Oaxaca: Network of women’s rights defenders fears for female members of Radio Nahndiá

September 16, 2014

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On 9 September, the Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders of Oaxaca, which brings together 98 activists and defenders from the state, published an open letter expressing its concern for the risks faced by members of Radio Nahndiá.

In the letter, the Network recalls that “Radio Nahndiá is a Mazateca communal radio located in Mazatlán Villa de Flores which for 13 years has been doing crucial work in favor of information and education of the community, including the diffusion of information regarding the rights of women and indigenous peoples.”  It noted that “since 2013, Radio Nahndiá has released information of special importance regarding the electoral process in the Mazatlán Villa de Flores municipality and its irregularities [...].  Since this time, a wave of violence has plagued the community, as directed by former mayor Mario Carrera López.”

For this reason, the Network expressed its concern for the risk of revenge attacks and the security of the 6 female radio operators affiliated with Radio Nahndiá who have been threatened with death.  Lastly, the Network called on the state government “to immediately implement the necessary actions to guarantee the exercise of the right to freedom of expresion in the state, and that it adopt urgent and adequate measures to prevent and punish the attacks against communal radios, including specific measures to protect female human-rights defenders.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta pública de la Red de Mujeres Activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Oaxaca (Adnsureste, 9 de septiembre de 2014)

Radio Nahndiá

Definirán en consulta, elección en Mazatlán (Noticias.net.mx, 5 de septiembre de 2014)

Mazatlán Villa de Flores desea elecciones;  trabajan conjuntamente(Boletín del gobierno del estado de Oaxaca, 4 de septiembre de 2014)


Oaxaca: Consorcio Oaxaca completes 10 years working for a free life for women

September 15, 2014

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To observe its tenth anniversary of work, Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca (Consorcio Oaxaca) has published the book Lines toward New Geographies: Ten Years of Feminist Construction.  Since Consorcio Oaxaca emerged in 2003, with the goal of promoting respect for and exercise of the human rights of women and gender equality, it has been struggling against the criminalization of abortion, denouncing femicide and violence against women, and constantly criticizing racism, injustice, and inequality.  It also has insisted on public policies incorporating gender perspectives and has contributed to the training of judicial officials and public servants.

The book presents personal reflections of Consorcio members regarding their experiences, such as “when we fight against injustice it is impossible to separate this from our emotions,” and they called for a “will to actively participate and not allow oneself to be defeated, though it may seem that the fight has already been decided.”  For the female authors, the daily work of each woman is the first step to achieving change, given that the “struggle begins the life of each person.”

For more information (in Spanish):

10 años de Consorcio Oaxaca: “Mujeres que rompen el silencio” (30 de agosto de 2014)

Libro: Trazos hacia Nuevas Geografías. Diez años de construcción feminista (Consorcio Oaxaca)

Mujeres que rompen el silencio (E-Oaxaca, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Van 74 feminicidios en ocho meses (Noticias Net, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Trazos hacia nuevas geografías: Consorcio Oaxaca 10 años de construcción feminista (Las Caracolas, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)


National: Report on human rights in Mexico (from June 2013 to May 2014)

September 6, 2014

portada-informe-webOn August 30, the Report “Defending human rights in Mexico: A struggle against impunity (from June 2013 to May 2014)” was presented in Mexico City. It’s based on the work of documentation of Urgent Action for the Defense of Human Rights (ACUDDEH AC), Comité Cerezo Mexico and the National Campaign Against Enforced Disappearances.

The report recorded that since the beginning of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) Presidency, 669 arbitrary political arrests were registered, of which 412 were documented in the report. 25 extrajudicial executions against human rights defenders were also documented (23 are in the report). As for the forced disappearance, during the administration of EPN, 29 occurred, of which 16 are included in the report. Not including arbitrary arrests in Mexico City, the most dangerous states for the work of human rights defenders are Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

The press release highlighted: “We remain convinced that to sum up the information that has been documented with respect to cases of political imprisonment, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, help to get a much more comprehensive picture of the strategies of social control, political repression and counter-insurgency that the state uses in its quest to impose to the Mexican population a series of reforms that deepen neoliberal policies, or what is the same, that deepen dispossession and plunder in the conditions of a worthy life for people in general.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe: La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Comité Cerezo México, 30 de agosto de 2014)

La defensa de los DDHH en México: una lucha contra la impunidad‏. Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Kaos en la Red, 28 de agosto de 2014)

PRESENTACIÓN INFORME: LA DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN MÉXICO DE 2013 A 2014 (Protection Line, 26 de agosto de 2014)

La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos  “Todos los derechos para todas y todos”)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Publication of report “Human rights in Oaxaca 2009-2013. Citizens’ report: a pressing debt” (August 20, 2013)

National: 176 recommendations for Mexico during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (November 13, 2013)


National / International: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared

September 6, 2014

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Various events were held in different parts of the Mexican Republic, the United States and in Central America on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which is also called the Day of the Detained and Disappeared. That day, a march was held in Mexico City organized by members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).

The National Front of Struggle for Socialism – FNLS also held “a day of national struggle demanding the safe return of the disappeared”, as it expressed in a public report. Furthermore, it demanded the “presentation alive of two social activists, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez”. Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya were detained and disappeared on May 25, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca. Since their disappearances, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared “Until we Find Them” was created.

It should be noted that on June 19 a collegiate court issued an order requiring various governmental bodies (such as the Army, the Federal Police and the government of Oaxaca) to explain their actions in these cases and demanding the integration of a special commission to find the whereabouts of Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez. The Civil Commission for Monitoring and Research consists of the legal representatives of the families of the missing, families’ members, persons of social authority and civil organizations. They stated that if they don’t get satisfactory results from the Mexican justice system, they will go to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas, boletín de prensa: La detención desaparición de los luchadores sociales, Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, se enmarca dentro del terrorismo de Estado que implementa el Estado mexicano en contra todo el pueblo (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, 25 de agosto de 2014)

Caminata por el Día Internacional del Detenid@-Desaparecid@ (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 28 de agosto de 2014)

Exigen cumplimiento de la sentencia de buscar a Reyes Amaya y Cruz Sánchez (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2014)

Desaparición Forzada de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez. 7 años de impunidad (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Hasta Encontrarlos, mayo 2014)

Avala EPR comisión para localización de eperristas desaparecidos en Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (June 10, 2014)

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


Oaxaca: Various denunciations in theTehuantepec Isthmus from Community Assemblies organized against wind-farms in their territories

September 6, 2014
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Bettina Cruz (@SIPAZ)

In recent weeks, the Assembly of the Indigenous Peoples of the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Defense of Land and Territory (APIITDTT) made public several complaints regarding the situation of resistance against mega-projects of wind farms in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.

On August 22, they informed that “members of the Attorney General’s Office, detained the Zapotec Indian José Ángel López Vásquez in the community of Santa Maria Xadani”. They added that “the PGR called him to tell him that a prior inquiry was opened against him due to a complaint of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). H3 was maintained in solitary confinement and denied the right to have an interpreter.” The community of Santa María Xadani is struggling against high electricity tariffs imposed by the CFE. The APIIDTT expressed that it’s “ironic that in a region where our air is producing more than 1,600 megawatts of electricity per hour, we have to fight and be criminalized for demanding low electricity rates.”

On the other hand, they reported that on August 17, the mayor of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Saul Vicente Vasquez, “simulated an election for the second time to impose Jorge Alonso Santiago as authority in our community Binnizá of Gui’xhi ‘Ro’ – Alvaro Obregón [...] whose election was previously not acknowledged to the Electoral Court of the State of Oaxaca”. They also mentioned an aggression on the Community Police “General Charis” which protect the Permanent Assembly installed in the town square: “they were attacked by about 20 armed people.” They finally mentioned that “Saul Vicente and COCEI continue with their intention to impose at all costs a manipulable authority according to their interests and permit the entry of the wind project.”

Regarding the situation of defender Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez, a member of the APIIDTT, the National Network of Human Rights Women Defenders in Mexico (RNDDHM) demanded the end of the persecution: the defender is on trial on charges of illegal deprivation of freedom, as well as crimes against consumption and national wealth. a sentence is to be issued in the days following. The RNDDHM reminded that the legal demands against Bettina Cruz derived from the APIITDTT peaceful demonstration held on April 13, 2011 outside the offices of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in Juchitan. On February 22, 2012, Bettina Cruz was arrested by members of the Federal Ministerial Police, and released two days later. The 168 members of the RNDDHM expressed they will alert to the resolution to be issued in the coming days and to be sure that “the sentence is not used as an act of coercion against the defender.”

As regards to the fight against the wind farms in the Isthmus region, it is also worth mentioning that the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ) recently reported that “the Secretary of Energy implements a simulation of consultation more to keep up the appearances than to comply with a legal ruling or to respect the right of indigenous peoples.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen justicia para activista indígena bajo proceso penal desde 2012 en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 26 de agosto de 2014)

Exige RNDDHM cese criminalización vs defensora Bettina Cruz (Diario Oaxaca, 26 de agosto de 2014)

Comunicado segunda elección de autoridad impuesta AO (APIIDTT, 22 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Oaxaca: Denunciations of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (December 9, 2013)

Oaxaca: Detention and subsequent release of rights-defender Bettina Cruz Velázquez (March 7, 2012)

Oaxaca: Death-threats against human-rights defenders (4 November 2011)


Oaxaca: New attacks on journalists

September 2, 2014

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Organizations as well as nearly 30 female journalists and photojournalists have energetically condemned the criminal acts committed against Carina García Sosa, correspondent of MVS Radio; Jazmín Gómez Ortega, president of the Oaxaca Press Group (GPO), and Saraí Jiménez, journalist for ADN Sureste, who were assaulted and robbed of their work implements in the months of July and August. They have called on Governor Gabino Cué and Secretary for Public Security Alberto Esteva Salinas to provide the necessary guarantees for communicators to continue developing their work in the state. These journalists have been following the teachers’ movement, documenting the series of mobilizations carried out by Section 22 as well as the destruction of the offices of Section 59 of the SNTE, or the National Educational Workers’ Union.

The communicators and organizations stressed in their communique that “the insecurity which we experience in the state of Oaxaca has placed female journalists in a state of defenselessness, such that we are not only denied the conditions for the exercise of our work, but neither does there exist a mechanism to ensure that these acts do not repeat themselves.” They added that “we cannot leave aside the context faced by Oaxacan journalists in their work. The report ‘Impunity. Violence against female journalists. Legal analysis’ which was put together by Communication and Information for Women (CIMAC) shows that Oaxaca, just like Chiapas and Puebla, shares the fourth-highest national level of attacks on female protests. This means that the violence is worse than that registered in very conflictive areas controlled by drug-traffickers, such as in Tamaulipas.”

On 19 August, the day on which was registered 2 of the attacks just mentioned against women journalists, the graphical journalist Vico Miravete was subjected to assault and robbery by police as he was covering a social protest outside the Del Carmen neighborhood in Tuxtepec city. The previous day, a member of the municipal police decided to photograph and intimidate a reporter from Noticias as he was investigating the case of someone who had been detained by the police patrol.

For more information (in Spanish):

Inseguridad vulnera a mujeres periodistas de Oaxaca (Noticias.net, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Repudian agresiones a comunicadoras en Oaxaca (Proceso, 20 de agosto de 2014)

Boletín de las organizaciones sobre los hechos (20 de agosto de 2014)

A mujeres reporteras 75% de medidas cautelares en Oaxaca (Noticias.net.mx, 16 de agosto de 2014)

Oaxaca, cuarto lugar por agresiones a mujeres periodistas (Noticias.net.mx, 15 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: new journalist’s murder (30 August 2014)

Oaxaca: the Mexican state with the highest number of attacks on women human rights defenders and journalists (10 June 2014)

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (16 May 2014)


Oaxaca: Bounty placed on head of female rights-defender for 100,000 pesos

September 2, 2014

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On 19 August, the indigenous human-rights defender Silvia Pérez Yescas, member of Conservation, Investigation, and Exploitation of Natural Resources (CIARENA), received notice that in the community of San José Río Manzo, unknown persons had placed a bounty on her head amounting to 100,000 pesos, this following a long absence of hers from her home. On 16 January 2013, a group of twenty armed men irrupted into the defender’s home, threatening and intimidating her. She and her son escaped unharmed, but following the attack they did not return to their home, for security reasons.

It should be mentioned that in recent years, Silvia Pérez has received more than ten death-threats against her person due to her work with CIARENA. Furthermore, she has been awarded precautionary measures by the Oaxaca state government, though “these have never been completely implemented,” as Front Line Defenders has stated. She also forms a part of the National Mechanism for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, though “the measures that have been taken have proven insufficient for her security guarantees.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Ponen precio a vida de defensora de derechos Oaxaqueña (Voces de Oaxca, 26 de agosto de 2014)

Mexico: Amenazas en contra de Silvia Pérez Yescas, defensora de derechos humanos de CIARENA (Frontline Defenders, 26 de agosto de 2014)

En inglés: Mexico: Threats against Silvia Perez Yescas, human rights defender from CIARENA (Frontline Defenders)

Acción Urgente: Amenazan a Silvia Pérez Yescas, defensora de DH de CIARENA (Educa, 26 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender (29 January 2013)


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