Chiapas: XV Anniversary of Melel Xojobal

February 9, 2012

On 2 February, the organization Melel Xojobal celebrated its 15th anniversary with the presentation of the report “Infancy counts in Mexico 2011, Use of public data to take decisions in favor of the rights of children and adolescents” as well as the essay regarding “Adolescents in Mexico: regional observations on their rights.”

Melel Xojobal was founded in 1997 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, and was born in the diocese before becoming a proper organization.  During its first years of existence, the work of the organization centered around educational programs for street children.  Later, its work evolved, broadening its scope so as to contribute more effectively to the observation of the rights of indigenous children and youth who are socially excluded.  The organization works with indigenous children and youth in the state of Chiapas to promote the defense and exercise of their rights by means of participatory processes aimed at improving their lives through cultural diversity.

For more information (in Spanish):

La infancia cuenta 2011

Melel Xojobal

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: “Violence and infancy in the state” (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: Fourteenth anniversary of Melel Xojobal, organization for the defense of the rights of children and adolescents (7 February 2011)


Chiapas: Investment for completion of Rural Sustainable Cities

February 9, 2012

Photo @Especial

On 3 February, there was published on the website of Sexenio that in the remainder of the six-year term of Juan Sabines Guerrero, present governor of Chiapas, the construction of infrastructure for four Rural Sustainable Cities (CRS) in the state will be finished.  Specifically, this has to do with the completion of the urban-rural work that will be the Rural Sustainable City in Huixán, the Rural Sustainable City in Jaltenango, the Rural Sustainable City Nuevo Mileno, and the Sustainable Rural Villa of Jitotol, claims Jorgeo Moscoso Loranca, director of the Institute for Population and Rural Cities.  The investment will amount to more than 56 million pesos.

For more information (in English):

56 mdp para programa Ciudad Rural Sustentable (Sexenio, 3 February)

Video: Mayan descendants struggling to cope in modern world (BCC World, 15 February)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Campesinos from Nuevo Juan de Grijalva are released (25 June 2011)

Chiapas: Nuevo Juan de Grijalva denounces repression and harassment (8 June 2011)

Chiapas: opening of new Sustainable Rural City in Los Altos, 14 April 2011

Chiapas: Las Abejas’ communiqué denounces construction of rural cities in the Chiapas Highlands (22 May 2010)

Chiapas: Creyentes de San Pedro Chenalhó expresan preocupación por posible construcción de Ciudad rural en su municipio (13 de agosto de 2010)

Chiapas: comunicado de las Abejas denuncia construcción de Ciudades rurales en los Altos de Chiapas (22 de mayo de 2010)

Oaxaca: Triquis return to sit-in

February 9, 2012

State police impeding movement @ El Universal

The displaced Triqui families who on 26 January sought to return to their communities of origin announced on 7 February that they will newly install themselves in a sit-in in front of the Palace of Governance in Oaxaca de Juárez, due to disagreement among them to return in small groups, in accordance with the communal assembly held in San Juan Copala on 4 February.

Reina Martínez Flores, spokesperson for the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle-Independent (MULTI), reported that the 135 persons who have been awarded precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have installed a camp in the community of Yosoyuxi, seeking to return.

An assembly was held on 29 January and another on 4 February, but the only suggestion made was that they return in groups of five families each week, a proposal that was rejected, as the Triqui families would like all to return at the same time.  “They asked us to sign a letter of commitment to return slowly every 15 days, and we cannot tolerate that,” said Martínez Flores.  She stressed that the displaced Triquis cannot accept the conditions suggested by Antonio Cruz García, alias “Toño Pájaro,” who is accused of being one of the principal authors of the crimes in the region.  The spokesperson added also that during the march from Yucudaa to the state capital Triquis would demand that the state government ensure them security guarantees for their return.

For more information (in Spanish):

Regresan triquis a la capital de Oaxaca (La Jornada, 7 February 2012)

Se complica el retorno de triquis desplazados (El Universal, 7 February 2012)

Triquis desplazados reinstalan plantón en Oaxaca (El Universal, 6 February 2012)

Se trunca regreso de 110 familias triquis desplazadas en Oaxaca(Milenio, 5 February 2012)

Retornan otra vez triquis desplazados de Copala… pero a la capital (Página 3, 7 February 2012)

Impiden el retorno de triquis desplazados (Informador, 7 February 2012)

Decide MULT no dejar entrar a 5 familias desplazadas a San Juan Copala (Chacatorex, 6 February 2012)

Nueva asamblea comunitaria de Copala termina sin acuerdos (Noticias net, 6 February 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Triquis return to their communities after 16 months of sit-in (8 February 2012)

Oaxaca: justice demanded for San Juan Copala (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Eurodeputies in the case of Cariño and Jaakkola (17 October 2011)

Oaxaca: Heriberto Pazos Ortiz, leader and founder of MULT, is killed (26 October 2010)

Oaxaca: the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala is dismantled (30 September 2010)

Oaxaca: new ambush in Triqui region against individuals who had been granted precautionary measures by the IACHR (20 October 2010)

Oaxaca: following the caravan “Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola” to San Juan Copalá (21 June 2010)

Distrito Federal: visiting Mexico, the parents of Jyri Jaakkola demand justice for the case of their son and that of Bety Cariño (9 September 2010)

Oaxaca: Attack on observation caravan–2 dead and 4 missing (29 April 2010)

Mexico: founder of organization Our Daughters Returning Home in Ciudad Juárez suffers new attack

February 9, 2012

Photo @Vanguardia

On Friday 3 February, the activist Norma Esther Andrade, founder of the organization Our Daughters Returning Home in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, was attacked as she left her home.  According to police reports, as Andrade opened the door to leave her house the suspect surprised her and without a word knifed her in the face, subsequently escaping.  Norma Andrade suffered an injury measuring at least 5 centimeters in the right cheek and was for this reason hospitalized.

In light of the attack on Norma Andrade, the Commission on Human Rights in Mexico City (CDHDF) requested precautionary measures from the government of the capital to ensure the physical integrity of the activist, who last December suffered another attack in Ciudad Juárez, reason for which she was moved to Mexico City as a security precaution, to be protected by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), in accordance with the request of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

Lilia Alejandra García Andrade, one of Norma Andrade’s daughters, was murdered in February 2011.  Norma Andrade has joined the Movement for Peace led by poet Javier Sicilia to seek a halt to the violence originating in the confrontations between the government and organized crime.  In a press-release on 6 February, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights “condemns the aggression that injured Norma Andrade, co-president of the human-rights organization ‘Our Daughters Returning Home.'”

For more information (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente (Cencos, 3 February)

ONU-DH condena la nueva agresión contra Norma Andrade, activista de derechos humanos (Cencos, 6 February)

Atentan contra la activista Norma Andrade, protegida por la PGR (La Jornada, 4 February)

La activista Norma Andrade sufre un nuevo atentado en la Ciudad de México (CNN, 3 February)

Norma Andrade, la activista qu

e supuestamente era protegida por la PGR, es atacada y herida en el DF (Vanguardia, 3 February)

Agreden a activista Norma Andrade (UNO Noticias, 3 February)

For  more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounce violence against women (9 February 2012)

Guerrero – Briefs: Mexican State recognizes responsibility in the case of Valentina Rosendo (21 December 2011)

Chiapas: activities on the International Day against Violence against Women (28 November 2011)

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

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

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)

Chiapas: Release of 7 other indigenous persons accused of participating in the Acteal massacre

February 9, 2012

Acteal (@SIPAZ archivo)

On 1 February were released seven Tseltal indigenous persons who had been sentenced for the massacre of 45 persons in Acteal, Chenalhó municipality, which occurred on 22 December 1997.  The Supreme Court of Justice in the Nation (SCJN) recognized the innocence of the accused.  This decision continues that of August 2009, when the same Court ordered the release of some 30 others accused of participating in the massacre and left the basis for another 20 to be subsequently released, with the argument that due process was violated in the case, that the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) had fabricated evidence, and that the sentence had been based on declarations of testimony made under duress.  To date, of the 79 sentenced for the crime, 51 have been released.  Only 27 remain imprisoned for the massacre.

In this regard, Sergio Natarén Gutiérrez, lawyer for the accused and president of the Commission on Human Rights for the Puertas Abiertas Evangelical People, reported that the seven indigenous persons had been transferred to the offices of the Secretary of Governance in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, to continue the same process that has been taken with the others who have been released on the same charges.  He informed that “provisionally they will be in a hotel in the capital of the state and later will be relocated to the Villaflores municipality, in the center of the entity, where the other 45 who have gained their freedom are located, and so that we avoid their being attacked.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a otros 7 indígenas acusados por la matanza de Acteal, como ordenó la Corte (La Jornada, 2 February 2012)

Ordena la Corte liberar a siete acusados de matanza en Acteal(Proceso, 1 February 2012)

Liberan a 7 más por caso Acteal (El Universal, 2 February 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Memory, Resistance, and Life,” 14 years after the Acteal massacre (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: New denunciation by Las Abejas (28 October 2011)

Chiapas: Las Abejas of Acteal distance themselves from demand against ex-president Zedillo (27 September 2011)

Chiapas: Mexican ex-president Zedillo is denounced in US court for the Acteal massacre (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day of Action for Justice and Truth of Las Abejas of Acteal (19 August)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case

February 9, 2012

On 2 February, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published an update of an Urgent Action it had released on 19 January.  Basing itself in numerous testimonies, the update identifies those who assaulted EZLN support-bases in the Banavil ejido (Tenejapa, Chiapas) in December, acts that left one dead, one disappeared, several injured, four Tseltal families displaced, and one indigenous Zapatista support-base incarcerated-according to reliable information-who was not even present at the place of the events.  The CDHFBC reports also that in the case of the disappearance of López Luna “still there has been no progress regarding his whereabouts, nor has the search even continued.”  The update denounces that the families who were displaced continue to be in a critical state, the reason for which it has requested precautionary measures for them as well as guarantees for their secure return.  Finally, the CDHFBC demands the immediate release of the Zapatista Francisco Sántiz López, who was detained without reason during these events.

For more information (in Spanish):

Identifica el Frayba a agresores de simpatizantes del EZLN en Tenejapa (La Jornada, 3 February 2012)

Actualización de AU (CDHFBC, 2 February 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (21 de enero de 2012)

Guerrero: March in commemoration of Genaro Vázquez – justice demanded for the case of Ayotzinapa

February 9, 2012

Foto @Agencia Noticias Guerrero

On 2 February more than a two thousand persons from different social, educational, human-rights, and university organizations marched to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the death of the guerrilla commander Genaro Vázquez Rojas which crossed the entirety of the city of Chilpancingo, capital of the state.  The mobilization was led by students of the Normal of Ayotzinapa who demand a clarification of the death of the two students killed on 12 December when the police broke up a protest.  The march lasted for nearly an hour and a half, and at the entrance of the palace of governance a rally was held in which speakers from the Federation of Campesino Socialist Students of Mexico (FECSM) and the State Coordination of Educational Workers of the State of Guerrero (CETEG) demanded that the law be applied against those responsible for the shooting of the two students.

In the march also participated the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC), the Guerrero Network on Human Rights, the Vicente Guerrero Movement, and the Organization of Producers from the Costa Grande, among others, to support the demand of Ayotzinapa for the judgment of the governor: “Shoulder to shoulder, elbow to elbow, we are all Ayotzinapa!”

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan miles en apoyo a demandas de estudiantes de la Normal de Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 3 February)

Marchan en Chilpancingo organizaciones sociales y normalistas(Agencia Noticias Guerrero, 3 February)

Caos por la marcha (El Sol de Acapulco, 3 February)

Reactivan alumnos de Ayotzinapa movilizaciones con una marcha (La Jornada, 2 February)

Conmemoran estudiantes de Ayotzinapa aniversario luctuoso de Genaro Vázquez (Milenio, 2 February)

Conmemoran normalistas con marcha a luchador social en Chilpancingo(Novedades de Acapulco, 2 February)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: precautionary measures requested for education student; 5000 demand political judgment of Aguirre (8 February 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)