Chiapas: Violence Against Women Continues

March 1, 2017

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The Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas, composed of more than 20 organizations and individuals, issued a bulletin on February 14, the day of love and friendship, to draw attention to the situation of violence against women and the “negligence of the accomplice authorities in the face of femicides” in the state.

In the bulletin, it recalled that, “on November 18, 2016, the Gender Violence Alert was declared for 23 municipalities in the state of Chiapas, 17 of which correspond to the Altos region. The reason was the existence of a marked femicidal context that disturbs social peace, that is to say we women are killed, raped, beaten and the authorities do not act to prevent, eradicate and punish violence against women.”

Using one example, it proposed that this measure is still insufficient. “In January of this year Mariano Gomez Garcia (indigenous Tseltal) was released after being held for one year in pre-trial detention, accused of the femicide of Manuela Santiz Gomez. The reason for his freedom: violation of due process. And like this case, we have documented other cases where the inconsistencies of the Office of the Prosecutor are creating opportunities for defence of murderers and aggressors of women to go unpunished. (…) due to the incompetence of public servants, the justice apparatus created to guarantee the exercise of rights, has become an accomplice to impunity.”

They therefore again demanded “Punish those responsible for femicide and femicidal violence, Guarantee the rights of victims who have been beaten; sanction public officials and civil servants who, because of their incompetence or negligence, have generated impunity towards femicides and aggressors of women. “

For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado, 15 de febrero de 2017

EN LA IMPUNIDAD EL 95 POR CIENTO DE LOS FEMINICIDIOS: KH, ordenadorpolitico, 21 de febrero de 2017

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Mujeres marchan contra las feminicidios(7/11/2016)

Chiapas: Día Internacional de Lucha Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres, (28/11/2016)

Chiapas: Mujeres marchan contra las feminicidios

Oaxaca: En 2016 continúan los feminicidios, febrero 25, 2016


Oaxaca: Teacher Antonio Santiago Gonzalez Murdered

February 26, 2017

Teacher.pngThe murdered teacher inside his car. Photo @NSS Oaxaca

On February 17, the teacher Antonio Santiago Gonzalez, 59, was assassinated, regional representative of Putla Villa de Guerrero, of indigenous level in the coastal region of Oaxaca.

Law enforcement officials reported that the teacher, who was a member of Section 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), was gunned down while traveling in his car by an armed group, who attacked him at kilometer 121, before arriving to the town of Carrizal Copala, Oaxaca.

Wilber Santiago, spokesperson for Section 22, reported that the legal team of this group is accompanying the family of his partner for a quick response from the authorities.

Santiago said: “We demand that the Attorney General’s Office give results quickly, because so far nothing is known of what happened or the reason why they killed our compañero, who was a great leader both in classrooms and in the context of the internal politics of our leadership.”

He also stated: “We demand a halt to the executions. Section 22 fights for quality education in Oaxaca, and that has caused a lot of disturbance. We disapprove of the structural reforms because they affect the social life of the country, we do not want any more deaths. “

 For more information in Spanish:

Asesinan a un dirigente de la Sección 22 en Oaxaca (La Jornada, a 18 de febrero de 2017)

Pistoleros asesinan a maestro oaxaqueño de la CNTE, Antonio Santiago González (La Jornada, a 19 de febrero de 2017)

Asesinan a balazos a representante regional de la Sección 22 en Oaxaca (Proceso, a 18 de febrero de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca : Toma posesión Alejandro Murat Hinojosa como gobernador

Oaxaca: Tras 7 años, la Sección 22 volvió a recordar el 25 de noviembre

 


Chiapas: Chicoasen Ejido Denounces “Conflict Creation” for Those Who do not Support Project

February 25, 2017

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On February 10, the Ejido Committee of the Basic Ejidatarios Commodities of Chicoasen Ejido denounced that “ON FEBRUARY 01 (…) THE TRUCKERS GROUP AGAIN … WANTED TO RECOVER THE ROADS WHERE THE CHICOASEN HYDROELECTRIC WORK HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR 8 MONTHS. THIS RESULTED IN A CONFRONTATION WITH A GROUP OF WORKERS WHO HAVE BLOCKED THE ROADS, WHO ARE ASKING FOR RECOGNITION OF  LABOR RIGHTS, AN INCREASE IN SALARY AND WORK FOR CHICOASEN, AMONG OTHER DEMANDS, AS THE OMEGA COMPANY WAS CONTRACTING OUTSIDERS”(sic).

“AS THE EJIDAL COMMITTEE OF BASIC, POSITIONAL AND EXECUTIVE JUDICIALS, WE DENOUNCE THAT SENATOR LUIS ARMANDO MELGAR ON FEBRUARY 3 ONCE AGAIN CALLED FOR RENEWAL OF THE WORK AT CHICOASEN II HYDROELECTRIC DAM” despite the fact that “THE CFE HAS NOT FULFILLED ITS AGREEMENT FROM THE CREATION OF THE FIRST HYDROELECTRIC DAM (…) AND THEY TOOK AWAY OUR WATER FROM MANANTIALES (…) A LIQUID THAT IS VITAL FOR ALL PEOPLE “

They assured that their fight “REMAINS FIRM” and assured the Mexican State that “WE WILL CONTINUE TO REMIND YOU OF THE LACK OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE AGREEMENTS SINCE THE FIRST CONSTRUCTION OF THE MANUEL MORENO TORREZ HYDROELECTRIC DAM.”

They demand the “A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS, THE SUSPENSION OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHICOASEN II HYDROELECTRIC DAM BECAUSE IT DIRECTLY AFFECTS US AND HAS VIOLATED OUR AGRICULTURAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS AS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE EJIDAL COMMITTEE” and also request the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR), “TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW UP OUR CASE BECAUSE IT IS A MATTER WHERE THE INTEREST IS THE DISPOSSESSION AND VIOLATION OF OUR HUMAN RIGHTS BY THE MEXICAN STATE TOGETHER WITH OMEGA AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES.”

For more information in Spanish:

En Chicoasén crean conflictos con el objetivo de reiniciar trabajos en la obra hidroeléctrica (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 13 de febrero de 2017)

En Chicoasén crean conflictos con el objetivo de reiniciar trabajos en la obra hidroeléctrica (Radio Zapatista, 14 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Ejidatarios de Chicoasén iniciaron ayuno contra hidroeléctrica Chicoasén II

Chiapas: Aprehendieron al abogado del Comité Ejidal de afectados por la presa Chicoasén II(@Frayba) (27 de octubre de 2015)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal rechazan represas y alto pago de luz, y expresan ¡Ríos Libres, Pueblos Vivos! (23 de marzo de 2015)

Nacional: Programa Nacional de Infraestructura presenta proyectos con posibles afectaciones para la población (8 de mayo de 2014)

 


Guerrero: Escalation in Unstoppable Violence

February 22, 2017

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The Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, in its latest publication called “Armed Civilians”, denounces the escalation of the unstopable violence that is being experienced in the state of Guerrero “where visible power is absent and moreover if complicit with criminality.” Tlachinollan explains the links that state politicians have established with new players belonging to organized crime and big transnational corporations. It affirms that the state is no longer in the service of nor does it protect the population but the macroeconomic interests of the large transnational corporations and those of organized crime, both linked to each other, generating “an atmosphere of fear that places people in a state of extreme vulnerability.” It declares that the development model is “deployed in the dispossession and privatization of strategic resources” and that “the entire strength of the state is focused on safeguarding the wealth of the looters” while seriously undermining social inequality. In addition, the Center for Human Rights points to the criminalization of social leaders: they “disappear and violently attack those who oppose such truculent businesses and the plunder of natural resources of transnational corporations.”

In that same publication, Tlachinollan reports that “[in] Guerrero in different regions of the state non-state actors linked to organized crime which society labels as armed civilian groups have incubated. They are armed men who invade villages to attack entire families and communities.”

Tlachinollan concludes by blaming the security forces and the Army itself of being “unable to contain this institutional disorder because they are called to protect macroeconomic interests and the different twists of the criminal economy that are laundered with the businesses of transnational corporations. They are never at the place or time when the population needs protection. In contrast, armed civilians move freely, knowing that the street is under their control. “

For more information in Spanish:

OPINIÓN | Los civiles armados (Centro de derechos humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 5 de febrero de 2017)

 


Guerrero: Massive Mobilization to Guarantee Basic Rights in La Montaña

February 8, 2017

Mont.jpgLa Montaña rises against hunger and discrimination. Photo@Tlachinollan

On February 6, the communities that form the Council of Damaged Communities of La Montaña (CCDM in its Spanish acronym) called for a massive mobilization in Tlapa de Comonfort “given [the] fault of the authorities to guarantee basic rights in the mountain of Guerrero.”

More than three years after the devastation of Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel, CCDM communities “decided to raise their voices and take action until their voices are heard.” They denounce that in the midst of the devastation that affected sixteen thousand families; which forced 35 communities to move; which totally destroyed 4,350 homes, which led to the disappearance of schools and clinics razed by rivers, and the death of at least 40 people, “the response of state and federal authorities is inaction.”

Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel also caused the losses in the agricultural cycle and shortages in the distribution networks, directly affecting not only the only economic income for the communities’ livelihoods, but their only means of subsistence. The La La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which accompanies the CCDM, explains in its latest report entitled “With the Strength of the Mountain we will Collapse the Wall of Iniquity”, that despite the various agreements between representatives of the federal and state institutions and the CCDM and despite many mobilizations of the CCDM to demand their application, these agreements were not met. Therefore, given the delay in the delivery of basic grains, the worsening of the food crisis, the increase of diseases caused by malnutrition, the CDMW decided to undertake another mobilization “to call on the authorities to comply with the commitments made [ ] ensure the continuity of deliveries and respect the agreements agreed with the mountain peoples.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Derrumbar el muro de la iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Miles de indígenas contra el hambre y la marginación en la Montaña de Guerrero(Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)

Damnificados en Guerrero por huracán denuncian indiferencia de autoridades (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Denuncian en Tlapa falta de cumplimiento de la Federación con las familias indígenas (La Jornada Guerrero, 4 de febrero de 2017)
Invitación: Masiva movilización en Tlapa, Guerrero. Ante omisión de las autoridades (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)
Con la fuerza de la montaña derrumbaremos el muro de iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from Sipaz:


Guerrero: Se logra acuerdo para implementación de un programa de abastecimiento de granos básicos para los damnificados de la Montaña (22 de febrero 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de la Montaña realizan “Peregrinación del Hambre” por falta de apoyo gubernamental (5 de febrero de 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de las tormentas migran para poder subsistir (22 de octubre de 2013)


Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia’s Liberty at Risk

February 5, 2017

Roberto.pngRoberto Paciencia Cruz on the day of his release, Photo @: Espoir Chiapas

On February 2, the No Estamos Todxs Working Group (GTNET in its Spanish acronym) and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights, (CDHFBC, also known as Frayba) expressed their concern in a joint statement over the risk to personal freedom of Roberto Paciencia Cruz. Roberto is an indigenous Tsotsil from Chenalho, Chiapas and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. On August 9, 2013 he was arrested and charged with an alleged abduction. The GTNET and the CDHFBC recall in their communiqué that at the time of Roberto’s arrest and imprisonment “acts of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial were documented, violating the rights of personal liberty, integrity, personal security and access to due process.” They add that “since his arrest, and throughout a judicial process that lasted three years and three months, Roberto did not cease to fight against the injustices of the corrupt Mexican justice system, until on November 26, 2016, he was released on recognition of innocence by the Judge of the Criminal Branch of the Judicial District of San Cristobal de Las Casas, by acquittal “.

However, despite not being able to sustain an accusation against Paciencia during the trial, and despite the violations mentioned against him, the public prosecutor filed an appeal against that acquittal. The GTNET and the CDHFBC emphasize that, “the arbitrary and unjust detention of Roberto brought physical and psychological consequences for him and his family, disrupting his life plans and generating family impoverishment.”

According to information in their possession, they report that “the study of the case and the proposed sentence of appeal will be in charge of the Speaker C, of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 3, San Cristobal de Las Casas, headed by Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez; the proposal will be voted by the judges who hold court in the middle of February.” The likelihood that the sentence of acquittal of Roberto Paciencia can be modified generates a situation of uncertainty, stress and anxiety for him and his family.

The GTNET and the CDHFBC exhort Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez and the members of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 03 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “to confirm the acquittal, because there are no legal elements to revoke the said sentence.” In addition, they ask the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and national and international civil society to be attentive to the resolution of the Mixed Regional Court and to carry out solidarity actions for Roberto Paciencia Cruz and his family when they can.

For more information in Spanish:

Boletin conjunto: En riesgo la libertad personal de Roberto Paciencia Cruz ( Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs (GTNET) & Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 02 de enero de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Liberan a Roberto Paciencia (26 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Juez dictaminará sentencia a Roberto Paciencia (15 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Procesión fuera del CERSS No.5 en exigencia de la liberación de Roberto Paciencia Cruz (31 de octibre de 2016)

Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia Cruz, injustamente preso, denuncia la negación del acceso a sus visitas por segunda vez (19 de octubre 2016)


National: UNO Special Rapporteur Visits Mexico to Evaluate Human Rights Situation

February 5, 2017

UNO.pngMichael Forst, UNO Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Photo@MuralChiapas

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, visited Mexico from January 16 to 24 with the aim of assessing the situation of human rights defenders and evaluating the efforts made by the Mexican authorities for their protection. After traveling the country from Mexico City to the states of Chihuahua, Guerrero, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico, and meeting more than 800 defenders from 24 states, 60% of whom were women, the UNO Rapporteur noted “high levels of insecurity and violence faced by defenders in the country” in a “complex context marked by organized crime, corruption and state repression.”

Based on his observations, Forst points out that, “the situation of human rights defenders is marked by the criminalization of their activities through the undue and deliberate use of criminal law and manipulation of punitive power by both state and non-state players, to prevent and even avoid the legitimate activities of defenders to promote and protect human rights.” He also added that “the use of arbitrary arrests and detentions as an instrument to silence dissident voices and to curb social movements is also worrying (…) in many cases, those who defend human rights by reporting violations committed by the authorities are criminalized and face indirect reprisals through attacks or criminal proceedings directed against their families or people close to them.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed concern about the fact that “98% of crimes in Mexico are not solved”: “The low rate of successful investigations and solution of crimes committed against human rights defenders has generated a generalized sense of impunity.” He continued and warned that, “The lack of investigation and sanction of the aggressors sends a dangerous message that there are no consequences for committing such crimes. This creates an environment conducive to the repetition of violations.”

“Impunity has become the cause and effect of the general insecurity of human rights defenders in Mexico,” the Special Rapporteur warned at the close of his official visit to the country and presented a preliminary report with a series of recommendations to the authorities and other players to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders and facilitate their important work. Forst concluded by reaffirming his willingness to provide assistance to all players interested in combating impunity and ensuring the protection of defenders in Mexico.

For more information in Spanish

México / Defensores de DD HH: “La mejor forma de protegerlos es luchando contra la impunidad” – Experto de la ONU (Naciones Unidas, 25 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU concluye visita en México (El Financiero, 24 de enero de 2017)

DEFENSORAS Y DEFENSORES DEL TERRITORIO DENUNCIAN AGRESIONES ANTE RELATOR DE LA ONU (23 de febrero de 2017)

Repudian ONU y ONG asesinato del ambientalista Isidro Baldenegro (19 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU evalúa violación de DD.HH. en México (TeleSUR, 17 de enero de 2017)

Viene a México relator especial de ONU para defensores de DH (La Jornada, 11 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Visita no oficial del relator especial de la ONU sobre la Situación de las y los defensores de Derechos Humanos (13 de mayo de 2016)

Nacional: Gobierno rechazó visita del relator para la tortura de la ONU (13 de mayo de 2016) Nacional: Relator especial de la ONU sobre la tortura finaliza visita oficial a México (6 de mayo de 2014)