Eighth anniversary of the CECOP. @Jóvenes en Resistencia Alternativa
On 2 August, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (CRFK) and the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights reported that they had had a meeting with Ángel Aguirreo Rivero, governor of the state, and Alberto López Rosas, State Attorney General, as well as several other state functionaries. The meeting had the objective of discussing the observance of the provisional measures granted to members of the Organization of Me’phaa Indigenous Peoples (OPIM), the Organization for the Future of the Mixteco People (OFPM), and Tlachinollan. The question of the implementation of the sentences handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the cases of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo against the Mexican State was also raised. At the end of the meeting, Aguirre committed himself to observing the sentences of the IACHR in both cases and assured that the state government is committed to reiterating its recommendation that the investigations be transferred to the appropriate federal institution. Furthermore, the government committed itself to soon reinstalling the public-security units for the protection of the offices of Tlachinollan in Ayutla de Los Libres.
In other news, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested that the State authorities urgently grant protective measures to the relatives of Javier Torres Cruz, a campesino who was murdered on 18 April in the community of La Morena, Petatlán. The measures that the IACHR is demanding for the Torres family are due to the incursion on 21 July by armed men dressed as Marines and civilians into the community of La Morena which developed into a confrontation with state police who were guarding the area. The harassment against Javier Torres and his family began starting in 2007 when police were told that evidence had been found regarding the presumed murderer of the lawyer Digna Ochoa.
Finally, on 28 July in the community of Aguacaliente, a rural part of Acapulco, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP) commemorated the eighth anniversary of its struggle against the construction of the La Parorta dam. Felipe Flores, spokesperson for CECOP, stressed that those who formerly had been in favor of the dam “now are on our side; that gives us much strength. Today we celebrate eight years of struggle. To live it is difficult because it implies much exertion.” He also mentioned that “now the members of CECOP have a responsibily and a commitment, because other organizations have approached us to ask us how we have kept up the fight.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado CRFK y Tlachinollan (2 August)
Pide la CIDH medidas cautelares para familiares de Javier Torres (La Jornada, 4 August)
Pide la Comisión Interamericana protección para la familia Torres de la sierra de Petatlán (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 August)
Celebra el Cecop octavo aniversario (La Jornada, 29 July)
Fotos del aniversario del CECOP (Jóvenes en resistencia alternativa, 3 August)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero – briefs: Concern for the safety of the inhabitants of La Morena (28 December 2010)
Guerrero: Torres reappears with signs of torture (29 December 2008)