National: 94 Candidates Murdered; Over 1,000 Leave Election Campaign

June 25, 2018

Elections(@sdp noticias)

Between the the end of 2017 and mid-May, 94 candidates from all parties were killed, 305 attacks against politicians took place and, among other reasons due to pressures from organized crime, more than a thousand gave up participating in the July 1st elections, a situation of political violence that was strongly condemned by the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union.

It should be remembered that in the next electoral process, the largest in Mexican history, the President will be elected along with those who will occupy another 3,400 positions. The state of Guerrero has the highest number of murders with 21 cases, followed by Oaxaca (16), Puebla (10), Veracruz (8) and Mexico State (7). Of the more than a thousand who resigned, 341 were federal candidates contending for a place in Congress, or their alternates; while 660 were candidates for municipal offices and local councils. Compared to the 70 assaults and 20 murders registered during the federal elections of 2015, attacks have increased by 400%.

The Congress of the Union called on the authorities responsible for organizing the elections to call on all participants in the process “to conduct themselves with full respect for the rules of competition and not to generate climate of hostility between flag bearers and citizens.” It urged federal, state and municipal authorities “to strengthen the mechanisms for the protection of candidates and citizens”, as well as to “distend and generate an environment of harmony that allows elections to be held in healthy competition and in an atmosphere of social peace.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), on the other hand, recognizing the “special situation” of risk in which the candidates of different political affiliations are, stated that “it trusts that the State will continue to take measures” to guarantee the security in the electoral process and to investigate cases reported diligently.

For more information in Spanish:

Asesinaron a 94 candidatos desde 2017, señalan en la Permanente (La Jornada, 17 de mayo de 2018)

Condena la Permanente asesinato de casi 100 candidatos (La Jornada, 16 de mayo de 2018)

Candidatos asesinados hasta hoy: 94. Políticos que se bajaron por las amenazas o la violencia: 1,000 (Sin Embargo, 14 de mayo de 2018)

La CIDH alerta por la violencia y el riesgo que corren candidatos en México, y pide al Estado garantizar su seguridad (Sin Embargo, 11 de mayo de 2018)

Guerrero arde en una campaña de violencia inédita: 24 políticos asesinados y 3 más desaparecidos (Sin Embargo, 10 de mayo de 2018)

Observadores extranjeros alertan que los altos niveles de violencia intimidarían el voto en México (Sin Embargo, 8 de mayo de 2018)

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Oaxaca: 17 Men Pose as Transgender to Register as Candidates

May 14, 2018

TransPhoto @ Colectivo por la Ciudadanía de las Mujeres (Women’s Citizenship Collective)

On May 7th, the Women’s Citizenship Collective and women belonging to the muxe and trans community, originating from different regions of the state of Oaxaca, demanded in the framework of a press conference the cancellation “of the records of the men who illegally registered their candidacy to participate in the electoral contest, occupying spaces destined for women.”

17 of the 19 candidatures registered by the Electoral Institute and of Citizen Participation of the State of Oaxaca (IEEPCO in its Spanish acronym) of the self-affirmed transgender candidates were identified as fraudulent. These male candidates are not part of “the trans or muxe community of Oaxaca, and contrary to this, in most cases, their marital relationship and the procreation of children with women is publicly known”, according to the press release. They also state that “even some of the candidates are seeking re-election as municipal presidents and during their previous positions they did not declare to be transgender.”

All this occurred in order to evade the requirement of gender parity and place men in non-corresponding spaces. Since Article 16 of the Guidelines on Gender Parity 2018 states that: “In case of nomination of transgender, transsexual, intersex or muxes, the nomination will correspond to the gender to which the person is self-assigned and said candidacy will be taken into account in compliance with the principle of gender parity.”

Only two registered candidatures were accepted by the LGBTI community and the Women’s Citizenship Collective, since they are candidates, “who in addition to self-affirming as muxes, socially name themselves with those names in their daily lives (…) and in addition, their daily statements and actions reaffirm and consolidate that muxe identity as part of the free development of their personality.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comunicado de prensa  | Exigen cancelar registros de hombres que usurpan espacios de mujeres trans (Colectivo por la Ciudadanía de las Mujeres, 7 de mayo de 2018)

Hombres se hicieron pasar por transgénero para ganar candidaturas en Oaxaca, acusa Colectivo (Proceso, 7 de mayo de 2018)

Hombres simulan ser trans para ocupar candidaturas de mujeres (Cimacnoticias, 7 de mayo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Mujer transgénero recibe su credencial de elector de una representación del INE (8 de agosto de 2017)


National: 20,390 Forcibly Displaced in 2017 – Over 329,900 in the Last 12 Years

May 11, 2018

Displaced(@CMDPDH)

On May 2nd, the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH in its Spanish acronym) published a report on forced internal displacement in Mexico that indicated that in 2017, the climate of violence that prevails in the country caused 25 internal forced mass displacement events in nine states of the Republic, which affected 20,390 people. In the last 12 years at least 329,917 people have had to flee their homes, a figure that is “extremely conservative” as it only includes the cases in which entire communities have had to move. The CMDPDH estimates the figure could exceed one million people, although it affirms that the government has not published figures due to not wanting to “recognize the scale of the problem and the existence of an armed conflict.”

The report states that the states of Guerrero (seven cases), Sinaloa (five), Chihuahua (three), Chiapas (three) and Oaxaca (three) concentrated practically all mass displacement episodes registered in 2017. Chiapas was the entity where the phenomenon affected the largest number of people: 6,090, most of them originating in the municipalities of Altos de Chalchihuitan and Chenalho. 60.44% of the people affected were indigenous and the vast majority lived in rural areas

Of all the factors that led to forced displacement, the majority of them were caused by armed organized groups. Other causes were political violence, social conflict and territorial disputes and, to a lesser extent, the implementation of extractive mining projects.

The CMDPDH regretted that in Mexico the issue of forced internal displacement remains an issue without diagnosis, without public policies or official responses: “Internally displaced people do not have a framework of protection, they are like a kind of legal limbo where nobody confers them rights. The displaced people are left at the mercy of the will of local governments.” In addition, although it acknowledged the existence are two local laws, in Chiapas and in Guerrero, lack of regulations has prevented their proper enforcement to date.

For more information in Spanish:

Informe 2017 : Desplazamiento interno forzado en México (CMDPDH, informe completo, 2 mayo de 2018)

La violencia provocó el desplazamiento forzado de 20 mil 390 personas en 2017: CMDPDH (Proceso, 2 de mayo de 2018)

Más de 20 mil desplazados en México durante 2017; la mayoría, indígenas: Informe (Aristegui Noticias, 2 de mayo de 2018)

En 12 años, 329.9 mil víctimas de desplazamiento forzado en el país (La Jornada, 3 de mayo de 2018)

Los conflictos territoriales y la violencia llevan al éxodo a más de 12.000 indígenas en México (El País, 3 de mayo de 2018)

Por la violencia, más de 325 mil personas han dejado sus hogares a la fuerza en México (Animal Político, 3 de mayo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Persiste riesgo a la vida de indígenas tsotsiles en Aldama, denuncia el Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (26 de abril de 2018)

Chiapas: SIPAZ visitó a personas desplazadas de Chalchihuitán (20 de abril de 2018)

Guerrero: De la civilidad truncada a la desaparición de la razón, informe final de la Misión de Observación al Estado de Guerrero (16 de abril de 2018)

Chiapas: Plantón desplazados ejido Puebla, Chenalhó (10 de abril de 2018)

Chiapas: Otro conflicto agrario en los límites de Chenalhó provoca desplazados en el municipio de Aldama [blog incluye antecedentes] (27 de marzo de 2018)

Chiapas: desplazados de Chalchihuitán denuncian condiciones en las que se siguen encontrando(23 de marzo de 2018)

Chiapas : sin condiciones de seguridad regresan a casa más de 4000 desplazados en Chalchihuitán (4 de enero de 2018)

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)


Oaxaca: “Caravan of the Forgotten” to Mexico City Denounces Government Inaction for Earthquake Victims

April 30, 2018

Quake.pngPhoto @ SDPnoticias

On April 18th, the “Caravan of the Forgotten”, formed by 500 members of the General Coordination of the Isthmus of Oaxaca Victims (CGDI in its Spanish acronym) arrived in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, where Mixtec communities joined the caravan.

Page3 reported that the “inhabitants of Matias Romero, Ixtepec, Ixtaltepec, El Espinal, Juchitan, Hidalgo Union, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec and other municipalities in this region demanded from the federal government a complete census of the affected people and not a simulation as they did a couple of weeks ago when they only took into account eight municipalities of the 41 affected.” In addition to that seven months after the earthquakes on September 7th and 23rd, the CDGI registers 16,000 affected people, who “demand help from the authorities and that to date, (…), have been unable to rebuild their homes.”

Omar Esparza, leader of the Zapatista Indigenous Agrarian Movement (MAIZ in its Spanish acronym), declared that, “the caravan is also a denunciation against corruption, political conditioning and the lack of commitment and capacity on the part of the state government to take on its responsibility.”

The destination of the caravan is Mexico City (CDMX) where, according to EDUCA, “they will meet their peers and participate in the march they will make from the Angel of Independence to the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB in its Spanish acronym).”

For more information in Spanish:

Caravana de damnificados “Los olvidados” se encuentra en Huajapan, se suman mixtecos (ADN Sureste, 18 de abril de 2018)

Se suman comunidades damnificadas de la Mixteca a la Caravana “Los olvidados” (EDUCA, 18 de abril de 2018)

Damnificadxs del Istmo encabezan “Caravana de  los olvidados” a la Ciudad de México (Página3, 15 de abril de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: México, sacudido por dos potentes sismos enfrenta el shock con una gran ola de solidaridad (26 de septiembre de 2017)

Oaxaca : ONGs denuncian “respuesta inadecuada e insuficiente de los tres niveles de gobierno” ante desastre por el sismo. (19 de septiembre de 2017)

Nacional: sismo de 8,2 grados Richter. Fuertes afectaciones en Chiapas y Oaxaca (14 de septiembre de 2017)


International/National/Oaxaca: Fox, Calderon and over 100 Former Officials to be Denounced before International Criminal Court for Crimes against Humanity

April 24, 2018

Fox.pngPhoto @ impacto.mx

On April 5th, 2018, the ombusman of Oaxaca Arturo Peimbert, confirmed in an interview with La Jornada that in July he will present a complaint before the International Criminal Court against former presidents Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderon, the former governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and a dozen senior officials of the Mexican State for crimes against humanity committed during the socio-political conflict of 2006 and 2007 in Oaxaca.

Peimbert told La Jornada that the actions of the government followed a “systematic and generalized pattern of low and medium intensity warfare, as a strategy to contain social protest.” The magazine Proceso specifically reports “serious crimes, particularly murders, tortures and forced disappearances”, committed by federal, state and municipal police bodies, which after 12 years “are in absolute impunity.”

La Jornada said that, “according to the final report of the Truth Commission for the case of Oaxaca 2006-2007, 30 civilians were killed during the attacks of armed groups against the barricades”, as well as containing “a list of more than one hundred officials, deemed responsible” during this conflict.

In his interview Peimbert added that “to take this case before the Criminal Court, we are inspired by the one presented by Michael Chamberlin, of the Fray Juan de Larios Human Rights Committee, on Coahuila. Therein the concerted action of the Zetas criminal group with the governors Humberto and Ruben Moreira is documented, and consequently the proven disappearance of more than a 1,800 people and the massacres of Allende and Piedras Negras. Because they are not isolated cases, but a pattern of systematic and widespread violence, the ICC admitted it in June of last year. “

For more information in Spanish:

Estado sigue patrón de guerra de baja intensidad contra protesta social: Peimbert (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2018)

Denunciarán a Fox, Calderón y Ruiz ante la Corte Penal Internacional por crímenes de lesa humanidad (Proceso, 21 de marzo de 2018)

Denunciarán a Felipe Calderón ante Corte Penal Internacional (La Jornada, 21 de marzo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: denuncian amenazas contra integrantes de la Comisión de la Verdad conformada para investigar el conflicto político-social del 2006 (23 de abril de 2015)

Oaxaca: A 8 años del conflicto de 2006, sigue la impunidad. Se conforma Comisión de la Verdad (27 de noviembre de 2018)


Oaxaca: President of Nochixtlan Victims Committee Attacked

April 12, 2018

Nochixtlan.pngPhoto @ SinEmbargo

On the morning of April 1st, the president of the Nochixtlan Victims Committee (COVIC in its Spanish acronym), Santiago Ambrosio Hernandez, was found tied up in his house with signs of torture.

El Debate reported that Ambrosio was attacked in Asuncion Nochixtlan by four individuals who entered his house by force and began to beat him. He was wounded with a knife in the back and arms and received several kicks to the body.

After the attack, he was admitted to a private hospital in Oaxaca, “where he was already visited by the Attorney General of Oaxaca and by staff of the General Secretariat of the State Government (SEGEGO).” In light of the incident, Ambrosio filed a complaint with the Ombudsman for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO in its Spanish acronym) and a complaint to the Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca.

On April 2ndi in a press conference, the secretary general of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE in its Spanish acronym) demanded the removal of state forces from Nochixtlan and blamed the attack on “the municipal and state governments,” whom he also accused of “avoiding continuing the investigation of the violent events of June 19th, 2016, where eight people died and more than 100 were injured.”

It is worth remembering that the conflict in Nochixtlan resurfaced on March 26th of this year, when residents opposed the removal of vehicles that were set on fire during the confrontation with the federal police on June 19th, 2016.

For more information in Spanish:

Santiago Ambrosio, líder cívico de Nochixtlán, es agredido y torturado en su domicilio (Sin Embargo, 1 de abril de 2018)

Atacan a líder de Nochixtlán (Huffington Post, 1 de abril de 2018)

Líder de Nochixtlan fue torturado por 4 desconocidos (El Debate, 1 de abril de 2018)

Sección 22 pide desaparición de poderes en Nochixtlán, Oaxaca (El Imparcial de Oaxaca, 2 de abril de 2018)

Pide CNTE desaparición de poderes en Nochixtlán (Oaxaca Quadratín, 2 de abril de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Resurge la tensión en Nochixtlán (28 de marzo de 2018)

Oaxaca/Nacional: CNDH emite recomendación por violaciones graves a derechos humanos en los hechos de violencia ocurridos en Nochixtlán, el 16 de junio de 2016 (19 de octubre de 2017)

Oaxaca/Guerrero: Balean autobús de víctimas de Nochixtlán (28 de julio de 2017)

Oaxaca: Persisten agresiones y hostigamientos hacia víctimas de Nochixtlán (24 de abril de 2017)

Oaxaca: Comité de Víctimas de Nochixtlán denuncia “intento de homicidio” contra dos de sus integrantes (7 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca: Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos presentan informe sobre represión en Nochixtlán (11 de julio de 2016)

Oaxaca/Nacional: Allanan casa de fotoperiodista que cubrió hechos en Nochixtlán (4 de septiembre de 2016)

BOLETÍN URGENTE: REPRESIÓN MAGISTERIAL EN OAXACA (22 de junio de 2016)


Oaxaca: Feminist Strike on International Women’s Day

March 27, 2018

femstrike.pngFeminist strike in Oaxaca, March 8th, 2018 (@Consorcio Oaxaca)

On March 8th, within the framework of International Women’s Day, various organizations and collectives in Oaxaca carried out actions with the aim of, among other demands, expressing that “we are fed up with inequalities and precariousness that place us in very difficult places when compared to the patriarchy, salaried work, care, consumption, the exercise of our rights, political participation, due to the inequalities we experience because of our origin, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and skills.”

The activities included a ritual, a Political, Cultural and Artistic Forum, in which the historical struggle of women and their participation in different spheres of life was recalled, a march in which aprons were put on 17 statues of “famous men to highlight the importance of domestic work that women do and that is neither seen nor recognized”; and a Concert of Oaxacan Women.

For the second consecutive year, Oaxaca joined the international call for a Feminist Strike, an initiative that started in Spain and that this year was reproduced in 41 countries to demand the cessation of violence against women and a reassessment of their role.

For more information in Spanish:

CONVOCAN MUJERES Y ORGANIZACIONES DIVERSAS DE OAXACA A LA HUELGA FEMINISTA 8M (Consorcio Oaxaca, 6 de marzo de 2018)

Mujeres hacen suyas las calles durante la Huelga Feminista de Oaxaca: reclaman seguridad e igualdad (NVI Noticias, 8 de marzo de 2018)

Ritual, protesta y marcha en huelga feminista en Oaxaca (NVI Noticias, 8 de marzo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Primer Encuentro Internacional Político, Artístico, Deportivo y Cultural de Mujeres que Luchan (13 de marzo de 2018)