National/International: WOLA Shows High Level of Impunity for Human Rights Violations by Soldiers in Mexico

November 13, 2017

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On November 7th, the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs (WOLA) published its new report with the title “Forgotten Justice: Impunity for human rights violations committed by soldiers in Mexico” In the same report, it denounces that “the soldiers who commit crimes and human rights violations generally do not respond for their actions, neither do the public officials who request the presence of soldiers in their states or municipalities, nor the political leaders who for decades have not committed themselves really improve the police in Mexico.”

The WOLA highlights that of the 505 cases registered between 2012 and 2016 which the PGR has investigated against members of the armed forces, mostly due to human rights violations such as torture and forced disappearance, only 16 accused have been convicted by the civil justice system. That corresponds to a 3.2% level of success in the investigations, against which La Jornada denounces the “lack of effectiveness to sanction the army”.

The report states that, “more than ten years have passed in Mexico of a strategy of security and the fight against organized crime based strongly on the deployment of the military and in the use of force, but not on justice. The strengthening of civil institutions such as the police and the Public Ministry has been left in the background. The United States also supported this approach during the first years of security assistance to Mexico, as through the Merida Initiative a significant part of the resources went to the Mexican armed forces.”

The three serious consequences in the strategy of militarized Mexican security according to the report have been:

  1. The increase in violence in Mexico and the constant violation of human rights.
  2. The decrease in urgency and pressure for police reform.
  3. That the rendering of accounts has been practically non-existent, due to impunity.

According to Proceso, the Mexican government rejected the report and published a statement in which it denies “that there is a violation of human rights.”

For more information in Spanish:

Informe de WOLA expone “impunidad” en violaciones por parte de soldados; gobierno responde (Aristegui Noticias, 8 de noviembre del 2017)

Peña rechaza informe de WOLA sobre abuso militar y pide a EU estudio sobre tráfico de armas (Proceso, 8 de noviembre del 2017)

Sólo 16 condenas en 505 investigaciones contra militares: WOLA (La Jornada, 7 de noviembre del 2017)

Justicia Olvidada: La impunidad de las violaciones a derechos humanos cometidos por soldados en México (WOLA, 7 de noviembre del 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: México ocupa el primer lugar de impunidad en América (12 de septiembre del 2017)

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

Nacional/Internacional: Ejército y fuerzas de seguridad involucradas en asesinatos extrajudiciales, tortura, desaparición forzada: EU (10 de julio del 2015)

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Guerrero: Ayotzinapa, Third Official Audience of the IACHR : “The Government Doesn’t Want to Solve the Case”

October 29, 2017

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On October 24th, the third ex officio hearing was held at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH in its Spanish acronym) on the Special Monitoring Mechanism (MES in its Spanish acronym) for the Ayotzinapa case in Montevideo (Uruguay).

According to La Jornada, the IACHR pointed out that “Failure to solve an event of this nature in three years does not mean anything other than that the federal government has not wanted to solve it.” It warned that although “the federal government has banked on the exhaustion of the parents” itwill not abandon the families, nor the case.

At the hearing, it was evident that the Mexican State has not detained any Huitzuco police or Federal Police, has not held any military officer responsible, and has not advanced in order to hold the Guerrero authorities accountable. Therefore, the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center affirmed that “the Mexican State continues to administer the case for political purposes unrelated to the victims’ justice efforts, given that in each hearing or meeting it doses the information and advances presented” and is convinced that “the Attorney General covers up officials who obstructed the investigation such as Tomas Zeron de Lucio.”

For more information in Spanish:


No hay avances sustanciales en el caso Ayotzinapa, denunciaron en audiencia de la CIDH (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 24 de octubre de 2017)

“Inconcebible”, tres años sin respuesta por Ayotzinapa: CIDH (La Jornada, 24 de octubre de 2017)

Audiencia en la CIDH: “Premian a Zerón por Ayotzinapa, y cesan a Santiago Nieto por Odebrecht” (Sin Embargo, 25 de octubre de 2017)

Ayotzinapa: la lucha sigue (La Jornada Guerrero, 25 de octubre de 2017)

Retoma la PGR las cuatro líneas de investigación propuestas por el GIEI para el caso Ayotzinapa ( El Sur Acapulco, 26 de octubre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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)


Guerrero/National: Ayotzinapa Three Years Later

October 17, 2017

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September 26th, 2017, marked three years since the extrajudicial executions of six people and the forced disappearance of 43 students from the “Raul Isidro Burgos” Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero. In this context, there was a mass and a silent march in which the fathers, mothers and companions of the student teachers participated, leaving from the Angel of Independence to the Antimonumento +43 in Mexico City. Thousands of others also marched in Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Chiapas, among other states, to demand that impunity end in this case.

Abel Barrera Hernandez of La Montaña Human Rights Center greeted the parents of the 43, remembering that they have spent “three years removing the debris that the holders of the PGR piled up with hundreds of files to fabricate its historical truth. With great perversity the government broadcast on television how they shredded our children. They preferred morbidity to scientific evidence.” He also stressed that although there is evidence of the Army’s participation in the disappearance of the 43, “the authorities, instead of guaranteeing an impartial investigation, close ranks to prevent progress in this line [of investigation].”

The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) demanded that the investigations into the disappearance of the 43 students should consider all aspects based on objective and scientific elements and should not be ended. Meanwhile, Amnesty International Mexico warned: “For three years, we continue to look for our disappeared among the debris of corrupt institutions and the crime of oblivion, where the real political will of the authorities has never been present. The historical lie of this case will mark Peña Nieto’s six-year term, but we, in solidarity with their fathers and mothers, will continue to count them, continue to seek them, fight to bring the truth to light and have access to justice.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Tres años de impunidad: Los 43 de Ayotzinapa (Telesur, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Fundidos en un abrazo en medio del dolor (La Jornada, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Padres de los 43 alistan marcha silenciosa a tres años de Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Víctimas del desastre: del dolor a los enfrentamientos con autoridades (Aristegui Noticias, 25 de septiembre de 2017)

Foto-reportaje de la marcha silenciosa (Regeneración Radio, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

A casi 3 años, protestan en 27 Batallón por Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 23 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: plataforma Ayotzinapa: una cartografía de la violencia (19 de septiembre 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: a 34 meses de la tragedia de Ayotzinapa familiares convocan a unas jornadas de lucha (31 de julio de 2017)


Guerrero: Ayotzinapa Platform: Mapping the Violence

September 26, 2017

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On September 7th, almost three years after the events, Forensic Architecture published its interactive platform in which it reconstructed what happened on the night of September 26th and 27th, 2014, when students from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa were attacked by police in alleged collusion with criminal organizations. That attack in Iguala left three students dead, 43 disappeared and several seriously injured and in coma.

The Prodh Center and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF in its Spanish acronym) also participated in this initiative. Videos, notes and journalistic books, photographs, telephone records and the report prepared by the International Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) were taken into account to make it.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, with this interactive platform “the case of the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students has been rebuilt for the first time exhaustively and comprehensively.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Plataforma Ayotzinapa: http://www.plataforma-ayotzinapa.org/

El caso Ayotzinapa: Una cartografía de la violencia (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Introducción a la Plataforma Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Cartografía de la violencia: muestran en 3D y video las distintas versiones del caso Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 9 de septiembre de 2017)

Introducción a la Plataforma Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

 

For more information from SIPAZ:

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: a 34 meses de la tragedia de Ayotzinapa familiares convocan a unas jornadas de lucha (31 de julio de 2017)


Guerrero: Third Visit of IACHR Follow-up Mechanism Three Years after Ayotzinapa Case

September 14, 2017

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From August 28th to 30th, the third visit of the Follow-up Mechanism of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the Ayotzinapa case was conducted to monitor compliance with the recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) investigation.

During his visit, the delegation of the IACHR visited the Rural School “Raúl Isidro Burgos”, where it heard the complaints of the parents, who according to Proceso magazine claim the lack of concrete progress in the case.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center of the, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR in its Spanish acronym) informed the delegation that a team of more than 90 people were exclusively assigned to this research, and hopes that this will translate into results that bring the truth about what happened on September 26th and 27th, 2014.

The fathers and mothers summoned the Attorney General of the Republic to detain the municipal police of Huitzuco and Cocula, who could be involved in the arrest of the student teachers, before October. Otherwise, they warned, they will not return to the negotiating table scheduled for October.

The 26th of September 2017 will mark three years since the night of Iguala during which the 43 student teachers were disappeared, six others murdered and about 25 injured. Among the wounded was Aldo Gutierrez Solano, who received a bullet that destroyed 65% of his brain and he remains in a “vegetative” state. For this occasion parents of the victims announced a national march that will take place in Mexico City.

For more information in Spanish:

Claman justicia por normalistas de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos hace 35 meses (Proceso, 26 de agosto de 2017)

La CIDH lamenta que, a casi tres años, paradero de los 43 “sigue desconocido” (Proceso, 30 de agosto de 2017)

Mecanismo de seguimiento del asunto Ayotzinapa realiza tercera visita oficial a México (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 30 de agosto de 2017)

A 3 años del caso Ayotzinapa, el gobierno sigue sin conocer el paradero de los normalistas: CIDH (Animal Político, 30 de agosto de 2017)

XXXVI ACCIÓN GLOBAL POR AYOTZINAPA Y MÉXICO (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 01 de septiembre de 2017)

En caso Ayotzinapa “hay avances”, pero falta tener pronto noticias del paradero de los 43: CIDH   (Proceso, 4 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: a 34 meses de la tragedia de Ayotzinapa familiares convocan a unas jornadas de lucha (31 de julio de 2017)

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


National: Human Rights Organizations’ Reports Contradict Progress Noted in Government’s Fifth Report

September 13, 2017

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What Peña’s report doesn’t say “speaks volumes” Proceso

On September 1st, the Fifth Report of the Government was presented, boasting progress on poverty, employment, education and respect for human rights.

In contrast, a few days earlier, the sixth report on human rights violations against human rights defenders was published covering the period from June 2016 to May 2017 and documenting that within that time “four human rights violations occurred every day against persons defending human rights in Mexico.” This report reports that “a year and a half after the end of the period of Enrique Peña Nieto, 2426 arbitrary arrests are documented” since the beginning of his term of office. As for extrajudicial execution, it indicates that while during the period of former president Felipe Calderon 67 were documented, “in the period we have with EPN this repressive modality has increased to almost double, totalling 123 executions.” With regard to enforced disappearance, it indicates 11 cases in the period covered by the report. “In general, the report tells us that the use of extrajudicial execution is the most repressive mode used by the State in the period covered by this report compared to previous years, (…) This clearly shows that the State increases the intensity of repression for political reasons when faced with the will of the defenders to keep up their work.”

It also denounced that “the improvement of repressive techniques includes actions such as maintaining impunity for human rights violations committed, implying that the State covers the gaps in the investigations of the most serious cases of HRV to prevent them from reaching international bodies, that is to say, it does not investigate, but only in appearance complies with what the law dictates, without this being reflected in an advance in investigations. At the same time, it accepts the visits of the international bodies of HR, but disqualifies the reports made by these international representatives. It further discredits the defense of human rights in two ways: by allowing a campaign that equates human rights defenders as defenders of criminals and, secondly, weakening the international human rights system by strengthening international humanitarian law, which judges people and not state structures, claiming that HRVs are individual acts, of subjects infiltrated or stressed, but that there has never been an order of state structures to violate human rights.”

On another note, covering the beginning of the term of Enrique Peña Nieto on July 31, 2017, the National Network of Civil Organisms for Human Rights All Rights for All (Red TDT in its Spanish acronym), made up of 84 groups from 23 states in the country, reaches similar conclusions in the report Hope is not Over. Situation of Human Rights Defenders during the Presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, published in early September. It says that state governments are the ones that most violate human rights with 39% of cases, followed by the federal administration with 32%; municipal and community agents with 20%, and judicial officials with 18%. It also notes that 69% of the cases occurred in seven of the 30 states analyzed: Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guerrero, Veracruz, Puebla and the state of Mexico.

For more information in Spanish:

Desaparecieron 81 activistas y mataron a 106 este sexenio: ONG (6 de septiembre de 2017)

Informe completo « La esperanza no se agota. Situación de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos durante la presidencia de Enrique Peña Nieto » (Red Tdt, septiembre de 2017)

Boletín de prensa e informe completo – Sexto informe de violaciones de derechos humanos contra personas defensoras de los derechos humanos. “Defender los derechos humanos en México: La ejecución extrajudicial como respuesta del Estado. Junio de 2016 a mayo de 2017” (29 de agosto de 2017)

Lo que no dice el Informe de Peña “cuenta, y cuenta mucho (Proceso, 1ero de septiembre de 2017)

¿Qué dice el V Informe de Peña? Estos son los 5 ejes del texto (documento completo) (Animal Político, 1ero de septiembre de 2017)

Peña Nieto en su 5to Informe de Gobierno, ¿mentiras o verdades? (Animal Político, 4 de septiembre de 2017)

Los cinco ejes del informe de Gobierno de EPN (Sdp Noticias, 4 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Nacional : cuarto informe del gobierno de Peña Nieto(12 de septiembre de 2016)

Nacional: Múltiples críticas a la presentación del Tercer Informe de Gobierno de Peña Nieto (8 de septiembre de 2015)

 


Guerrero: 60-Year Prison Sentence for Murderers of Two Ayotzinapa Student Teachers

September 8, 2017

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On September 4th, nearly a year after the murder of students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Normal School, Ayotzinapa, Jonathan Morales Hernandez and Filimon Tacuba Castro, during an attack on urban public transport on the Chilpancingo-Tixtla highway, four people accused of the crime were sentenced to 60 years in prison in addition to having agreed reparation for damages for one of the victims.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center called the sentence “an important achievement of justice”. However, they emphasized that the Office of the Prosecutor “has much to do in this case for its total clarification and to be able to offer truth to the victims.” They emphasized that “the murder of the student teachers is a paradigmatic case of the generalized violence that is lived through in Guerrero and the vulnerability in which the ordinary citizens find walking in a street or losing their lives getting onto a means of transport in the wrong place at the wrong time, while the rulers continue to try to hide this reality that lacerates us.”

This year, Jonathan and Filimon would have graduated as teachers.

For more information in Spanish:

Dan 60 años de prisión a asesinos de dos normalistas de Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 5 de septiembre de 2017)

Sentencia firme a un año del asesinato de dos estudiantes normalistas (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 5 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerreo: Asesinan a dos normalistas de Ayotzinapa (5 de octubre de 2016)