Guerrero: Discontent One Year after the Murder of Antonio Vivar

June 7, 2016

Vivar.pngCrowded funeral of Antonio Vivar in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, in June 2015. Photo: @SIDIDH.

A year after the murder of Antonio Vivar, dozens of social organizations and human rights groups denounced the lack of investigation into the events that occurred on election day in the state of Guerrero in June last year. On that day “the young activist Antonio Diaz Vivar [was] arbitrarily executed and dozens of people were subjected to arbitrary detention and cruel and inhumane treatment” according to the Integrated Information System on Human Rights (SIDIDH). Advocacy organizations recalled that the social unrest in the state “found no channels of dialogue”, leading to “a series of violent incidents between elements of the police and army along with groups of armed men linked to political parties, who had a confrontation with members of the Guerrero Popular Movement (MPG) and the State Coordinator of Education Workers of the State of Guerrero (CETEG) in the city of Tlapa de Comonfort “.

They also noted that the investigation into the murder of Antonio Vivar “has not made significant progress and has failed to carry out important measures, as well as not including the information that the National Human Rights Commission obtained about the involvement of federal forces.” For its part, the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center said that, “the public prosecutor of the federation dismissed the criminal action of the federal police and advocated collecting their testimonies, misrepresenting the events to make them seem like the injured parties.” In a statement they pointed out that the federal police declared that they had not carried firearms, they claim to have been held for several hours in a chapel and to have not known about the murder until the following day through the press. Added to this, they reported that the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) attempted to file the case without notifying the family of the MPG member. In response, the signatory organizations urged the PGR to initiate a thorough investigation and identify the responsibility of elements of the federal police.

 For more information in Spanish:

Tlachinollan | Exigen investigación diligente a un año de violencia electoral del 7 de junio en Guerrero (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos, 6 de junio de 2016)

Denuncian organizaciones falta de investigación por el asesinato del activista Antonio Díaz (Sistema Integral de Información en Derechos Humanos, 7 de junio de 2016)

ONG de Tlapa bloquean puente para exigir que resuelvan el caso de Toño Vivar (La Jornada Guerrero, 6 de junio de 2016)

OPINIÓN | Permiso para matar (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de junio de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Marchan en Tlapa de Comonfort a un mes del asesinato de Antonio Vivar Díaz (10 de julio de 2015)

Guerrero: Gana PRI elecciones en contexto de violencia (9 de junio de 2015)

Chiapas: Muere un maestro en los enfrentamientos de oposición a la evaluación magisterial (10 de diciembre de 2015)


National: Social Organizations Give Opinions on Torture Law

May 31, 2016

Tortura.pngProtest in solidarity with victims and survivors of torture. Archive photo: @Cuartoscuro.

More than four months later than the period granted to Congress to issue a law on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatments and punishments, there is still no legislation. In a statement, dozens of social organizations noted the delay of legislators in drafting such a law and denounced the reluctance to address the “penal miscellany”, a set of reform initiatives to various laws. Organizations that collaborated for nine months on the design of a bill felt that “several of them [proposals] encourage human rights violations”, according to Process. They specifically rejected the legalization of not putting detainees at the disposal of the ministerial authority of the location of arrest, legalizing, according to the statement “‘the stroll’, that is unconstitutional and prolonged detention during which acts of torture occur”; the suspension of the maximum period of preventive detention for accused persons who report torture, “a measure which will cause victims of torture to simply drop their complaint”; and the elimination of the right to presentation of evidence at the initial hearing, such that a person could be imprisoned despite having evidence from the outset to prove his innocence.

The statement recalled the fabrication of statements under torture to support the “historical truth” of Ayotzinapa or the Tlatlaya case. It also mentioned viral videos that showed federal and state agents torturing a woman in Guerrero and of an official of the State Attorney of Mexico that “recognizes that fabricating crime is a ‘lifelong’ practice'”. Facing this, they made a “strong call to Senate not to approve the proposals made […] to demonstrate a clear commitment to the eradication of torture as a legislative priority.” “For a country like Mexico, where patterns of torture and other cruel treatments have been on the rise in recent years, it becomes essential to have norms that guarantee maximum protection of people against possible abuses by the authorities”, Animal Politico published.

 For more information in Spanish:

Miscelánea Penal: propuestas inconstitucionales que fomentan la tortura (Comisión Mexicana en Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, 23 de mayo de 2016)

Exigen ONG que Senado aborde ley de tortura en periodo extra (Proceso, 23 de mayo de 2016)

4 puntos que no se deben olvidar para la ley contra la tortura (Animal Político, 24 de mayo de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero/Nacional: Reacciones ante vídeo de participación de fuerzas públicas en tortura (22 de abril de 2016)

Nacional: Juez absuelve militares implicados en la masacre de Tlatlaya (18 de mayo de 2016)

Nacional: Gobierno rechazó visita del relator para la tortura de la ONU (31 de marzo de 2016)

Nacional: Dudas de organismos de la sociedad civil por la iniciativa de Ley contra la Tortura (9 de febrero de 2016)


Oaxaca: Two Members from the “Hermanos en el Camino” Shelter Team Attacked

May 31, 2016

Hermanos.pngScene of the incident: entrance of the Chahuites Humanitarian Aid Center, during its opening in November, 2014. Photo: @ Diana Manzo

On May 23 Alberto Donis Rodríguez, coordinator of the migrant shelter “Hermanos en el Camino” in Ixtepec, Oaxaca, and Leyssa Palomino Arjona, a volunteer there, were attacked when they visited the Chahuites Humanitarian Aid Center. The coordinator was taking some food to the shelter and was giving a lift to some migrants who were victims of crime in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. A statement released by the Diocese of Tehuantepec said that “when leaving the Chahuites hostel to go to Ixtepec, the migrants got onto the truck. When Alberto was about to get in, a truck approached with two people on board, a man and a woman […] The moment Alberto got in, one of the people in the other truck pulled a gun and fired a shot, accelerated the vehicle in reverse and left the place.” The assailant was identified as Gustavo Herrera Allar, a resident of Chahuites, who according to the statement from the Diocese “collected signatures with the residents in November 2014 for us to close the Hostel. In the previous municipal elections, he was candidate to the Municipal Presidency of Chahuites for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).”

The attack was carried out just after a series of threats on social networks against the priest Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, human rights defender and founder of the migrant shelter “Hermanos en el Camino”. “They have fulfilled the recent threats”, Solalinde wrote. Alberto Donis Rodríguez filed a complaint with the Chahuites Public Prosecutor for Migrant’s Office and requested the support to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).

 For more information in Spanish:

COMUNICADO: Agreden a Alberto Donis coordinador del albergue Hermanos en el Camino (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, 24 de mayo de 2016)

Priista ataca con arma de fuego al equipo del Albergue Hermanos en el Camino (EDUCA La Minuta, 24 de mayo de 2016)

CUMPLEN AMENAZAS CONTRA SOLALINDE: Priista ataca con arma de fuego a dos de sus colaboradores en Oaxaca (Notigodínez, 24 de mayo de2016)

Agreden con arma de fuego a dos colaboradores de Solalinde (Aristegui Noticias, 23 de mayo de 2016)

Chahuites-Ixtepec, la nueva ruta de agresiones a migrantes (Quadratín Oaxaca, 9 de noviembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/internacional: La CIDH expresa su preocupación ante el endurecimiento de las autoridades mexicanas hacia los migrantes y sus defensores en la frontera Sur (17 de junio de 2016)

Oaxaca: Nueva agresión a integrantes del Albergue para migrantes Hermanos en el Camino de Ixtepec (23 de septiembre de 2014)

Oaxaca: nueva amenaza de muerte en contra del Padre Solalinde (11 de octubre de 2012)


Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia Declares Himself an Adherent to the Sixth

May 31, 2016

Aurora.pngThe Sixth poster @Beatriz Aurora

Unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, who is deprived of his liberty in the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) Number 5 of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, declared himself as an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

A statement from the Working Group “No Estamos Todxs” (GTNET) recalled that Paciencia Cruz was arrested in early August 2013, he was held incommunicado for three days, “he was tortured, accused of a crime he did not commit” and later imprisoned. Inside the prison he met Alejandro Diaz Santiz, a member of the collective of prisoners in struggle “Sympathizers of the Voice of Amate”, imprisoned for 17 years and transferred in September 2015 to the maximum security prison of Villa Comaltitlán, Tapachula, Chiapas. Together they began to denounce “violations of human rights suffered by the prison population at the hands of prison authorities”. The statement also acknowledged the work of the prisoners of reporting abuses in prisons, demanding rights and raising awareness of the prison population.

 For more information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento del Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs por Roberto Paciencia Cruz (Grupo de Trabajo “No estamos todxs”, 23 de mayo de 2016)

Roberto Paciencia Cruz exige su libertad (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 1 de marzo de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santiz ayuna por 17 años de encarcelamiento (13 de mayo de 2016)

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

Chiapas: Denuncia Roberto Paciencia desatención en su salud visual (24 de febrero de 2016)


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

May 30, 2016

Maximiliano.png

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)


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