On 2 December, the Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas, A.C. (CdmCh) publicly denounced threats it had received. That same day, “at 4:20pm, we received a telephone call from a man calling himself ISIDRO LARA or NICANDRO DÍAZ, who identified himself as commander of the Zetas cartel and extorted the General Coordination, adding that he knew where we live, and that if we did not pay there would be consequences, and that the workers and their families would be targeted.”
The CdmCh added that “this incident joins other acts of intimidation that have occurred in the last month, given that on 26 November, around 1:00pm, one of the comrade defenders received a call to her cell phone from a woman who extorted her by saying she had kidnapped one of her relatives. Beyond this, it has been observed that outside the central office […] two vehicles without licenses patrol the zone. One of the vehicles was carrying three men who hid their faces.”
One element that worsens alarm amidst these threats has to do with the fact that, as the CdmCh affirmed, those who have made the calls have known the private information of workers at the organization.
Since 2004, CdmCh has been working to advance human rights, without discrimination based on gender, class, or ethnicity, and it has investigated and analyzed the human-rights violations of women.
For more information (in Spanish):
Denuncia completa del Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (2 de diciembre de 2015)
Denuncian defensoras en Chiapas intento de extorsión (CIMAC Noticias, 3 de diciembre de 2015)
Boletín: Preocupación por la intimidación, vigilancia y amenazas al Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (CDHFBC, 4 de diciembre de 2015)
Exigen protección para Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (La Jornada, 5 de diciembre de 2015)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)