Guerrero: Children in Community Police Spark Controversy

CuartoscuroDassaev Téllez@ Cuartoscuro/Dassaev Tellez

The murder of ten musicians in Chilapa and the presentation by the Regional Coordinator of Citizen Authorities-Founding Peoples (CRAC-PF) of 19 minors from the communities of Ayahualtempa and Alcozacan as new members of the community police have highlighted the situation of insecurity that prevails in La Montaña area in Guerrero. The public incorporation of these children (mostly orphaned by violence) in which they were carrying out tactical training for combat with firearms and sticks caused a range of reactions.
The head of the Ministry of Security and Citizen Participation (SSPC), Alfonso Durazo said that the participation of minors in community police is “unfortunate” and “irresponsible” when they have “no chance of defending themselves properly.” He announced that the case will be reviewed.
Abel Barrera, director of La Montaña Tlalchinollan Human Rights Center, stressed that Chilapa is imprisoned with the “demon of crime”, which has led to self-defense groups to hand over weapons to minors.
For its part, the Network for the Rights of the Child in Mexico (REDIM) expressed concern about the incorporation of children and adolescents into the ranks of the CRAC-PF , which it considered as a “performance” and a “desperate act” to get the attention of the Mexican state. It stressed that “it is not possible to prevent crime while exposing children to acts of violence.” It called on the CRAC PF to “assume as a great responsibility of protecting children and adolescents from any form of violence and recognize their rights, making them partakers of community solutions.” It also urged the authorities to “attend to the so-called citizens and human rights organizations to build a national strategy to stop armed violence against children and adolescents, which is Priority Project 26 (# Project26) of this administration”.

For more information in Spanish:

Reclutamiento de niños en Guerrero, performance para llamar la atención del Estado: Redim (Aristegui Noticias, 23 de enero de 2020)

Grupos criminales reclutan a niños ante falta de sicarios, dice López Obrador (Proceso, 23 de enero de 2020)

Irresponsable que adultos den armas a jóvenes: Durazo (Excelsior, 23 de enero de 2020)

El demonio de la delincuencia” derivó en niños armados en Chilapa: Activista (Aristegui Noticias, 23 de enero de 2020)

Urge presencia de AMLO y Astudillo en Chilapa, Guerrero, por crisis de seguridad: CRAC-PF (Aristegui Noticias, 23 de enero de 2020)

Niños se enlistan como policías en Chilapa para defender a la región del crimen (El Sol de México, 22 de enero de 2020)

Enfrentan clima de violencia con niños armados (El Universal, 22 de enero de 2020)

Presentan a 19 niños como policías comunitarios en Chilapa (Excelsior, 22 de enero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Tlachinollan Highlights Need for Coordinated Action to Dismantle Criminal Organizations after Murder of Ten Indigenous in Alcozacan (January 21, 2020)

Guerrero: Organizaciones Civiles denuncian agresión y robo contra defensores del Centro Regional de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos José María Morelos y Pavón (6 de enero de 2020)

Guerrero: Two Members of CRAC-PF and CIPOG-EZ Murdered (May 28, 2019)

Guerrero: CNI Denounces Kidnapping and Murder of Two Members (May 11, 2019)

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