Guerrero: CRAC-PC Asks Local Deputies to Pass New Indigenous Law Immediately

Screenshot_2020-02-17 Exige CRAC a diputados locales aprobar de inmediato nueva Ley Indígena - RéplicaPhoto @ReplicaGuerrero

On February 17th, spokesmen of the five Houses of Justice of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities-Community Police (CRAC-PC) denounced in a press conference a campaign of defamation and disqualification by the community institution by the state government, placing its members in an environment of greater vulnerability.

They reported that “following the defamation campaign against CRAC-PC, some complaints have been filed against members of the organization” and that through social networks they have accused the mayor of Malinaltepec, Abel Bruno Arriaga, of “financing guerrilla groups.” At the press conference the mayor rejected “the statement and said he supports the CRAC-PC because most of the territory of his municipality is monitored by the community police and his municipal corporation would be insufficient to address the problem of insecurity.”

They also denounced that “that Governor Hector Astudillo Flores went to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) last week to request that it does not process the proposal to reform Law 701 that promotes the CRAC-PC in the local Congress and that the one approved by the previous legislatura remain in place, in which the activities of the group are not recognised,” El Sur de Acapulco reported.

The reform of Law 701 is included in the “Initiative to reform the law on the rights of indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples of Guerrero”. The initiative was presented at the local Congress by 22 deputies from MORENA and a legislator from the PRD and was prepared over the course of a year with proposals made in ten forums in different regions of the entity.

In this regard, several newspapers reported in recent days that, after a request promoted by the government of the state of Guerrero to suspend the study and analysis of the Law Initiative on the Rights of Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Peoples of Guerrero, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) reported that a suspension is inadmissible, since it is “part of a legislative process, its challenge can only be made when the law is finally promulgated and published.”

Recently, on February 9th of this year, an informational meeting was held on the initiative mentioned above, in which “the president of the Committee on Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Affairs of the 62nd Legislature, Aristotle Tito Arroyo stressed that with this reform it is intended that native peoples have the right to decide and exercise their internal forms of government.

Furthermore, strengthen and develop regulatory systems for the regulation and resolution of conflicts in the original territories; guarantee the active participation of women in public offices as a priority; access the collective use and enjoyment of land and its natural resources; the official recognition of the Nahua languages, Tu’un Savi, Me ’phaa, Ñ’omndaa and of the Afro-Mexican people.

They are also granted the right to protect, preserve and preserve the integrity of their lands, territories, environment, habitat and natural resources; cultural, economic and social rights.”

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian que el gobernador acudió la semana pasada a la SCJN para pedir que no proceda la propuesta de reforma a la Ley 701 que promueve la CRAC-PC en el Congreso local. (El Sur de Acapulco, 17 de febrero de 2020)

Guerrero: rechaza la SCJN frenar iniciativa en materia de derechos de los pueblos indígenas (Ahora Guerrero, 15 de febrero de 2020)

Niega SCJN al Ejecutivo de Guerrero que se frene iniciativa de diputados de Morena (Replica Guerrero, 15 de febrero de 2020)

NOTA INFORMATIVA | Foros de consulta. Prolegómenos sobre derechos de los pueblos indígenas y afromexicanos (Tlachinollan, 24 de septiembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: CRAC-PC marches in Chilpancingo demanding the reform of the Law 701 (November 11, 2019)

Guerrero: CRAC PC denuncia criminalización y persecución de sus integrantes por parte del poder judicial (November 6, 2019)

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