Guerrero: XXI Anniversary of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police

October 30, 2016

CRAC.jpgCRAC-PC march in Horcasitas. Photo@SIPAZ

On October 15, the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities-Community Police (CRAC-PC) celebrated its 21st anniversary. For this occasion, the police, along with their liaison committees and social organizations, were convened in Atotonilco de Horcasitas from their four houses of justice in San Luis Acatlan, Ziltlaltepec, Espino Blanco and El Paraiso, for two days of activities. On the first day, four groups worked on the validation of the internal rules of the CRAC-PC, the defense of Law 701, the defense of land and territory against the mega-projects, and joining together struggles.

The second day began with a march of about 600 CRAC-PC members led by both coordinators and counselors of CRAC-PC and cabinet members of the State Government of Guerrero. After the parade the conclusions of the working groups for dialogue and a political position were presented in a plenary session. A timetable for the validation of new CRAC-PC internal rules was established and the will to reform Law 701 in favor of indigenous peoples, i.e. granting them more rights, was ratified. During the plenary session, Flores Maldonado, assistant to governor Hector Astudillo, recognized the Community Police stating that, in communities where the CRAC is present, the crime rate is significantly lower in comparison to other parts of the state such as Acapulco or the capital Chilpancingo where it is continually escalating, “while in other regions there are murders and an effervescence of those who want to commit crimes, in the areas with Community [policing] crimes are very few.”

Pablo Guzman, director of the CRAC-PC, called for respect for community policing and freedom for the members of CRAC held as prisoners for being “unjustly accused of kidnapping”, such as Arturo Campos, despite several international human rights treaties such as Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Federal Constitution and Law 701 recognizing the right of indigenous peoples to have their own  justice and security system.

According to the Sur de Acapulco newspaper, security and justice community processes, represent a hope “in the middle of the crisis of violence plaguing the country, the CRAC shines as an alternative of justice and security with community roots.” The Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, noted that “despite the government’s onslaught against it and internal disputes they have fought in the past 5 years,” the CRAC-PC is still standing and upholding the right of indigenous peoples to have their own system of justice and security.

For more information in Spanish:

Celebra la CRAC su 21 aniversario (El Sur, a 16 de octubre 2016)

Desfilan enviados del gobernador con la Policía Comunitaria de la CRAC a 21 años de su fundación (El Sur, a 17 de octubre 2016)

Libres 6 autoridades comunitarias de la CRAC-PC (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana Tlachinollan, a 12 de mayo de 2016)

Cumple la Crac 21 años de su creación en un contexto alejado de la promesa de unión ( La Jornada Guerrero, a 16 de octubre 2016)

En defensa de la CRAC-PC (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana Tlachinollan, a 17 de octubre 2016)


 For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: En libertad seis presos de la CRAC-PC ( a 13 de mayo de 2016)



Guerrero/National/International: Mexican Government Asks IACHR to Declare El Charco Case Inadmissable

October 30, 2016

charco@Lenin Ocampo Torres, El Sur de Acapulco

On October 21, the Decada Solidarity Network  Against Impunity reported that the Mexican State requested that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) declare the case of the massacre by Mexican soldiers of 11 indigenous and a university student in El Charco, municipality of Ayutla, “inadmissible”. The events occurred on June 7, 1998. The State’s response came 13 months after the international body requested information about the massacre. There it argues that the request for admissibility “is inappropriate” and asks to “archive” the request. The survivor of the massacre, Erika Zamora Pardo, explained that they will demonstrate that the process is not time-barred, as suggested by the Mexican government, and serious violations of human rights were committed, such as extrajudicial executions and torture of detainees, crimes which are considered imprescriptible.

The network reported that it will ask for an admissibility hearing from the IACHR to support its request. It should be recalled that the case is before the IACHR since May 2012.

For more information in Spanish:

Boletín de prensa Red Solidaria Década Contra la Impunidad (21 de octubre de 2016)

Pidió el Estado a la CIDH que declare inadmisible el caso de la masacre de El Charco, denuncian (El Sur, 21 de octubre de 2016)

El Estado mexicano responde a la CIDH por el caso de El Charco, con 13 meses de atraso (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de octubre de 2016)

Al menor militares lo golpearon en cabeza y estómago; Estado pidió a CIDH declare “inadmisible” la masacre de indígenas (Revolución 3.0, 22 de octubre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Conmemoran 16 aniversario de la Masacre de El Charco y exigen justicia (10 de junio de 2014)

Guerrero: Presentación del informe de la Misión de Observación “Una luz contra la impunidad” (3 de abril de 2014)

Guerrero: Instan a CIDH tomar caso de la masacre de El Charco (31 de enero de 2013)

Chiapas/National/International: National Women’s Strike

October 30, 2016

mujeres.jpgEvent against violence against women, San Cristobal de Las Casas, October, 2016 @SIPAZ

On October 19, demonstrations were held in different countries of Latin America to protest against femicide and violence against women. In San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the event brought together about 200 people.

The trigger for these demonstrations were several recent femicides in various locations: the young Argentinan Lucia Perez, 16 years old, who was drugged, raped and murdered in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The case of Paola, a transsexual woman, which occurred on September 30 in Buenavista colony, Mexico City; the attack on the house of Itzel Duran, which resulted in the murder of the 19-year-old in Comitan, Chiapas, on October 8, and the femicide of the member of the Youth Network Trans, Alessa Flores, activist and sex worker, found dead in a hotel at Calzada de Tlalpan in Mexico City on the 13th. From Argentina, the brother of Lucia Perez states: “This time it was Lucia … but next time it can happen to you, or the person you love most in the world.”

The call for a women’s strike was spread regionally, promoted by networks encouraging the taking of public spaces in marches or demonstrations involving men and women.

In the demonstration in Naucalpan, Mexico State, women participating in the event were suppressed: according to Radio Zapote, a municipal police patrol car arrived at the town hall, where two uniformed policemen got out and arrested two women who were demonstrating against sexist violence at gunpoint.

According to the Citizens’ National Observatory of Femicide (OCNF), there are seven murders of women a day in Mexico and of “(…) 3,892 cases documented by the OCNF between 2012 and 2013, only 613 (15.75%) were investigated as femicide.”


For more information in Spanish:

Gritar todos juntos “Ni una Menos” evitará que maten a miles de Lucías más: hermano de Lucía Pérez, víctima de feminicidio en Argentina (Desinformémonos, a 19 de octubre 2016)

“Dejen de matarnos”, exigen mujeres en México en apoyo al Paro Nacional contra el feminicidio (Desinformémonos, a 19 de octubre 2016)

América Latina, la región con mayor violencia hacia las mujeres, en paro para protestar (Desinformémonos, a 18 de octubre 2016)

Convocan a paro nacional contra los feminicidios en México (Proceso, a 18 de octubre 2016)

Testimonio Miercoles Negro (Soundcloud, Radio Zapote, a 19 de octubre 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: nueva movilización contra los Feminicidios y por el Asesinato de Itzel

Oaxaca: En 2016 continúan los feminicidios

Chiapas: Feminicidios a la alza: seis víctimas en menos de diez días

Chiapas: Statement from Las Abejas on the Monthly Anniversary of the Acteal Massacre

October 25, 2016


On October 22, to mark the monthly anniversary of the Acteal Massacre (1997), Las Abejas Civil Society released a statement in which they recalled key dates in October: October 2, 1968, the day of a “government crime recorded in the memory of the people,” even while the current government continues “to commit other crimes against young students such as the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa”; and October 12, 1492, “what was the beginning of the pillage of the resources of our continent, a pillage that has not ended. This is what we saw just eight days ago when we were present at the Fifth National Indigenous Congress (CNI) where an endless [list of] testimonies of grievances and dispossessions from a range of peoples throughout Mexico, from Sonora to the Yucatan Peninsula the lands of campesinos have been invaded, to be exploited and destroyed by transnational companies, while the real owners are imprisoned, killed or disappeared “. Las Abejas said that, “a thing that gives us great sadness and indignation is to see that this pillage that foreigners did in the past is now carried out by the same governments that claim to represent Mexicans.”

On this same date, Las Abejas also launched an invitation issued to commemorate the nineteenth anniversary of the Acteal Massacre framework in which they will hold a meeting to be held on December 21 and 22 this year in Acteal, Chenalho municipality.

For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado « En este mes de octubre nos reunimos en esta Tierra Sagrada de Acteal para recordar una vez más lo que no puede ser olvidado, el asesinato impune de nuestros hermanos y hermanas el 22 de diciembre de 1997 » (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de octubre de 2016)

Convocatoria a XIX Aniversario de la Masacre de Acteal (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas : niegan amparo e indemnización a acusados liberados de la masacre de Acteal (9 de septiembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal se solidarizan con la lucha del magisterio (29 de junio de 2016)

Chiapas: Solicitan Las Abejas de Acteal acopio para familias desplazadas (9 de junio de 2016)


Guerrero: Three Years of Impunity in the Rocio Mesino Murder Case

October 24, 2016


On October 19, about 100 people including social activists, members of social organizations and relatives held a ceremony at the Mexcalpetec Bridge in Atoyac, to remember Rocio Mesino Mesino, former leader of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS), three years after her assassination at that very spot. In addition to the performance of an Aztec ritual of a force of memory circle, a mural was unveiled in the community of Mexcaltepec, which was painted by the Tecuanes youth organization, and in which Rocio Mesino’s face appears. The activities carried out in the framework this third anniversary ended with a cultural evening in Atoyac the Zocalo.

At the end of the commemoration, the OCSS demanded a gender alert in the state due to the increase in femicide. Norma Mesino, Rocio’s sister, said that “they cannot be allowed to keep on killing women for being critical for thinking differently, for being activists and defending a cause, or any other woman for the fact of being a woman, that is reprehensible.” She mentioned in particular the case of Dr. Adela Rivas Obe, former Atoyac PRD councilor who was recently murdered.

Faced with impunity in the case of her sister, Norma Mesino has claimed that the government refuses to investigate the political line of investigation as the main motive and that relatives have been denied the right to copies of the file. She says, “it is a case that was well planned and the people who did this did it with total impunity and with the support of the municipal and ministerial police and the army.”

For its part, the National Network of Human Rights Defenders (RNDDHM) in Mexico, composed of 218 women defenders and journalists in 23 states, expressed “outrage at the negligent performance and remiss of the Mexican government, which has permitted that three years after the murder of the defender there is no hint of justice, despite existing evidence, and that the case had the attention of the Guerrero State Attorney. We believe that there is no justification for official inaction. This passivity reinforces the hypothesis that the murder of Rocio, member of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS) -to which the 17 campesinos killed on June 28, 1995 in Aguas Blancas belonged-, derives from her work in defense of human rights, which led her to confront the government on several occasions, denouncing, for example, acts of corruption.”

For more information in Spanish:

Efectúan ceremonia ritual en memoria de Rocío Mesino en el puente Mexcaltepec (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de octubre de 2016)

ONG marchan en Atoyac por el tercer aniversario del asesinato de Rocío Mesino (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de octubre de 2016)

A tres años del asesinato de la dirigente Rocío Mesino organizaciones exigen justicia en Atoyac (El Sur, 19 de octubre de 2016)

Pronunciamiento « Asesinato de Rocío Mesino : tres años de impunidad » (Red Nacional de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México, 19 de octubre de 2016)

A tres años del crimen, exige la familia de Rocío Mesino al fiscal Olea investigar su asesinato (El Sur, 18 de octubre de 2016)

Rocío Mesino, tres años (La Plaza, 16 de octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Impunidad a un año del asesinato de Rocío Mesino Mesino, lideresa de la OCSS (22 de octubre de 2014)

Guerrero: asesinan a luchadora social de la Organización Campesina de la Sierra del Sur (22 de octubre de 2013)


Chiapas: Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz Denounces the Denial of Visits for Second Time

October 23, 2016

Paciencia.jpgPilgrimage of the youth of Chenalho in support of the unjustly imprisoned. Photo @SIPAZ

On October 14, unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Tzotzil indigenous, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, held in CERESO No. 5 of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, again suffered unfair treatment. In a letter, he publicly denounced that the prison director, Jorge Antonio Utrilla Muñoa, along with his guard, Ernesto Guzman Lopez, denied entry to his visits “although the director had authorized permission the day before so they could go inside the prison”. Roberto reported threats and intimidation on the part of the prison director in order to deny the inmates their right of expression and to [make them] suffer in silence the ill-treatment both to prisoners and their visitors “[…] he tells us, if we, if we complain to some dependency he can move us to another CERESO (sic.)”. It is the second time in less than two months that Roberto has been denied his “sacred visits” arbitrarily. In his letter, Roberto declares that, “the injustices, humiliations, threats, psychological torture, is the daily bread that the authorities give us in different jails of the state (sic.)”.

It should be recalled that despite the numerous pieces of evidence of his innocence, more than three years after his detention Roberto Paciencia Cruz has still not had his sentence delivered, given that the prosecution has not presented [its case], although it has been called several times to testify before the judge.

According to the NIV News Group, the current director of CERESO No. 5, Jorge Antonio Muñoa Utrilla, had already been denounced by guards and custodians for mistreatment and abuse of authority while he was director of CERESO No. 8. Through a letter they sent to local media, the complainants claimed that Utrilla “behaves in a despotic and rude manner with the staff of the prison and the families of inmates”, that, under threat of dismissal or being moved to another prison if orders are not carried out, he makes guards do personal work of the direction, neglecting the security of the jail, that he uses “the prison vehicle for emergency transfers of inmates as if it were his personal bus” so that they have had to “bring the inmate in private cars to hospital, a situation that puts the safety of the transfer at risk .” According to the complainants, the worst is that Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa “blames them for mistakes that he deliberately causes.” On February 22, 2015 in CERESO No. 8, “several inmates went on strike hunger and sewed their mouths to denounce Utrilla Jorge Antonio Muñoa’s abuse.” According to the NIV News Group, during Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa’s term as head of CERSS Comitan No. 10 “there was evidence of corruption and drug trafficking.”

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian violación de derechos en penal de Chiapas (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2016)

Trabajadores del CERSS No 8 denuncian abusos del director (Grupo NVI Noticias, 24 de abril del 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Carta de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en el marco del día internacional de los presos (24 de septiembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Niegan entrada a visitas del injustamente preso, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, en el CERESO No. 5 (30 de agosto de 2016)Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia Cruz, tres años preso en el Centro Estatal de Reinserción Social de Sentenciados (CERSS) número 5 (19 de agosto de 2016)

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


Oaxaca/International: Fifth Person Arrested in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Murder Case

October 19, 2016


On October 6, John Macario Bautista Ramirez was arrested in Brownsville, Texas, United States, and was deported by immigration authorities, identified as one of those responsible for the death of activists Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, who were participating in a humanitarian convoy bound for San Juan Copala and who were ambushed in the Triqui region of Oaxaca, on April 27, 2010. This arrest makes five the number of people detained for the events.

According to Virginia Lopez, a relative of Bety Cariño, the event has not been forgotten. She noted that although this represents progress, they will continue to demand that justice be done and that all the killers are imprisoned with their corresponding punishment.

Omar Esparza, leader of the Indigenous Zapatista Agrarian Movement (MAIZ) and widower of Bety Cariño, acknowledged that this is a step but “there are still eight arrest warrants to be executed. During these six years as a family and organization we presented evidence, much of which was turned down, lines of investigation involving organized crime were closed and that tells us a lot, furthermore all federal investigation was put on hold due to lack of evidence without notifying us.” He insisted that “justice will not be done until everyone involved is arrested and duly tried and that it is not only a show trial”.

Meanwhile Michell Karla Salas, who is legally accompanying the case, claimed that “the whole process has been extremely slow, none of those arrested has been tried. The first [trial] will take place in early November and the Investigating Judge in Oaxaca dismissed two of the main testimonies that came from two women who were witnesses and managed to see the faces of those who attacked the convoy. “ According to information from Desinformemonos, “the current political context in Oaxaca is worrying for the lawyer, the return of the PRI to state government and also the recent appointment of Rene Juarez Cisneros, PRI politician and former governor of Guerrero, named yesterday as the new Government Undersecretary of the Interior Ministry which could influence the outcome of the trials of the five people arrested so far and whether or not the eight arrests pending are made.”

For more information in Spanish:

“Estamos muy decepcionados de la justicia mexicana, el asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola permanece impune”: Omar Esparza (Desinformémonos, 7 de octubre de 2016)

Cae otro de los asesinos de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (NVI Noticias, 6 de octubre de 2016)

Detienen en Estados Unidos a triqui implicado en los asesinatos de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (Pagina3, 7 de octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Oaxaca: PGR archiva el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Gobierno del estado no recibe a eurodiputadas por “falta de voluntad” hacia el caso de Bety y Jyri (2 de octubre de 2015)

Oaxaca: Omar Esparza denuncia grupo contratado para asesinarlo; amenazas para abogados del caso Bety y Jyri (3 de junio de 2015)

Oaxaca: Amenazan a dos mujeres testigos en el caso del asesinato de los activistas Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (13 de febrero de 2015