Chiapas: Threats against Las Abejas Continue in Los Chorros, Chenalho Municipality

April 27, 2017

Acteal.pngMural in Acteal (Photo:@Sipaz)

On April 19, Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization, municipality of Chenalho, published a communiqué in which they updated the situation of their compañer@s in Miguel Utrilla Los Chorros neighborhood, who were deprived of their freedom by the authorities of this community, and later released between April 11th and 12th. The problem began in this community in 2015, as Las Abejas do not accept “works and projects of the bad government and for not accepting posts related to the management of welfare programs.”

Las Abejas Civil Society reported that the Los Chorros authorities cut off the electricity and water supply to Jose Vasquez Entzin, Antonio Ramirez Perez and Juan Diego Perez Lopez, but the situation has been aggravated by the decision of those authorities “that whoever provides water and electric energy to members of the organization, will also be fined” and “threatened everyone with also cutting off drinking water if they provide water to Las Abejas.” They considered that with these actions, “it is very clear that in the colony Miguel Utrilla Los Chorros neighborhood, the followers of political parties and paramilitaries responsible for the previous events and material authors of the Acteal Massacre in complicity with the municipal president of Chenalho and with the state and federal governments, have initiated a direct attack on our organization to seek to weaken and demobilize us; because it occurs within the framework of our Acteal campaign: Roots, Memory and Hope.”

Las Abejas finally denounced the “lack of political will of the mayor of Chenalho of the Green Ecologist [Party], Rosa Perez Perez, not because of political inability, but she, is following the same pattern of the war of counterinsurgency designed by the then president of the republic Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, because as we tried to speak with the president of Chenalho to resolve through a dialogue the conflict in the Rio Jordan neighborhood, also months before the Massacre of Acteal we spoke with the PRI mayor of Chenalho Jacinto Arias Cross to avoid unfortunate events in our town; however, the three levels of government had already planned to send their message of terror through their paramilitaries to massacre our brothers and sisters of Acteal.

For more information in Spanish:

La situación actual de nuestras compañeras y compañeros se agrava y ya no sólo en el barrio Río Jordán (Organización Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, a 19 de abril de 2017)

Liberan a integrantes de Las Abejas de Acteal (La Jornada, 14 de abril de 2017)

Se solidariza el CNI con Las Abejas de Acteal (CNI, 13 de abril de 2017)

Liberan a integrantes de Las Abejas de Acteal retenidos en Los Chorros (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 13 de abril de 2017)

Riesgo a la vida, seguridad e integridad de miembros de Las Abejas de Acteal (Acción Urgente, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 12 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: lanzamiento de la campaña Acteal: Raíz, Memoria y Esperanza

Chiapas: Conmemoración de los 19 años de la masacre de Acteal


Guerrero/ National: Parents of the 43 Consider not Attending Meeting with PGR and CIDH

April 27, 2017

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On April 20th, the parents of the 43 disappeared students of the Raul Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School, Ayotzinapa are scheduled for a meeting with officials of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), with representatives of the special monitoring mechanism and with the Rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño.

This meeting was scheduled before the IACHR session in Washington on April 17th. However, according to the newspaper the Sur de Acapulco, the parents are considering not to attend because of the statements made by the undersecretary Roberto Campa Cifrian during this session. He affirmed that the main line of investigation continues to be the incineration of the student teachers at the garbage dump of Cocula, although this hypothesis was scientifically denied by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).

Whether or not they attend the meeting, the families said they will not stop demanding that the authorities reveal their children’s whereabouts. Therefore, they announced that they will undertake, on Thursday, April 20th, at 11:00 a.m., a march to the anti-monument to the PGR, where they will stage an indefinite sit-in.

For more information in Spanish:

Las grietas del poder (Centro de derechos humanos de la Montaña, Tlachinollan, 18 de abril de 2017)

Valoran padres de los 43 la posibilidad de asistir a la reunion de PGR con la CIDH (El Sur de Acapulco, 19 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : padres de los 43 participan en audiencia de la CIDH (22 de marzo de 2017)


Chiapas: “The Walls of Capital, the Cracks of the Left” Critical Reflection Seminar Ends

April 27, 2017

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Between April 12th and 15th, the Critical Reflection Seminar “The Walls of Capital, the Cracks of the Left” was held at Cideci-Unitierra in San Cristobal de Las Casas. It included the participation of commanders of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and of several intellectuals of the country.

Participations focused mainly on the neoliberal capitalist system today and what is to come, the resistances and possibilities that the proposal to form an Indigenous Council of Government and to appoint an indigenous candidate to the presidential elections of 2018 opens, given that with the current situation, “We have no choice but to make the earth shake its centers”, said Gilberto Lopez y Rivas.

From the first day, Subcomandante Insurgente Moises, spokesperson for the EZLN, explained why the capitalist world resembles a walled estate reminiscent of slavery on the estate, its boss-caporal-butler-foremen command structure, where government structure subordinate to the command of capital, its “employer.”

Later, he stressed that, “the migrants did not leave because they wanted to, but because they could no longer be on their farm, better known as a country.” He announced that after “emptying their pockets and not finding euros, the Zapatista communities agreed to work collectively to raise a total of 3,915.5 kg. of clean and roasted coffee to send to the migrant brothers, so that they are the ones who organize themselves there and see how to turn the coffee into resistance and rebellion.” He clarified: “We below need to help each other to demonstrate that we do not need those who give conditioned support,” referring to the government and political parties.

For his part, Subcomandante Galeano made a call to fight collectively because “the storm is coming and what is seen now is not even remotely the peak”, because “the worst is yet to come and individuals, bright and capable as they might be of feeling will not be able to survive survive if it is not with others, others.” He added that “Zapatismo as libertarian thinking does not recognize the rivers Bravo and Suchiate as limits of its aspiration of freedom”, because “the fight against capital is global.”

Referring to the upcoming electoral context, he reiterated that “among the options our position has been and is clear: There is no good foreman but we understand that someone, most of the time as a comfort therapy, makes a differentiation between the bad and the worse. (…) We do not want to choose between a cruel and kindly boss, simply and plainly do not want bosses.”

He added: “I would recommend that you take advantage of what the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) will do from May this year. We truly hope that the CNI will fulfill its own mandate and will not fall into the search of votes and posts, but that it will take a brother’s ear for whoever is below in pain and loneliness, to relieve him with the call to the organization.” He expressed that “Come closer as a sister, brother, brothers, because when the time comes when no one knows where to go, those who are despised and humiliated today will know where the path and the look, they will know the how and when. They will know the answer to the most urgent and important question in those moments: What next?”

At the end of the event, Subcomandante Insurgente Moises concluded “They listened to our words. It is now up to you to discern which ones serve you to organize, work and fight where you live. (…) We have only to organize and go for everything (…) People below: organize, fight and work in resistance and rebellion.”

For more information in Spanish:

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del EZLN en el Seminario de reflexión crítica “LOS MUROS DEL CAPITAL, LAS GRIETAS DE LA IZQUIERDA” (Participación del 12 al 15 de abril, Enlace zapatista)

Día 1: Los muros del capital, las grietas de la izquierda (12 de abril de 2017)

Día 2: Los muros del capital, las grietas de la izquierda(Radio zapatista, 13 de abril de 2017)

Día 3: Los muros del capital, las grietas de la izquierda (Radio zapatista, 14 de abril de 2017)

Día 4: Los muros del capital, las grietas de la izquierda (Radio zapatista, 15 de abril de 2017)

El enemigo capitalista no va dejar que el pueblo mande, por eso hay que organizarnos: EZLN (Radio Formula, 14 de abril de 2017)

“Lo peor está por venir”, advierte el subcomandante Galeano (La Jornada, 15 de abril de 2017)

Lo que viene será peor: subcomandante Galeano (Proceso, 16 de abril de 2017)

Refrenda el EZLN que la lucha es contra el capitalismo (Contralínea, 17 de abril de 2017)

La postulación de la candidata indígena es un llamado a la organización, más que un asunto electoral (Desinformémonos, 17 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: El EZLN anuncia nuevas convocatorias e invitaciones para 2017 (24 de febrero de 2017)

Chiapas / Nacional : CNI y EZLN realizarán consulta para nombrar a una candidata indígena hacia las elecciones presidenciales de 2018 (15 de octubre de 2016)


Chiapas: Second Forum in Defense of Mother Earth and Territory

April 27, 2017

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On April 10th and 11th, the Second Forum in Defense of Mother Earth and Territory was held in the community of Santa Lucia, municipality of Ocosingo, which included people from 20 communities and ranches, from the regions of Santa Lucia and Amador, in the Lacandon Jungle, as well as members of other processes organized in defense of community territories and natural resources in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Yucatan, Mexico State and Mexico City.

During the Forum,“experiences, processes and strategies of struggle whereby we participate, both men and women, in the social and environmental impact that we are experiencing through death projects that are implemented without the consent of the people in our territories” were analyzed.

They agreed to continue and renew their struggle and also to “strengthen unity and articulation for this process by inviting more communities, social and civil organizations, and the various expressions of the independent, nonpartisan social movement of different regions of Chiapas and different states of the country.” They recognized that “transformations need to come from the community, not from bad government, or from political parties, much less from national companies or from other countries. We need to strengthen ourselves internally with the knowledge of men and women in the community. We can and must govern ourselves, respecting our differences, diversity, with equal participation of men and women, respecting our customs and traditions. We can build community governments.” They also reaffirmed their rejection of the presence of the environmental police force on their territories, as well as companies, to “take their wealth.” Finally, they reaffirmed “we will not allow evictions, no project imposed on the interest and decision of the communities.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Pronunciamiento del II Foro en Defensa de la Madre Tierra y el Territorio (11 de abril de 2017)

Activistas y ambientalistas se organizan en defensa de territorioscomunitarios (Noticias MVS, 12 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas: “ForosobreDefensa de la Tierra, Vida y Territorio” se pronuncia contra la presencia de la Gendarmeríaambiental en la Selva Lacandona (10 de diciembre de 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chiapas: Nurses Reach Agreements and End Hunger Strike

April 27, 2017

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On April 12th, nine nurses who were on hunger strike, some of them for ten days, ended it after reaching a series of agreements with the state government regarding their demands that included the payment of benefits, the reinstatement of 15 workers who were unjustifiably dismissed, and the supply of medicines. Nevertheless, they announced that they would maintain their sit-in in front of Rafael Pascasio Gamboa Hospital in Tuxtla Gutierrez until the government of Chiapas complies with the agreements that it subscribed to.

The previous day, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, (CDHFBC) said that it has documented the serious crisis in the health system in Chiapas, detailing in a statement “the lack of medicines, medical supplies, laboratory supplies, vaccines, healing material, instruments, medical equipment and maintenance; lack of a decent service to the population; effects on labor rights, payment of benefits; as well as denouncing the corruption and diversion of resources of the Secretariat of Health of the State, presided over by Francisco Ortega Farrera, directly responsible for the mismanagement.” It also denounced that the crisis of the health system in Chiapas is “a historical and structural problem, which has affected not only the workers in this sector, but especially the people who come to the hospitals and clinics of the state in search of health care, a situation that has been aggravated to the maximum, given that health workers cannot perform their work because they do not have the bare necessities to care for the population.”

For more information in Spanish:

Crisis del sistema de salud en Chiapas (Centro de DerechosHumanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 11 de abril de 2017)

Enfermeras del Hospital de la Mujer en Chiapas anuncian fin de huelga de hambre (Proceso, 12 de abril de 2017)

Enfermeras de Chiapas levantanhuelga de hambre; obligan al Gobierno a pagarprestaciones y abastecer hospital (Sin Embargo, 12 de abril de 2017)

Enfermeras de Chiapas suspendensuhuelga de hambre: el plantónseguirá hasta quenospaguen, dicen (Animal Político, 13 de abril de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas :Siguen en huelga de hambreochoenfermeras en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (11 de abril de 2017)

Chiapas :Cincoenfermerasinicianhuelga de hambre en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (3 de abril de 2017)

Chiapas/México: Sector saludentra en paro contra lasreformas del sector salud, la falta de medicamentos y equipo (22 de junio de 2016)

 

 


Chiapas: Protest to Cancel Femsa-Coca Cola Concession in San Cristobal de las Casas

April 14, 2017

Coca Cola.pngAction aganst Femsa Coca Cola, SCLC (Photo@ Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria)

On April 10th, as part of the commemoration of the 98th anniversary of the assassination of Emiliano Zapata, organizations and neighborhoods of San Cristobal de las Casas made a march to demand the cancellation of the concession to Femsa Coca Cola or at least a cap on the extraction of water from the plant installed in this city.

They denounced that, “this company extracts more than 750,000 liters of water every day in a city that faces a growing shortage of this liquid. In addition to being responsible for the serious health consequences of the high consumption of Coca Cola and other sugary drinks, which have caused a serious epidemic of obesity, diabetes and dental caries suffered by the population of the Chiapas Highlands” (sic).

Due to this they demanded that the authorities stop “giving the transnational company preferential treatment”; “to the Ministry of Health, the withdrawal of Coca Cola vending machines from hospitals and public buildings where health care is promoted and the mayor of San Cristobal de Las Casas is investigated for favoring invasions and the destruction of natural reserves and wooded areas that put the springs and the water supply of the city at risk.”

Demonstrators said that this action was the beginning of a permanent campaign that will include mobilizations and legal actions to recover water in favor of citizens.

 For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado de prensa (organizaciones convocantes, 10 de abril de 2017)

Hoja informativa sobre Coca Cola en Chiapas (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria)

Protestan contra Femsa-Coca Cola por explotar reservas de agua en Chiapas (Proceso, 10 de abril de 2017)

 For more information form SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Zinacantán contra la privatización de su agua y el despojo de su manantial (Mayo 24, 2016)

Nacional: Amplio repudio social frena Ley General de Aguas (marzo 12, 2015)

 


National: WOLA Declaration on Worsening of Violence against Journalists and Human Rights Defenders

April 13, 2017

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On March 24th, the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs (WOLA) expressed its “great concern about the dangerous upsurge of violence and armed and violent attacks against journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico” in a statement. It recalled that in the first weeks of March alone the murder of journalist Cecilio Pineda Birto (Guerrero), the aggression against Santiago Ambrosio Hernandez, president of the “Committee of Victims for Justice and Truth June 19 Nochixtlán” (Oaxaca), the murder of journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera (Veracruz), the armed attack against human rights defender Alma Barraza (Sinaloa) and the murder of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea (Chihuahua), in addition to the two Raramuris human rights defenders killed in the month of January Isidro Baldenegro and Juan Ontiveros Ramos (Chihuahua) have been recorded.

WOLA stated that the mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and all the country’s attorneys, including the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), “have not been sufficient to prevent attacks against journalists and defenders or to meet their protection needs and that impunity for these cases and for previous attacks and crimes perpetuates and aggravates the cycle of violence and abuse.” WOLA stated that, “the government has to give more than empty promises, generic statements and justifications. They urge specific commitments of the Mexican authorities to protect journalists and human rights defenders and justice for the aggressions against them.”

According to Animal Politico, the protection mechanism for journalists and human rights defenders “has no operating budget for this year, which prevents them from expanding their reach in situations of risk … it could not admit more beneficiaries and will even have to make an evaluation and dismiss some.”

Para más información:
Pronunciamiento de WOLA sobre la violencia en contra de periodistas y defensores de DDHH en México (WOLA, 24 de marzo de 2017)

Activistas denuncian ineficacia del Mecanismo de Protección de defensores y periodistas (Proceso, 24 de marzo de 2017)
Nos quedaremos sin memoria (Animal Político, 30 de marzo de 2017)

Presupuesto para mecanismo de protección a periodistas en 2017: cero pesos (Aristegui Noticias, 24 de marzo de 2017)

Insuficiente protección a periodistas en México: WOLA (La Jornada, 27 de marzo de 2017)