Chiapas/National: Enforced Disappearance of Maximiliano Gordillo Martinez by INM Agents Denounced

May 30, 2016

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In a [call to] Urgent Action on May 18, 2016, the civil organizations Mesoamerican Voices, Action with Migrant Peoples A.C., the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center (CDHFBC, also known as Frayba), and The 72 Hogar Refuge for Migrants, denounced the enforced disappearance of Maximiliano Martinez Gordillo, an 18-year-old native of Tzinil community, Socoltenango municipality, Chiapas.

On 7 May, he was detained by people who presented themselves as agents of the National Migration Institute (INM) and unidentified elements of the police, on the road from Comitan de Domínguez, Chiapas, to Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, to where he was travelling to look for work. Six or seven people who did not have official voter identification were taken off the vehicle, including Maximilian. Realizing that he was being accused of being an undocumented migrant, he showed his original birth certificate and CURP as proof of his Mexican nationality, as he had no voter identification. However the agents claimed that they were false documents. The last time Maximiliano was seen was in the migration office, where there were between 15 to 20 more people detained by the INM.

The INM has denied registration of Maximilian in the national system of INM, and has not provided more information to assist in his search. A complaint was filed with the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), a body that reported the INM denial that there was any detention of migrants on the date referred to along the entire said route. A complaint was filed with the District Attorney’s office of the Highlands, Chiapas.

For more information in Spanish:

Acción Urgente Desaparición Forzada de Maximiliano Gordillo Martínez por agentes del INM (18 de mayo de 2016)

Denuncian desaparición forzada de joven chiapaneco en retén de Migración (Desinformémonos, 20 de mayo de 2016)

La extraña desaparición de Maximiliano Gordillo (La Opinión, 19 de mayo de 2016)


Chiapas: Monthly Celebration of Las Abejas de Acteal

May 30, 2016

Abejas.pngWomen of Las Abejas de Acteal in their May monthly celebration. Photo: @Las Abejas de Acteal.

As on each 22nd, Las Abejas of Acteal Civil Society Organization held its monthly celebration commemorating the Acteal massacre (1997). On this occasion, they recalled in a statement that, “18 years 5 months [have already passed] living the most difficult moments in our lives […] because there is no authority that cares about justice, that agrees with the rule of law”.

They said that the discontent and protests that have taken place in recent months in Chiapas, in towns like Oxchuc, Simojovel and Chenalhó, “is not a true struggle to defend the rights of the people; it is only a struggle of political parties for the power and money of the town halls”. They also denounced that in “Chicomuselo transnational companies are offering people money to accept their projects”, where someone has already been killed due to this conflict. In addition, they mentioned several examples of injustice: the murder of Berta Caceres, the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, the repression of the Otomi people of San Francisco Xochicuautla and the Tlatlaya massacre.

Following this, the statement noted that, “peace cannot be established while those above continue to promote violence. They just try to cheat the people with their strategies of giving crumbs while they have no will to resolve conflicts. They just impose their own decision to generate more violence and deaths.” Las Abejas of Acteal made a call for conflict resolution without resorting to violence from below, without political parties, through consistency, dialogue and mutual understanding, recalling the example of the struggle of Mahatma Gandhi.

Finally, they added that “you cannot use the name of our organization, the photographs and logos to distort the meaning of our peaceful and active organization, but they do not stop deceiving” referring to the Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de la Paz (Sowers of Peace Pacifist Council). It should be recalled that the Consejo Pacifista appeared publicly in March 2015, disowning the Board of Directors as the governing body of Las Abejas but using the same stamp and logo of the organization.

For more information in Spanish:

Ante la inestabilidad social, tenemos que resistirnos, no hay que olvidar la lucha del gran maestro Mahatma Gandhi (Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de mayo de 2016)

Presentación pública del CONSEJO PACIFISTA SEMBRADORES DE LA PAZ. (Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de la Paz, 29 de marzo de 2015)

Triste conflicto en Las Abejas de Acteal (Desinformémonos, 21 de mayo de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Denuncian Las Abejas de Acteal usurpación de nombre, sello y logotipo por parte del Consejo Pacifista (22 de abril de 2016)

Chiapas: Consejo Pacifista Sembradores de la Paz, conformado por sobrevivientes de la Masacre de Acteal, realiza acción en caseta de cobro entre Tuxtla Gutiérrez y San Cristóbal de Las Casas (25 de marzo de 2015)

Chiapas: a 18 años de la masacre de Acteal (23 de diciembre de 2015)


Oaxaca: Truth Commission Presents its Final Report

May 23, 2016

OaxacaPhoto: @ Oaxaca Truth Commission

On May 17, the Oaxaca Truth Commission (CVO) presented its final report on the events that led to the violations of human rights against the Oaxacan people during the disturbances of 2006 and 2007. The document, titled “We already know! No more impunity in Oaxaca”, consists of 1,250 pages and is divided into four chapters dealing with complaints made by the victims, state repression, the social consequences of the violations of human rights, and getting justice and reparation of damages form the authorities, with the completion of the work started by the CVO in November 2014. The Commission reported that being an extrajudicial execution “arbitrary deprivation of life by state agents, or with the complicity, tolerance or acquiescence of these, without a judicial or legal process provided.”

Regarding the accusations against former PRI governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz (2004- 2010), Nayely Guillén, member of the CVO and human rights specialist, pointed out that the crimes of forced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial executions are crimes against humanity, so do not prescribe. “Ulises Ruiz is not saved from his crimes and is not saved from sitting in the dock. There is evidence of multiple violations of human rights committed by the former governor”, Guillen said. In this regard, Father Alejandro Solalinde, former president of the CVO, explained to Revolution 3.0, “so far the government institutions of Oaxaca have shown no sign of welcoming the report, what is more, the government of Gabino Cué has not even given signs of the existence of this document. “ The former commissioners stressed that the document is “the voice of the victims”, considering that after its presentation of the “victims should follow it up, we have already provided the tools they just need to strengthen themselves with the the report and fight for justice.”

For more information in Spanish:

Ulises Ruíz no está a salvo de sus crímenes ni de sentarse en el banquillo de los acusados: Comisión de la Verdad (Revolución 3.0, 18 de mayo de 2016)

INFORME FINAL ¡YA SABEMOS! NO MÁS IMPUNIDAD EN OAXACA (Comisión de la Verdad Oaxaca, 17 de mayo de 2016)

Denuncian ejecuciones extrajudiciales en Oaxaca, durante conflicto con APPO (Aristegui Noticias, 12 de mayo de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Anuncia Comisión de la Verdad de Oaxaca pronta publicación de su informe final (3 de febrero de 2016)

Oaxaca: Más de 500 casos de tortura y 26 ejecuciones: Comisión de la Verdad (16 de junio de 2015)

Oaxaca: denuncian amenazas contra integrantes de la Comisión de la Verdad conformada para investigar el conflicto político-social del 2006 (23 de abril de 2015)

Oaxaca: A 8 años del conflicto de 2006, sigue la impunidad. Se conforma Comisión de la Verdad (27 de noviembre de 2014)


National: Judge Absolves Soldiers Involved in Tlatlaya Massacre

May 22, 2016

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About 90 social organizations disapproved in a statement of the court decision that ordered the release of the three soldiers prosecuted for the Tlatlaya massacre, in which 22 civilians were killed in this community of the State of Mexico in June 2014. After the acquittal of charges of “aggravated homicide and concealment in the form of alteration and illegal modification of the remains,” today there is no member of the Army under arrest for the massacre.

As Process noted, the signatory organizations “considered the judicial resolution grave” after “the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) determined that between 12 and 15 of the 22 civilians killed by military were victims of arbitrary execution”. In addition, three women survivors stated that, “although there was a confrontation, most civilians were already rendered available to the Army when their lives were taken”. However, the judge who handled the case, Adalid Ambriz Landa said he could not determine whether those responsible were the prosecuted soldiers, arguing that “stronger evidence” was required. In the statement, the organizations stressed the “ineffectiveness of the judiciary to analyze the serious human rights violations”, he noted that “the PGR had deficient action” according to Process, by failing to investigate “the General Order of Operations that instructed the military unit involved in the events to take down offenders in hours of darkness” and indicated that and relatives of victims can challenge the decision, and that “the Executive Committee for victims (CEAV), represented at the trial, should advise the relatives about the possibility of bringing the appropriate resources.” They also demanded security measures for Clara Gómez González, a survivor of the massacre and whose testimony was key to giving evidence about the events at Tlatlaya.

The statement concluded that this resolution “confirms that in Mexico justice for victims of human rights violations and abuses by the members of the military are far from being a reality, and is an indicator of the impunity that prevails in our country.”

For more information in Spanish:

Grave, resolución judicial sobre caso Tlatlaya: organizaciones de derechos humanos (Proceso, 17 de mayo de 2016)

Que “no subsista la impunidad” en caso Tlatlaya, pide la CNDH a la PGR (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de mayo de 2016)

¿Qué ocurrió en Tlatlaya minuto a minuto, según la CNDH? (Animal Político, 22 de octubre de 2014)

 For mor information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Guerrero: Informes poco favorables sobre corrupción y derechos humanos en México (3 de febrero de 2016)

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

Nacional/Internacional: Corte interamericana determina que la legislación sobre fuero militar en México sigue siendo insuficiente (21 de mayo de 2015)

Guerrero: Padres rechazan declaración de la PGR; Organizaciones expresan preocupación por descalificación de defensores Guerrerenses; HRW considera que Tlatlaya y Ayotzinapa son “crímenes de Estado” (11 de noviembre de 2014)


Guerrero/National: Judges Presume 43 Missing Students from Ayotzinapa Dead

May 22, 2016

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According to Reforma, based on a copy of the judgements issued by the Tamaulipas courts, enforced disappearance has been discarded in the case of the 43 trainee teachers from the Teacher Training School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero (September 2014) given that the indications are that the youths were executed and not hidden by an authority: “the procedural records coincidentally point [to the fact] that the victims were not kept in concealment; on the contrary, they were detained, deprived of their liberty and transported to where they were summarily executed.”

Due to this,  overturning the arrest warrants against 56 accused, including the former mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife, members of the Iguala and Cocula municipal police, and alleged members of “Guerreros Unidos” gang, was rejected.

On another note, two of the victims have been identified, Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz and Alexander Mora Venancio based on analysis of the remains found in Río San Juan, in Cocula. These identifications could eventually consign those involved for the crime of homicide.

For more information in Spanish: 

Los 43 normalistas, víctimas de ejecución sumaria, concluyen jueces (Aristegui Noticias, 14 de mayo de 2016)

Sentencias de jueces descartan el delito de desaparición forzada en el caso Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 14 de mayo de 2016)

Los 43 están muertos y no fueron ocultados por el Gobierno: Jueces (Sdp Noticias, 14 de mayo de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ :

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

Nacional/Internacional : PGR abre investigación contra Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Secretario Ejecutivo de la CIDH (31 de marzo de 2016)

Guerrero: Padres y madres de Ayotzinapa van a la Corte, a 16 meses de la desaparición de sus hijos (27 de enero de 2016)

Guerrero: ONG y expertos en derechos humanos respaldan labor del GIEI en caso Ayotzinapa (25 de enero de 2016)


Chiapas: Alejandro Diaz Santiz Fasts to Mark 17 Years in Prison

May 14, 2016

Alejo.pngRelatives of Alejandro Díaz Santiz and Pedro López Jiménez, Sympathizer of The Voice of Amate. Photo: @Grupo de Trabajo “No Estamos Todxs”.

On May 11, Alejandro Diaz Santiz marked 17 years deprived of his liberty. On this date the injustly imprisoned man held a day of fasting to recall that he has spent half of his life locked up. Also, relatives of the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), together with members of the Sympathizers of The Voice of Amate and of the Work Group “We Are Not All Here” (“No Estamos Todxs” – GTNET) held a press conference in front of San Cristobal de Las Casas Cathedral, Chiapas. The father of Diaz Santiz declared at the event that they hope to win a legal protection in course, through which his son could be freed through partial remission of his sentence. For his part, Pedro Lopez Jimenez, Symapthizer of The Voice of Amate, added that they trust that the legal protection “has a favorable result because we have lived through many injustices, they have rejected many times, and we hope that this time they work under justce and law.” For its part, the GTNET recalled that Alejandro was jailed “for being indigenous and poor”, that he was “arbitrarily arrested, tortured, tried and sentenced without adequate legal defense”, added to which at the time of his arrest he did not speak Spanish and had no translation.

The Tsotsil indigenous is the last member of the Sympathizers of The Voice of Amate – an organization that denounces outrages, abuse of power and corruption in penitentiary centers – who is still in jail. Although the crime attributed to Diaz Santiz is not of federal jurisdiction, in September 2015, he was transferred to Villa Comaltitlan maximum security prison in Tapachula, Chiapas, as “political vengeance”, the GTNET stated. It should be remembered that the government promised to free Alejandro on a number of occasions, the last being on the signing of an agreement with the members of the Sympathizers of The Voice of Amate in February of this year. Nevertheless, his liberation has not taken place, so that last March more than 80 organizations demanded his immediate release.

For more information in Spanish:

Alejandro Diaz Santiz: 17 años de injusta privación de su libertad (Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs, 11 de mayo de 2016)

Indígena tsotsil cumple 17 años injustamente preso en Chiapas. Su caso no es aislado. (Pozol Colectivo, 11 de mayo de 2016)

A 17 años de injusto encarcelarmiento ¡Alejandro Santiz libetad! (Agencia SubVersiones, 11 de mayo de 2016)

Desde #Francia exigen ¡Libertad a #AlejandroDíazSántiz! (Koman Ilel, 28 de abril de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Jornada por la liberación de Alejandro Díaz Santiz y las y los presos políticos (19 de abril de 2016)

Chiapas: Exigen la liberación de Alejandro Díaz Santiz (11 de marzo de 2016)

Chiapas: Toman acuerdo Solidarios de la Voz del Amate para liberación de presos y reparación del daño (9 de febrero de 2016)

Chiapas: Trasladan a Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, junto a 386 presos, a penal de alta seguridad (15 de septiembre de 2015)


National: Unofficial Visit of UNO Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

May 13, 2016

Frost.pngMichel Forst during the presentation of the CMDPDH book “40 Faces of Dignity”. Photo: @La opinión

The UNO Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michael Frost, came to Mexico on an unofficial visit, stopping in Puebla, Chihuahua and Mexico City. During his stay he held meetings with a number of social organizations about threats and aggressions against defenders, the regulatory framework that encourages criminalization, the challenges of protection, the discrediting of the government by international mechanisms and recommendations, the defense of land and territory, and the situation of reporters.

Frost did not go into detail about the situation of defenders as he was on an unofficial visit, although he did acknowledge the vulnerability that defenders face in the country. Due to this, he said he aspires to “organize an official visit for 2017”, given that in 2016 his visit was cancelled by the Mexican Government without reason according to La Jornada. After listening to testimonies of human rights violations of defenders, the rapporteur stated that, “in the whole world there still exist different and varied problems against those who dedicate themselves to making the rights of different groups in society respected. Many factors and new actors combine to affect them and to make their defense work even more difficult, because now the transnational companies are added to fundamentalisms.” Frost concluded saying that, “the companies buy mountains, hills, lakes, lagoons and rivers and in the face of this there is an aim to carry out very concrete activities and meetings with those in charge of the transnationals to remind them of their responsibilities.”

For more information in Spanish:

 40 Rostros de la Dignidad: voces en defensa de los derechos humanos en México (CMDPDH, 4 de mayo 2016)

Trasnacionales, riesgo para activistas, dice Michel Forst (La Jornada, 4 de mayo 2016)

Ante el Relator Especial de ONU, denuncian que período peñista tiene como práctica desaparecer pruebas, personas y verdades (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 4 de mayo 2016)

Relator especial de la ONU, Michel Forst, realiza visita a Puebla (Puebla Online , 4 de mayo de 2016)

Michel Forst relator especial ONU sobre situación de defensores de DDHH podría visitar México en 2017 (Canal Judicial WordPress, 3 de mayo 2016)

Libro ’40 Rostros de la dignidad’, homenaje a personas defensoras de DDHH en México: relator de ONU (Noticias MVS, 3 de mayo 2016)

Exhorta la CNDH al gobierno a concretar visita de relator de ONU (La Jornada, 24 de marzo de 2016)

Deplora relator de ONU-DH cancelación de su visita a México (Proceso, 25 de febrero 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:


Oaxaca: OPDDH solicitó intervención urgente ante intento de asesinato de defensora (21 de julio de 2015)

Nacional/internacional: La CIDH expresa su preocupación ante el endurecimiento de las autoridades mexicanas hacia los migrantes y sus defensores en la frontera Sur (15 de junio de 2015)


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