Chiapas Forum: “Women’s Perspectives on Militarization”

October 20, 2009

foro mujeres y militarizacion

On October 2nd and 3rd, various organizations, among them SIPAZ, convened a forum on Women’s Perspectives on Militarization, which was held at CIDECI-Unitierra, in the city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. About 160 women from Guatemala, Honduras, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Guerrero, and elsewhere participated along with those from the communities of Chiapas. Between lectures and table discussions, the women shared their ideas, sorrow, bravery, resistance, struggles, complaints, and injustices that their organizations and communities are enduring.

In the final declaration of the event, they stated:

“The increase, in the last decade, of militarization, para-militarization, and drug-militarization in Latin America has worsened violations of human rights, the most recent examples of which being the coup in Honduras and the installation of seven United States military bases in Colombia which signify, on the one hand, the weakening development of the fledgling democracies in Latin America, and, on the other, the strengthening of militarization as a means of control through the use of weapons, protests and proposals of social improvement through the neoliberal capitalist system in which poverty, corruption and violence are its principal expressions.

In this context, women will continue being used as the plunders of war, hostages, shields, forced to take place in activities that violate our dignity. The militarization seeks to appropriate our thoughts, spirits, families and territories. Today, we live in a militarized society in which power, coercion and violence are reproduced as a way of life.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa del 2 de octubre

Pronunciamiento del Foro Perspectivas de las Mujeres ante la Militarización

Audios (in Spanish):

ponencias 2 de octubre

ponencias 3 de octubre

participaciones

capsúla radiofónica


Guerrero: The Civil Monitor documents 117 cases of police abuse

December 3, 2008

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero offices in Tlapa de Comonfort [Source: Insyde]

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero has documented 117 cases of police abuse since the beginning of November 2007.

The Civil Monitor was created by the Institute for Security and Democracy (Insyde), Fundar- Center of Analysis and Investigation, and Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan) in order to promote the idea that the purpose of the police should be “attention to needs of citizens, respect for the law, respect for human rights, and transparency”.

In its press release, the CDHM Tlachinollan stated that the principal issues that the Civil Monitor has received are related to various agencies within the Municipal Preventative Police and the Police Ministry of Investigation (PIM).

The complaints vary between excessive fines, arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force, raids on houses, and misuse of arrest warrants among others. The violation that appears most frequently was arbitrary detention of persons. This means that the individual was detained “without evidence of a crime, lack of administration or an arrest warrant”.

The second most frequent violation was excessive fines. The communiqué from CDHM Tlachinollan stated that “Management of Public Security of the ayuntamiento (local government) in the region are seen as sources of income for the local municipal administration and because of this they demand excessive fees for finable offenses.

They also stated that 16% of the complaints were presented by members of the police in cases of labor rights violations.

According to the communiqué of November 24, “Historically the police institutions were created to protect the political interests of the elected politicians, nevertheless, today we need to create a new concept of citizen security as the model of behavior for local authorities because their work should be oriented toward attending to the needs of the citizens”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

A un año de creación Monitor Civil documenta 117 casos de abuso policiaco (CDHM Tlachinollan, 26/11/08)

Derechos Humanos y Seguridad Ciudadana: Monitor Civil de la Policia en la Montaña de Guerrero (Fundar)


Guerrero: prisoners of the OPIM are released

October 23, 2008

The Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM, El Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan) released the following press release regarding the appeal granted to 4 of the 5 members of the Indiginous Me’phaa People’s Organization (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me’phaa):

Federal judge grants appeal by Me’phaa indigenous men imprisoned in Ayutla

  • The verdict was announced on 15th October in favour of four prisoners. One will remain in prison.
  • The prisoners who won the appeal should be freed by tomorrow, Tuesday 21st October.
  • The verdict demonstrates that the aim of the arrests was to put an end to their organised work

Tlapa, Guerrero, Mexico on October 20, 2008- The Eigth District judge based in Acapulco, Livia Lizabeth Larumbe Radilla, granted the appeal by four of the five members of the Indigenous Me’phaa People’s Organisation (Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me´phaa, OPIM). For six months they have been imprisoned in Ayutla jail, accused of the murder of an Army informer.

Following this verdict that was announced on 15th October, the First Instance Mixed judge in Ayutla, Alfredo Sánchez Sánchez, was notified on Friday 17th and he has 24 hours to release the accused indigenous men.

This would mean that tomorrow, 21st October, at the latest, the prisoners will be leaving the jail, except for Raúl Hernández Abundio, who will remain in prison because the District judge says that the witnesses claim that he was present when the gun that killed Alejandro Feliciano García was fired, on 1st January this year. However, this accusation is very vague. Read the rest of this entry »


Guerrero: A member of CECOP erroneously detained as the struggle against La Parota continues

September 9, 2008

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Members of CECOP in opposition to the hydroelectric dam project La Parota

On September 3, 2008, Jacinto Solís Vázquez, a member of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the dam La Parota (CECOP, Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la presa La Parota), was detained by agents from the Ministerial Police (PIM) who transported him to the Las Cruces detention center in the municipality of Acapulco, Guerrero. Solís was detained under a warrant which had been cancelled in 2004 after an appeal was made. After 20 hours in police custody, he was released despite the fact that the Sixth Court (of the penal branch ascribed to the detention center in Las Cruces) justified the arrest stating that the PIM agents were unaware of the fact that the arrest warrant was no longer valid.

According to the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña “Tlachinollan”), these events are just one example of how the government continues in its intent to hinder the CECOP movement. It is important to remember that on July 30, during a visit to Acapulco, the Secretary of the Interior, Juan Camilo Mouriño Terrazo, declared that the hydroelectric dam project, La Parota, would continue in force. His comments seem to confirm the fact that neither the federal nor the state governments have taken the position of the CECOP or the recommendations made by the UN to suspend the project, into consideration. The CDHM Tlachinollan considers the arrest of members of CECOP, such as that of Solís, El CDHM Tlachinollan considera que las detenciones de miembros del CECOP, como la de Solís, part of a “strategy that the state government has been following in order to generate an confrontational environment in response to its plan to sujugate, silence and criminalize those in opposition and resistence to the construction of la Parota.”

More information:

CECOP demands authorities respect the agreements reached in assembly on 12th August (CDHM Tlachinollan, 17/08/08)

Mouriño´s declarations on La Parota are without foundation (CDHM Tlachinollan, 01/08/08)

La Parota Dam Project (SIPAZ)

More information in Spanish:

Encarcelan 20 horas a comunero opositor a La Parota (CDHM Tlachinollan, 04/09/08)

CECOP exige a autoridades respeto a los acuerdos de la asamblea del 12 de agosto (CDHM Tlachinollan 17/08/08)

Son temerarias las declaraciones de Mouriño sobre La Parota (CDHM Tlachinollan, 01/08/08)

ONU recomienda detener La Parota (El Univeral, 14/03/08)

Pide ONU suspensión de La Parota: Tlachinollan (SERAPAZ, 13/03/08)


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