Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Request Collection for Displaced Families

June 15, 2016

Acopio.pngCollection during the displacement of Colonia Puebla in 2013. Photo: @Koman Ilel.

On May 26, a group of 14 families from Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society, residents of Colonia Puebla, Chenalho municipality, Chiapas, were displaced fleeing the violence caused by the conflict after the elections in that municipality. The displacement happened after violent incidents between sympathizers of the recently dismissed mayor, Rosa Perez Perez of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), and supporters of the new mayor, Miguel Santiz Alvarez, causing the death of two people, one of them a minor, who died from a bullet wound. The Chenalho Pedrano Movement, opponents of Perez Perez, said in a statement that they were attacked with “firearms, sticks, stones and machetes, in an ambush that was orchestrated by sympathizers of the ex-mayor.” Furthermore, there were “two houses burned, two destroyed, three vehicles destroyed and six people wounded”, according to the statement from Las Abejas.

Las Abejas noted that “until now, there are no conditions to return”, so that the displaced are currently in the headquarters of the organization. In another letter they outlined that, “the displaced from the colony are living through suffering. Therefore we ask you the favor of helping with supplies.” To this end, they have opened two collection centers for clothes in San Cristobal de Las Casas and they ask for financial support to be deposited in a bank account. According to La Jornada, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) “requested the government of Chiapas to apply cautionary measures and guarantee the rights of the people who have been displaced.” The measures are aimed at guaranteeing rights to food, health, a home, physical integrity and the lives of the displaced.

It is worth noting that the disagreement following the result of the municipal elections in Chenalho, with the victory of PVEM, gave rise to the Chenalho Pedrano Movement in rejection of the elected mayor, accusing her of “corruption, abuse of power and diverting resources.” This group organized a takeover of the town hall and a number of government offices, it took over the State Congress for some hours, and it kidnapped three civil servants who were negotiating a solution to the disagreement, among them the President of the State Congress and a deputy. Having put them on public show, one dressed as a woman, Congress accepted the resignation of the mayor.

It is also worth mentioning that 17 families of Colonia Puebla were displaced by in August 2013 in the conflict between Catholics and Evangelicals in dispute over the land where Catholic hermitage was located. Almost 100 displaced people returned after eight months off their lands, denouncing the lack of law enforcement for their aggressors.

For more information in Spanish:

Los desplazados y desplazadas de la colonia puebla están viviendo bajo el sufrimientos. Entonces le pedimos un gran favor a que nos puedan colaborar en las despensas. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 7 de junio de 2016)

Hace apenas 8 días, jueves 26 de mayo, los miembros de la organización de la sociedad civil de las abejas de Acteal, en la colonia puebla se desplazaron 14 familias un total de 81 personas porque en esa misma colonia surgió nuevamente una gran violencia y balaceras a las 13:45pm hora normal. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 3 de junio de 2016)

Piden proteger a desplazados de Chenalhó (La Jornada, 31 de mayo de 2016)

For more information in SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Riesgo de más violencia en Chenalhó después de secuestro y cambio de alcalde (31 de mayo de 2016)

Chiapas : jóvenes denuncian violencia, impunidad y ausencia de justicia para Puebla (30 de abril de 2014)

Chiapas: regresan a su comunidad los desplazados de Ejido Puebla (15 de abril de 2014)

Chiapas:Incremento de la violencia en Colonia Puebla, Chenalhó (22 de julio de 2013)


Chiapas: Alejandro Diaz Santiz Reports Mistreatment of Prisoners

June 8, 2016

AlejandroAlejandro Díaz Santiz’s report. Photo: @Chiapas Denuncia.

Unjustly imprisoned Alejandro Diaz Santiz, currently deprived of his liberty in federal prison No. 15 of Villa Comaltitlán, Tapachula, Chiapas, reported threats, abuse of power by the prison guards, as well as verbal and physical humiliation. In a letter, the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and member of the “Sympathizers of the Voice of Amate” group, stated that “in the prisons of our country and states prisoners in different prisons or CEFERESOS (Centers for Social reinsertion) suffer ill-treatment by the authorities”, giving the example that “many of my colleagues have been beaten for almost no reason.” In his letter he detailed the physical abuse inflicted on an inmate who is about 60 years old, completely naked, for having disposable cups in his cell. Diaz Santiz’s letter ended asking the President of the Republic to exhort his freedom from the governors of Veracruz, as well as demanding the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, “to fulfill his promise in which he promised to see my case with the authorities of Veracruz “, which is almost three years without being fulfilled.

It should be remembered that Alexander has spent more than 17 years in confinement for “a murder he did not commit”, and also “at the time of his arrest did not speak Spanish, he was tortured, never had access to a translator and did not have enough money for adequate legal defense”, according to Sympathizers of the Voice of Amate. In September last year he was transferred from a state prison to a maximum security prison, although the crime for which he is serving a sentence does not pertain to the federal jurisdiction, nor is he a high risk prisoner. ‘No Estamos Todos Working Group called this move “political revenge” for “supporting and raising awareness among other prisoners and for not being silent about the abuses of the prison authorities.” The resolution of an injunction that could release Diaz Santiz for partial remission of his sentence is currently impending.

From the beginning of this year until May, the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) received more than 800 complaints about the operation of national prison system and detention centers, according to La Jornada. The same media source said that complaints are over “poor medical care, torture and ill-treatment, poor nutrition, insufficient labor and educational activities, lacking facilities and lack of hygiene.” They shall also noted that Chiapas is among the six states in which 80% of the complaints received are concentrated.

For more information in Spanish:

Malos tratos en el CEFERESO 15 de Villa Comaltitlán (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 6 de junio de 2016)

“Siempre estamos bajo amenazas, humillaciones físicas y verbales”, preso tsotsil de Chiapas, Alejandro Díaz Santiz. (Pozol Colectivo, 6 de junio de 2016)

Preso indígena denuncia “malos tratos” en penal de Chiapas (La Jornada en línea, 7 de junio de 2016)

La CNDH ha recibido este año 800 quejas contra el sistema penitenciario (La Jornada, 30 de mayo de 2016)

El profundo descuido del sistema penitenciario en México (Animal Político, 15 de febrero 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: Exigen la liberación de Alejandro Díaz Santiz (11 de marzo de 2016)

Chiapas: Trasladan a Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, junto a 386 presos, a penal de alta seguridad (15 de septiembre de 2016)


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)


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