On 28 January, María Magdalena López Paulino and Ericka Zamora Pardo, members of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity, were intimidated just days before the visit they were planning to Guerrero as part of a Civil Observation Mission that seeks to document the violations of the human rights of social activists in the state.
The two denounced that they were meeting at a restaurant in Mexico City to plan the final details of the mission which is to take place 9-10 February and be led by the bishop of Saltillo, Raúl Vera López. At the meeting were also present Jorge Salazar Marchán, president of the Commission on Human Rights from the Guerrero State Congress, and the film-maker Braulio Gutiérrez Hidalgo y Costilla, who will present the documentary El Charco, the Republic of Silence during the observation mission. Several military-looking persons were filming the restaurant meeting for more than 4 hours, and López Paulino and Zamora Pardo were followed after leaving the space. Later, police from the Secretary of Governance arrived to arrest and transfer them to the Public Ministry. For this reason, the Network has written authorities to demand a clarification of the events and the protection of the rights-defenders.
For more information (in Spanish):
Intimidan a activistas que vendrán con Raúl Vera (La Jornada de Guerrero, 2 de febrero de 2014)
Interponen queja por hostigamiento contra tres activistas (Proceso, 29 de enero de 2014)
Para más información de SIPAZ:
Guerrero: 14th anniversary of the El Charco massacre (17 June 2012)