National/International: Father Solalinde Nominated for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

March 24, 2017

Solalinde.pngPhoto: @Codigo San Luis

On March 10, the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM in its Spanish acronym) confirmed that the founder of the “Hermanos en el Camino” shelter in the City of Ixtepec, Oaxaca, the Catholic priest and migrant advocate Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, was accepted by the Norwegian Committee as candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

“The proposal was received with great hope by the shelter, not so much for the prize, but for the interest in putting the migration of Latin America, the violations of the rights of Central American migrants and the new North American policy on migration matters to international debate”, said Alberto Donis, one of the shelter’s coordinators.

According to the UAEM rector, Jorge Olvera Garcia, “since last year we set ourselves the task of realizing the whole context surrounding the activity of Father Alejandro Solalinde and decided to propose it with the committee of the Nobel Prize; we want and desire him to be recognized in all the activity that he carries out for the protection of human rights, human dignity of migrants from Central America to the United States.”

In his Twitter account, the migrant defender wrote: “A great commitment that I assume with all humility always in favor of the victims”.

For more information in Spanish:

Comité Noruego admite postulación de Solalinde para Premio Nobel de la Paz 2017 (Proceso, a 10 de marzo de 2017)

Comité Noruego acepta postulación del padre Solalinde para el Premio Nobel de la Paz (Sin Embargo, a 10 de marzo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Oaxaca: el padre Solalinde declara que el flujo migratorio no disminuirá a pesar de las nuevas medidas federales (1ero de agosto de 2014)

Oaxaca: Padre Solalinde recibe Premio Nacional de Derechos Humanos por su trabajo a favor de migrantes (11 de diciembre de 2012)

 


Guerrero: Parents of 43 Participate in IACHR Hearing

March 24, 2017

43.pngPhoto@ SIPAZ archive

On March 17, 30 months of the disappearance of the 43 student teachers, a hearing was held within the framework of the 161st regular session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to monitor the investigations and search that the Mexican State is carrying out, as well as the progress of the follow-up mechanism to the recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).

According to La Jornada newspaper, the defenders opened the hearing with critical comments on the zero progress and urged that the recent changes in the IACHR do not affect the follow-up to which that body has committed itself.

On behalf of the Mexican State, Roberto Campa Cifrian, undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, affirmed that the government of Peña Nieto continues working on the hypothesis of historical truth (declared by the State in January 2015) that the 43 student teachers were burned in the garbage dump of Cocula: “The authorities responsible for the investigation have formulated a hypothesis that has been known as the historical truth. That hypothesis presents the version of what happened, the version of who is responsible, and what was the fate of the 43 disappeared student teachers.”

Mario Patron, director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, reacted, indignantly denouncing that “the conclusions of the IGIE are being rejected by the State in this moment.” It is worth noting that the IGIE investigations dismantled this historical truth with multiple proofs.

On April 20, the IACHR will visit Mexico to continue the development of the follow-up mechanism.

For more information in Spanish:

Ayotzinapa en la CIDH: ¿golpe de mano? (La jornada, 20 de marzo de 2017)

La CIDH escuchó hoy de viva voz la pesadilla mexicana: muertos, desaparecidos, torturados… (Sin embargo, 17 de marzo de 2017)

Campa Cifrián revive en la CIDH la “verdad histórica” del caso Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 17 de marzo de 2017)

La voz de los 43 en la CIDH (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 20 de marzo de 2017)

Padres de los 43 participarán en audiencia de la CIDH en Washington (La Jornada, 14 de marzo de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : La PGR niega ocultamiento al GIEI en el caso Ayotzinapa (26 de enero de 2017)

Nacional: Se aprueba la implementación del Mecanismo de Seguimiento para el caso Ayotzinapa (15 de septiembre de 2016)

Guerrero/México: GIEI concluye su trabajo México entregando un segundo informe (28 de abril de 2016)

Guerrero/ Nacional: EAAF y GIEI reaccionan ante conclusiones sobre fuego en el basurero de Cocula (11 de abril de 2016)
Guerrero: Grupo de Expertos sobre caso Ayotzinapa presenta su informe a 6 meses (7 de septiembre de 2015)

 

 

 


Guerrero: Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center Vacancy

March 18, 2017

Convocation

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights has put out a call for the post of coordination of the area of international advocacy. Based in Tlapa, Guerrero, Tlachinollan is a civil society organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of the human rights of the indigenous population Me’phaa, Naua, Nnancué Ñomnda and Na Savi for 22 years. Its center of action is located in Guerrero Mountain, a region made up of 19 municipalities and more than 600 small communities, where some of Mexico’s most impoverished municipalities are located. The Tlachinollan Center has received several national and international awards for its work, including the MacArthur Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize and the awards given to its founder such as the VI Prize of Human Rights of the German section of Amnesty International and the Recognition for Equality and Non-Discrimination 2015, granted by the Consultative Assembly of the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED).

 For more information in Spanish:

Convocatoria para la coordinación del área incidencia internacional (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan)

 

 

 


Guerrero: Journalist Cecilio Pineda Murdered

March 8, 2017

Journalist.pngCecilio Pineda, murdered at 38 years of age. Photo@: TeleSur

On March 2, in the city of Altamirano, the journalist Cecilio Pineda was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. Pineda was 38 years old and was the director of the newspaper La Voz de la Tierra Caliente and a contributor to El Universal newspaper. The online magazine Animal Politico reported that Cecilio Pineda “was a journalist specialized in police issues in the region of Tierra Caliente, an area that is currently suffering from serious security problems, a product of violence by ‘Los Tequileros’ criminal gang, dedicated to drug trafficking, threats and extortion.” According to the same magazine, just before he was killed, he had posted two videos on his Facebook page in which community members of San Miguel Totolapan urged Governor Hector Astudillo to arrest “Tequilero”, the leader of the gang of the same name.

Proceso magazine stated that state governor Hector Astudillo Flores declined to comment on Cecilio Pineda’s statements regarding the alleged protection of his administration of crime and local PRI deputy Saul Beltran Orozco. According to the Sur de Acapulco newspaper, the state’s attorney general, Xavier Olea Pelaez, revealed that organized crime was involved in the murder of the journalist.

Animal Politico recalled that journalist had been under threat since September 2015, the day in which an armed man shot him when he arrived at his house, where his wife and daughters were told that those shots were “a message sent for his journalistic publications.” After that assassination attempt, Cecilio Pineda began receiving precautionary measures from the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB in its Spanish acronym). On October 14, 2016, the Mechanism withdrew those measures “on the grounds that no risk was identified.”

Sin Embargo magazine declared that “Cecilio is the second journalist murdered in little more than a year of the government of Hector Astudillo Flores and number 28 in the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. From 2000 to date, 101 journalists have been killed.” In addition, he denounced that “protection of journalists will not be effective if impunity is not combated. Mexico is the country in the most dangerous region to practice journalism and today there is 99.75% impunity in these crimes.”

For more information in Spanish:

Confirma Fiscal participación del crimen organizado en asesinato de Cecilio Pineda (El Sol de Acapulco, a 3 de marzo de 2017)

Minimiza Astudillo acusaciones de Cecilio Pineda (Proceso, a 6 de marzo de 2017)

Gobernación le quitó la protección al periodista asesinado porque no identificó riesgo (Animal político, a 4 de marzo de 2017)

Tres veces intentamos sacar a Cecilio Pineda de Altamirano pero no quiso: Segob (Proceso, 6 de marzo de 2017)

Cecilio Pineda (Sin embargo, 6 de marzo de 2017)

 For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas : amenazas a periodista tras hacer públicos actos de corrupción de funcionarios del estado (20 de junio de 2016)

Guerrero: Asesinaron a periodista en Taxco (26 de abril de 2016)


Guerrero: Escalation in Unstoppable Violence

February 22, 2017

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The Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, in its latest publication called “Armed Civilians”, denounces the escalation of the unstopable violence that is being experienced in the state of Guerrero “where visible power is absent and moreover if complicit with criminality.” Tlachinollan explains the links that state politicians have established with new players belonging to organized crime and big transnational corporations. It affirms that the state is no longer in the service of nor does it protect the population but the macroeconomic interests of the large transnational corporations and those of organized crime, both linked to each other, generating “an atmosphere of fear that places people in a state of extreme vulnerability.” It declares that the development model is “deployed in the dispossession and privatization of strategic resources” and that “the entire strength of the state is focused on safeguarding the wealth of the looters” while seriously undermining social inequality. In addition, the Center for Human Rights points to the criminalization of social leaders: they “disappear and violently attack those who oppose such truculent businesses and the plunder of natural resources of transnational corporations.”

In that same publication, Tlachinollan reports that “[in] Guerrero in different regions of the state non-state actors linked to organized crime which society labels as armed civilian groups have incubated. They are armed men who invade villages to attack entire families and communities.”

Tlachinollan concludes by blaming the security forces and the Army itself of being “unable to contain this institutional disorder because they are called to protect macroeconomic interests and the different twists of the criminal economy that are laundered with the businesses of transnational corporations. They are never at the place or time when the population needs protection. In contrast, armed civilians move freely, knowing that the street is under their control. “

For more information in Spanish:

OPINIÓN | Los civiles armados (Centro de derechos humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 5 de febrero de 2017)

 


Guerrero: Massive Mobilization to Guarantee Basic Rights in La Montaña

February 8, 2017

Mont.jpgLa Montaña rises against hunger and discrimination. Photo@Tlachinollan

On February 6, the communities that form the Council of Damaged Communities of La Montaña (CCDM in its Spanish acronym) called for a massive mobilization in Tlapa de Comonfort “given [the] fault of the authorities to guarantee basic rights in the mountain of Guerrero.”

More than three years after the devastation of Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel, CCDM communities “decided to raise their voices and take action until their voices are heard.” They denounce that in the midst of the devastation that affected sixteen thousand families; which forced 35 communities to move; which totally destroyed 4,350 homes, which led to the disappearance of schools and clinics razed by rivers, and the death of at least 40 people, “the response of state and federal authorities is inaction.”

Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel also caused the losses in the agricultural cycle and shortages in the distribution networks, directly affecting not only the only economic income for the communities’ livelihoods, but their only means of subsistence. The La La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which accompanies the CCDM, explains in its latest report entitled “With the Strength of the Mountain we will Collapse the Wall of Iniquity”, that despite the various agreements between representatives of the federal and state institutions and the CCDM and despite many mobilizations of the CCDM to demand their application, these agreements were not met. Therefore, given the delay in the delivery of basic grains, the worsening of the food crisis, the increase of diseases caused by malnutrition, the CDMW decided to undertake another mobilization “to call on the authorities to comply with the commitments made [ ] ensure the continuity of deliveries and respect the agreements agreed with the mountain peoples.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Derrumbar el muro de la iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Miles de indígenas contra el hambre y la marginación en la Montaña de Guerrero(Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)

Damnificados en Guerrero por huracán denuncian indiferencia de autoridades (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Denuncian en Tlapa falta de cumplimiento de la Federación con las familias indígenas (La Jornada Guerrero, 4 de febrero de 2017)
Invitación: Masiva movilización en Tlapa, Guerrero. Ante omisión de las autoridades (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)
Con la fuerza de la montaña derrumbaremos el muro de iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from Sipaz:


Guerrero: Se logra acuerdo para implementación de un programa de abastecimiento de granos básicos para los damnificados de la Montaña (22 de febrero 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de la Montaña realizan “Peregrinación del Hambre” por falta de apoyo gubernamental (5 de febrero de 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de las tormentas migran para poder subsistir (22 de octubre de 2013)


National: UNO Special Rapporteur Visits Mexico to Evaluate Human Rights Situation

February 5, 2017

UNO.pngMichael Forst, UNO Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Photo@MuralChiapas

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, visited Mexico from January 16 to 24 with the aim of assessing the situation of human rights defenders and evaluating the efforts made by the Mexican authorities for their protection. After traveling the country from Mexico City to the states of Chihuahua, Guerrero, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico, and meeting more than 800 defenders from 24 states, 60% of whom were women, the UNO Rapporteur noted “high levels of insecurity and violence faced by defenders in the country” in a “complex context marked by organized crime, corruption and state repression.”

Based on his observations, Forst points out that, “the situation of human rights defenders is marked by the criminalization of their activities through the undue and deliberate use of criminal law and manipulation of punitive power by both state and non-state players, to prevent and even avoid the legitimate activities of defenders to promote and protect human rights.” He also added that “the use of arbitrary arrests and detentions as an instrument to silence dissident voices and to curb social movements is also worrying (…) in many cases, those who defend human rights by reporting violations committed by the authorities are criminalized and face indirect reprisals through attacks or criminal proceedings directed against their families or people close to them.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed concern about the fact that “98% of crimes in Mexico are not solved”: “The low rate of successful investigations and solution of crimes committed against human rights defenders has generated a generalized sense of impunity.” He continued and warned that, “The lack of investigation and sanction of the aggressors sends a dangerous message that there are no consequences for committing such crimes. This creates an environment conducive to the repetition of violations.”

“Impunity has become the cause and effect of the general insecurity of human rights defenders in Mexico,” the Special Rapporteur warned at the close of his official visit to the country and presented a preliminary report with a series of recommendations to the authorities and other players to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders and facilitate their important work. Forst concluded by reaffirming his willingness to provide assistance to all players interested in combating impunity and ensuring the protection of defenders in Mexico.

For more information in Spanish

México / Defensores de DD HH: “La mejor forma de protegerlos es luchando contra la impunidad” – Experto de la ONU (Naciones Unidas, 25 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU concluye visita en México (El Financiero, 24 de enero de 2017)

DEFENSORAS Y DEFENSORES DEL TERRITORIO DENUNCIAN AGRESIONES ANTE RELATOR DE LA ONU (23 de febrero de 2017)

Repudian ONU y ONG asesinato del ambientalista Isidro Baldenegro (19 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU evalúa violación de DD.HH. en México (TeleSUR, 17 de enero de 2017)

Viene a México relator especial de ONU para defensores de DH (La Jornada, 11 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Visita no oficial del relator especial de la ONU sobre la Situación de las y los defensores de Derechos Humanos (13 de mayo de 2016)

Nacional: Gobierno rechazó visita del relator para la tortura de la ONU (13 de mayo de 2016) Nacional: Relator especial de la ONU sobre la tortura finaliza visita oficial a México (6 de mayo de 2014)