there has been excluded the term human rights or persons within the proposed reform, for it is important that this definition be included in the changes that you will carry out.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento de organizaciones civiles: Reformas al Código de Justicia Militar deben ser conformes con las obligaciones de México: organizaciones de derechos humanos (27 de septiembre de 2013)

Pide AI a Senado reformar justicia militar (El Universal, 27 de septiembre de 2013)

Emplazan al Senado a reformar justicia militar (Proceso, 27 de septiembre de 2013)

El fuero militar debe ser acotado ante violaciones a civiles: ONU (La Jornada, 25 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Civil society calls on SCJN to consolidate restriction of military tribunals (28 September 2012)

Guerrero: SCJN orders that the Bonfilio Rubio case be tried in civil court (27 August 2012)

National: NGOs request that SCJN resolve affairs relating to military tribunals in 32 cases (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: Rejection of recognition of Patishtán’s innocence. “There is a look of denigration toward the indigenous sector,” says lawyer

October 4, 2013


On 12 September, the Primary Collegiate Tribunal based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez declared Alberto Patishtán Gómez’s motion for the recognition of his innocence to be unfounded, reported his lawyer Leonel Rivero.  This decision signifies that the Tsotsil teacher, who has been imprisoned 13 years, will serve an additional 47 years.  The resolution was announced hours after the pilgrimage of thousands of members of the Believing People from the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas to express their desire for Patishtán’s liberation.

Leonel Rivero indicates that “Today we have all lost.  But the one who has lost the most is the judicial branch of the Federation, because it has decided to let an innocent man spend the rest of his life imprisoned.”  “Clearly this is not good news; we are enraged, because we are humans; it is something that cannot be accepted–that is what I felt, but now I am calm and patient, seeing how this will end.  We are alive, and as long as we are alive hope does not die,” said Alberto Patishtán after receiving the news.

Many other persons also pronounced themselves.  Jaime Martínez Veloz, commisioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, declared that he would “struggle with all my strength so that professor Alberto Patishtán be released [...] he does not have to ask forgiveness from anyone for anything, because without a doubt he did not commit any of the charges of which he is accused,” he noted, referring to the possibility of a petition for presidential pardon.  Politician Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas declared that the “Collegiate Tribunal has committed a great injustice in failing the indigenous professor [...] it is the Collegiate Tribunal of Tuxtla Gutiérrez which has broken the state of right and the State’s obligations.”

For its part, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) recalled that it would continue with the request to petition the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Mexican State that it had submitted in August 2010 for the case of professor Patishtán.

For more information (in Spanish):

La justicia mexicana decide mantener en prisión al maestro indígena Patishtán (El País, 13 de septiembre de 2013)

Niegan la libertad a Patishtán (Desinformémonos, 12 de septiembre de 2013)

Boletín de prensa Nº26 del CDHFBLC: Una más, la justicia en México oscura y decadente (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 12 de septiembre de 2013)

Firma la petición de


Leonel Rivero Habla Sobre Fallo Tribunal en contra de #LibertadPatishtan (Koman Ilel, 12 de septiembre de 2013)

Patishtán rechaza pedir indulto tras ratificarse su sentencia en Chiapas (CNN México, 12 de septiembre de 2013)

Tribunal de México niega libertad de líder indígena acusado de asesinato (Tele Sur, 12 de septiembre de 2013)

Conferencia de prensa de Alberto Patishtán (Koman Ilel, 13 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: “We are convinced he is innocent (Patishtán),” Martínez Veloz (13 September 2013)

National: Forum “justice for all” pronounces itself in favor of the release of Alberto Patishtán.  Amnesty International joins the call (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Global action to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán and justice for political prisoners (20 August 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)

National: Suprema Corte presents protocol to judge gender crimes

September 13, 2013


On 26 August, the head justice of the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN), Juan Silva Meza, presented the Protocl to Judge with Gender Perspectives, which he claimed to respond to the constitutional mandate obliging judges to promote and respect the right to gender equality and non-discrimination.  The justice commented that this document, which does not represent a violation of judges’s autonomy, is the result of a reform in terms of human rights, the international treaties signed by Mexico in these terms, and particularly represents a result of the resolutions made by the Inter-American Court on Human RIghts in the cases of cotton agriculture (due  to the lack of interest of the government in doing justice for the thousands of females killed in Ciudad Juárez) and that of the indigenous females Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protocolo para Juzgar con Perspectiva de Género

Presenta la SCJN protocolo para juzgar con perspectiva de género (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)

Guerrero: Governance pretends to have observed IACHR sentence, claim NGOs

July 20, 2013


Inés Fernández Ortega, photo @SIPAZ

Civil organizations denounced that the Secretary of Governance claimed to have observed measures that in fact had not been observed in the sentence released against the Mexican State by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the cases of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú, indigenous women of Guerrero who were sexually abused by soldiers in 2002.  The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, as well as the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (OPIM), sent a letter to the Secretary of Governance, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, in which they express their concern and confusion in these terms.  “In the response, Governance claimed to have observed measures that in fact have not been observed and makes claims that have very little to do with reality,” they mention.  Furthermore, the organizations reported that in these cases “there exists lack of observation in terms of compensation, health, and education, whose mechanisms of observation have not been realized.  The fault in these terms lies directly with Governance.”

For more information (in Spanish):

ONG: Gobernación finge haber cumplido sentencia de la CIDH (La Jornada, 2 de julio de 2013)

Carta de las ONGs a SEGOB (1 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: NGOs call on Peña Nieto to observe the sentences on Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo (5 February 2013)

Guerrero – briefs: Mexican State recognizes responsibility in case of Valentina Rosendo (21 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO demands that Calderón observe sentence in case of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Judge acquits attacker of Radio Ñomndaa Committee member; Interior Ministry evades compliance with sentencing in the case of Inés and Valentina (4 February 2011)


Chiapas: 17 years after the forced disappearance of Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres, her case is taken up at the IACHR

June 25, 2013


On 20 June, 17 years passed since the forced disappearance of Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres, a Ch’ol indigenous woman from the Tila municipality in northern Chiapas.  On this occasion, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a bulletin informing that “in light of the lack of justice in Mexico, Minerva’s relatives together with relatives of other victims of this region in 2004 presented a petition against the Mexican State before the IACHR (Inter-American Court on Human Rights).”  The IACHR, in turn, released in March 2013 a report indicating that the Mexican State is presumed to be responsible for human-rights violations in this case, as in 7 others.

In the initial petition, the CDHFBC handed over “information regarding the forced disappearance of 32 men and 5 women, as well as the execution of 7 women and 78 men, all of them Ch’ol indigenous persons, as a significant demonstration of the depth of the low-intensity warfare implemented in the northern zone of Chiapas between 1995 and 2000.  This legacy continues today to have psycho-social effects on the indigenous of this region.  Of the 122 cases documented by this Human Rights Center, eight comprise the petition before the IACHR.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín del CDHFBC a 17 años de la desaparición forzqada de Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres (CDHFBC, 20 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 16 years of impunity in the case of the forced disappearance of Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Masojá Shucjá, commemoration of the victims of the victims of the conflict of ’95 and ’96 (7 October 2011)

Chiapas: in Masojá Shucjá, memory and demand for justice for the victims of paramilitaries in 1995 and 1996 (7 October 2010)

Chiapas: 14 years after the forced disappearance of Minerva Pérez Torres by Paz y Justicia paramilitaries (30 June 2010)

Chiapas: commemoration of the victims of Paz y Justicia in Masojá Shucjá (3 September 2009)


National: Collaborators of the “72″ migrant home abandon work due to threats

June 24, 2013

Foto @ Kaos en la Red

Fray Tomás González @ Kaos en la Red

Despite the fact that on 19 April the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) awarded precautionary measures to Fray Tomás González, Rubén Figueroa, and the personnel and migrants housed in the Migrant Rest Home “la 72″ in Tenosique, Tabasco, these measures (according to recent denunciations) have not been efficient toward the end of guaranteeing the security of the rest home, leading part of the work-team indefinitely to decide to abandon its work there, out of fear for their lives and physical integrity, following recent death-threats.  On 8 June personnel from the migrant-home received a new death-threat from a person who approached the home, warning Rubén Figueroa to stop erecting obstacles in the path of organized crime.  If he did not, the threat continued, he would be “embalmed,” as human-rights groups have claimed.  This person was arrested for the death-threat, together with three others implicated in the kidnapping of migrants, but these three were released on 10 June, just as the State Attorney General’s Office began to procure evidence tying them to crimes committed against migrants.

In a meeting carried out between authorities and members of the rest-home on 17 May, there was agreed that the Tabasco state government would commit itself to implementing different protection mechanisms, including “accompaniments of Fray Tomás González Castillo to guarantee his integrity, both in the home as in his movements,” by the federal police.  However, the federal police suspended its patrols this past week without explanation.  Following a letter campaign and pressure in the media, the patrols returned on 11 June.  “This situation leaves migrants even more vulnerable, given that they are the object of brutal acts of violence that go unpunished,” they noted.

For more information (in Spanish):

Por amenazas, personal de “La 72” deja de laborar (Diario Rotativo, 13 de junio de 2013)

México: Ante incumplimiento de medidas cautelares personal del refugio para migrantes “La 72″ abandona Tabasco (Kaos en la Red, 12 de junio de 2013)

CIDH otorga medidas cautelares a integrantes del refugio para personas migrantes “La 72″ – Tenosique, Tabasco (Cencos, 30 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″ (27 March 2013)

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action, “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!”

June 7, 2013

580177_115880828582293_318572180_nIn a 28 May press conference in Mexico City, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón denounced that “in our community the official ejidal authorities are manipulated by the government so as to facilitate the looting of our lands,” and “they have signed documents handing over our lands to the government, without the authorization of our general assembly; instead of being punished and taken to jail, they are protected and supplied by the bad government.”  They recalled the acts which occurred on 2 February 2011, when they “entered violently to displace the comrades of our organization from the control-point that we built with much effort and for the benefit of the people; they robbed construction materials and cash, and then the next day arrested 117 of our comrades.”

The San Sebastián Bachajón ejido, Chilón municipality, resumes its legal struggle that it has maintained for over three years.  On 27 May, they sought a meeting with the Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF) and the office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to demand the return of their lands, which had been “taken arbitrarily” by state and federal authorities on 2 February 2011.  The judge “gave his consent for the installation of a single control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfalls,” recommending thus that the government administer it, though the document “did not have the signatures of ejidatarios, nor had it been previously announced,” expressed Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, juridical representative of the ejidatarios.  In this way, the ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle sent a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington on the looting of their lands and the repression and criminalization suffered by their organization on the part of the state-government of Chiapas.

In other news, the Movement for Justice in the Barrio, the Group in Solidarity with Chiapas from Dorset, the Committee of True Words from Calcutta, India, and the Committee of the True Word of Alisal have organized a week of global action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” for the days 25 June to 2 July.  The organizational groups note that the initiative, “supported by the ejidatarios,” constitutes a response “to the brutal murder” of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, killed by gunfire on 24 April, former leader in San Sebastián Bachajón. The organizations stressed that “the Tseltal community continue to be attacked by the forces of capitalism and the transnational firms that will leave no corner of the world untouched.”  Here “they desire the Agua Azul waterfalls, toward the end of converting it into a touristic destination for private luxury consumption,” they claim.  “The ejidatarios, who inherited these lands and care for them, represent an obstacle,” and so have been made the object of “death-threats, aggressions, arbitrary arrests, disappearances, incarceration, torture, and attacks from governmental and paramilitary forces.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastían Bachajón por las injusticias y despojos realizados por el mal gobierno (Enlace Zapatista, 28 de mayo de 2013)

Reanudan ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón la lucha jurídica en defensa de su territorio (La Jornada, 28 de mayo de 2013)

Noticia: Convocatoria para la Semana de Acción Mundial: “¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán Vive!” (CDHFBC, 28 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Denial of motion to ejidatarios who adhere to the Sixth Declaration from San Sebastián Bachajón (7 February 2013)

Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón (10 July 2012)



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