Chiapas: National Day: “The Victims of State Terrorism are of the People, We will not Stop until We Find Them!”

March 15, 2017

FNLS.pngFNLS Press Conference (Photo: @Sipaz)

 On March 6, the National Front for Struggle for Socialism (FNLS) began its National Day of Struggle in Chiapas.

The first event was a press conference along with the ‘Committee of Relatives of Missing until Found Persons’. The conference remembered the anniversaries of the forced disappearance of Fidencio Gomez Santiz, who disappeared in Ocosingo on March 5, 2016, as well as Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sanchez, arrested and disappeared in May 2007 in Oaxaca.

During the conference, they also reported on the latest developments against members of the FNLS: “With deep regret we inform you that on Tuesday, February 28, our compañero Humberto Morales Santiz, who was only 13 years old and who was in the first grade of a telesecundaria in the town of Cuxul-ja was cruelly and cowardly murdered by the paramilitaries known as “Los Petules”, in coordination with police and other state bodies who are invading the ejidal lands of the compañeros in El Carrizal.”

At the end of the conference, the FNLS and the ‘Committee of Relatives of Missing until Found Persons’ demanded that the state government of Chiapas and the federal government investigate and punish those responsible for the extrajudicial execution of Humberto Morales Santis and the presentation of compañeros Fidencio Gomez Santiz, Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sanchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya.

On March 7, the FNLS organized the “Victims of State Terrorism in Mexico” forum in the Aula Magna of the Campus III UNACH Law School. Speakers shared their experiences of the impact of forced disappearances on the victims’ families and on the relationship between forced disappearances and migration.


The following day, the FNLS participated in the Women’s March in the context of International Women’s Day in San Cristobal de Las Casas: “In the Context of the National Day: The Victims of State Terrorism are of the People, We will not Stop until We Find Them! The National Front for Struggle for Socialism (FNLS) commemorates this March 8: International Day of Proletarian Women, as a day of struggle and protest against the current conditions of misery, economic exploitation and political oppression, to which is added the grim reality that leaves the wave of institutional violence emanating from the policy of state terrorism.”

On the same afternoon, the FNLS occupied the offices of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) in San Cristobal de Las Casas to demand justice and a response to the aforementioned lawsuits and to urge the CNDH to speak out about the constant violations of human rights and police-military harassment against the communities organized in the FNLS.

They demanded that they “resume these cases” denouncing that  “although it [theCNDH] has information, it is not doing its job as it should be.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Miembros del FNLS toman oficinas de la CNDH en San Cristóbal de las Casas (Proceso, 8 de Marzo de 2017)

‘Toman’ oficinas de CNDH en Chiapas (La Jordana, 8 de Marzo de 2017)


Video. El FNLS y el Comité Hasta Encontrarlos toman oficinas de la CNDH para exigir investigue desapariciones (FNLS, 9 de Marzo de 2017)

Acción Urgente – Ejecución Extrajudicial del niño Humberto Morales Sántiz de 13 años de edad, integrante del Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo en Chiapas. (Comité Cerezo, 4 de Marzo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: “Jornada nacional contra el terrorismo del estado en Chiapas” del FNLS (2 de Mayo de 2016)

Nacional/Oaxaca/Chiapas: Gira nacional: desaparición forzada en México (6 de Marzo de 2015)

Nacional: Comisión Civil de Seguimiento y Búsqueda de dos miembros del Ejército Popular Revolucionario (EPR) desaparecidos desde 2007 denuncia falta de avances (19 de Septiembre de 2014)

National/International: “Torture and Mistreatment Continue to Be Widespread in Mexico”, Juan E. Mendez

March 8, 2017

Torture.pngAmnesty International campaign against torture in Mexico

On 24 February, the current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, presented the follow-up report on the mission carried out by his predecessor Juan E. Mendez in Mexico on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report pointed out that “torture continues to be widespread on the part of security forces and investigators”; that suffocation, sexual violence, electric shocks, death threats, beatings, and psychological torture are “commonly used for obtaining information, confessions or as a method of punishment. To this is added a context of serious impunity, where the lack of investigation into these facts is the rule.”

In his assessment of the situation, the rapporteur stated that “organized crime is a challenge for the authorities and the population.” He commented that since 2006 and under the so-called “war against drug trafficking”, “militarization of public security remains as strategy.” He expressed concern about the “extremely vulnerability” of migrants by stating that “the detention of migrants by state agents is often violent and includes insults, threats and humiliations.”

 The Rapporteur regretted to conclude in his report that since his visit two years ago the situation “has not changed”, that “torture and mistreatment are still widespread in Mexico.” He noted that the “elimination of this practice is a fundamental challenge and that is why it is important to enact the General Law on Torture, with provisions that comply with the highest international standards […] so that torture, enforced disappearances, the persecution of victims and defenders of human rights and impunity cease to be part of everyday life. “ He further requested from Mexico that there be no “exceptions to the rule of exclusion of evidence obtained through torture” in that law.

For more information in Spanish:

Pide ONU a Peña mayores esfuerzos para combatir tortura, desapariciones e impunidad ( Proceso, 3 de marzo de 2017)

Cuatro veces más quejas por tortura en último año: CNDH ( La Jornada, 28 de febrero de 2017)

Gobernación le pegó por 4 años al Papa, ONU, CIDH, HRW, AI… y dejó a México solo frente a Trump ( Sin Embargo, 27 de febrero de 2017)

La tortura aún es una práctica generalizada por parte de las autoridades en México: Relator de la ONU( Sin Embargo, 27 de febrero de 2017)

Preocupa a ONU política migratoria aplicada en México (El universal , 26 de febrero de 2017)

Violaciones, asfixia y descargas: las prácticas de tortura de las fuerzas policiales en México (Animal Político, 2 de marzo de 2017)

La tortura aún es generalizada en México: relator de la ONU ( Nwnoticias , 2 de marzo de 2017)

Informe del Relator Especial sobre la tortura y otros tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos o degradantes, Juan E. Méndez (Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas, 29 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Amnistía Internacional presenta su informe anual sobre la situación de derechos humanos en el mundo. México, “en una de las peores crisis de derechos humanos y justicia” (3 de marzo de 2017)

Nacional/Internacional: relator especial de Naciones Unidas sobre Tortura presenta informe sobre México en Ginebra, Suiza (10 de marzo de 2015)

Nacional: Organizaciones sociales se pronuncian sobre ley de tortura (31 de mayo de 2016)

National: Amnesty International Presents Report on Global Situation of Human rights. Mexico “One of the Worst Crisis of Human Rights and Justice”

March 7, 2017


On February 21, Amnesty International presented its annual report. In the section corresponding to events in Mexico in 2016, AI summarized: “Ten years after the beginning of the so-called “war against drug trafficking and organized crime”, military personnel continued to be employed in public security operations, and violence in the country continued to be widespread. Reports of torture and other abuses, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and arbitrary arrests continued to be reported. Impunity persisted for violations of human rights and crimes under international law. Mexico received the highest number of asylum applications in its history, the majority of people fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Intensive smear campaigns against human rights defenders and independent observers were carried out and homicides and threats against journalists due to their work continued to be reported. Violence against women continued to be a source of serious concern, and gender-based violence was reported in the states of Jalisco and Michoacan. Congress rejected one of two bills that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.”

In the presentation of the report in Mexico City, Tania Reneaum Panszi, Executive Director of the Mexican section of AI was even more succinct: “We are in one of the worst human rights and justice crisis in Mexico.”

On February 28, the Government of Mexico addressed the report, recognizing “the challenges it faces in the area of human rights, while reaffirming its ineludible commitment to respond to each of them.”


For more information in Spanish:

Informe anual de Amnistía Internacional/México 2016-2017 (AI, 21 de febrero de 2017)

Estas son las fallas de Mexico en derechos humanos durante 2016 (Animal Político, 22 de febrero de 2017)

México enfrenta una de las peores crisis de derechos humanos en todo el hemisferio, dice Amnistía Internacional (New York Times, 22 de febrero de 2017)

Grave crisis de derechos humanos en México a diez años de la “guerra contra el narcotráfico”: AI (Desinformémonos, 23 de febrero de 2017)

Vive México la peor crisis de derechos humanos, acusa Amnistía Internacional (La Jornada, 23 de febrero de 2017)

Posición del gobierno mexicano respecto al informe de la organización Amnistía Internacional (Comunicado SEGOB-SRE-PGR, 1 de marzo de 2017)


For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Amnistía Internacional acusa PGR de falta de investigación acerca de involucramiento del Ejército en caso Ayotzinapa (23 de enero de 2015)

Nacional: Amnistía Internacional “Defender Derechos Humanos: Necesario, Legítimo y Peligroso” (12 de diciembre de 2014)




National: Serious Refugee Crisis at Southern Mexican Border

March 6, 2017


On February 23, 72 Hogar, a refuge for migrants in transit to the United States or awaiting refugee status in Mexico, issued a statement entitled “The Mexican State Refuses to Address the Serious Crisis of Refugees in Mexico. The Southern Mexican Border.” 72 Hogar explained that the number of applicants for refugee status has increased significantly in the last four years. In 2016, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recorded 8,881 refugee petitioners, mainly Hondurans (4,119); Salvadorans (3,488); Guatemalans (437); and Venezuelans (361). He calculated that there will be 20,000 applications for 2017. Indeed, according to La Jornada, with the arrival of Donald Trump to power in the United States, Mexico has become a destination country for migrants.

Faced with this increase in requests for refuge in Mexico, 72 Hogar noted the “systematic denial of the Mexican State to address the aforementioned crisis.” They denounced that not all applicants receive answers from the bodies responsible for dealing with them, and that in cases where they are seen to, the procedures take much longer than the specified 45 working days. Fray Tomas Gonzalez Castillo, the legal representative of 72 Hogar, stated “we still have applicants who began their procedure between September and December 2016 and have not been interviewed by the staff of the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees of the Ministry of the Interior (COMAR) […] COMAR staff have informed us that the Ministry of the Interior has told them that the official permits for the brigades in Tenosique are there, but that there is no budget. We have also been informed that the last brigade of interviews will be in the first week of March and then they will not be able to come as they have been instructed to move to the northern border of Mexico to attend to the crisis of Haitian people stranded in that region.”

For this reason, 72 Hogar issued an urgent appeal so that they can “relieve this crisis and prevent it from increasing in proportions that may later lead to regrettable situations.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Página web de la 72

Peña prometió protegerlos, pero delitos contra migrantes en la frontera sur se disparan 200% (Animal Político, 13 de enero de 2017)
México, destino para miles de migrantes (La Jornada Maya, 12 de enero de 2017)

México será destino de migrantes por el efecto Trump: ONU (La Jornada, 12 de febrero de 2017)

International/National: New Measures to Receive Deported Migrants from US

March 3, 2017

Mig1.pngMexican migrants deported from US Photo@Cuartoscuroe-eu

On February 21, the United States announced new rules that will make it easier and faster to detain and deport undocumented people. According to the circulars signed by Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, several measures have been proposed: “one, that the authorities may deport in an “expedited “way any person who illegally entered the country in the last two years (…). And two, Mexican migrants detained at the border are immediately returned to Mexico.” “Of that total, about 75% are foreign criminals ” convicted of crimes such as homicide, sexual abuse, drug trafficking, disorders, driving automobiles while drunk and illegal possession of weapons, Kelly said in an official note.

In return, according to Suhayla Bazbaz, director general of CCIS (Community Cohesion and Social Innovation) “not all migrants deported have a criminal record, as Trump says.”

But it is not only Mexican migrants who would be affected by this new policy, if not migrants of any nationality, and according to Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, “If the US government insists that it wants to deport to Mexico, that it wants to send people who are not of Mexican nationality to Mexico, Mexico does not have to receive them, and at that moment we would begin a process of requiring the US government to prove the nationality of the person it is sending in each case.”

On the same note, the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, mentioned in a press conference in mid-February: “For weeks I have thought about the actions I will take and I think it is best to pay back in kind. Trump says that not all Mexicans are delinquents and says that he will only expel those who cause problems in their territory, that is why I have decided to take the same measures, and start returning a gringo who lives in our country for every Mexican who Trump throws out of his.”

The risks to Mexico of the deportations are in part, documented in the study of the civil organization Community Cohesion and Social Innovation (CCIS). The study documents that “11 Mexican cities that were not attractive to Mexican returnees in 2010 became attractive in 2015, so they began to receive nationals, causing an accelerated population growth.”

The problem with these cities is that they are not accustomed to having high percentages of their total population made up of returnees, “so it is very probable that there will be divisions, tensions and conflicts between the population and the migrants who have just arrived.” Among them are the cities of Yautepec, in Morelos; La Piedad and Tarimaro, in Michoacán; And Salvatierra, in Guanajuato, which are marked with a red spot, according to the National Population Council (CONAPO), “these cities were not projected to have more than 100 thousand inhabitants in 2015 and with the arrival of nationals from the United States they surpassed that figure.”

Another problem is the remittances received by cities in Mexico, where, for example, in “Dolores Hidalgo, almost two out of ten households receive income from another country, having highest percentage in Mexico (19.60%).”



For more information in Spanish:

¿Deportaciones masivas? Estas son las ciudades mexicanas preocupadas por plan de Trump (Animal Político, a 22 de febrero de 2017)

Así se preparan los migrantes mexicanos ante el temor de deportaciones masivas con Trump (Animal Político, a 14 de febrero de 2017)

680 inmigrantes indocumentados fueron arrestados la semana pasada: Seguridad Interna de EU (Animal Político, a 13 de febrero de 2017)

Trump abre la puerta a las deportaciones masivas de indocumentados (El País, a 22 de febrero de 2017)

Las 11 ciudades mexicanas que más dependen de las remesas (y que más les preocupa Trump) (Animal Político, a 2 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

México : Marcha (s) anti-Trump

Nacional : cuarto informe del gobierno de Peña Nieto

México : Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos “buscando vida en caminos de muerte”

Chiapas: EZLN Announces New Gatherings and Invitations for 2017

March 1, 2017


In their latest communiqué of February 14, “THE WALLS ABOVE, THE CRACKS BELOW (AND TO THE LEFT)” The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) convened a Global Campaign and several activities “Against Capital and its Walls: All The Cracks.” The first of them, the Campaign “Against the Walls of Capital: Resistance, Rebellion, Solidarity and Support from Below and to the Left”, where they called to “organize with autonomy, to resist and to rebel against persecutions, arrests and deportation” and stated that “every human being has the right to a free and dignified existence in the place that seems best to them, and they have the right to fight to remain there.” They called on the “Sixth as a whole to organize (…) to support in and with activities of those who resist and rebel against expulsions. Whether they are supporting them to return to their homes, creating ‘sanctuaries’ or supporting existing ones, with legal advice and support, with money, with the arts and sciences, festivals and mobilizations, commercial and media boycotts, be it in cyber space, wherever and however it may be. In all the spaces where we move it is our duty to support and show solidarity.”

They also announced their support and solidarity for those who resist arrests and deportations: “To begin, we will send you the artistic works created by the indigenous Zapatistas for last year’s CompArte, as well as organic coffee produced by the indigenous Zapatista communities in the mountains of the Mexican Southeast, so that, through their sale, they can carry out artistic and cultural activities to formalize support and solidarity with migrants and displaced persons throughout the world who see their life, liberty and goods threatened by the xenophobic campaigns promoted by Governments and the ultra right in the world.”

The three calls for 2017 invite you to a critical reflection seminar “THE WALLS OF CAPITAL, THE CRACKS OF THE LEFT” from April 12 to 15, CIDECI-UniTierra in San Cristobal de Las Casas; all artists to the second edition of the “CompArte for Humanity” with the theme “Against Capital and its Walls: All the arts” from July 23 to 29 in Oventik caracol and CIDECI-UniTierra, and the virtual edition will be from August 1 to 12 online; the scientists of the world to the second edition of “ConSciences for Humanity” with the theme “The Sciences Against the Wall” from December 26 to 30 at CIDECI-UniTierra. They also asked for people “to be attentive to the activities convened by the National Indigenous Congress, as part of its own process of forming the Indigenous Council of Government.”

For more information in Spanish:

LOS MUROS ARRIBA, LAS GRIETAS ABAJO (Y A LA IZQUIERDA). (Enlace Zapatista, 14 de febrero de 2017)

EZLN convoca a campaña mundial frente a los muros capitalistas (TeleSur, 15 de febrero de 2017)

El EZLN convoca a la resistencia frente a los ‘muros del capital’ (La Jornada, 14 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Anuncia EZLN actividades para el 2016 (9 de marzo de 2016)

Chiapas/Nacional : Nuevo comunicado del EZLN aclara propuesta conjunta con el CNI (25 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas/Nacional : Candidata presidencial “no es decisión de una persona” (Subcomandante Moíses) (15 de noviembre de 2016)

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: Believing People Pilgrimage

February 5, 2017

Believing Pople .pngBelieving People Pilgrimage in San Cristóbal, 2016 Photo: El Heraldo de Chiapas

On January 25, members of Believing Peoples of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas held a pilgrimage on the fifth anniversary of the death of Jtatik Samuel Ruíz and also for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Diocesan Coordination of Women (CODIMUJ).

About 4,000 people came from the municipalities of Comitan, Frontera Comalapa, Chicomuselo, Altamirano, Tila, Las Margaritas, Ocosingo, Chilon, La Trinitaria, La Independencia, San Cristóbal, Chenalho, San Juan Chamula, Larrainzar, Oxchuc, among others. They met in the Cathedral Square of San Cristobal de las Casas to remember Jtatik Samuel in prayer.

As Believing Peoples, they proposed building autonomy in the communities, recovering the structure of government, resisting the projects and recovering the autonomous and community governments, facing the 2018 elections, as the political parties are already controlling and organizing their people In communities.

Believing Peoples denounce “the poverty that is increasing by the rise of [the price of] gasoline, gas, electricity, tortilla, transportation and everything. We denounce the nationalist egotism of the new government in the United States, which excludes emigrants and who only looks out for their economic interests, without solidarity with less developed countries. “

For more information in Spanish: (Prensa Libre Chiapas, a 25 de enero de 2017)

Pueblo Creyente: “Denunciamos los proyectos de muerte” (Chiapas Denuncia, a 25 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Entrega del 5to reconocimiento jTatik Samuel Jcanan Lum

Chiapas: Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel rechaza diálogo con los hermanos Gómez

Chiapas: El Pueblo Creyente peregrinó en Tuxtla en apoyo a las y los maestros