Chiapas: Magistrate involved in homophobic campaign

February 7, 2014

Foto @ La Jornada

Photo @ La Jornada

Social activists and human rights defenders have denounced the Green Chiapas Foundation before the National Commission for the Prevention against Discrimination (CONAPRED) for having launched a campaign against same-sex marriage.

Two public advertisements were installed on 18 and 19 January Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital of Chiapas, emblazoned with the following words: “No to the legalization of initiatives that contradict the orders of God (abortion, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, etc.).”  On one of the ads comes the signature of the Chiapas Green Foundation AC, led by a magistrate from Chilón, Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar.

The Chiapas delegation from the Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Mexico (DDSSER) has condemned the campaign and requested an investigation to come to know the origins of the economic resources used in this campaign.  Delegate members claim that this campaign violates human rights and the law, given that the Mexican Constitution prohibits discrimination for sexual discrimination.  “Mexico has signed a number of international agreements which commit it to defend the rights of all its citizens,” noted the DDSSER Network.

For more information (in Spanish):

CONAPRED admite queja contra Pastor y Edil de Chilón (Chiapas Informativo, 30 de enero 2014)

Edil de Chiapas financia campaña contra gays (Aristegui Noticias, 21 de enero de 2014)

Edil de municipio paupérrimo financia campaña contra uniones gay(Proceso, 21 de enero de 2014)

Alcalde de Chilón, Chiapas, es acusado de patrocinar campaña contra uniones gay (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2014)

Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, sentencia edil chiapaneco a gays (La Jornada de Oriente, 21 de enero de 2014)

Financia edil de Chiapas campaña contra gays (El Independiente, 21 de enero de 2014)


Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women

December 8, 2013

Marcha en Oaxaca. Fotos @SIPAZ

March in Oaxaca. Photo @SIPAZ

In observance of the International Day of Non-Violence toward Women on 25 November, different collectives and organizations carried out acts of denunciation in the capital of Oaxaca.  A caravan-march carrying dozens of paper coffins representing the 240 femicides that have taken place during the administration of Gabino Cué took to the streets of the city to Santa María Ixcotel, where participants demanded the punishment of the murderers and clarification of the cases.  The organization Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Gender Equity denounced the inefficacy of the Oaxacan justice system which via omission has allowed for an increase in disappearances and murders against women, stressing that 99% of the cases find themselves unresolved, with the perpetrators unpunished.  In this sense, Consorcio accuses judges of partiality and demands that sentences incorporate gender perspectives.  Beyond this, members of the National Network of Young Pro-Choice Catholics carried out a march through downtown Oaxaca City which ended at the Palace of Governance, where flowers and crosses were left behind to represent the murdered women, and protestors demanded that the government put an end to the impunity amidst the increase in femicides and sexual violence.

This same day, non-governmental organizations in Chiapas demanded that the state government declare a Gender Violence Alert.  These groups denounced “the incessant violence against women in Chiapas and the different forms of violence against women and their extreme conclusion: femicide.”  They recalled that, so far this year (January-October 2013), the number of deaths of women has reached 84, 71 of whom were killed violently.  On 24 November, the Indigenous Center for Comprehensive Development and Training (CIDECI) received more than 200 persons who participated in a “Meeting against violence against women and femicide in Chiapas.”  Participants engaged in dialogue regarding three fundamental problems: structural violence, femicide, and women’s health.  The next day, there was a march of women through the streets of  San Cristóbal de Las Casas which raised the slogans “No more violence against women” and “Patriarchy kills.”  In parallel terms, a juridical commission submitted a petition for a Gender Violence Alert to the Secretary of State Governance, based in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  Also in observance of the International Day against Violence against Women, Mayan peoples and theists from the northern region of the state released a press-release denouncing these types of forms of violence.  The document, among other things, mentions that “domestic violence is ever-worsening in our communities, as worsened by the consumption and sale of alcohol.  The trade in alcohol principally affects WOMEN and CHILDREN.”

Also on 25 November, in Guerrero, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced the construction of a Center of Justice to provide legal, psychological, and economic support for women who are victims of violence in the state.  The center was inaugurated in Tlapa, in the Mountain region, and it represents the first phase of a communal project called Women’s City, which seeks to build offices to provide comprehensive attention to women who suffer violence or have been abandoned or trafficked.

For more information (in Spanish):

En Oaxaca, suman 64 mujeres asesinadas en 2013 (Grupo Fórmula, 24 de noviembre de 2013)

Son 240 casos de feminicidios en Oaxaca, marchan en la capital(Realidad Oaxaca, 25 de noviembre de 2013)

Celebran “viacrucis” por las mujeres (El Imparcial, 25 de noviembre de 2013)

Video: Colectivo exige cese a la violencia contra las mujeres (Noticias Voz e Imagen de Oaxaca, 25 de noviembre de 2013)

Realizan encuentro contra feminicidio en Chiapas (Contra Feminicidio Ch, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

Exigen se decrete en Chiapas alerta por violencia de género (Chiapas Paralelo, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

Pueblos mayas y creyentes en el día internacional de la no violencia contra las mujeres (Pueblos Mayas y Creyentes Unidos Por El Cuidado De La Vida Y Defensa De Nuestro Territorio, 25 de noviembre de 2013)

Segob “despolitiza” Alerta de Género… 3 años después; es insuficiente para defender a las mujeres, dicen ONGs (Sin Embargo, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

“Ya basta” de violencia a las mujeres: Peña (El Universal, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

Mujeres víctimas de violencia tendrán un Centro de Justicia en Guerrero (CNN México, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Careful, patriarchy kills! Presentation of the “Campaign against violence against women and femicide in Chiapas” (3 October 2013)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in feminicide and State Accord for Gender Equality (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: March of releatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)


Chiapas: Professor Patishtán returns to his community

December 8, 2013

Alberto Patishtán en El Bosque, 1 de diciembre 2013 @ SIPAZ

Alberto Patishtán in El Bosque, 1 December 2013 @ SIPAZ

Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez arrived on 30 November to Chiapas, after spending several weeks in radiotherapy at the National Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City to treat a brain tumor which appeared in 2012.  Dozens of indigenous persons from the Believing People organization of the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese arrived at the Tuxtla Gutiérrez airport to greet Professor Patishtán, but the authorities prevented them from passing to the waiting hall, arguing that there was no space.  Some of those present felt it unacceptable to be blocked access to Patishtán, as they did not even count a hundred among them.

From the airport the entourage traveled to the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where Alberto visited the tomb of Bishop Samuel Ruiz García and celebrated mass.  During the event, a communique written by the Believing People was read, saying: “Welcome, brother Alberto.  The call for justice grew among the people, the voices of men and women with just and generous hearts were raised throughout Chiapas and many places in Mexico and, indeed, the whole world; the decisions and denigration of the courts did not silence us; they made themselves blind and deaf to our humble voices, and so indignation and the desire for justice grew within us for you and for all the people, for the indigenous, for the non-indigenous, for the sick, the persecuted, the incarcerated, the disappeared, and the poor.”  It ended by noting “the truth of your unjust sentence and unjust incarceration; now we are here together, you and we, and we are all a bit freer for it.”

The next day, 1 December, Alberto reached his home in the community of San Juan El Bosque. The Tsotsil people of El Bosque welcomed him with the presence of hundreds.  The professor said that he was “not only content but also happy.” Professor Martín Ramírez expressed in the name of the Movement of El Bosque in Defense of the People: “we all won, and we will celebrate another victory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Después de 13 años, el profesor Patishtán regresa a El Bosque (La Jornada, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

Comunicado del Pueblo Creyente (30 de noviembre de 2013)

Impiden paso a indígenas al aeropuerto en Chiapas; querían recibir a Patishtán (La Jornada, 30 de noviembre de 2013)

“Feliz, contento y sin rencores”, regresa Patishtán a Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 1 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: After 13 years of unjust incarceration, freedom for Patishtán (13 November 2013)

Legal initiative for Amnesty for Alberto Patishtán (4 October 2013)

Chiapas: Rejection of recognition of Patishtán’s innocence. “There is a look of denigration toward the indigenous sector,” says lawyer (4 October 2013)


Chiapas: Mobilizations on 12 October, day of indigenous, black, and popular resistance

October 26, 2013

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Different mobilizations took place on 12 October in the state of Chiapas to commemorate 521 years of indigenous, black, and popular resistance, as well as to protest the neoliberal policies being developed by the cabinet of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas, thousands of persons marched in an event organized by the Movement of Social Organizations of the State of Chiapas, a group which brings together a dozen indigenous and campesino organizations in the state.  “After a long march and a few difficult moments, we arrived today to this great effort toward unity to once again march together [...].  We struggle to defend our rights, the national sovereignty, the territory, natural goods and resources, mineral wealth, and the rights of the peoples to exploit these in a sustainable manner, and moreover we affirm the right to develop the territory and to realize the peoples’ demands,” declared members of the Movement.

In other cities such as Ocosingo and Palenque there were also held different protest activities, such as roadblocks, occupations of city halls, and marches.

In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the state capital, at least 10 thousand persons, members of different organizations such as the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE), health workers, and employees of the Institute of Social Security for Workers of the State of Chiapas (ISSTECH) marched to protest the educational reform and the totality of structural reforms imposed by the federal government in the spheres of health, housing, and energy.

For more information (in Spanish):

Protestan miles en Chiapas por políticas colonizadoras y reformas de Peña(Proceso, 12 de octubre de 2013)

Marchan por el Día de la Raza (Diario de Chiapas, 13 de octubre de 2013)

Movilizaciones por el “Día de la Resistencia Indígena Campesina Negra y Popular” (Expreso, 13 de octubre de 2013)

Recuerdan 12 de octubre con marcha (Cuarto Poder, 13 de octubre de 2013)


Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members

September 16, 2013
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According to information received by the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), on 15 August 2013 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, “four members of the National Organization for People’s Power (ONPP) were arbitrarily arrested and subjected to cruel, inhumane, and degrading treament for three hours; in addition, one of them suffered sexual abuse, while three minors were held at gunpoint and humiliated.”
The public denunciation mentions that “According to testimony, 15 police dressed in civilian clothes intercepted Ms. Adela Gómez Martínez [...] and Mr. Noé Hernández Caballero [...], when they were boarding their truck next to the entrance to their home; insulting them and using violence, the police forced them to leave their vehicle.  Subsequently, the police arrested them [...] without having shown any arrest-order.” They and their families were subjected to cruel and abusive treatment for hours.
For this reason, the CDHFBC demands that the state-government of Chiapas “immediately, impartially, seriously, and exhaustively investigate the events of 15 August 2013, that they identify the material and intellectual authors of the acts, and punish those responsible for these human-rights violations.”  Furthermore, among other things, the CDHFBC demands that “medical attention be given to Ms. Adela Gómez Martínez, who has suffered a burn on her left hand and a previous surgery on her right ankle.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Policías estatales privan arbitrariamente de la libertad a integrantes de la ONPP y a sus familiares (5 de septiembre de 2013)
Blog de la ONPP

Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured

July 20, 2013

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@pozol.org)

During the night of 29 June, more than a thousand police officers invaded the Extraordinary Congress of Section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) which had been held in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  As a result of the intervention of public force, more than 200 teachers were left injured, some of them seriously, with 29 arrested, all of whom were released Sunday evening.  According to media reports, the Extraordinary Congress was to hold an election for the leadership of the union; however, during a recess, there was presented a criminal denunciation for kidnapping before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on the part of the legal representative of the SNTE, given that members of the so-called Democratic Bloc of Section 7 prevented the exit from the building of teachers linked to the national leadership of the union.  These indicated that they were not allowed access to medical attention or food.  For its part, the Democratic Bloc noted that the recess represented a measure to buy off delegates or change locales, toward the end of achieving the election of a state secretary close to the national leadership.  Responding to the denunciation, the police intervened, using tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

The state government of Chiapas, via its General Secretary for Governance, Noé Castañón León, announced that it would hold investigations to determine culpability in the developments.  For its part, the State Council on Human Rights reported that it too would launch investigations, these into possible human-rights violations during the police operation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a los 29 maestros detenidos el sábado en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (La Jornada, 2 de julio de 2013)

El jaripeo chiapaneco de Juan Díaz (La Jornada, 02 de julio de 2013)

Reprimen a maestros disidentes en Chiapas (La Jornada, 30 de junio de 2013)

Pugnas desatan enfrentamiento entre maestros del SNTE en Chiapas (Proceso, 30 de junio de 2013)


Chiapas: Pilgrimage by the Believing People for the release of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez

April 23, 2013

Peregrinación por Patishtan en Tuxtla @ Pozol Colectivo

On 19 April, on the birthday of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, some 8,000 people participated in a pilgrimage for the release of this Tsotsil teacher in the capital city of Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  This was a pilgrimage organized by the Believing People, a Tsotsil team from the San Cristobal de Las Casas diocese, and the Movement of El Bosque for the Release of Alberto Patishtán.  The march was accompanied by teachers from Section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE); the route was to end at the First Collegiate Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit, where there may be held discussions regarding the liberty of Patishtán in the next few days.  Beyond this, there was held a rally at the Council on Federal Judiciary in Mexico City, besides the protests held outside Mexican consulates and embassies throughout the world.

Different communication media made public the state government’s intention to cancel this pilgrimage, given that it coincided with the visit of Enrique Peña Nieto and the former president of Brasil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to relaunch the National Crusade against Hunger in Navenchauc, Zinacantán, which is not far from Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  These pressures were communicated by the subsecretary of governance, Moisés Zenteno, from the mayor of El Bosque, Orlando Martínez, and two residents of the community who “only want money,” as professor Martín Ramírez said, being a member of the Movement of El Bosque for the Release of Alberto Patishtán;  he added that he had replied by saying that he could not “arrest the mobilization, given that it is a national and international affair,” to which was replied that “the mayor threatened that Patishtán could be held longer in prison if the march in fact took place.”  Subsequently, Martín Ramírez received a call from Moisés Nimrod, warning him that the pilgrimage had to be canceled “because the governor will release Patishtán.”  Requesting that the official confirm this deal, Nimrod reneged and recognized that it was not in the hands of the government, but that “he will see what he can do.”

In other news, the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, visited Alberto Patishtán Gómez in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas a day before the pilgrimage, and he committed himself to promoting the release of Patishtán and a new review of the cases of the other prisoners from the organizations the Voz del Amate and those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate. Accompanying the governor were the state attorney general, Raziel López Salazar, and teh state secretary for public security, Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca. Before Alberto Patishtán, Velasco Coello expressed his personal interest in the case, declaring that he believes in his innocence, and committing himself to discuss the case with president Enrique Peña during his visit the following day.

Víctor Hugo López, director of the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), indicated that the government “demands a cancellation of the pilgrimage programmed for this Friday, because it wants to demonstrate a scene cleansed of social protest; this would be the first mass-mobilization in the state capital during this new administration.”  He also added that the CDHFBC was concerned for the security both of Patishtán and Martín Ramírez, “because the tone of the demand changed from request to threat and, as we have seen in other cases, repression can be used after negotiations fail to achieve what is desired.”

Lastly, the Believing People published a communique during the pilgrimage, expressing that “Today the federal and state governments [...] have proposed strategies of a crusade against hunger.  That is not true in their words; we believe and are convinced that it is in fact a CRUSADE AGAINST THE HUNGRY; we indigenous and campesino peoples ARE HUNGRY, but we have hunger for the truth and justice in the Acteal case, and HUNGER FOR THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF OUR BROTHER ALBERTO PATISHTAN.”  It continues: “Mssrs. Justices of the First Collegiate Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit, do not continue staining your dignity and prestige maintaining imprisoned our brother.  Within the historical memory of the Mexican people the decision that you take regarding this innocent person will remain forever remembered.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Tzotziles y maestros marchan por la libertad de Patishtán (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2013)

Peregrinan tzotziles por libertad de Patishtán (El Universal, 19 de abril de 2013)

Palabra de Pueblo creyente en la peregrinación por la Libertad de Patishtán (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 19 de abril de 2013)

Se compromete Manuel Velasco a gestionar la libertad de Patishtán (La Jornada, 18 de abril de 2013)

Presiones para detener las movilizaciones a favor de Patishtán por visita de Peña Nieto (Desinformémonos, abril 2013)

El Gobernador de Chiapas Manuel Velasco Coello reconoció inocencia de Patishtán (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 19 de abril de 2013)

Liberación Inmediata e incondicional a nuestro hermano Alberto Patishtán Gómez (Blog Las Abejas de Actea, 19 de abril de 2013)

Audio-video:

Retransmisión de la peregrinación y entrevistas (Koman Ilel, 19 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Petition from the CDHFBC to release Alberto Patishtán (15 April 2013)

Chiapas: Forthcoming actions for the release of Alberto Patishtán (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: “Justice is its opposite,” declares Alberto Patishtán (20 March 2013)

México/Chiapas: SCJN rejects review of case of Alberto Patishtán(20 March 2013)


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