National/Oaxaca/Chiapas: National tour on forcible disappearance in Mexico

March 10, 2015

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Press-conference, 2 March.  Photo@Sipaz

On 2 and 3 March, in observance of the “National tour on forcible disappearance in Mexico: the case of Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya, a crime against humanity,” as organized by the National Front for the Struggle toward Socialism (FNLS) and the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them,” a press-conference was organized together with a teacher’ meeting in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The relatives in question, Nadin Reyes Maldonado and Margarita Cruz Sánchez, as well as the lawyer César Augusto Sandino Rivero Espinosa, presented the case of the two social activists, who were detained and disappeared in 2007.  They denounced that “the Mexican State continues insists on maintaining the military on the margins of consideration.  Of the four lines of investigation in the case, at least three mention the participation of federal forces.  However, those reaches of federal power must remain in impunity, and so they blame local officials.”

Furthermore, Nadin Reyes Maldonado and Margarita Cruz Sánchez denounced the criminalization of the search for the relatives and their struggle for a broad investigation.  Their lawyer indicated the gravity of the impact of a case like this, being a “direct repression against a social struggle.”  The organizations calling for the tour indicate as well in their communique the national dimensions of this crime: “The forcible disappearances of people are a reality that hurt increasingly more people, including millions of Mexicans like Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya, […] as well as the Triqui indigenous women Daniela and Virginia Ortiz Ramírez, the Chatino indigenous man Lauro Juárez, and the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.”  They call for the Mexican State to “be judged before international courts for State terror and crimes against humanity.  In this same way, State authorities must be held accountable for their participation or omission in the commission of multiple human-rights violations.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa (FNLS, 2 de marzo de 2015)

Los desaparecidos, “en manos de militares” y policías federales (La Jornada, 9 de julio de 2007)

Invitación de Hasta Encontrarlos (10 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Internacional: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared (6 September 2014)

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (10 June 10 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (16 September 2013)


National: Changes in EPN’s cabinet, as Murillo Karam resigns as Attorney General, and Lía Limón resigns from post as Subsecretary for Legal Affairs and Human Rights

March 10, 2015

Jesús Murillo Karam (@Wikipedia)

Jesús Murillo Karam (@Wikipedia)

At the end of February, following large protests in Mexico City in observance of five months since the forcible disappearance of 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa in Guerrero, Jesús Murillo Karam, Federal Attorney General, presented his resignation from the post which he had held for more than two years.  He will now lead the Secretary for Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (SEDATU) while Arely Gómez González, an attorney and senator, will direct the PGR.

On 4 March, the ex-PAN member Lía Limón García resigned from the Subsecretary for Legal Affairs and Human Rights, leaving Ricardo Sepúlveda Iguíniz in her place.  This latter figure had previously served as director general of Public Policies on Human Rights in the same institution.  The media indicated the Ayotzinapa case as a possible reason for her departure, given that she had been in charge of attention to victims and governmental responses to national and international human-rights groups that released alerts and recommendations regarding the forcible disappearance of the students.  Lía Limón will pursue a congressional seat, now that she has joined the Green Ecologist Party (PVEM).

For more information (in Spanish):

Murillo Karam deja la poderosa PGR y lo mandan a la marginal Sedatu(Proceso, 26 de febrero de 2015)

Sale Murillo Karam de PGR: es el primer cambio en el gabinete de Peña Nieto (Animal Político, 27 de febrero de 2015)

Peña remueve a Murillo Karam de PGR (La Jornada, 27 de febrero de 2015)

Ayotzinapa y otros casos emblemáticos de Murillo Karam a cargo de la PGR (CNN México, 28 de febrero de 2015)

Se va Lía Limón de Segob; intentó “indemnizar” a padres de los 43(Proceso, 3 de marzo de 2015)

Renuncia Lía Limón a subsecretaría; va por una diputación (La Jornada, 4 de marzo de 2015)


Chiapas: During International Women’s Day on 8 March, a meeting, march, and rally

March 10, 2015


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In observance of 8 March, International Women’s Day, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, together with women’s organizations, collectives, and groups, organized a meeting to launch a Movement in Defense of the Land, the Territory, and In Favor of the Participation and Recognition of Women in Decision-Making, which will be held on 6 and 7 March in CIDECI Unitierra.  Furthermore, on 8 March itself, there will be held a march from the administrative building in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to the Cathedral Plaza, where a rally will be held.

For more information (in Spanish):

[CONVOCATORIA] Hacia la constitución de un Movimiento en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio y por la participación y el reconocimiento de las Mujeres en las decisiones (Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (2 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)


National/Guerrero: “no more arms sales to Mexico” – German government

March 8, 2015

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On 25 February, Christoph Strässer, the German commissioner on human rights, and Viktor Elbling, the German ambassador to Mexico, visited the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, where they held interviews with the parents of the 43 disappeared youth.  In a press-conference, the two figures announced that their country would commit itself to neither sell nor provide arms or security materiel to the Mexican State any longer.  Germany will continue to support Mexico in terms of human rights and the state of law.  The commissioner offered his apologies to the relatives of the students due to the evidence which suggests that German arms were used in the atrocity that led to the disappearance of the 43.  Strässer specified that there is a clear mechanism for arms sales, but in the case of Mexico, there is a convention “which was not respected and for that reason there is a court case in Germany.  While the outcome of that case is not decided, there will be no arms sales [to Mexico].”  The German representatives committed themselves to working with the families at the international level toward the clarification of what exactly took place on 26 and 27 September 2014.

For more information (in Spanish):

Armas usadas en Iguala serían alemanas (El Financiero, 25 de febrero de 2015)

Gobierno de Alemania se compromete a no suministrar armas a México (Desinformémonos, 25 de febrero de 2015)

Ofrece Alemania revisar exportaciones de armas a México (DW, 25 de febrero de 2015)

Heckler & Koch: ecos del conflicto mexicano en Alemania (DW, 18 de diciembre de 2014)

Ofrece disculpas funcionario alemán por armas que usaron policías en iguala contra los normalistas (Sur Acapulco, 26 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/International: German activists reject security agreement with Mexico (10 February 2015)

Guerrero: update in the Ayotzinapa case (17 December 2014)


Chiapas: Death of Antonia, a displaced girl from the Banavil community, Tenejapa

March 8, 2015

Comunidad Banavil, Tenejapa, durante el entierro @ SIPAZ

Banavil community, Tenejapa, during the burial @ SIPAZ

On 23 February took place the burial of Antonia López Méndez, 11 years of age, who died on 21 February due to cerebral edema.  The family buried their child in the Banavil community, Tenejapa municipality, as accompanied by a caravan of civil and social organizations, representatives from the state and municipal governments, and State Security Police, given that “the minor is one of the 13 persons (4 families) who were forcibly displaced […] on 4 December 2011,” as the press-release from the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights notes (CDHFBC).  The bulletin continues: “After suffering more than three years of entirely undignified conditions of survival due to forcible displacement, Antonia the minor was admitted […] to emergencies at the Hospital of the Cultures […] though all attempts to save her life failed.”

It should be stressed that, according to news portal Chiapas Paralelo, more than 2,000 children in the Northern Zone and Highlands regions of Chiapas have been displaced from their communities due to violence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sepelio en Banavil, Tenejapa (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 23 de febrero de 2015)

Un retorno provisional, con riesgos y condicionado para enterrar a Antonia López, niña tseltal desplazada (Rostros del Despojo, 2 de marzo de 2015)

Antonia, niña desplazada por la violencia en Tenejapa Chiapas, muere en el exilio (Chiapas Paralelo, 24 de febrero de 2015)

Sepelio en Banavil, Tenejapa (CGT Chiapas, 24 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 3 years since the forcible displacement of the families from Banavil (16 December 2014)

Chiapas: Those displaced from Banavil continue demanding justice (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from and announcement of action on part of the displaced from Banavil and the Aurora Ermita ejido(10 April 2014)

Chiapas: Two years after the attack in Banavil, displacement and forced disappearance live on,” CDHFBC (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: Public denunciation from those displaced from Banavil (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: The displaced of Banavil, Tenejapa in “precarious and inhumane conditions” (8 April 2013)


Chiapas: 57 Tojolabal indigenous people forcibly displaced from their community, Primero de Agosto

March 8, 2015

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On 23 February 2015, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released an urgent action regarding the forcible displacement of a group of Tojolabal indigenous people from the Primero de Agosto community, Las Margaritas municipality, Chiapas.

The CDHFBC “has received trustworthy documentary evidence regarding the displacement of the 57 Tojolabal indigenous persons, including 12 minors and one neonate, 20 women, and 25 men from the Primero de Agosto community, with this being an action perpetrated by members of the Independent Historic Campesino Agricultural Worker Center (CIOAC-H), who have been protected in this region by the municipal government of Las Margaritas.”

The bulletin adds that “according to the received information, today at 8am, 50 members of the CIOAC-H, including Reynaldo López Pérez, the ejidal commissioner, Antonio Méndez Pérez, the auxiliary agent, as well as other authorities from Miguel Hidalgo ejido, Las Margaritas municipality, entered the Primero de Agosto community, carrying high-powered firearms and surrounding the homes of the residents, leading to the displacement of the residents who fled to the closest highway, where they now reside in grave conditions: women and children lacking shelter, food, and security guarantees amidst the possibility of attacks from the group affiliated to the Miguel Hidalgo ejido.”

For this reason, in its Urgent Action the CDHFBC urgently calls on the Mexican governments to take the necessary measures to guarantee the human rights of the displaced, that those responsible for the forcible displacement and other harms of the group from Primero de Agosto be investigated and sanctioned, and that comprehensive attention be provided in accordance with the appropriate laws regarding internal displacement.

For more information (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente: Desplazamiento forzado de familias tojolabales del poblado Primero de Agosto, CDHFBLC, 23 de febrero de 2013

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: amenazas contra familias simpatizantes del EZLN (29 December 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (12 June 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN announces upcoming activities (10 June 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN pays tribute to murdered Support-base and announces organizational changes (10 June 2014)

Chiapas: EZLN communique “Pain and Rage” (18 May 2014)

Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)


Chiapas: New communique from San Sebastián Bachajón

March 8, 2015

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On 14 February the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle from the San Sebastián Bachajon ejido published a new communique, in which they denounce that “the bad government is using a strategy with supposed tourist firms to create an environment of persecution against the indigenous communities, especially our organization, as we see in the imposition of false charges (highway robbery and organized crime) to defame our struggle, as if we were common criminals or thugs!  It is for this reason that they send evermore police to our region of San Sebastian, which is near the Agua Azul crossroads on the highway between Ocosingo and Palenque.”  They demanded that “the three levels of the bad government respect the organized peoples and communities […], the retreat of public security forces from our lands that have been taken since February 2011, as well as the withdrawal of the National Commission on Protected Natural Areas,” in addition to the release of the prisoners Juan Antonio Gómez Silvano, Mario Aguilar Silvano, Roberto Gómez Hernández, Santiago Moreno Perez, Emilio Jimenez Gomez, and Esteban Gomez Jimenez.

For more information:

El comunicado completo en Proyecto Ambulante (16 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: new national and international brigade in solidarity with San Sebastián Bachajón (1 March 2015)

Chiapas: Tensions maintained in San Sebastián Bachajón(10 February 2015)

Chiapas: first report of the caravan of adherents to the Sixth to San Sebastían Bachajón after the violent displacement of 9 January (29 January 2015)

Chiapas: Indigenous ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón are forcibly cleared from the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfalls (21 January 2015)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s of San Sebastián Bachajón recover control-point at the Agua Azul waterfalls (30 December 2014)


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