National/International: Actions for International Day against Dams and in Defense of Rivers and Water

March 28, 2018

Dam.pngAction in Chenalho for International Day against Dams (@Otros Mundos)

Since 1997, in the framework of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams held in Curitiba (Brazil), representatives of 20 countries declared March 14th as the Day of Action against Dams to denounce water management projects and demand equitable and sustainable management of rivers.

On March 14th and in this context, Intercultural Dialogue Days for the Territory and in Defense of the Rio Verde in the community of Paso de la Reyna, Jamiltepec, were held. There, a regional territorial organization process has been established since 2006 that brings together Peoples and Communities in the United Peoples Council for the Defense of the Rio Verde (COPUDEVER in its Spanish acronym) to face the Paso de la Reina Multiple Use Hydroelectric Project.

In Chiapas, the Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal carried out an action within the municipality of Chenalho, making flyers, painting on light poles and on walls along the roads “with the aim of informing and making the population aware of the projects of death that bad governments and capitalist companies introduce without consent in our territories.” In a statement, they ratified “before all the threats of the death projects that the big national and foreign capitalists want to introduce into our lands and territories, we tell them that they will not happen and hope their brain has the capacity to reflect that their ambitions and extractive dreams are mere projects of destruction and that have caused massacres and genocides, in order to forcefully impose their projects, hiring assassins such as: paramilitaries, gunmen, assassins and even soldiers themselves.”

Several organizations in Chiapas and Mexican and Latin American networks also spoke out against “the unlimited multiplication of dams of all sizes, from large scale works to so-called ‘mini-hydroelectric’ [dams], driven by the policies of the World Bank and other alleged “cooperation” and “development” international financial institutions, by the neoliberal structural reforms of the corporatized states, the discourse of “sustainable energy” and the creation of “clean development mechanisms.”” They spoke out against the almost 100 dam projects that exist in the state of Chiapas, including, among others, the expansion of the Chicoasen II and Angostura projects in the Zoque area, 19 mini-hydroelectric projects and the reactivation of the Itzantun project. They also spoke against the new draft General Water Law that “deepens the inequality between the population and the private sector in terms of access to water in the country, by putting the State at the service of [private] companies.”

For more information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento de Las Abejas de Acteal en Día Internacional de Acción contra las Presas y por los Ríos, el Agua y la Vida (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 14 de marzo de 2018)

Día Internacional de Acción Contra las Represas: Celebramos los ríos de Chiapas y del mundo (OCS de Chiapas y redes mexicanas y latinoamericanas, 14 de marzo de 2018)

Celebran 14 comunidades la vida y la riqueza biocultural del Río Verde en Oaxaca (Vínculo informativo, 15 de marzo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional : CEMDA publica informe 2017 que indica incremento de la vulnerabilidad de defensores ambientalistas (7 de marzo de 2018)

Oaxaca: Amenazan a la entidad 67 proyectos hidroeléctricos (12 de septiembre de 2016)


Chiapas: First International Gathering for Politics, Art, Sport and Culture for Women in Struggle

March 27, 2018

mujeres.jpg© pozol

On March 8th, 9th and 10th, the Gathering of Women in Struggle took place in the Caracol of Morelia, official municipality of Altamirano, convened by Zapatista women within the framework of International Women’s Day.

It is estimated that some 10,000 women from different Zapatista caracoles from the state of Chiapas arrived as well as women from 27 states of the Republic and from at least 34 countries in the world.

The inauguration speech was delivered by insurgent Erika, in which she asked all women of the world to continue with the struggle against patriarchy.

“On the night of Thursday the Zapatistas stopped the music and turned off the lights so that all the Caracol could see the candles that illuminated the place and that for a few moments remained lit to remember those who were killed or are no longer alive.

From eight o’clock in the morning of this Friday, the workshops and talks began, sessions where the Zapatistas arrived ready to learn, and those who did not carry their children in their arms, took their notebooks to collect the written word that is one of the most valuable belongings when it comes to communicating the philosophy of the Zapatista movement.

Along with the dance and the soccer or volleyball matches, the reflections were present and although the indigenous tradition has made women take precautions when speaking in public and with strangers, among themselves they comment on the exhibitions where they have seen the battles from other countries but also systematic violence against women ” (Cimacnocicias).

For more information in Spanish

En Chiapas, listo el Primer Encuentro Internacional “de mujeres que luchan’’ convocado por el EZLN, Proceso 7 de marzo de 2018

Inicia encuentro multicultural organizado por mujeres del EZLN, La Jornada, 8 de marzo de 2018

Clausuran el encuentro “mujeres que luchan” convocado por zapatistas, Chiapasparalelo, 11 de marzo de 2018

En el Caracol, rinden homenaje a mujeres asesinadas, cimacnoticias, 9 de marzo 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Mujeres de las Abejas se pronuncian contra los feminicidios y los asesinatos de defensoras de derechos humanos y de la Madre Tierra,10 de marzo 2018

Nacional/Chiapas: En el marco del Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres ,diciembre 1, 2017

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

Guerrero: Attorney General to Try to Close Ayotzinapa Case by December

March 25, 2018

AyotziPhoto @ poesía a mano alzada

On March 2nd in Bogota, Colombia, Alfredo Higuera Bernal, Special Prosecutor for the Iguala Case of the Attorney General PGR in its Spanish acronym, announced during a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that the PGR had obtained new information on the kidnapping case and the alleged murder of 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

Mexico News Daily reported that the new information obtained includes evidence of motives and allows charges to be brought against 30 people, including municipal police. Special Prosecutor Higuera said that “criminal action may be taken against them” for kidnapping, but did not offer more details. He hoped to have conclusions before the end of the year.

According to Proceso, Mexican human rights organizations have already sent to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, a file on the Ayotzinapa case that includes the reports of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) on the facts and the evidence that it was a coordinated operation involving criminals and different authorities.

The director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, Mario Patron, who was present at the hearing on March 2nd, said, “that it is now appropriate to provide Bensouda with information that proves that the crime against the 43 student teachers is part of a systematic and widespread situation in Mexico: the forced disappearance of people.” After that it is the ICC who will decide who is being investigated, and eventually, if the complaint is successful, which Mexican officials will be charged with criminal charges.

“What we are looking for is for the Ayotzinapa case to be valued among all of the more than 30,000 people who have disappeared in Mexico in the last six years. And what we propose is that Ayotzinapa is a clear example of this phenomenon of macro-criminality in which there is a clear link between organized crime and public power, which becomes one and the same”, Mario Patron said.

For more information in Spanish:

Meade, Peña, Ayotzinapa y el acecho de la Corte Penal Internacional (Proceso, 5 de marzo de 2018)

PGR prepara 30 detenciones por el caso Ayotzinapa (Publi Metro, 3 de marzo de 2018)

Ayotzinapa arrests are imminent: prosecutor (México News Daily, 3 de marzo de 2018)

Mexico ‘Ready to Make Arrests’ in Case of Missing 43 Students (TeleSur TV, 2 de marzo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero / México – Nacional: Ayotzinapa: Caravana Rompiendo el Silencio y el Olvido (3 de marzo de 2018)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa: Fallece Minerva Bello sin haber obtenido justicia para su hijo desaparecido (8 de febrero de 2018)

Guerrero : Caso Ayotzinapa: reunión con el Consejo de la Judicatura Federal y 5ta visita oficial del Mecanismo de Seguimiento de la CIDH (8 de febrero de 2018)

Guerrero / Nacional-México: Ayotzinapa a 40 meses de la desaparición de los 43 sigue la “indolencia” del gobierno (30 de enero de 2018)

Guerrero: caso Ayotzinapa: se exige la entrega de vídeos del Palacio de Justicia de Iguala para conocer lo ocurrido (19 de enero de 2018)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa, tercera audiencia de oficio en la CIDH: “el gobierno federal no quiere resolver el caso” (26 de octubre de 2017)

Guerrero/Nacional : A tres años de Ayotzinapa (2 de octubre de 2017)

Guerrero: tercera visita del mecanismo de seguimiento de la CIDH sobre le caso Ayotzinapa a casi tres años de los hechos (7 de septiembre)

Guerrero: Sesión de seguimiento de la CIDH del caso Ayotzinapa : avances nulos (10 de julio de 2017)

Guerrero/ Nacional: Madres y padres de los 43 consideran no acudir a la reunión con la PGR y la CIDH (20 de abril de 2017)

Chiapas: No Progress in the Investigation of the “Extrajudicial Killing” of the Minor Humberto Morales Santiz

March 25, 2018

HumbertoPhoto @ FNLS

On February 26th, two days before the anniversary of the murder of the minor Humberto Morales Santiz, a forensic report on the minor was delivered by members of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF in its Spanish acronym) to the Indigenous Justice Prosecutor’s Office.

REgarding the report, the Cerezo Committee and the National Front for the Fight for Socialism (FNLS in its Spanish a acronym) reported that “the results of the EAAF are conclusive in the sense that the death of Humberto Morales was due to the fact that he was shot in the head at close range, for which we ratify that his death must be classified as an extrajudicial execution.”

They also denounced that “there is no line of investigation and that in the investigation file there is not only inconsistency, omissions and contradictions but there is a marked intention on the part of the authorities not to investigate.”

According to La Jornada, the murder of Morales Santiz occurred in the context of the land dispute between members of the Organization Emiliano Zapata Organization (OCEZ in its Spanish acronym)-FNLS and the Los Petules group, which belongs to the Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORACO in its Spanish acronym).

For more information in Spanish:

Muerte de menor en Chiapas, “ejecución extrajudicial”: Comité Cerezo (La Jornada, 28 de febrero de 2018)

A un año de cometerse el crimen de Estado contra el compañero Humberto Morales Sántiz (FNLS, 28 de febrero de 2018)

México: A un año de la ejecución extrajudicial del menor Humberto Morales Sántiz del FNLS, no existe ninguna línea de investigación (Kaosenlared, 28 de febrero de 2018)

Acción Urgente – Ejecución Extrajudicial del niño Humberto Morales Sántiz de 13 años de edad, integrante del Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo en Chiapas. (Comité Cerezo, 4 de Marzo de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

FNLS reporta retraso a la Investigación forense del caso de menor asesinado en Ocosingo (3 de julio de 2017)

Chiapas: Jornada Nacional: “Las víctimas del terrorismo de Estado son del pueblo, no desistiremos ¡hasta encontrarlos!” (14 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas: “Jornada nacional contra el terrorismo del estado en Chiapas” del FNLS (2 de mayo de 2016)

National–Mexico: CIG Accident and Suspension of Caravan

February 26, 2018


On February 14th, a van from the caravan of the Indigenous Council of Government (CIG in its Spanish acronym), which was going through Baja California Sur, suffered an accident and went off the road.

There were 11 members of the coordination of the CNI, members of the support networks for the CIG in Baja California Sur and the spokesperson Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez (Marichuy) travelling in the vehicle.

The CNI regretfully informed that compañera Eloisa Vega Castro of the South Californian Network of Support for the CIG lost her life in the accident. In addition, other passengers suffered fractures and serious injuries. The spokeswoman, Marichuy, had an arm fracture and inflammation of the head but is now stable. The victims were treated at Hospital 5 of the Mexican Social Security Institute of Guerrero Negro, before being transferred in two helicopters of the Mexican Armed Forces, to the Salvatierra Hospital in the city of La Paz.

Due to the above, the CNI decided to suspend the route it had scheduled. They expressed thanks for the messages of solidarity and invited all to be aware of the updates on information on their social networks.

For more information in Spanish:

Información sobre el accidente de la caravana del CIG ocurrido hoy 14 de febrero (Congreso Nacional Indígena, 14 de febrero de 2018)


Caravana de Marichuy sufre accidente; una mujer murió, la aspirante sufrió fractura y será intervenida (Animal Político, 14 de febrero de 2018)

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)

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)