National/International: Food Insecurity Increases for LGBTIQ+ Community in Pandemic

June 24, 2020

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During the month of June, organizations and institutions have drawn attention to the specific situation of the LGBTIQ+ population, when this is usually the month when millions of people around the world take to the streets in “pride marches” to fight for their rights and highlight the discrimination that this population experiences.

In this context, on June 18th, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) convened a webinar under the title “Situation of the Rights of LGBTI People in the Context of the Pandemic,” with the participation of human rights defenders and activists from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, the United States and Mexico.

The Commissioner and IACHR Rapporteur for the Rights of LGBTI People, Flavia Piovesan, was the first to speak, highlighting three structural challenges in the region: extreme inequality; discrimination (the virus does not discriminate but its impact is discriminatory); and the dilemmas of democratic institutions to combat the pandemic.

Those invited confirmed the challenges mentioned by the rapporteur and also pointed out how the new confinement regulations implemented by governments have given an excuse for security forces to commit more attacks on LGBTI+ people. They reported that many people in this sector who have lost their jobs cannot return to their homes because several of them fled domestic violence due to not being accepted into their homes. With various examples, they denounced that different discriminations are experienced by people with an intersectional perspective, stressing that it is not a homogeneous population. For example, the total invisibility of bisexual people in Latin America and the absence of documentation of their situation were mentioned. The complexity and double discrimination in cases of being trans, black and Latin American women in the United States were also highlighted.

Several people specifically pointed out the serious situation of violence that trans women experience, before the pandemic and now even worse, since a food emergency has been generated, since confinement implies that several cannot do their work, cannot return home, and they find it difficult to receive financial support from the government due to discrimination and mistreatment because their identity card shows their trans identity.

In the report “Amplified Vulnerability”, Kennedy Carrillo of OutRight Action International, Belize, shared the impacts of the pandemic on the global LGBTIQ + population. Increasing food insecurity was one of the most salient issues. Topics such as interruptions in access to medical care, abuse of power by the State, fear of social violence, stigma, discrimination, social isolation and increased anxiety, as well as concerns about organizational survival, also emerged.

More information in Spanish:

Situación de los derechos de las personas LGBTI en el contexto de la pandemia; (Webinar CIDH 18 junio 2020)

Vulnerabilidad amplificada. El impacto de la pandemia del COVID-19 en las personas LGBTIQ. (Outright Acion Internacional, 4 de junio 2020)

More information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: La comunidad LGBTTTI+ en México celebra el Día Internacional Contra la Homo-, Bi- y Transfobia (May 18, 2020)

Chiapas: Organización defensora de la diversidad sexual recibe amenazas por su trabajo en el marco del Mes de Orgullo LGBTTTIQA+ (June 27, de 2019)

Chiapas: Meeting of Citizens’ Observatory of LGBT+ Population Rights with Government Representatives (October 7, 2019)

Oaxaca: State Congress Approves Marriage Equality Bill (September 10, 2019)

Chiapas: Exigen verdad y justicia por el asesinato de Aylin, mujer transexual y 7 otros casos de odio (September 1, de 2019)


National: Government Cuts Paralyze CEAV

June 8, 2020

Budgetary cuts announced by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the austerity decree of April 23rd will have serious implications for the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims (CEAV), the institution itself has warned.

The CEAV, the central body for the care of victims of crimes and serious human rights violations in Mexico, announced that the 75 percent reduction in expenses “will slow down its essential activities and paralyze its operation.”

In the CEAV publication they indicated that the cuts, among other things, will imply the loss of accommodation and protection of the National Registry of Victims (RENAVI), with all the personal data of more than 34,215 victims; it will not be possible to process the delivery of aid measures for more than five thousand victims per month and that the 1,100 resolutions and 610 judicial procedures in process will be left pending, some of which relate to recommendations of the CNDH, the Inter-American Court, the Inter-American Commission and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Mexico.

Given the cuts, opposition legislators and members of civil groups expressed that the government is using the health emergency caused by COVID-19 to block the work of institutions that inconvenience it. Meanwhile the head of the CEAV, Mara Gomez Perez, said that she agrees that the government has to be austere, especially in these times and that the budget is not yet fully defined.

The day after the publication of the CEAV, the head of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Arturo Herrera, assured, after a meeting with the head of SEGOB, Olga Sanchez Cordero, and the undersecretary for Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas, that the cuts will not affect human rights issues.

For more information in Spanish:

DECRETO DE AUSTERIDAD PARALIZARÁ FUNCIONAMIENTO DE LA CEAV –  (SEGOB, 2 de junio)

Virtual extinción de la CEAV por el recorte.  (La jornada, 3 de junio)

No tenemos recursos para pagarle al personal: CEAV. (Aristegui Noticias, 2 de junio)

Colapso en Comisión de Víctimas por recorte: despedirán a 60% del personal y no hay ni para la renta. (AnimalPolitco, 2 de junio)

CEAV no será afectada con recortes al gasto: Arturo Herrera (La jornada, 3 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Cuts for Indigenous Women in Violent Situations(May 15, 2020)

National/International: Mexico and IACHR Formalize Reinstallation of IGIE for Ayotzinapa Case (May 11, 2020)

National: Reform Of Law for Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Debated in Context of Greater Vulnerability in Pandemic (May 26, 2020)

 


National: Two Cyber Attacks on Websites in May

June 8, 2020

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Two media groups, Animal Politico and Contralinea, recently reported cyber attacks against their internet websites.

In the case of Animal Politico, it suffered five attacks of this type in May, the most serious occurring between May 25th and 26th. Of unknown origin, this attempt was intended to overload its subscriber system by sending more than 2,000 requests per minute, which, in addition, were made with reported lost or stolen credit cards.

“The foregoing suggests that the objective of the attack was to violate the subscription engines to consolidate fraud, and indicate Animal Politico as committing it”, declared the organization for freedom of expression Articulo 19. “Although these attacks cannot be linked to a specific journalistic news item, it is essential to mention that the investigations carried out by Animal Politico have a great relationship with coverage on corruption, security and many other issues that represent a counterweight to the State, and which in the past has led to attacks against it”, it added.

For its part, the magazine Contralinea reported a cyber attack on its website to the Journalism Protection Mechanism of the Ministry of the Interior. It noted that “it has been the subject of hacking attempts”, which add to the attacks that its editorial team has faced throughout its history, which is why it has precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and implemented by the Federal Protection Mechanism.

As background, the magazine Proceso noted that “this latest attack occurs two days after the publication of a report on the investigations of the Financial Intelligence Unit regarding alleged corruption in Notimex during the last six-year term; and one day after releasing a report on excessive expenses in the National Human Rights Commission in the Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez administration.”

These attacks “reflect the adverse climate that the press is experiencing in Mexico”, Articulo 19 stressed, an organization that documented 609 attacks against journalists in direct connection with their work in 2019. He recalled that “of these, 11.49%, that is, 70, were aimed at the media. Attacking the media in its entirety is often more effective in generating a domino effect of censorship and inhibition of journalistic practice.”

For more information in Spanish:

Animal Político sufre su quinto ataque informático durante el mes de mayo (Artículo 19, 27 de mayo de 2020)

Animal Político y Contralínea acusan ataques cibernéticos contra sus portales (Proceso, 27 de mayo de 2020)

Contralínea, Aristegui Noticias, Animal Político y otros medios acusan ataques cibernéticos(Sin Embargo, 27 de mayo de 2020)

CNDH condena ataque cibernético sufrido por Contralínea (Contralínea, 28 de mayo de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Mexico: 2019 Highest Number of Attacks on the Press – Articulo 19 (May 28, 2020)

 

National: Reform Of Law for Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Debated in Context of Greater Vulnerability in Pandemic (May 26, 2020)

 

Nacional: ONU-DH condena asesinato de un defensor ambiental (Oaxaca) y un periodista (Sonora); sexta persona defensora y el segundo periodista asesinados en 2020 (21 de mayo de 2020)

 


National/International: Mexico and IACHR Formalize Reinstallation of IGIE for Ayotzinapa Case

May 11, 2020

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In a statement published on May 7th, the Interior and Foreign Relations Secretariats reported that the Mexican government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the reinstatement of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).

The objective in this new stage will be to provide international technical assistance for the advancement of investigations and to assist in the preparation of search plans, care for victims and other relevant aspects in the case of the forced disappearance of 43 students from Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014.

The statement explained that the process “was carried out taking into account the representation of the parents of the students, the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as the experts themselves who will form part of the International Group of Independent Experts.”

It specified that this action is part of the commitment established in the “Decree that instructs to establish effective material, legal and human conditions to strengthen the human rights of the relatives of the victims of the Ayotzinapa case to truth and access to justice”, issued by President Lopez Obrador on December 4th, 2018 and which raised, among other points, the possibility of passing agreements that allow the IACHR to cooperate.

For more information in Spanish: 

Gobierno de México y CIDH firman acuerdo para reinstalación del GIEI, a fin de seguir brindando asistencia técnica en el caso Ayotzinapa (comunicado completo, 7 de mayo de 2020)

Firman Segob y SRE acuerdo con CIDH para reinstalación del GIEI (La Jornada, 7 de mayo de 2020)

Firman acuerdo de reinstalación de GIEI en caso Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 7 de mayo de 2020)

Formalizan reinstalación del GIEI en el caso Ayotzinapa (Regeneración, 8 de mayo de 2020)

Acuerdan México y CIDH reinstalar el GIEI para el caso Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 7 de mayo de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/Guerrero: Agreement to Reintroduce Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts in Ayotzinapa Case. Number of Disappeared Increases in the Country (January 14, 2020)

 

Guerrero: Attorney General Will Investigate Ayotzinapa Case “Almost from Scratch”(September 25, 2019)

 

Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head (July 8, 2019)

 


Chiapas: Frayba Denounces Threats and Harassment of Simojovel Parish Priest Marcelo Perez Perez

April 20, 2020

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In a bulletin published on April 18th, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) expressed concern about the most recent death threats and acts of surveillance against Father Marcelo Perez Perez, pastor of Simojovel de Allende, “harassment that also endangers the safety of his pastoral team and the general population.”

It compiled a series of events that occurred between March 29th and April 6th and recalled that Father Marcelo Perez, in addition to being coordinator of the Social Pastoral of the Province of Chiapas, which integrates the Dioceses of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Tapachula and Tuxtla Gutierrez, “has precautionary measures (MC-506/14) granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and with measures carried out by the Protection Mechanism for Defenders and Journalists.”

Frayba also pointed out that the priest “continues his religious activities and the defense of human rights, especially of Original Peoples, despite the deficient political will for protection by the Mexican State and in a context where organized crime operates.”

Finally, it emphasized that it is “the obligation of the Mexican State to implement the necessary measures so that those who defend human rights carry out their work without any type of violence, threat, retaliation, surveillance and harassment.”

For more information in Spanish:

Amenazas a la vida del defensor comunitario Padre Marcelo Pérez Pérez (Frayba, 18 de abril)

Frayba denuncia amenazas contra párroco de Simojovel, Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de abril de 2019)

Amenazas de muerte y vigilancia en contra del Párroco de Simojovel (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 18 de abril de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Alerta máxima del Pueblo Creyente en Simojovel ante nuevas amenazas (17 de mayo de 2018)

Chiapas: Celebration of Simojovel Believing People (April 12, 2017)

Chiapas: Threats to Simojovel Parishioners (November 17, 2016)

Chiapas: Realizaron marcha en Simojovel en respuesta a los ataques violentos de la semana pasada (12 de mayo de 2016)

Chiapas: Community of Faith in Simojovel reject dialogue with Gomez brothers (March 23, 2016)


Chiapas: Attacks against Tsotsil Communities in Aldama Continue

April 16, 2020

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The conflict between the communities of Aldama and Santa Martha that has threatened the security and life of people for several years continues to intensify. This conflict, caused by the distribution of plots of land and the use of a water well in Aldama, has caused “intermittent” displacement of the inhabitants of that municipality and a wave of violence that worries residents and civil organizations.

Armed paramilitary groups attack the houses of the inhabitants with firearms, but also shoot at vehicles that carry wounded and peasants that go to their plots. On April 13th, an attack was registered by an armed group against the indigenous Tsotzil communities, setting fire to an important wooded area in the vicinity of Aldama and Chenalho.

However, according to Cristobalia del Campo, “although they are tired of pleading, demanding and begging for the armed groups operating in that area to be arrested and dismantled, they will continue with the proposal to seek peace and reconciliation to avoid spilling blood”,  the Quadratin Agency published.

On March 14th, the spokesman for the displaced communities of Aldama and whoever was the victim of violations of their rights, Cristobal Santiz Jimenez, was detained and is being held incommunicado and criminalized for the work he is doing on behalf of these people.

The Standing Committee of the 115 community members of Aldama called again for the immediate intervention of the United Nations (UN), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights/IACHR, and the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) so that the precautionary measures that have been issued to prevent a possible massacre such as the one registered in Acteal, Chenalho in 1997 become effective.

For more information in Spanish:

Grupo armado quema zona boscosa entre Aldama y Chenalhó, Chiapas (Agencia Quadratin, 13 abril 2020)

Cafeticultores bajo ataque, en los altos de Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 abril 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ: 

Chiapas: Authorities in Santa Martha and Aldama Denounce New Attacks (March 5, 2020)

National: CNDH Requests Cautionary Measures for Cristobal Santiz Jimenez (March 30, 2020)

Chiapas: Detienen a defensor comunitario de derechos humanos por presunto homicidio (March 17, 2020)

Chiapas: CNDH emite recomendación al gobierno del estado en caso de Aldama/Chenalhó

 


National: CNDH Requests Cautionary Measures for Cristobal Santiz Jimenez

March 30, 2020

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On March 26th, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) requested that the Governor of Chiapas, the Secretary General of the Government and the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection of the state implement precautionary measures for Cristobal Santiz Jimenez, who has been deprived of his liberty since last March 14th at the State Center for Social Reintegration (CERSS) Number 14 “El Amate”. It should be noted that Cristobal Santiz Jimenez is a Tzotzil indigenous originating from the municipality of Aldama and a community defender and representative of the Permanent Commission of Communal and Displaced Peoples.

In this sense, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) reported the defender’s human rights abuses and violations and requested, after the arrest, precautionary measures before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect the life and safety of Cristobal Santiz Jimenez and his family. Likewise, Frayba explains that his arrest “occurs in the context of criminalization and threats to his life, liberty, security and integrity due to the constant denunciations of the omission of the Mexican State in the escalation of violence in the Chiapas Highlands region”, and he has faced threats “from the Mexican State that demanded his silence in exchange for his freedom; as well as death threats by the armed paramilitary group of Santa Martha, Chenalho,” said Frayba on its NotiFrayba news site.

According to the CNDH press release, measures are requested “with respect to acts or omissions that could constitute violations of the victim’s human rights, including protection of life, integrity, personal security and health.”

For more information in Spanish:

Solicita CNDH a autoridades de Chiapas, medidas cautelares en favor del señor Cristóbal Sántiz Jiménez (CNDH, 26 marzo 2020)

CNDH solicita al gobierno de Chiapas medidas cautelares a favor del activista Cristóbal Sántiz (Proceso, 26 marzo 2020)

Urgimos la libertad de Cristóbal Sántiz Jiménez
(Frayba, 15 marzo 2020)

Exhorta CNDH al gobierno de Chiapas a salvaguardar la vida, integridad personal y seguridad de las comunidades indígenas en conflicto por la disputa de tierras
(CNDH, 26 marzo 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Detienen a defensor comunitario de derechos humanos por presunto homicidio (March 17, 2020)

Chiapas: Authorities in Santa Martha and Aldama Denounce New Attacks (March 5, 2020)


National/Guerrero: First Legal Actions against Officials in Ayotzinapa Case Investigation

March 24, 2020

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On March 17th, three suspects involved in acts of torture against those accused of the case of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School who disappeared in Iguala in 2014 were arrested by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

According to different sources, “Isidro Junco Barajas, who currently served as Deputy Director of Operational Control of the Security Directorate of the Chamber of Deputies (…) Ezequiel Peña Cerda, now area director at the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) and the marine Ariel Agustín Castillo Reyes.”

In addition, “the former director of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), Tomas Zeron de Lucio, and the ex-head of the Federal Ministerial Police, Carlos Gomez Arrieta, against whom the FGR would have requested the intervention of Interpol, are about to be arrested,” the newspaper Proceso reported.

Organizations accompanying the relatives of the disappeared students reported that they welcome and recognize “the first legal actions of the FGR against officials who committed torture and/or irregularities in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case, since they confirm what the families have always denounced: the manipulation of the investigation.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) also ruled in this regard, stating that “it observes the development of the investigation in light of Mexico’s human rights obligations”, and hopes that the arrest warrants “against those who participated in acts of obstruction of justice in the enforced disappearance of the 43 normalistas from Ayotzinapa are taken independently.”

For more information in Spanish:

La CIDH aplaude actuación de FGR en caso Ayotzinapa (El Proceso, 18 de marzo de 2020)

Detienen a marino por tortura en caso Ayotzinapa (El Debate, 18 de marzo de 2020)

Detienen a ex policías que torturaron a imputados por caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 17 de marzo de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/Guerrero: Meeting on New Evidence in Ayotzinapa Case (March 9, 2020)

Chiapas/Guerrero: Two Police Officers Held for Attacks on Parents of the Ayotzinapa 43 Disapeared; Investigation of Students who Participated in Protest Continue (February 26, 2020)

Chiapas/Guerrero: Parents of Ayotzinapa 43 Attacked with Tear Gas in Tuxtla Gutierrez (February 17, 2020)

National/Guerrero: Agreement to Reintroduce Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts in Ayotzinapa Case. Number of Disappeared Increases in the Country (January 14, 2020)


Oaxaca/National : SCJN May Take On Case of Forced Disappearance of Two EPR Members in 2007

January 31, 2020

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On January 29th, relatives of Gabriel Cruz Snchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya, members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR), forcibly disappeared in May 2007 in Oaxaca, urged the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN ) at a press conference to confirm an injunction ruling that would force the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to resolve the case, and the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) to open their barracks to look for them.

Nadine Reyes (daughter of Reyes Amaya and member of the Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees Until They Are Found) and Margarita Cruz (sister of Cruz Sanchez) recalled that despite having obtained said protection, both the FGR and the SEDENA filed appeals for disagreement given that the case was referred to the SCJN on December 12th.

“In the coming weeks we will know if the highest court in the country decides to take on the case of Edmundo and Gabriel, and finally resolve it by leaving the sentence handed down on May 6th, 2019 in place and thereby guarantee the rights of access to justice, to know the truth and an integral reparation of the damage in favor of the victims of forced disappearance, their families and society,” said Nadine Reyes. She considered this possibility as “a new historical opportunity for the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in the process, to fulfill his commitment to provide justice and end impunity in cases of enforced disappearances.”

She stressed that while in May 2019, they met with the undersecretary of human rights Alejandro Encinas, they have not had contact with him again and have not received “any sample of political will that reveals the interest of seeking and finding Edmundo and Gabriel.”

According to the lawyer Sandino Rivero, if the SCJN does not resolve the case according to the content of the injunction they will resort to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I/A Court HR).

It should be remembered that Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez were arrested by unidentified authorities on May 25th, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca, and since then there has no information about their whereabouts.

For more information in Spanish:

Corte definirá si atrae caso de guerrilleros del EPR desaparecidos (Pie de Página, 30 de enero de 2020)

Familiares de eperristas desaparecidos piden a la SCJN que confirme sentencia del 6 de mayo de 2019 (Proceso, 29 de enero de 2020)

Familiares de desaparecidos piden a AMLO acabar con impunidad (MVS Noticias, 29 de enero de 2020)

Admite SCJN caso de desaparición de dos miembros del EPR en 2007 (La Jornada, 27 de enero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: FGR and SEDENA Dispute Search for EPR Disappeared (May 30, 2019)

Oaxaca: Order to Open Army Barracks in Search for EPR Members Disappeared in 2007 (May 16, 2019)

Oaxaca: Search for EPR Members Missing for 11 Years on State Properties (August 21, 2018)

Chiapas: National Day: “The Victims of State Terrorism are of the People, We will not Stop until We Find Them!” (March 15, 2017)

Chiapas: “Jornada nacional contra el terrorismo del estado en Chiapas” del FNLS (May 2, 2016)

Nacional/Oaxaca/Chiapas: Gira nacional: desaparición forzada en México (March 6, 2015)

National: Civil Commission for Pursuit and Search for two disappeared members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) denounces lack of progress (September 29, 2014)


Chiapas: “This year begins with a lot of violence and it is increasing” – Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society

January 28, 2020

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On December 22nd, in the framework of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre (1997), Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society issued a statement in which they denounced that “this year begins with a lot of violence and it is increasing (…) The MORENA government does not have the capacity or does not have the will to stop the violence that the PRI and PAN governments created in our country, because in order to impose megaprojects in the territories of the original peoples, it is convenient for them to have violence. We see how they use organized crime to justify their crimes against human rights defenders, as in the case of compañero Samir Flores Soberanes, killed for opposing the Morelos Integral Project (PIM), on February 19th, 2019 This crime remains unpunished, like many other crimes, including the Acteal Massacre itself.”

In addition to pointing out several other attacks on human rights defenders, members of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Guerrero and Jalisco, they reflected on the apparent desire of the capitalist system to kill women and generate violence towards this sector “because women are givers of life, they are guardians of the cosmovision and memory of the original peoples and because they have a strong conviction of struggle and resistance to transform the world.”

Faced with “this context of violence and femicide” as well as “dispossession of our territories and the life of Our Mother Earth,” they reaffirmed their struggle and commitment to continue organizing. They also denounced that “the bad government is always looking to weaken us or buy our conscience or bring divisions into our communities,” recognizing that their organization was divided on two occasions, in 2008 and 2014. They reported that the group of survivors of the Acteal massacre that left in 2014 “is negotiating with the federal government a friendly solution and reparations for damage for the Acteal Massacre”, a strategy that they do not share when considering that “the lives of our fathers, mothers and brothers and sisters, daughters and sons are not compensated for with infrastructure, with cement or fences.” In return, they continue to urge the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to “issue the merits report where the Mexican State is responsible for the Acteal massacre and the material and intellectual perpetrators of the Massacre are brought to trial, who to date are still free.” They also demanded that state and federal government officials “respect our identity, work and autonomous political project.”

For more information in Spanish:

Las políticas del sistema capitalista y el mal gobierno, es destruir a la Madre Tierra y a las mujeres. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de enero de 2020)

El gobierno morenista no tiene voluntad para detener la violencia: Las Abejas de Acteal (Prensa Libre, 23 de enero de 2020)

Atenderá Gobierno demandas de Acteal (Cuarto Poder, 18 de enero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Hold Commenoration 22 Years after Acteal Masacre (January 13, 2020)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Celebrate 27th Anniversary (January 4, 2020)

Chiapas : Sociedad Civil Las Abejas denuncia allanamieno de su clínica en Acteal; Concejo Pacifista declara que es un “asunto entre particulares”; Sociedad Civil Las Abejas ratifica “por eso hemos rechazado la solución amistosa, porque traería división” . (September 23, 2019)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Pilgrimage-March to Demand True and Dignified Justice (August 19, 2019)

Chiapas: Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal rechaza solución amistosa en el caso de la masacre de Acteal presentado ante la CIDH (March 7, 2019)