National/Chiapas: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

December 7, 2017

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(@ Movement in Defense of Land, Territory and for the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decisions)

On November 25th, within the framework of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations (UN) issued a call to the Mexican government and society to eradicate violence, which 66% of women in Mexico suffer in different ways (physical, economic and psychological), ranging from sexual comments and whistles, groping, and violations, to the most extreme form: femicide.

In this same framework, Amnesty International Mexico stated that, “We live in a country in which male violence is standardized, accepted and even tolerated, by authorities that should prevent and act to end violence. As women, sexist violence has taken away our freedoms, they have expelled us from public space and killed us. We will not stop denouncing and demanding our rights as citizens.”

In Chiapas, on November 23rd and 24th, the fifth assembly of the Movement in Defense of the Land, Territory and for the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decisions was held whose main objective was “to make visible, discuss and find alternatives to the failure of the State and its institutions responsible for the implementation of the Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (GVA) in Chiapas.” In a final statement they stated that “violence against women and femicide in Chiapas is not a problem that only men and women in the private sphere have to resolve, families in their relationships, communities within the villages and civil organizations in the promotion and defense of rights, it is a responsibility especially of the State since the dimension of femicidal violence has its origins and causes in structural violence such as poverty, discrimination, injustice, misogyny, class inequality, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual preference, etc. that is reproduced by the institutions and agents of the patriarchal State.”

More than one hundred women marched in San Cristobal de Las Casas on the 25th to denounce that, “the federal and state governments have not complied effectively with the implementation of the Gender Violence Alert, declared in November of last year for 23 municipalities of the state. (…) On the contrary, the rates of violence in Chiapas such as physical aggressions, disappearance and kidnapping of people, especially women, trafficking, dispossession, forced displacement, evictions, abuse, rape and femicide have increased alarmingly in the 122 municipalities”. They also affirmed that the budget for the Gender Violence Alert is a “political booty of corrupt officials who steal money from the people, as happens with the resources for those affected by the earthquake of September 7th”.

For more information in Spanish:

NACIONAL

En México, 2 de cada 3 mujeres sufren violencia, alerta la ONU(ONU Noticias, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

En el día internacional contra la violencia a la mujer, 6 asesinadas (La Jornada, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer (Amnistía Internacional, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

CHIAPAS

Primer día de la quinta asamblea del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (Red de Comunicadoras Comunitarias K’asesel K’op, 23 de noviembre de 2017)

Segundo día quinta asamblea del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (Red de Comunicadoras Comunitarias K’asesel K’op, 24 de noviembre de 2017)

Pronunciamiento del Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra, el Territorio y por la Participación y el Reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las Decisiones (25 de noviembre de 2017)

Marchan en Chiapas contra violencia hacia las mujeres (La Jornada, 25 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: Se lanza la campaña 16 días de activismo contra la violencia hacia las mujeres (30 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: a un año de la Declaratoria de Alerta de Violencia de Género (AVG) en Chiapas (25 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Día Internacional de Lucha Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres (28 de noviembre de 2016)

 

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Guerrero: Intimidation of El Sur Reporter Zacarias Cervantes Reported

November 30, 2017

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El Sur reporter, Zacarias Cervantes, reported that before 8 pm on November 15th he was stopped by about seven men, including at least one armed man, who bent his arm and forced him to duck his head for about 20 minutes while they were checking his car in downtown Chilpancingo. He said that they took his cell phone without threatening him or giving him any warning. He also said that the attackers left a copy of El Surs previous day’s edition on the passenger seat open on the page where a reporter’s note was published in which he pointed out the lack of progress in the investigations one month after the murder of the founder of the Indigenous Vicente Guerrero Peasant Organization, Ranferi Hernandez Acevedo. While he was held, he could hear that one of the attackers was making a phone call and asking “Do we take him?”.

The Association of Journalists of the State of Guerrero (APEG in its Spanish acronym) described the event as “an act of premeditated intimidation, planned from the [positions of] power to silence him”, and demanded a halt to the aggressions against the union and respect for freedom of expression. They asked the state government to investigate the assault, although they are aware “of what little it will do to resolve it, as has happened with other cases, such as the murders of comrades Francisco Beltran and Cecilio Pineda, which occurred during these two years of the administration.”

The organization defending freedom of expression Article 19 issued an alert after what happened and requested “in accordance with the gravity of the attempted disappearance the implementation of measures aimed at protecting their life, liberty, integrity and security.”

For its part, the Directorate of Social Communication of the State Government said it has a firm commitment to freedom of expression and respect for human rights and invited to formally denounce the event before the corresponding instances.

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncia intimidación el reportero Zacarías Cervantes (El Sur, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Agreden a reportero del diario ‘El Sur’ en Guerrero (La Jornada, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Sujetos armados agreden físicamente e intimidan a periodista de El Sur en Guerrero (Artículo 19, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Intimidan hombres armados y retienen por 20 minutos al reportero de El Sur Zacarías Cervantes (El Sur, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: agresiones contra el corresponsal de Proceso (14 de junio de 2017)

Guerrero : Atacan a balazos a comunicadora originaria de Xochistlahuaca en Ometepec (5 de junio de 2017)

Nacional/Guerrero: Siguen ataques y homicidios de periodistas y defensores de Derechos Humanos (19 de mayo de 2017)

Guerrero : asesinan al periodista Cecilio Pineda (6 de marzo de 2017


National: Hearing of Cases of Sexual Torture in San Salvador Atenco at IACHR Court

November 29, 2017

Torture(@Ciudadanía Expres)

On November 16th and 17th, in the framework of a public hearing before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR Court), the eleven women survivors of sexual torture in the events of San Salvador Atenco, State of Mexico, in May 2006, shared their testimonies about what happened and the impunity that has prevailed.

It should be recalled that on May 3rd and 4th, 2006, police forces carried out an operation in San Salvador Atenco supposedly to “re-establish order.” More than 200 people were arrested during the raids. 50 of them were women, 31 of whom later reported sexual assaults by the police.

Human rights defenders requested that the I/A Court HR order the State to carry out a serious investigation to end impunity, as well as “adopt transparent policies and mechanisms to regulate the use of police force and eradicate sexual torture as an extended practice.”

Civil organizations that have accompanied the case stressed that “the eleven women of Atenco represent thousands of victims and account for the major structural problems of the State: the excessive use of police force, violence against women, torture as a mechanism of control and the impunity that allows its chronic repetition.”

The representation of the Mexican State asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to declare before the Court that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the IACHR committed a “serious error” in its report by not taking into account the reparation measures proposed by the State to the women who were victims of sexual violence in that operation, nor the advances that the State has implemented in terms of gender equity after the facts. However, it said that the State admits its responsibility for human rights violations committed, including sexual torture. However, although some people are still under trial, there is no public servant with a conviction for the case.

For more information in Spanish:

Mujeres de Atenco (Síntesis de medios del Centro ProDH, noviembre de 2017)

Las mujeres de Atenco, ante la CIDH: “Nos han hecho sentir, repetidamente, pequeñas” (El País, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

“Error grave” de CIDH sobre Atenco, alega el Estado mexicano, pero acepta tortura (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de noviembre de 2017)

Luchadoras de Atenco rompen el silencio (Animal Político, 24 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

México: La CIDH exige una investigación sobre el caso de varias mujeres víctimas de abuso sexual en San Salvador Atenco en el 2006 (30 de septiembre de 2016)


National: Law on Forced Disappearance Enacted

November 28, 2017

Disappeared(@CMDPDH)

On November 16th, President Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) enacted the new General Law on Enforced Disappearances and Disappearances by Individuals and declared that “a legal framework or a set of public institutions dedicated specifically to providing a comprehensive response to this serious problem had never been established, with all the instruments of the State.” It should be remembered that Mexico has more than 30,000 disappeared.

In a private event at the Official Residence of Los Pinos, attended only by families of the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, Peña Nieto said there will be a 60-day deadline to move towards the implementation of this legislation, and among other things, the creation of the National Search System that will lead the actions, and the establishment of the National Registry of Missing Persons. The Ministry of the Interior will have a budget of 186.3 million pesos by 2018 for the creation of the National Search Commission, the strengthening of the Mexico Platform and the operation of the National Forensic Bank.

The Movement for Our Disappeared affirmed that, “the enactment of this new Law is a sign of goodwill in the face of the magnitude of the crisis of disappearances and other violations of human rights and impunity in our country. However, families demand that the enactment have a clear route to implementation and have adequate and sufficient resources, beyond those currently allocated in the 2018 budget.”

It is worth mentioning that a survey on forced disappearance carried out by the Center for Social Studies and Public Opinion (CESOP in its Spanish acronym) of the Chamber of Deputies showed that most Mexicans classify actions searching for people as bad and the work of the government to punish cases of enforced disappearance as bad or very bad. However, 53.3% of the respondents were optimistic about the creation of the general law on forced disappearances.

For more information in Spanish:

Promulga Peña Ley de Desapariciones Forzadas (La Jornada, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Familiares de víctimas exigen a Peña una implementación eficaz de la Ley de desaparecidos (Animal Político, 16 de noviembre de 2017)

Acciones por desaparición arrancan con 186.3 mdp (El Economista, 22 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: aprueban Ley de Desaparición forzada (17 de octubre de 2017)

México : Pronunciamientos y acciones en el marco del Día Internacional de las Víctimas de Desapariciones Forzadas (5 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero: Foro sobre desaparición forzada (22 de agosto de 2017)

 


Chiapas: One Year since the Declaration of Gender Violence Alert (GVA) in Chiapas

November 27, 2017

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One year after the Declaration of a Gender Violence Alert in Chiapas (November 18th, 2016), the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas denounced governmental actions and omissions in a communiqué. It reported that in this period it documented “119 violent deaths that must be investigated as femicides and 46 documented femicides; while the State Prosecutor’s Office (FGE) registers 27 femicides and 35 intentional deaths, resulting in a total of 62 women murdered in Chiapas in 2017, from January to October.” For this reason, it concluded: “Everything we have documented throughout this year of the Gender Violence Alert is what allows us to characterize that in Chiapas and Mexico we have a femicidal State, since it is not only permissive but also an accomplice of violence against girls, women and elderly women and the increasing femicidal violence in our homes, streets, communities and cities of the state.”

In the main deficiencies in the implementation of the GVA, the Campaign emphasized:

“The unjustified delay of the state government institutions, specifically the Government Secretariat and the State Attorney General’s Office, to comply with agreements that would make it possible to correct or diminish institutional negligence such as the investigation procedure, the application of protocols, protection measures, translation services and professional assistance in the public service to attend, channel and eradicate frequent vices.”

“The ineffective coordination between the institutions of the three levels of the government, municipal, state and federal.”

“The absence and vacuum of authority of the state executive power.”

“The instrumentalization and the use of the resources destined to the GVA to promote the disqualified image of the governor, that simulates the attention of the causes of the structural violence in Chiapas.”

“The discrimination against women, racism and classism of Governor Velasco Coello that has been publicly evident in sexist and misogynistic advertising messages.”

– “The recurring omission and invisibilization of violence particularly suffered by immigrant and refugee women, girls and women with different abilities, indigenous people, trafficking of persons who, in Chiapas, as a border state, characterize the Gender Violence Alert and its urgent multicultural, multiethnic and generational attention.”

“The state continues to be immersed in an internal armed conflict, and this situation of war, which militarizes the state and ramps up violence and the violation of human rights with an unresolved history of serious violence against women.”

“The issue of punctual attention to women victims of violence remains unanswered, especially due to access to justice and health in cases of sexual, physical, psycho-emotional and other abuse.”

For more information in Spanish

A un año de la Declaratoria de AVG en Chiapas, ONG’S denuncian violaciones a DH por parte de gobierno contra mujeres (Revolución tres punto cero, 22 de noviembre de 2017)

Activistas de Chiapas denuncian “Estado feminicida” en México (Proceso, 21 de noviembre de 2017)

Cumple un año sin resultados, AVG para Chiapas (CIMAC Noticias, 21 de noviembre de 2017)

Comunicado completo « En Chiapas, declaramos Estado Feminicida » (Campaña Popular contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas, 20 de noviembre de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las organizaciones peticionarias de la AVG en Chiapas, dejaran de asistir a las mesas de trabajo con el Gobierno del Estado por el incumplimiento de acuerdos (16 de octubre de 2017)

Chiapas: Omisiones tras la declaratoria de Alerta de Violencia de Género (9 de septiembre de 2017)

Chiapas: El Centro de Derechos de la Mujer denuncia faltas al debido proceso y al acceso a la justicia en casos de violencia contra las mujeres y feminicidios. (27 de junio de 2017)


National/International: Visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Mexico Ends

November 23, 2017

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From November 5th to 17th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, indigenous leader of the Philippines, made an official visit to Mexico, which included the capitals of the states of Guerrero, Chiapas and Chihuahua. She met with more than 200 representatives of 23 indigenous peoples, civil organizations defending their rights and officials at all levels.

At the end of his visit, she declared that “the current inadequate legal recognition of indigenous peoples as holders of rights, together with structural discrimination, are at the basis of all the issues and concerns” in the areas “lands and territories; autonomy, self-determination and political participation; self-ascription of indigenous peoples; access to justice; violence and impunity; the right to determine their development priorities; consultation and free, prior and informed consent; economic, social and cultural rights, and the particular situation of specific sectors of indigenous peoples.” While acknowledging “Mexico’s support for advancing the indigenous agenda in international forums,” “this commitment must be coherent and should be reflected in the application of these standards in Mexico.”

On the controversial issue of the consultation, she said that “even in the absence of national legislation on this issue, Mexico already has the obligation to consult indigenous peoples on any activity or legislative or administrative measures that could affect them according to the standards of the ILO Convention 169, the Inter-American jurisprudence and the UN Declaration. The adoption of specific legislation is not the only mechanism to apply the right to consultation and the fact that there is no single model for consultation should also be taken into account, since each indigenous people has its own authorities and decision-making processes.”

The rapporteur also stressed that “the initiatives of indigenous peoples in the area of ​​autonomy and self-government should enjoy greater recognition, and be recognized and incorporated into the overall political structure of the country. In addition to self-government, indigenous peoples have the right to participate fully, if they so wish, in the political life of the country. I have seen some positive developments that could facilitate the political participation of indigenous peoples in this area, such as the possibility of registering independent candidacies.”

For more information in Spanish:

Relatora de la ONU constata violaciones a derechos de indígenas en Chiapas (Proceso, 15 de noviembre de 2017)

Declaración de cierre de Misión a México (Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ONU, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Discriminación indígena persiste por falta de voluntad política: ONU (La Jornada, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Indígenas no son consultados sobre megaproyectos que afectan su territorio en México: ONU (Aristegui Noticias, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Relatora Especial sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas de la ONU visita Guerrero (Boletín de prensa, Tlachinollan, Guerrero, 14 de noviembre de 2017)

Pueblos indígenas presentan recomendaciones ante ONU (Boletín de prensa, Chiapas,15 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional – México: Visita de la Relatora especial de la ONU sobre derechos de los pueblos indígenas (8 de noviembre de 2017)


Chiapas: Agrarian Conflict between the Municipalities of Chenalho and Chalchihuitan Reignites

November 19, 2017

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On October 18th, an individual from the community of Canalumtic, in the municipality of Chalchihuitan, was shot dead.

The following day, a group of police from the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSyPC in its Spanish acronym) and detachments from Zacatonal and Majumpepentic, from the municipality of San Pedro Chenalho, had to flee to San Cristobal following a threat of retention. This occurred after they arrived in Chalchihuitan due to the report of a shootout, according to the newspaper Cuarto Poder.

Several days later, on October 29th, Sebastian Ruiz Ruiz, originally from Chenalho, was shot dead.

In November, a new confrontation with firearms took place between residents of the two municipalities. According to Mural Chiapas, during the events “more than 300 residents of Chenalho entered the community of Pom, Chalchihuitan and burned a house made of wood and sheet iron.”

According to press sources, this confrontation caused the displacement of 670 women and 520 men from the Kanalumtic, Bejelton, Pom and Chen Mut communities, municipality of Chalchihuitan, despite the fact that the Secretary of Government of Chiapas, Juan Carlos Gomez Aranda, met with the municipal presidents of these two locations to solve the problem.

The parish priest of Chenalho, Manuel Perez, in a telephone interview with Expreso Chiapas, “pointed out that it is a very old problem, but the government has not helped and on the contrary it has prolonged this situation. On this occasion,due to the upcoming elections there is no solution, they are more concerned about this and neglecting this ancestral problem, he said. At other times the parish has made complaints to address this conflict but the competent authorities have ignored them. Now, we will see what steps will be taken since it is unfortunate that they are displaced.”

These events are related to the agrarian conflict over the limits between the two municipalities of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho. This conflict began in 1973, as a result of the works of recognition and titling of communal property by the extinct Secretariat of Agrarian Reform. They have resulted in a dispute over more than 900 hectares located between the two entities.

For more information in Spanish:

Gobierno Del Estado Propicia Diálogo Entre Chenalhó y  Chalchihuitán (Mega Noticias, 9 de noviembre de 2017)

Ayuda, claman desplazados de Chalchichuitán (Diario de Chiapas, 13 de noviembre de 2017)

Teme iglesia baño de sangre entre tzotziles de Chalchihuitán y Chenalhó (Expreso Chiapas, 14 de noviembre de 2017)

Solicitan ayuda humanitaria para auto desplazados de Chalchihuitán (El Siete de Chiapas, 13 de noviembre de 2017)

Persiste conflicto entre municipios (Cuarto Poder, 9 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Asesinan a indígena en territorio en conflicto (La Jornada, 19 octubre de 2017)

Gobierno del Estado propicia diálogo entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (El Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, 9 noviembre de 2017)

Conflicto territorial Chenalho – Chalchihuitan, retroceso de 7 años (Chiapas Paralelo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Iglesia llama a privilegiar el diálogo (Cuarto Poder, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Pronunciamiento de la parroquia de Chenalhó (28 de mayo de 2014)

Comunicado de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (22 de mayo de 2014)

Entran comuneros de Chenalhó a terreno en disputa con vecinos de Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 15 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Resurgimiento del conflicto agrario entre los vecinos municipios de Chalchihuitán y Chenalhó (29 de mayo de 2014)