Oaxaca/Chiapas: SEZ Exclusive Jurisdiction of Federal Powers

February 17, 2018

SEZPhoto @ El Universal

On October 20th, 2017, several newspapers reported that the real estate of the Special Economic Zone of Puerto Chiapas, passed into the Federation.

The same thing has happened in the case in Oaxaca after the LXIII Legislature of the State Congress approved by majority vote the decree requested by Governor Alejandro Murat such that “consent is granted so that houses, buildings or any other construction (the real estate) that will be part of the special economic zone of Salina Cruz, be considered exclusive jurisdiction of the federal powers.” According to NVI News this means that the SEZ will be “protected by the Army or the police federal.”

On January 31st, Governor Alejandro Murat, the municipality of Salina Cruz and the Head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic Zones signed the Collaboration Agreement for the Operation of the SEZ of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca at a meeting.

For more information in Spanish:

Recibe Congreso del Estado decreto del Ejecutivo Estatal para ZEE (Congreso del Estado de Oaxaca, 31 de enero de 2018)

Desde hoy, inmuebles de la ZEE a manos de la Federación (Oaxaca Político, 20 de octubre de 2017)

Plantean aprovechar Zonas Económicas Especiales (Cuarto Poder, 5 de febrero de 2018)

Firma de Convenio de Colaboración para la Operación de la ZEE de Salina Cruz, Oaxaca. (Autoridad Federal para el Desarrollo de las Zonas Económicas Especiales, 31 de enero de 2018)

Meade promete impulsar Zonas Económicas Especiales de Oaxaca (Excélsior, 2 de febrero de 2018)

A manos de la Federación inmuebles de la ZEE (Diario de Chiapas, 20 de octubre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: EPN declara Zonas Económicas Especiales en Oaxaca y Yucatán (20 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Otros Mundos alerta sobre los riesgos que implicará la ZEE de Puerto Chiapas (7 de diciembre de 2017)

Nacional/Chiapas: Más Zonas Económicas Especiales (4 de septiembre de 2017)

Oaxaca: Anuncian campaña contra las ZEE (30 de junio de 2017)

Oaxaca: Se amparan pueblos del Istmo contra Zona Económica Especial (ZEE) (23 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca: comunidades del Istmo presentan amparo ante la ZEE (17 de noviembre de 2016)

Nacional: Nombran a titular de Zonas Económicas Especiales (15 de julio de 2016)

Nacional: El Senado aprueba la Ley Federal de Zonas Económicas Especiales (ZEE) (15 de abril de 2016)

México / Nacional: Diputados aprueban Ley Federal de Zonas Económicas Especiales (18 de diciembre 2015)

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Chiapas: Wave of Violence Continues in the State

February 15, 2018

ChiapasChilon Municipality @ Chiapas

On January 27th, two men were found executed and two vehicles burned in the municipality of Chilon. Several newspapers mentioned that it was the result of a confrontation between alleged self-defense groups and an organized crime gang. They also reported that one of the victims could be related to the gang “Pesthoneros, a group that is dedicated to kidnapping, murder among other criminal acts.”

The events occurred at the conclusion of the tour of the pre-candidate of the PRI to the governor, Roberto Albores Gleason.

It should be remembered that in the municipality of Chilon there is a post-electoral conflict since 2015, which has left at least 12 dead, according to Universal.

For more information in Spanish:

Chiapas: Dos ejecutados tras mitin de precandidato del PRI-PVEM a gubernatura (Regeneración, 28 de enero de 2018)

Matan a dos hombres en Chilón (( Imágenes fuertes )) (Alerta Chiapas, 28 de enero de 2018)

Mueren 2 en ataque tras mitin de precandidato priista al gobierno de Chiapas (SDP Noticias, 28 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Enfrentamiento en Oxchuc (26 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas : sin condiciones de seguridad regresan a casa más de 4000 desplazados en Chalchihuitán (4 de enero de 2018)

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Nuevos incidentes post electorales en Oxchuc. (4 de abril de 2017)


Chiapas: Another Femicide at the Start of the Year

February 4, 2018

FemicideImage @: feminicidio.net

On January 16th, the body of Gloria Castellanos Balcazar, 24 years old, was found at the bottom of a well of a vacant lot in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Her family had reported her missing since Friday the 12th.

The next day, about a thousand people marched in the state capital to demand that justice be done for this femicide. During the march, Itzel Molina Trejo of the Voces Feministas collective said that “the murder of Castellanos Balcazar is added to that of five more murdered women this year in different municipalities of the state, as well as the disappearance of a girl, a teenager and a woman, in recent hours. […] gender alerts, preventive and procurement systems do not work in Chiapas, because public policies in this regard are reduced to announcements and declarations.”

Another participant at the meeting recalled that, “the gender violence alert for 23 municipalities of Chiapas, including Tuxtla Gutierrez, was declared in November 2016, but since then to this date there have been 258 violent deaths of women, according to data from the Feminist Observatory against Violence against Women in the state.”

The State Prosecutor General’s Office (FGE in its Spanish acronym), for its part, reported it had arrested the likely cuplrits.

For more information in Spansih:

Detienen a presuntos responsables de feminicidio en Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de enero de 2018)

Multitudinaria marcha en Chiapas; exigen justicia por feminicidio (La Jornada, 17 de enero de 2018)

El cuerpo de Gloria fue hallado en un terreno baldío en Chiapas; indagan feminicidio (Animal Político, 17 de enero de 2018)

En menos de un mes, Chiapas registra 4 casos de feminicidio (Cimacnoticias, de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: El Centro de Derechos de la Mujer denuncia faltas al debido proceso y al acceso a la justicia en casos de violencia contra las mujeres y feminicidios (27 de junio de 2017)


Chiapas: Mons. Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez Becomes New Bishop of San Cristobal

January 22, 2018

Bishop

On January 3rd, Rodrigo Aguilar Martínez. originally from Guanajuato, took office as bishop of San Cristobal de Las Casas, replacing Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, He will be the 39th bishop of this diocese.

In the celebration that marked the beginning of his new episcopal ministry, with the presence of the Papal Nuncio, Franco Coppola, other priests and thousands of parishioners, he pledged “to pray and help in the relationship with others overcome corruption, resentment, violence, everything that invades us and seeks to dominate and take over the territory, our communities and our lives and intends to overcome us.” He also committed himself to “the creation of God who is the earth and all its natural resources, nature of which human beings are also part, being created as a marvel in the likeness and image of God.” He stressed that, “it is urgent to reorder and restore the wonder of creation.”

In her participation, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Maria del Refugio Esparza Macias invited the new bishop to “walk together towards our dream of being an autochthonous, liberating, evangelizing, servant, communion and under the guidance of the Spirit”, characteristics that make up the III Diocesan synod that has been promoting the diocesan process since the end of the bishopric of Samuel Ruiz Garcia (1924-2011).

For more information in Spanish:

Rodrigo Aguilar pide “superar rencores” al asumir como obispo de San Cristóbal de las Casas (Proceso, 3 de enero de 2017)

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Asume nuevo obispo de San Cristóbal (Cuarto Poder, 4 de enero de 2017)

Chiapas: Obispo de Tehuacán, próximo titular de la diócesis de San Cristóbal (8 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: El obispo Felipe Arzimendi presenta su renuncia al Papa (8 de mayo de 2015)


Chiapas: 4000 Displaced Return Home in Insecure Conditions n Chalchihuitan

January 22, 2018

ChenalhoDisplaced Chalchihuitan (@Sin Embargo)

On December 2nd, nearly four thousand indigenous people from Chalchihuitan returned to their communities of origin after almost two months of forced displacement, despite not having secure conditions to do so due to the presence of groups that have not been disarmed, so they blamed the state and federal governments for what might happen to their families. 1,165 people refused to leave Kanalumtik camp where they are located for the same reason.

According to the parish priest of Chalchuitan, those who returned did so because of the conditions of forced displacement that caused the death of 11 people due to hunger and cold in this region of the Highlands of Chiapas.

Municipal, state and federal authorities met in this framework and agreed to continue with humanitarian aid, maintain close public security with the participation of state and federal forces, and continue to seek lasting solutions that guarantee peace in the region.

It should be recalled that there has been an agrarian conflict over boundaries between the two municipalities of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho since 1973, as a result of the works of recognition and titling of communal property by the extinct Secretariat of Agrarian Reform. They have resulted in a dispute over more than 900 hectares located between the two places.

For more information in Spanish:

Segob establece tres acuerdos con representantes de desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de enero de 2018)

Peligroso retorno a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Segob refuerza ayuda en el regreso de desplazados a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Retornan a sus comunidades casi 4 mil indígenas desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Proceso, 2 de enero de 2018)

Sin condiciones de seguridad, desplazados en Chiapas retornan a sus casas (Regeneración, 2 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas : Conflicto agrario: fallo en favor del municipio de Chenalhóc(13 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: últimos acontecimientos del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (8 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Urge ayuda humanitaria para personas desplazadas (29 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Otra vez resurgió el conflicto agrario entre los municipios de Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (14 de noviembre de 2017)


Chiapas: Second Meeting of “ConSciences for Humanity” Organized by EZLN

January 14, 2018

EZLN.pngSecond sciences encounter “ConSciencias for Humanity” Photo @ SIPAZ

The second edition of the science festival “ConSciences for Humanity”, organized by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), took place from December 27th to 30th. The activities were carried out in the facilities of the CIDECI-UniTierra, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

During those four days, scientists from different locations shared their knowledge and reflected with the 200 Zapatista students under the theme “Science Against the Wall” on subjects as diverse as agroecology, technology, genetics, education, beekeeping, mathematics, ancestral knowledge, women in science and the importance of the nixtamalization of corn.

The reflections focused on how a science can be used for the benefit of life in contrast to current science that is at the service of profit and power. The role of academics was discussed and strong criticisms were made of Mexican public policies that do not grant sufficient budgets or freedom for scientific research that is sustainable and for the benefit of the people.

Each day ended with the participation of the Sixth Commission, which convened the first international, political, artistic, sports and cultural meeting of women who fight from March 7th to 11th, 2018.

For more information in Spanish:

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 1 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 2 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 3 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 4 (audios, fotos, texto) (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 31 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 27 de diciembre de 2017 en el ConCiencias por la Humanidad. SupGaleano. Depende (Enlace zapatista, 27 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 28 de diciembre de 2017 en

el ConCiencias por la Humanidad

“TRUMP, LA NAVAJA DE OCKHAM, EL GATO DE SCHRODINGER Y EL GATO-PERRO”

SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

Convocatoria al primer encuentro internacional, político, artístico, deportivo y cultural de mujeres que luchan (Enlace zapatista, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta en la Clausura del ConCiencias por la Humanidad

“DEL CUADERNO DE APUNTES DEL GATO-PERRO”

SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: inicio del el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad” y segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (29 de diciembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Se acabó el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad”, y la segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (12 de enero de 2017)


Chiapas: Twentieth Anniversary of Acteal Massacre

January 14, 2018

Acteal.pngTwentieth anniversary of Acteal Massacre (@SIPAZ)

 

On December 22nd, 20 years had passed since the massacre of 45 indigenous people in Acteal, municipality of Chenalho, which as stated by the Network All Rights for All “is still a pending account of justice by the Mexican State.” In this framework, a series of activities were organized from December 20th to 22nd.

In a statement read on the 22nd, Las Abejas Civil Society, to which the victims belonged, recalled that “the massacre committed here in Acteal, was against the Tsotsil, peaceful and organized people, the Mexican State through its paramilitaries wanted to exterminate us, to end the seed of our culture of peace and autonomy.” It stated that, “despite the pain and impunity, Acteal became Sacred Land. Acteal, is memory. Acteal, is a dignified word before the world. Acteal, is comfort and healing. Acteal, is dignity and greatness. Acteal is the path of truth, because it never thinks of revenge. Acteal, is Justice. Acteal, is conscience.” It also reaffirmed that “after twenty years of impunity, we do not tire of denouncing what happened and that justice be done”.

The Civil Society Las Abejas denounced on the other hand that, “the Mexican justice system has already expired” so “we have proposed to build a dignified and lasting justice. On the other hand, we hope that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will pronounce itself on the responsibility of the Mexican State regarding this crime against humanity.”

Finally it reaffirmed “that our struggle will continue to be peaceful and committed in defense of life and of Mother Earth, knowing that we are not alone”.

For more information in Spanish:

A veinte años de impunidad, emitimos sentencia condenatoria con la palabra “CULPABLE” a los autores intelectuales de la Masacre de Acteal. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

La masacre de Acteal, culminación de una política de Estado contra indígenas (La Jornada, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal nuestra casa de la memoria (CDHFBC, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

La otra verdad de Acteal, a 20 años de la masacre (Animal Político, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal: el día en que México avergonzó a la humanidad (Animal Político, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal, una cuenta pendiente del Estado: Red TDT al exigir protección a las comunidades en Chiapas (Proceso, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

A 20 años de la masacre de Acteal, no olvidamos: Alto a la violencia de Estado en Chiapas (Red Todos los Derechos para todas y todos, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

En México no hay justicia: Acteal, herida abierta (CDHFBC, 21 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Celebran 25 años de resistencia Las Abejas de Acteal (15 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: lanzamiento de la campaña Acteal: Raíz, Memoria y Esperanza (27 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas: Conmemoración de los 19 años de la masacre de Acteal (24 de diciembre de 2016)