Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio

Press-conference on 4 November (@Ciudadanía Expres)

On 3 November, the civil organization “Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca A.C.” presented a denunciation before the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) regarding the harassment of its offices and the robbery of documents on the human-rights situation in the state as well as cellular phones and computer equipment (2 computers, 2 recorders, and 4 USB memory cards).  The lawyer of this institution, Yésica Sánchez Maya, commented that after three days of having suspended work due to All-Saints Day, they returned to work on 3 November in their offices in Oaxaca de Juárez only to find them ransacked.

They noted: “Although there were other objects of much greater value such as a projector, a printer, plasma monitors, and land-line telephones, these were not taken.  Instead only those things that contained information were taken.  Beyond this, we found in one of our offices the files into the investigation of 2011 feminicides to be open, located on top of a printer that was turned on.”

They denounced: “All members of Consorcio Oaxaca reject these acts which we consider an attack on the work carried out by our organization.  Now for several months we have experienced some incidents such as telephone calls which ask for example: ‘does Rosita Alvirez live here?’ in allusion to the song in which a woman is killed by three shots for refusing to dance with a man; on two other occasions members of the organization were followed by motorcyclists and a man on bicycle following public acts related to the denunciation of feminicide and the campaign for abortion in cases of rape.  It is worrying and lamentable that in light of this wave of violence against women, the 80 females who have been murdered, the state government continues to fail to create conditions of security, respect, and protection for the work we human-rights defenders carry out within the organizations of which we form a part.  If this government seeks a real change toward a democratic transition, one of the central aspects would be the guarantee to carry out the work that civil organizations and their defenders carry out together with society.”

In the subsequent days, 59 organizations and 21 persons pronounced themselves to express an energetic condemnation of the harassment and robbery that were perpetrated, as well as to demand an expeditious investigation to clarify these grave developments and to define responsibilities.  For its part, the Government of the State of Oaxaca repeated its “commitment to aid in the work that is carried out by human-rights defenders,” committing itself to “seriously continuing the investigations so as to clarify the events that led to this harassment and to punish those responsible for these intimidating acts.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de “Consorcio Oaxaca” por allanamiento y robo en sus oficinas citadinas (E-Oaxaca, 4 November 2011)

Denuncia “consorcio” sustracción de información de sus oficinas (NSS Oaxaca, 4 November 2011)

Pronunciamiento de organismos civiles exigiendo esclarecer el allanamiento de las Oficinas de Consorcio (OSC, 6 November)

Pronunciamiento del gobierno del estado de Oaxaca respecto al allanamiento de las oficinas de Consorcio (Gobierno del estado, 6 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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