Guerrero: Conflict at Mine of Canadian Company Torex Gold Resources

February 17, 2018

GoldPhoto @ Proceso

Since November 3rd, 2017, according to information from Proceso, a group of workers of the Media Luna mining company, part of the Canadian company Torex Gold Resources, have been on strike to “demand the change of ownership of their collective work contract, which is currently held by the Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM in its Spanish acronym).” The dissatisfied workers would like to join “the Napoleon Gomez Urrutia Union.”

Several newspapers reported that due to the problem that exists between the quarry workers and the mining company, three murders of employees of the mining company Media Luna have occurred to date. First on November 18, 2017 “Victor and Marcelino Sahuanitla were murdered and on January 24, Quintin Salgado, one of the leaders of the strike against the mining company Media Luna, was assassinated when he left his house in Nuevo Balsas, municipality of Cocula in Guerrero.”

According to the newspaper La Jornada de Guerrero, the national leaders of the National Mining Union, Sergio Beltran Reyes and Benito Melo Gonzalez, later denounced Salgado’s murder; “Comrade Quintin Salgado of the Media Luna mine, was cowardly murdered by the CTM of Guerrero and organized crime and we hope that the government of Canada, which is more interested in solving this situation, can put a stop to this company which, in addition to allowing them to take away our wealth, our authorities also allow you to assault, murder and violate the rule of law in our country, our workers and our organization Miners of Mexico.”

On January 27th, state and federal agents as well as soldiers took control of the facilities of the Canadian mining company Media Luna and practically broke the strike that the workers held. The military operation resulted in “the release of the security chief of the mining company Media Luna and seven workers who had allegedly been retained by the workers,” Proceso reported.

In a statement, the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA in its Spanish acronym) mentioned that “this problem has a framework, and it is the current federal and state policy of delivery of resources and unrestricted and servile support to domestic and foreign companies that impose this type of exploitation, affecting the territories irreversibly in environmental, social and health terms. Once installed, the companies, as part of the multiple devastation they generate, place their local workers in conditions of intensive exploitation, violating their rights with government support. It is important to point out that the above once again highlights:

  1. The clear link between these companies and the criminal groups’ “gunmen” that they finance for their protection, and
  2. That at the request of a transnational company, the state sends its army and its police not to put the project at risk with greater direct foreign investment in the state of Guerrero.”

It should be recalled that, since March 2016, “Proceso warned about the risk of mining projects promoted by the government of Hector Astudillo in a strip of the state where the narcos [drug cartels] control everything.”

For more information in Spanish:

Quintín Salgado Salgado fue ultimado a balazos en las inmediaciones de su casa en Cocula, Guerrero. (Regeneración, 24 de enero de 2018)

Empleados de firma canadiense, hermanos asesinados en Guerrero: Sindicato Minero (La Jornada, 23 de noviembre de 2017)

Asesinan a prestador de servicios de Media Luna que simpatizaba con los paristas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 25 de enero de 2018)

Rescatan 8 personas privada de su libertad en Minera Media Luna (Debate, 27 de enero de 2018)

Ejército y agentes toman el control de minera Media Luna en Guerrero (Proceso, 27 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: ONG emite Acción Urgente para proteger Evelia Bahena García, Diana Coralina Brito y Félix Rodríguez Navarrete (10 de agosto de 2015)

Guerrero/México/América Latina: Graves cuestionamientos a Goldcorp y empresas mineras canadienses (29 de abril de 2014)

Chiapas/México/América Latina: Violación de derechos por empresas mineras (25 de abril de 2012)

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Guerrero: Ayotzinapa Case: Meeting with Council of Federal Judiciary and 5th Official Visit of the Follow-up Mechanism of the IACHR

February 17, 2018

AyotziPhoto: @ SIPAZ archive

On February 6th, a commission of mothers and fathers of the 43 students of student teachers from Ayotzinapa, disappeared in 2014, met with members of the Plenary Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF in its Spanish acronym) to ask them to review the correct application of the law by judges of the Judicial power of the Federation. The Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Luis Maria Aguilar Morales, said that while they would not tell the judges what they should do, they could seek to make them “impartial, honest, and not be afraid”.

On another note, on February 6th and 7th, members of the Special Follow-up Mechanism of the IACHR also met with the fathers and mothers of the 43 and held meetings with officials of the federal government, within the framework of the 5th official visit of the Mechanism. It was agreed that at the 167th session of the international commission, which will be held from February 22nd to March 2nd in Bogota, Colombia, the schedule of activities of the Special Follow-up Mechanism for 2018 will be defined, with the idea of ​​achieving progress and substantive actions that lead to truth and justice, and give certainty about the whereabouts of the missing students. They also spoke with the representative of the High Commission of Nations in Mexico, Jan Jarab.

The mechanism expressed concern about the lack of significant progress. It indicated that almost a month ago, the IACHR sent a questionnaire with more than 100 specific questions on the subject to the Mexican government, which has not yet been answered completely.

For more nformation in Spanish:

Boletín de prensa | Se reúne Comité de padres y madres de los 43 con el Consejo de la Judicatura Federal (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 7 de febrero de 2018)

Jueces del caso Ayotzinapa actuarán “de manera independiente frente a cualquier presión”: CJF (Proceso, 7 de febrero de 2018)

CIDH apremia a que se den conclusiones del caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2018)

Sin avances significativos, investigación sobre los 43: comisionados de la CIDH (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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

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


Guerrero/National: Government “Sloth” Continues 40 Months after the Disappearance of the 43 from Ayotzinapa

February 15, 2018

Ayotzi.pngDay of Struggle at the PGR, photo @: La Jornada, Cesar Arellano

On January 24th, as part of a day of struggle for the life of the student teachers from Ayotzinapa held in Mexico City, the fathers and mothers of the 43 had a scheduled appointment at the offices of the Secretariat of Governance. However, when they arrived they found a fence of officials that prevented them from entering.

The objective of the meeting was to have a dialogue with the new Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, so that he could resume the commitments that his predecessor, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, had maintained. The committee of fathers and mothers of the 43 condemned “the sloth of the Secretary of the Interior with the victims of forced disappearance. Its zero commitment to human rights and justice”, and they demanded “the pending dialogue as soon as possible.”

On January 26th, 40 months after the forced disappearance of the 43 and within the framework of the last day of struggle, they made a march to the offices of the Evaluation and Control Center of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR in its Spanish acronym) to demand “the live presentation of the youths” and to denounce that the PGR has not complied with the four lines of research proposed by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE), regarding the transfer of drugs from Iguala to Chicago, the participation of elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Iguala, of the federal police, as well as the mobile telephone records of the missing students.

For more information in Spanish:

Padres de los 43 de Ayotzinapa acusan la “indolencia” de Navarrete Prida por negarles audiencia (Proceso, 24 de enero de 2018)

Padres de los 43 de Ayotzinapa protestan en oficinas de la PGR (Proceso, 23 de enero de 2018)

Marchan familiares de los 43 normalistas a oficinas de la PGR (La Jornada, 23 de enero de 2018)

Indolencia del Gobierno (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 24 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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/National/International: MEPs Highlight the Grave Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico

February 8, 2018

MEPs

On January 9th, 35 European parliamentarians issued a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, Luis Videgaray Case, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Hector Astudillo Flores, Constitutional Governor of the State of Guerrero, to express their deep concern over the situation of human rights defenders in Mexico.

The parliamentarians refer to the report of the DTT Network “Hope Does Not End”, according to which “during the presidential term of President Enrique Peña Nieto, 106 murders or extrajudicial executions of human rights defenders and 81 disappearances took place, to highlight only the most serious crimes within a broader list of attacks.”

They call on the Mexican state and especially the state of Guerrero to address this situation: “We are particularly concerned about the grave situation in the State of Guerrero of the relatives of disappeared persons, the communities that have been forcibly displaced, as well as the people and human rights organizations that accompany them.”

For more information in Spanish:

Carta de los parlamentarios europeos (Parlamento Europeo, 9 de enero de 2018)

Informe: La esperanza no se agota (Red TdT, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Apremian parlamentarios europeos a resolver la “grave situación” en Guerrero (La Jornada Guerrero, 18 de enero de 2018)

Parlamentarios de Europa alertan ante la falta de garantías para defensores de derechos humanos en Guerrero (El Sur Periódico de Guerrero, 18 de enero de 2018)

Urgen parlamentarios europeos a defender a activistas en México (SIDIDH, 18 de enero)

Parlamentarios europeos dan la voz de alarma sobre situación de personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Guerrero (Centro de derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 17 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Acción urgente: Ejecuciones extrajudiciales y detenciones de policías comunitarios y de miembros del CECOP (10 de enero de 2018)

Guerrero : ONGs piden « garantizar derechos de víctimas, comunidades y personas y organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos en el Estado » (29 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero : se declara “alerta” para proteger a defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos (19 de septiembre de 2017)


Guerrero: Ayotzinapa Case: Handover of Courthouse Videos Demanded

February 4, 2018

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Almost 40 months after the disappearance of the 43 student teachers, the execution of six and two seriously wounded, the mothers, fathers, students of Ayotzinapa, organizations and collectives started a new Day of Struggle for Truth and Justice from January 17th to 27th, over the events which took place on September 26th and 27th, 2014 in Iguala. Part of this demands the Superior Court of Justice of the State (TSJ) to deliver the videos of Iguala Courthouse to know what happened on September 26th, 2014 at the Chipote bridge.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center “at least six closed-circuit cameras with a wide range of vision could have captured what happened. However, when the videos of those hours were requested by the GIEI and the PGR, Tribunal staff informed them that they did not have the recordings as they were handed over to and lost by the then President of the Superior Court of Justice Lambertina Galeana Marin.”

Fathers and mothers of the students demanded a thorough investigation and jail for Lambertina Galeana Marin. For its part, the current Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, Alberto Lopez Celis, promised to trace the chain that followed the videos made at the Courthouse in Iguala and will initiate an internal procedure of responsibility for the loss of the videos if it were the case. In the same way, he promised that in 10 days he will meet the fathers and mothers of the 43 to give answers to the proposals made in the meeting.

For more information in Spanish:

NOTA INFORMATIVA | Madres y padres de los 43 inician nueva Jornada de lucha por la presentación con vida de los normalistas (Centro de derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 18 de enero de 2018)

Familiares de Ayotzinapa inician nueva joranda de lucha por los 43 (Bajo Palabra, 18 de enero de 2018)

Movimiento Ayotzinapa protesta en Palacio de Justicia de Iguala (Bajo Palabra, 17 de enero de 2018)

Ayotzinapa: Los videos destruidos de las cámaras del Palacio de Justicia de Iguala (Proceso, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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: Femicides on the Rise in 2017

January 26, 2018

Femicide.pngImage @: La hoja de arena

According to data collected by the newspaper El Sur de Acapulco, 149 feminicides were reported in the state of Guerrero in 2017, including 55 victims who could not be identified. The greatest number occurred in Acapulco with 70 cases. 18 were in Chilpancingo, 13 in Chilapa and five in Tlapa. Among the victims, nine were minors. Their bodies were found half-naked in squares, avenues, clandestine graves, garbage dumps, several of them beaten and/or raped, which shows a clear gender motive.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights expressed its concern in a statement regarding this increasingly serious situation. Abel Barrera, director of the center, said, “In a worrying way the viciousness with which women are murdered has increased exponentially. The cruelty against them is expressed in the cases of women who were stabbed, beheaded, burned, suffocated, stoned, beheaded or hanged. These are horrifying realities that are caused by the indolence of the authorities and their complicity with the perpetrators.”

It should be noted that in 2018, the Mexican State will be evaluated with regard to the recommendations made in 2012 by the Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in relation to the actions that the authorities have carried out to eradicate violence against women in Mexico. “Faced with this evaluation, the omissions of the authorities of Guerrero will be again in the international arena”, said Abel Barrera.

For more information in Spanish:

Violencia feminicida en Guerrero (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 10 de enero de 2018)

Ocurrieron 149 feminicidios en Guerrero en 2017 ; 55 víctimas no fueron identificadas (El Sur periódico de Guerrero, 03 de enero de 2018)

Acapulco, el municipio del país con más asesinato de mujeres (El Sur periódico de Guerrero, 14 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: en búsqueda de justicia ante feminicido de mujer Me´phaa (6 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero : emiten Alerta de Género en 8 municipios del estado (24 de junio de 2017)


Guerrero: Extrajudicial Executions and Arrests of Community Police and Members of CECOP

January 22, 2018

CRACMembers of the security forces in confrontation with the inhabitants of La Concepcion. Photo @: La Jornada/Xinhua

On January 7th, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC in its Spanish acronym) from the town of La Concepcion, municipality of Acapulco, were ambushed by unknown armed persons according to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center. In the confrontation, two community policemen and six members of the attacking group died.

Hours later, the government of the state of Guerrero mounted an operation of more than 100 elements of the security forces made up of ministerial and state police, as well as the army who deployed in surrounding communities in order to search the homes of members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP in its Spanish acronym), without any legal warrant issued by a competent authority. At the time of the events a helicopter was flying over the area, inside which a state policeman “unleashed a round of amunition that resulted in the extrajudicial execution of three community policemen. At that moment all the police forces gathered to arrest Marco Antonio Suastegui Muñoz and Vicente Suastegui Muñoz, leaders of the CECOP, as well as more than 30 community police officers. Around 5 o’clock in the afternoon, elements of the ministerial police moved Marco Antonio Suastegui out of the Prosecutor’s Office based in Acapulco without his family’s knowledge so far of his whereabouts.”

In addition, according to Proceso magazine, seven reporters were beaten and stripped of their work equipment, including photographer Bernardino Hernandez, to prevent them from documenting the violent operation led by the head of the State Public Security Secretariat (SSP in its Spansih acronym), the active general Pedro Almazan

For more information in Spanish:
Enfrentamiento en comunidad de Acapulco deja al menos ocho muertos (El Sol de Mexico, 7 de enero de 2018)
ACCIÓN URGENTE | Detienen e incomunican a más de 30 policías comunitarios de La Concepción, Acapulco y ejecutan a tres (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 8 de enero de 2018)
Cacahuatepec: los policías se habían ido; regresaron sólo para detener a Suástegui (La Jornada Guerrero, 8 de enero de 2018)
La CNDH emite medidas cautelares tras enfrentamiento en zona rural de Acapulco (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2018)
Deja 11 muertos enfrentamiento entre grupo armado y comunitarios en Guerrero (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2018)
Declaran tres de seis policías comunitarios del Cecop (La Jornada, 9 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Heridos siete integrantes del Cecop (3 de mayo de 2016)

Guerrero: Liberan a vocero del CECOP, Marco Antonio Suástegui (24 de agosto de 2015)

Guerrero: Ataque a integrantes del CECOP deja saldo de 5 muertos (19 de noviembre de 2014)