National: WOLA Declaration on Worsening of Violence against Journalists and Human Rights Defenders

April 13, 2017

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On March 24th, the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs (WOLA) expressed its “great concern about the dangerous upsurge of violence and armed and violent attacks against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico” in a statement. It recalled that in the first weeks of March alone the murder of journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto (Guerrero), the aggression against Santiago Ambrosio Hernandez, president of the “Committee of Victims for Justice and Truth June 19 Nochixtlán” (Oaxaca), the murder of journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera (Veracruz), the armed attack against human rights defender Alma Barraza (Sinaloa) and the murder of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea (Chihuahua), in addition to the two Raramuris human rights defenders killed in the month of January Isidro Baldenegro and Juan Ontiveros Ramos (Chihuahua) have been recorded.

WOLA stated that the mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and all the country’s attorneys, including the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), “have not been sufficient to prevent attacks against journalists and defenders or to meet their protection needs and that impunity for these cases and for previous attacks and crimes perpetuates and aggravates the cycle of violence and abuse.” WOLA stated that, “the government has to give more than empty promises, generic statements and justifications. They urge specific commitments of the Mexican authorities to protect journalists and human rights defenders and justice for the aggressions against them.”

According to Animal Politico, the protection mechanism for journalists and human rights defenders “has no operating budget for this year, which prevents them from expanding their reach in situations of risk … it could not admit more beneficiaries and will even have to make an evaluation and dismiss some.”

Para más información:
Pronunciamiento de WOLA sobre la violencia en contra de periodistas y defensores de DDHH en México (WOLA, 24 de marzo de 2017)

Activistas denuncian ineficacia del Mecanismo de Protección de defensores y periodistas (Proceso, 24 de marzo de 2017)
Nos quedaremos sin memoria (Animal Político, 30 de marzo de 2017)

Presupuesto para mecanismo de protección a periodistas en 2017: cero pesos (Aristegui Noticias, 24 de marzo de 2017)

Insuficiente protección a periodistas en México: WOLA (La Jornada, 27 de marzo de 2017)

 


Guerrero: Internal Security Law Initiative Rejected

April 4, 2017

Forum.pngSecurity or human rights forum: a false dichotomy Photo@: Tlachinollan

On March 28, in Guerrero, one of the most violent states in Mexico and also one of the most militarized, a forum on militarization entitled “Security or human rights: a false dichotomy” was held during which civil organizations, victims, representatives from the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico defended different reasons for rejecting the initiative of the Internal Security Law currently under debate in the Senate and in the Chamber of Deputies.

Parents of the 43 students took part in the event, who reported that soldiers from the 27th Infantry Battalion and police from the three levels of government participated in the attacks, murders and forced disappearances suffered by their children. Also participating were Tita Radilla, daughter of the Atoyac peasant leader, Rosendo Radilla Pachecho, arrested and disappeared at a military checkpoint in 1974 and Valentina Rosendo Cantu, raped by soldiers at age 17.

Prior to this forum, the Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon Human Rights Center, the Guerrero Network of Civil Organisms for Human Rights, the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center and the Mexican Institute of Human Rights and Democracy, among others, declared themselves to be against the Internal Security Law, explaining that it would “give rise to more violations of human rights and complete impunity.” These organizations argued that, “it has been useless for the military to assume public security tasks in the state if levels of violence continue to increase exponentially every day because organized crime groups have taken over institutions and exercise territorial control by imposing their rules and self-government.”

For more information in Spanish:

Rechazan la iniciativa de Ley de Seguridad Interior (El Sur de Acapulco, 29 de marzo de 2017)

Foro | Seguridad o Derechos Humanos: Una falsa dicotomía (Centro de derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinolla, 27 de marzo 2017)

 For more information from SIAPZ:

Nacional : cierre de año legislativo con agenda polémica en el Congreso (18 de diciembre 2016)

 


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

March 24, 2017

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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

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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)