National/International: “Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants” Arrives to Mexico

December 27, 2017

MMM(@caravana.wordpress.com)

 From December 1st to 18th, the thirteenth “Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants” will be held, which will enter Mexico to “search for the disappeared, break the silence and demand justice,” as well as to “show the consequences of anti-migrant policies, make visible the mourning of mothers and create awareness that they are as important as any other person.” The Caravan entered the country through the border of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas to begin a journey of 4,000 kilometers along the migratory route, crossing 12 states and 22 locations in Mexico.

In an initial communiqué, the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement (MMM) denounced that, “according to the United Nations, approximately 500,000 people cross the southern Mexican border each year. Most come from the Northern Triangle of Central America, a region hit by widespread violence and economic inequality. Economic insecurity combined with the impact of mega-projects for the extraction of minerals and other resources create a situation of structural violence and forced displacement. This economic precariousness occurs in a context of acute violence in these countries that have the highest levels of homicide and gender violence worldwide. When migrants flee from these conditions they encounter serious threats during their journey through Mexico where the violence of criminal groups and the corruption of state institutions results in migrants being kidnapped, extorted and trafficked by organized crime groups, among many other violations of their human rights.”

The MMM also expressed that “the risks of transit through Mexico have increased in recent years where the Mexican government, in cooperation with the government of the United States, has tried to prevent the migratory flow from reaching the northern border through the militarization of the territory. These tactics of persecution, detention and deportation combined with the threat of corrupt authorities colluded with criminal groups, have increased the vulnerability of migrants in transit. As in the case of disappeared Mexicans, there is a level of absolute impunity in cases of abuse and disappearance of migrants in Mexico. The absence of political will and the corruption of local authorities force the relatives of the disappeared migrants to carry out the difficult job of seeking and demanding justice. “

For more information in Spanish:

Caravana de madres de migrantes desaparecidos viaja a Veracruz (La Jornada, 6 de diciembre de 2017)

Madres de migrantes desaparecidos inician caravana en México (La Jornada, 2 de diciembre de 2017)

Llega a México la XIII Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas en busca de sus desaparecidos (Proceso, 1ero de diciembre de 2017)

Comunicado de prensa (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, 27 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

México : Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos “buscando vida en caminos de muerte” (25 de noviembre de 2016)

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Chiapas: Otros Mundos Warns about the Risk Implications of the SEZ for Puerto Chiapas

December 27, 2017

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In an article published on December 1st, the civil organization Otros Mundos shared information on the implications and risks that would result from the imposition of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the Chiapas coast, describing it as a “kind of walled city, liberated territory to transnational companies.” Among other elements to take into account, they denounced that “the companies that are installed in the SEZ will not pay taxes and will not do so for the use, enjoyment or exploitation of public domain assets of the Federation, which will mean decreasing public revenues that could be destined to education, health, among other issues. Poverty will increase and the cost of living of the region will become more expensive. Its operation will involve an excess of energy consumption and also water that will compete with the communities and the surrounding region. Their solid and liquid waste will place in crisis not only the local fishing activity but La Encrucijada Reserve that aims to protect the mangrove forest.”

For more information in Spanish:

La Zona Económica Especial de Puerto Chiapas (Otros Mundos, 1ero de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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)

 


National/Chiapas: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 7, 2017

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(@ Movement in Defense of Land, Territory and for the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decisions)

On November 25th, within the framework of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations (UN) issued a call to the Mexican government and society to eradicate violence, which 66% of women in Mexico suffer in different ways (physical, economic and psychological), ranging from sexual comments and whistles, groping, and violations, to the most extreme form: femicide.

In this same framework, Amnesty International Mexico stated that, “We live in a country in which male violence is standardized, accepted and even tolerated, by authorities that should prevent and act to end violence. As women, sexist violence has taken away our freedoms, they have expelled us from public space and killed us. We will not stop denouncing and demanding our rights as citizens.”

In Chiapas, on November 23rd and 24th, the fifth assembly of the Movement in Defense of the Land, Territory and for the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decisions was held whose main objective was “to make visible, discuss and find alternatives to the failure of the State and its institutions responsible for the implementation of the Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (GVA) in Chiapas.” In a final statement they stated that “violence against women and femicide in Chiapas is not a problem that only men and women in the private sphere have to resolve, families in their relationships, communities within the villages and civil organizations in the promotion and defense of rights, it is a responsibility especially of the State since the dimension of femicidal violence has its origins and causes in structural violence such as poverty, discrimination, injustice, misogyny, class inequality, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual preference, etc. that is reproduced by the institutions and agents of the patriarchal State.”

More than one hundred women marched in San Cristobal de Las Casas on the 25th to denounce that, “the federal and state governments have not complied effectively with the implementation of the Gender Violence Alert, declared in November of last year for 23 municipalities of the state. (…) On the contrary, the rates of violence in Chiapas such as physical aggressions, disappearance and kidnapping of people, especially women, trafficking, dispossession, forced displacement, evictions, abuse, rape and femicide have increased alarmingly in the 122 municipalities”. They also affirmed that the budget for the Gender Violence Alert is a “political booty of corrupt officials who steal money from the people, as happens with the resources for those affected by the earthquake of September 7th”.

For more information in Spanish:

NACIONAL

En México, 2 de cada 3 mujeres sufren violencia, alerta la ONU(ONU Noticias, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

En el día internacional contra la violencia a la mujer, 6 asesinadas (La Jornada, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer (Amnistía Internacional, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

CHIAPAS

Primer día de la quinta asamblea del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (Red de Comunicadoras Comunitarias K’asesel K’op, 23 de noviembre de 2017)

Segundo día quinta asamblea del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (Red de Comunicadoras Comunitarias K’asesel K’op, 24 de noviembre de 2017)

Pronunciamiento del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (25 de noviembre de 2017)

Marchan en Chiapas contra violencia hacia las mujeres (La Jornada, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: Se lanza la campaña 16 días de activismo contra la violencia hacia las mujeres (30 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: a un año de la Declaratoria de Alerta de Violencia de Género (AVG) en Chiapas (25 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Día Internacional de Lucha Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres (28 de noviembre de 2016)

 


Chiapas: Humanitarian Aid for Displaced Demanded

December 4, 2017

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On November 27th, Civil Society organizations, including SIPAZ, issued an Urgent Action for the risk to life, security and integrity of communities in the Altos region due to an agrarian conflict between the municipalities of Chenalho and Chalchihuitan, which has been going on for more than 40 years without a solution.

The document reports that there are more than 5000 displaced people today. It details that the displaced communities of Chalchihuitan are: a) Ch’en Mut 700 people, 120 families, 8 pregnant women; b) Pom more than 2000 people, 436 families, 100 pregnant women; c) Tzomolton 800 people, 107 families, 6 pregnant women; d) C’analumtic 600 people, 191 families; e) Bejelton 150 people, 30 families; f) Tulantic 350 people, 50 families; g) Vololch’ojon. 150 people, 40 families; e) Cruz c’ac’al nam 200 people; f) Cruzton 73 people, 20 displaced families. Also affected by the situation of violence are the communities of Balunac’o, Cotolchij, Lobolaltic, Pacanam, Pat C’anteal, Chiquin xulum, Saclum.

From Chenalho, 300 people from Majompepentik and Fraccion Polho moved, in addition to Las Limas and other communities that sleep outside their homes such as Yabteclum, Campo Los Toros, Tsabalho, among others.

In the communique, the organizations urge the Mexican State to respond promptly and expeditiously to this situation of violence that may lead to greater violations of human rights. They request:

“First – The necessary and pertinent precautionary measures are urgently implemented in order to respect, guarantee and protect the life and integrity of the families of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho.

 Second – The Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement of the United Nations Organization will be applied to protect the hundreds of families who have fled from the generalized violence and who are in total vulnerability, as well as the affected families who are living in a situation of terror due to the armed actions in the region that are also at risk of increasing the number of forced displacements.

 Third – Free transit and social peace in the communities of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho municipalities are guaranteed, prioritizing the dialogue between the parties under the essential respect of human rights.

Fourth – The murder of Samuel Perez Luna is investigated, those responsible are punished, and armed groups that act with impunity under the permissiveness of the government of Chiapas are disarmed.

 Fifth – In the face of the humanitarian crisis, international and national solidarity is necessary, due to the inefficiency and inability to address this emergency situation on the part of the federal and state governments. Humanitarian aid is urgent for the displaced communities: Food, medicines, blankets, cold clothes, doctors. Contact Caritas de La Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas at the telephone number: 9671203722.”

For its part, the diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas issued a statement on November 28 where it expressed its surprise “at the impunity with which the armed groups act to the extent that neither the police nor the Army have been able to be present to prevent the violence, nor to disarm those who impose their control oon the territory and the population through fear.” It also requested actions from the State and called for solidarity to address the humanitarian crisis in which the displaced are.

For more infoemation in Spanish:

Alto al Fuego: Organizaciones urgen ayuda humanitaria para personas desplazadas (CDHFBC, 27 de noviembre de 2017)

Acción Urgente: Violencia generalizada en los municipios de Chalchihuitán y Chenalhó (CDHFBC, 21 de noviembre de 2017)

Acusan a Velasco de encubrir a alcaldesa de Chenalhó y proteger a grupo armado que provocó desplazamiento (Proceso, 28 de noviembre de 2017)

Escalan violencia y desplazados por conflicto agrario en Chiapas (Proceso, 27 de noviembre de 2017)

Entran comuneros de Chenalhó a terreno en disputa con vecinos de Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 15 de mayo de 2014)

Pronunciamiento de la diócesis de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (28 de noviembre de 2017)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

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

Chiapas: Resurgimiento del conflicto agrario entre los vecinos municipios de Chalchihuitán y Chenalhó (29 de mayo de 2014)


Chiapas: One Year since the Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (GVA) in Chiapas

November 27, 2017

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One year after the Declaration of a Gender Violence Alert in Chiapas (November 18th, 2016), the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas denounced governmental actions and omissions in a communiqué. It reported that in this period it documented “119 violent deaths that must be investigated as femicides and 46 documented femicides; while the State Prosecutor’s Office (FGE) registers 27 femicides and 35 intentional deaths, resulting in a total of 62 women murdered in Chiapas in 2017, from January to October.” For this reason, it concluded: “Everything we have documented throughout this year of the Gender Violence Alert is what allows us to characterize that in Chiapas and Mexico we have a femicidal State, since it is not only permissive but also an accomplice of violence against girls, women and elderly women and the increasing femicidal violence in our homes, streets, communities and cities of the state.”

In the main deficiencies in the implementation of the GVA, the Campaign emphasized:

“The unjustified delay of the state government institutions, specifically the Government Secretariat and the State Attorney General’s Office, to comply with agreements that would make it possible to correct or diminish institutional negligence such as the investigation procedure, the application of protocols, protection measures, translation services and professional assistance in the public service to attend, channel and eradicate frequent vices.”

“The ineffective coordination between the institutions of the three levels of the government, municipal, state and federal.”

“The absence and vacuum of authority of the state executive power.”

“The instrumentalization and the use of the resources destined to the GVA to promote the disqualified image of the governor, that simulates the attention of the causes of the structural violence in Chiapas.”

“The discrimination against women, racism and classism of Governor Velasco Coello that has been publicly evident in sexist and misogynistic advertising messages.”

– “The recurring omission and invisibilization of violence particularly suffered by immigrant and refugee women, girls and women with different abilities, indigenous people, trafficking of persons who, in Chiapas, as a border state, characterize the Gender Violence Alert and its urgent multicultural, multiethnic and generational attention.”

“The state continues to be immersed in an internal armed conflict, and this situation of war, which militarizes the state and ramps up violence and the violation of human rights with an unresolved history of serious violence against women.”

“The issue of punctual attention to women victims of violence remains unanswered, especially due to access to justice and health in cases of sexual, physical, psycho-emotional and other abuse.”

For more information in Spanish

A un año de la Declaratoria de AVG en Chiapas, ONG’S denuncian violaciones a DH por parte de gobierno contra mujeres (Revolución tres punto cero, 22 de noviembre de 2017)

Activistas de Chiapas denuncian “Estado feminicida” en México (Proceso, 21 de noviembre de 2017)

Cumple un año sin resultados, AVG para Chiapas (CIMAC Noticias, 21 de noviembre de 2017)

Comunicado completo « En Chiapas, declaramos Estado Feminicida » (Campaña Popular contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas, 20 de noviembre de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las organizaciones peticionarias de la AVG en Chiapas, dejaran de asistir a las mesas de trabajo con el Gobierno del Estado por el incumplimiento de acuerdos (16 de octubre de 2017)

Chiapas: Omisiones tras la declaratoria de Alerta de Violencia de Género (9 de septiembre de 2017)

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: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination

November 24, 2017

MODEVITEAuthorities from La Candelaria, Municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas. Photo @: SIPAZ

On November 20th, thousands of indigenous people grouped in the Movement in Defense of Life and the Territory (Modevite in its Spanish acronym) mobilized in 11 municipalities and an ejido of Chiapas in defense of Mother Earth, for a dignified life and to demand respect for the free self-determination of indigenous peoples. In a statement, they explained: “We are one people who today want to express ourselves in each of the 12 fronts where we are. We denounce the constant threat of transnational extractive megaprojects and demand our right to the self-determination of peoples, in order to change the outdated and oppressive system that governs us.”

The event was called on 107 years of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, and stressed that “the marginalization and misery of our peoples persist; violence is the daily bread and insecurity is what is breathed in the environment. Coupled with this, the colorful circus of political parties divides us, and they take advantage of our poverty” while governments at all levels “are accomplices of dispossession, abuses, violence and injustice.”

For this reason they propose “creating another system that promotes the community rather than individuality, that looks at the earth as a Mother and not as merchandise, that embraces the cultural diversity rooted in the spirituality of our ancestors to make way for the reconstruction of the fabric of social community”. They intend to promote “community governments that renew social relations among indigenous peoples, mestizos, diverse religions, adults and youth; community governments that renew politics by exercising the right to elect the authorities according to the indigenous normative systems of each people, to combat corruption and division of bad governments and thus ensure the defense of our Mother Earth and community harmony.”

More specifically, they asked the authorities to respond positively to the requests presented by the Community Government Commissions of the municipalities of Chilon and Sitala to the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute (IEPC in tis Spanish acronym) of Chiapas, on November 17th for that they can govern themselves according to their own indigenous normative system.

For more information in Spanish:

Indígenas de Chiapas denuncian amenaza constante de megaproyectos y ambición de trasnacionales (Proceso 20 de noviembre de 2017)

MODEVITE se expresa en sus 12 frentes y afirma su apoyo a los municipios de Chilón y Sitalá en su búsqueda del gobierno comunitario (MODEVITE 20 de noviembre de 2017)

Pronunciamiento de las Comisiones de Gobierno Comunitario de Chilón y Sitalá (Boletín de prensa del MODEVITE 18 de noviembre de 2017)

Comisiones de Sitalá y Chilón exigen al IEPC respetar su derecho al Gobierno Comunitario, sin partidos políticos (Anuncio de Conferencia de prensa del MODEVITE 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Pronunciamiento de MOVEDITE ante las campañas políticas anticipadas (22 de agosto de 2017)

Chiapas : Culmina peregrinación de 12 días del Movimiento de Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio en San Cristóbal de Las Casas (29 de noviembre de 2016)


Chiapas: Coastal Civil Observation Mission Ends Two Months after the 8.2 Earthquake

November 23, 2017

QuakePhoto:@ SIPAZ

 From November 15th to 17th, six national and two international organizations carried out an observation mission of human rights on the Coast of Chiapas. They visited the municipalities of Tonala and Pijijiapan, two of the most affected by the earthquake of 8.2 on the Richter scale of September 7th. The objective of the mission was to document human rights violations against the population, assaults on human rights defenders and “provide a solidarity and observation presence in communities affected by the earthquake.”

The mission obtained “the testimony of victims and communities whose situation of humanitarian emergency has not been sufficiently visible or attended” and held meetings with the municipal presidents of Tonala and Arriaga, as well as with State Government officials.

In its main conclusions, the mission found “serious misinformation about the criteria and procedures in granting support for the reconstruction process.” It also observed “certain inequities and discriminatory elements in the granting of support”, as well as “a serious lack of coordination of the federal government with the municipal authorities and with society”.

Regarding the reconstruction process, they expressed their concern about “an attempt to channel public resources without clear bidding that wants to pass themselves off as charity and solidarity” and “a process of cultural imposition through construction prototypes that respond to a centralist logic and they are not capable of adapting to the needs of the local population, they do not meet the minimum criteria that allow an exercise of the human right to decent housing and do not even meet basic quality criteria.” They also affirmed that there are “important deficiencies in the areas of health, water, sanitation and psychosocial care for the population affected by the earthquakes, as well as worrying delays in the care and response to the effects of public health and education facilities.”

Finally, they stressed and asked for actions in response to the “worrying testimonies of assaults on defenders in the context of their work documenting human rights violations and supporting victims and communities in relation to earthquakes and aftershocks.”

For more information in Spanish:

Misión de observación de derechos humanos a la Costa de Chiapas (OSC, 15 de noviembre de 2017)

Lanzan misión de observación en costa de Chiapas, a 2 meses del sismo (Contralínea, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Recomendaciones preliminares de misión de observación a la Costa (OSC 17 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: México, sacudido por dos potentes sismos enfrenta el shock con una gran ola de solidaridad (26 de septiembre de 2017)

Nacional: sismo de 8,2 grados Richter. Fuertes afectaciones en Chiapas y Oaxaca (14 de septiembre de 2017)