Chiapas: Believing Peoples Hold Pilgrimage in Tuxtla in Support of Teachers

July 20, 2016

Believing People.pngBelieving Peoples pilgrimage in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

On July 18, about 30 thousand members of Believing Peoples representing 52 parishes throughout the state as well as thousands of teachers, members of the CNTE, held a pilgrimage together on Monday in Tuxtla Gutierrez demanding that the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, discuss in “public dialogue” not only education reform, but also the so-called structural reforms that the government has been promoting. “We came to demand that the government act honestly, because even when there is a negotiating table with the CNTE, we remember what happened to the San Andres Accords (signed in 1996 between the Federal Government and the EZLN). The government betrayed them, and that can also happen now”, the indigenous pastor of Simojovel parish, Marcelo Perez Perez said, during the demonstration on Monday in the central square of the state capital, where teachers installed in a camp two months ago as part of protests against education reform.

Apart from Believing Peoples, several organizations, communities and groups expressed their objection to the reforms and their support for the teachers in recent weeks.

For more information in Spanish:

Indígenas de Chiapas advierten posible “traición” del gobierno en diálogo con la CNTE, Chiapasparalelo, 18 de julio de 2016

CNTE y Pueblo Creyente marchan en Tuxtla; en duda el inicio del próximo ciclo escolar, reporte ciudadano chiapas, 18 de julio de 2016

Comunicado del Pueblo Creyente de la diócesis de San Cristóbal de Las Casas, 18 de julio de 2016

Candelaria el Alto se solidariza con el movimiento magisterial, 12 de julio de 2016

Pronunciamiento en apoyo del Movimiento Magisterial: pudee,  4 de julio de 2016

Estamos con ustedes resistan y resistiremos: Xinich al magisterio,5 de julio de 2016

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/ Nacional: La CNTE y la Segob acuerdan mesas de negociación (13 de julio de 2016)

Oaxaca: Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos presentan informe sobre represión en Nochixtlán(11 de julio de 2016)

Chiapas: Miles de creyentes peregrinan en apoyo al movimiento magisterial (5 de julio de 2016)

BOLETÍN URGENTE: REPRESIÓN MAGISTERIAL EN OAXACA (22 de junio de 2016)

 


Guerrero/National: Family of Julio Cesar Mondragon Fontes Demands Comprehensive Investigation

July 19, 2016

Ayotzi.pngCommemoration area in the Normal Rural School, Ayotzinapa. Photo:@SIPAZ

Following the results of recent studies carried out on the student teacher from Ayotzinapa, Julio Cesar Mondragon Fontes, the family believes that they are at the beginning of a way to achieve truth and justice almost 22 months after the events of September 26 and 27, 2014, in Iguala, Guerrero. The family confirms its full confidence in the assessment presented by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (AFAT), and believes it will contribute to “the authorities conducing the relevant investigation to lead to truth and justice.” They also showed concern about the inadequacy of the investigation that the Attorney of Guerrero carried out. The case of Julio Caesar was retaken by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE), which since its first report recommended the exhumation due to the forensic delay. The IGIE noted in its second report that the fragmentation of the investigation and the delay in analysis, after the body was exhumed, caused “unnecessary family re-victimization.” The demand is so that this family and others may have, finally, a clarification of the facts, and punishment of the real culprits.

Furthermore, twelve international civilian organizations sent an open letter to the President of the Republic on July 13. In it they asked to establish a mechanism of investigation into the forced disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa, more than two months after the end of the mandate of the IGIE. They regretted that until “this day the Mexican authorities have not complied with the main purpose of the agreement or the IGIE: the location of the missing students. This means that the injunction of the IACHR that led to the creation of the IGIE remains in force.” The open letter ends with a plea to the authorities “to create a mechanism that has full cooperation and coordination of the Mexican State so that the obstacles faced by the IGIE during its tenure are not repeated. The mechanism is a new opportunity for the Mexican government to demonstrate to the international community and especially to its citizens that it is committed to the effective guarantee of human rights and compliance with its national and international obligations. “

For more information in Spanish

Familia de Julio César Mondragón exige investigación integral para conocer la verdad (Sididh 2.0, 14 de julio de 2016)

Piden a Peña Nieto instalar mecanismo de seguimiento sobre el caso Iguala (Sididh 2.0, 14 de julio de 2016)

Carta abierta para seguir en el caso de Ayotzinapa (PBI México, 13 de julio de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ

Chiapas/Nacional: Movilizaciones a 21 meses de la desaparición de “los 43” (28 de junio de 2016)

Guerrero: Cuerpo de Julio Cesar Mondragón fue inhumado por segunda vez (17 de febrero de 2016)

Guerrero: Exhuman cuerpo del estudiante de Ayotzinapa torturado y ejecutado, Julio César Mondragón (9 de noviembre de 2016)


Oaxaca: Human Rights Organizations Present Report on Repression in Nochixtlan

July 18, 2016

Nochixtlan.pngHuman Rights Defenders. Photo:@CentroProDH

On July 8, various civil society organizations, including the Gobixha Committee for Integral Defense of Human Rights (CODE DH) and Fundar, presented the “Preliminary Report on Violations of Human Rights on June 19 in Oaxaca”. It is based on research and documentation by those organizations, who interviewed witnesses and victims of the repressive events that occurred on June 19, confrontations arising from political decisions of the state and federal governments, to send in an operation to clear the roads. According to the report, “it responds to the need to publicize the chronology of events and human rights violations that occurred in Nochixtlán, and close to the city of Oaxaca in places like Hacienda Blanca, Viguera, San Pablo Huitzo and San Francisco Telixtlahuaca, some of them carried simultaneously.” For the safety of the people who shared their testimonies, their personal details were omitted. Beginning with an introduction to the context, chapters follow on the events in those places near the city of Oaxaca, and then there a list of human rights violations and urgent recommendations.

One day after the publication of the report, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Commission of Authorities of various municipalities met at the “Teachers and Popular Meeting” on Saturday July 9, along with agricultural authorities, unions and social organizations to “provide a context for the information on the situation of the teachers and popular movement, operate the agreements last meeting of the authorities held in Nochixtlán, and build an agenda of the peoples against structural reforms”. One of the agreements that came out is to have a caravan to Mexico City on Sunday July 17 to get there on July 19, one month after “the Nochixtlán massacre”.

For more information in Spanish

La Minuta del 11 de julio (EDUCA A.C., 11 de julio de 2016)

Acuerdan maestros, ediles y grupos sociales “caravana motorizada” a la CDMX el día 17 (La Jornada, 10 de julio de 2016)

INFORME PRELIMINAR SOBRE VIOLACIONES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS 19 DE JUNIO EN OAXACA (EDUCA A.C., 8 de julio de 2016)

El asalto a Nochixtlán (Ojarasca La Jornada, 8 de julio de 2016)

La Minuta del 8 de julio (EDUCA A.C., 8 de julio de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ

Chiapas: Miles de creyentes peregrinan en apoyo al movimiento magisterial (5 de julio de 2016)

BOLETÍN URGENTE: REPRESIÓN MAGISTERIAL EN OAXACA (22 de junio de 2016)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Actualización de las protestas magisteriales; al menos 6 muertos en Oaxaca (21 de junio de 2016)

 

 


Chiapas: Opening of Photographic Exhibition of Banavil Displaced Families

July 13, 2016

BanavilPhoto from the exhibition (retaken from Faces of Dispossession)

July 5 saw the opening of the photo exhibition “20 Windows on Forced Displacement in Chiapas” in Palicate cultural center in San Cristobal de Las Casas. They invited the Banavil displaced families, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) and Melel Xojobal. The exhibition is the result of an action of the Faces of Dispossession campaign and the four displaced Banavil families, who were expelled from their land after an attack by a group of members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) carrying firearms the December 4, 2011 in the municipality of Tenejapa. The exhibition contains 20 photos, 20 photographic windows that are “our memory that will not break and will never be broken”, the families at the event said. The photos represent a selection made and titled by the families themselves in “an exercise in self-recognition and a return of the solidarity received from those who also have provided security in the three provisional returns in 2015 and to those who have walked with them for more than four years”. The photographs are mostly anonymous, born of the lens international observation and free media accompaniment.

In the audiovisual event, visitors were actually included in the exhibition. Through an activity where testimonies and descriptions for each photo were told, people better understood the value of each photo. Looking for the story of each of the photos, one participant said that, “due to the testimonies, I felt a closer relationship to the photos and the story that is behind all that.” One example is the testimony of Maria, where she speaks about how they support their families: “We were embroidering the cloth, that’s how we started working. It was not the work we did before when we were in Banavil. This is very different, the work that is done. Now we embroider cloth to get money to keep our daughters and sons too … It is to survive in this displacement we are in right now, that’s the work we do, the women ” (see photo on this post). The documentary “Justice, Truth and Return for Banavil Displaced  Families” (2015) from the Koman Ilel collective was also shown. At times, recordings of the voices of members of families in Tzotzil were heard, telling stories of everyday life and the daily challenges they face in their temporary homes where they live since their displacement four years and seven months ago.

Faces of dispossession analyzes that “forced displacement in a context of counterinsurgency warfare to eliminate experiences of autonomous organization in Chiapas is a daily violation of human rights”. These are the same families in forced displacement, and their support networks, who do not cease in their path of dignity to demand return, justice and truth so that the human rights violations committed against them do not go unpunished and the events are not repeated. The Banavil families also sympathize with other displaced families in Chiapas such as in Shulvo, Zinacantán and Primero de Agosto in the Municipality of Margaritas.

For more information in Spanish

Chiapas: Se inauguró exposición fotográfica “20 ventanas al desplazamiento forzado” (Rostros del Despojo, 11 de julio de 2016)

Invitacion Expo Fotos Banavil (Familias Desplazadas de Banavil, 4 de julio de 2016)

Documental “Justicia, verdad y retorno para las familias desplazadas de Banavil “ (YouTube, 17 abril de 2016)

20 ventanas al desplazamiento forzado en Chiapas (Rostros del Deposjo, 15 de enero de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ

Chiapas: Desplazados y desplazadas de Banavil, 4 años de impunidad (9 de diciembre de 2015)

Chiapas: Retorno provisional de las familias desplazadas de Banavil para Día de MuertosTumba de Antonia López Méndez (9 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Desplazados de Banavil retornan temporalmente a su comunidad (12 de agosto de 2015)

 


Oaxaca: Death of Teacher Wounded in Violent Eviction of IEEPO

July 10, 2016

Palabras.pngImage from the “Barricade of Words” in San Cristobal de Las Casas [In Mexico education is not free…you pay for it with life and liberty] (Photo:@SIPAZ)

On July 5, the teacher Jose Caballero Julian died as a result of a brain injury he received from a blow of a stone to the head during the eviction in front of the Oaxaca State Institute of Public Education (IEEPO), carried out by the state police on June 11. Relatives said in a statement that he died “as a result of State aggression in the eviction of IEEPO, causing him a head injury from which he seemed to be recovering but had a relapse.”

On June 11, some teachers blocked Federal Highway 190 Oaxaca-Mexico in protest over the arrest of Francisco Villalobos, secretary of Section 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE). After almost five hours, state police removed them using tear gas and stones. “The number of deaths associated with the implementation of the educational reform rises to nine in Oaxaca in three violent evictions by the State and Federal Police in IEEPO, Nochixtlan and Viguera” with the death of Caballero Julian. The teachers demanded punishment for the police who injured him and those who ordered the eviction, among them, the director of IEEPO, Moises Robles; the Governor, Gabino Cue, and President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The teachers continued to take over shopping centers and businesses in the center of the Oaxaca State capital in support of their demands for the repeal of the education reform bill, justice for the fallen in Nochixtlan and the release of their leaders and they blocked access to the Victoria Hotel, which has been the seat of meetings of school supervisors. They also maintained blockades in the rest of the state, especially in the Tehuantepec Isthmus where they have been blocking roads for 22 days.

For more information in Spanish:

Muere maestro herido durante el desalojo realizado por la policía el pasado 11 de junio (La Jornada, 6 de julio de 2016)

México: Muere otro profesor en el estado de Oaxaca por la violencia de la policía+video del desalojo del 11 de junio (Avispa Midia, 6 de julio de 2016)

Fallece maestro herido en el desalojo del IEEPO del 11 de junio (CódigoDH, 5 de julio de 2016)

Muere otro maestro que fue herido en desalojo del 11 de junio frente al IEEPO (Proceso, 5 de julio de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Actualización de las protestas magisteriales; al menos 6 muertos en Oaxaca (21 de junio de 2016)

Nacional: Actualización de las protestas magisteriales y comunicado de apoyo del EZLN (1 de junio de 2016)

Oaxaca: 162 normalistas detenidos/as en desalojo de la Policía Estatal Preventiva (24 de marzo de 2016)


Chiapas/National: Mobilizations 21 Months After the Disappearance of “The 43”

June 30, 2016

43.pngMarch in San Cristóbal de Las Casas on June 26, 2016. Photo: @Sipaz.

There were national mobilizations 21 months after the disappearance of the 43 students of the Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa, and the murder of six other people in Iguala. In Mexico City, hundreds of people marched to demand the appearance of the students alive, from the Anti-monument for the 43 to the headquarters of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR). The mothers and fathers of the students stayed separate at all times from the silent march that was taking place near their route, which had been called by the leader of the Movement for National Regeneration (Morena), Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in support of the struggle of the National Coordinator of Education Workers for the repeal of the educational reform. It should be highlighted that the mothers and fathers of the students denounced that the bus in which they were travelling to Mexico City was stoned as it passed through Cuernavaca, Morelos. According to Sin Embargo, “the occupant of a black car blocked them and threw stones, breaking the window of the bus they were travelling in; they said there were no injuries.”

In San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the health sector, which is on strike over the lack of supplies, lack of staff in medical centers and for better social benefits, called a march which arrived at the cultural event in front of the old town hall, where documentaries were shown and a mural was painted. It should be noted that on June 22 the health sector also marched in about 70 cities in the Mexican Republic. According to Prensa Libre Chiapas, about 3,000 health workers mobilized along with civil society organized in the neighborhoods. “What we are asking for is 100% supply of medicines in all medical units as this is a problem that the authorities have not solved in four years”, one of the representatives stated in La Jornada. The general secretary of sub-section 03 of the National Union of Health Workers (SNTSA) said that after two weeks on strike they did not have a positive response from the Health chief of the state.

It should be mentioned that investigations into the whereabouts of the 43 students disappeared in September 2014 have made no relevant advances. Recently, the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Data Protection (INAI) ordered the Mexican Army to hand over material that a soldier from the 27th Infantry Battalion recorded the night of the mass disappearance. Although the soldier declared that he took photos and videos of the events and that he submitted them to his superior, the Secretary for National Defense (Sedena) “declared that the information is non-existent”, according to Sin Embargo. Vidulfo Rosales, attorney for the relatives of the 43 students, asserted that the PGR had dismissed a number of officials and begun an investigation against Tomas Zeron, director of the Criminal Investigation Agency. This was pointed out by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) as “distorting reality” as regards the diligences at Rio San Juan, where the “historical truth” -the official government version of the disappearance- was strongly questioned, which claimed that the remains of the students were scattered after they had been incinerated in a garbage dump by the organized crime gang Guerreros Unidos. For his part, Emiliano Navarrete, father of one of the 43, reproached that the government summons them “nothing more than meetings” but “hasn’t done anything” to find their missing children.

For more information in Spanish:

“No existe verdad ni justicia”: padres de los 43 a 21 meses de su desaparición (Proceso, 26 de junio de 2016)

“La lucha sigue a 21 meses del caso Ayotzinapa” #Fotos (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 26 de junio de 2016)

El INAI ordena al Ejército entregar las imágenes tomadas durante el ataque a los normalistas en Iguala (Sin Embargo, 26 de junio de 2016)

Padres de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa denuncian que su autobús fue apedreado en Cuernavaca (Sin Embargo, 26 de junio de 2016)

Mega marcha de trabajadores de la salud en SC (Prensa Libre Chiapas, 22 de junio de 2016)

Personal de salud va a paro de labores en Chiapas (La Jornada, 7 de junio de 2016)

Ayotzinapa a 21 meses, ni perdón ni olvido. (Pozol Colectivo, 26 de junio de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/México: Sector salud entra en paro contra las reformas del sector salud, la falta de medicamentos y equipo (22 de junio de 2016)

Guerrero/Nacional : Jueces dan por muertos a los 43 desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa (18 de mayo 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: Padres y madres de Ayotzinapa van a la Corte, a 16 meses de la desaparición de sus hijos (27 de enero de 2016)

 


Chiapas/Oaxaca/Guerrero: Teachers Continue Mobilizations Due to Lack of Agreements over Educational Reform

June 30, 2016

TeachersPeople crossing blockade on foot in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Photo: @Oscar León.

In negotiations that lasted about seven hours, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Government Secretariat (SG) resolved that ‘attaining justice for the people of Nochixtlan, Guerrero, is the priority of the dialogue”, according to La Jornada. The news outlet noted that the government will seek to carry out exhaustive investigations into the events in Nochixtlan on June 19, where nine civilians lost their lives in a confrontation between dissident teachers and state and federal police. The government committed itself to damage reparations for the families of the dead.

At the same time, both parties in the dialogue continue to formulate an agenda for discussion in which the CNTE proposed the repeal of educational reform as a central point. In a statement, Adelfo Alejandro Gomez, of Section 7 of Chiapas, declared that they want to find a “deep” solution, one that “is not passing nor momentary.” He warned that the mobilizations and blockades will not be stopped but they will continue with their plan of action so that the educational reform is reversed. For his part, the Secretary for the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reiterated that repeal of the reform is not the competency of his Secretariat: “it is not a theme that we can see to, it is a constitutional mandate, it is a reform made by the legislators, by the Constituent Assembly.” He also emphasized “co-responsibility”, referring to the necessity of both parties to reach an agreement, requesting the teachers to guarantee conditions of calm, stability, passage for supplies and ending the academic year. Meanwhile, blockades continue on ten highways in Oaxaca and 14 in Chiapas, blocked by teachers, families and civil society that sympathizes with the CNTE to reject the police repression in Nochixtlan as well as the repeal of the educational reform. It should be highlighted that the first round of negotiations took place after a month of teachers’ protests against the government refusal to establish communication with the teachers, and that this only happened after the death of nine people in the blockade in Oaxaca. No date has been announced to resume the negotiations for the moment.

On another note, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned in in the State Center for Social Reinsertion for Prisoners (CERSS) No. 5 in San Crsitobal de Las Casas, observed two days of fasting and prayer in solidarity with the CNTE. In a public letter, the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), wrote that “such a painful event as occurred in Oaxaca that our brothers lost their lives (sic)” motivated him to sympathize with the teachers “who have been fighting against the educational reform for more than a month.” He also demanded that the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, “exhort the Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, for the freedom of compañero Alejandro Diaz Santiz”, an organized prisoner who has been imprisoned for 17 years and would have the right to partial remission of his sentence to be paroled.

For more information in Spanish:

Las protestas seguirán, dice la CNTE luego de 7 horas de diálogo en Segob; la reforma se mantiene: Osorio Chong (Sin Embargo, 28 de junio de 2016)

Impasse en diálogo entre CNTE y Segob; agendan encuentro por Nochixtlán (Aristegui Noticias, 28 de junio de 2016)

Atención a Nochixtlán, primer acuerdo Segob-CNTE (La Jornada, 28 de junio de 2016)

Inicia bloqueo carretero permanente en ocho puntos estratégicos de Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 27 de junio de 2016)

La CNTE reanuda bloqueos en carreteras de Oaxaca; en Chiapas protesta en frontera con Guatemala (Sin Embargo, 27 de junio de 2016)

Desde el CERESO No 5 Roberto Paciencia inicia ayuno en solidaridad a la lucha magisterial (Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs, 24 de junio de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: Aumenta apoyo al magisterio al nivel nacional e internacional (23 de junio de 2016)

Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia escribe a Alejandro Díaz (24 de junio de 2016)

BOLETÍN URGENTE: REPRESIÓN MAGISTERIAL EN OAXACA (22 de junio de 2016)


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