Chiapas: Leader of CIAOC-H Executed in Comitan de Dominguez

May 25, 2017

CIOAC-H.pngLuis Hernandez Cruz, ex-federal deputy for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) (Photo@Alfaro Noticias)

On May 4th, 2017, one of the leaders of the Historical Independent Center of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos (CIOAC-H in its Spanish acronym) was assassinated in Chiapas. His name was Luis Hernandez Cruz, who was a federal deputy for the PRD.

The campesino leader was executed by gunmen in a van in front of his home in the Magueyes neighborhood of the city of Comitan de Dominguez.

CIOAC-H, an organization to which Luis Hernandez Cruz belonged, is linked to different conflicts in the area, including clashes with the EZLN and the assassination of Jose Luis Solis Lopez (the Zapatista Galeano), in May 2014. “In particular, Luis Hernandez had had political differences with other campesino groups who singled him out for financing armed groups to dispute land in the Las Margaritas region,” Proceso highlighted.

The investigation continues.

For more information in Spanish:

Ejecutan a exdiputado federal del PRD en Chiapas (Proceso, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Matan a ex diputado del PRD en Chiapas; investiga Fiscalía (El Universal, 5 de mayo de 2017)

Asesinan a dirigente de la Cioac Comitán en Chiapas (La Jordana, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Asesinan a líder de la CIOAC a balazos (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Ejecutan a ex diputado del PRD en Chiapas (El Milenio, 4 de mayo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: “Grupo armado de la CIOAC-Histórica atacó” a comunidad en el municipio de Las Margaritas (26 de enero de 2016)

Chiapas: Desplazados del Poblado Primero de Agosto denunciaron escalamiento de hostigamiento, amenazas de muerte y desalojo (7 de enero de 2016)

Chiapas: Denuncian hostigamiento militar a la JBG zapatista de La Realidad (13 de marzo de 2015)

Chiapas: Agresión contra Bases de Apoyo del EZLN deja un muerto y 15 heridos zapatistas (6 de mayo de 2014)


National/International: Mexico Second Most Violent Country World (IISS)

May 16, 2017

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On May 9th, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) published the results of its 2017 Armed Conflict Study, which places Mexico as the second country with the highest number of deaths (23,000 counted in 2016) after Syria (50,000), and before Afghanistan (17,000) and Iraq (16,000). Mexico is the only country in America in the top ten.

The IISS claims that the levels violence coming from the fight against organized crime in Mexico reached those of a country in open war. “It is very unusual for criminal violence to reach a level similar to an armed conflict. But it happened in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) and especially in Mexico”, the IISS warned.

 The Mexican Interior Ministry (SEGOB in its Spanish acronym) and Ministry for Foreign Affairs (SRE in its Spanish acronym) criticized the report questioning both the figures that it uses for being “unlikely” and “lacking technical rigor”; such as the fact that “Organized crime violence is a regional phenomenon that goes beyond the borders that Mexico shares with the United States, Guatemala and Belize, among many other countries. The challenges Mexico faces in this area cannot be isolated from related phenomena in other jurisdictions, such as arms trafficking and drug demand. The fight against transnational organized crime must be analyzed in an integral way.”

For more information in Spanish:

México es el segundo país del mundo con más muertos por “guerra”, según estudio (SDP Noticias, 9 de mayo de 2017)

México alcanzó los niveles de violencia de un país en guerra abierta: IISS (Proceso, 9 de mayo de 2017)

México, el segundo país más violento del mundo: IISS (La Jornada, 9 de mayo de 2017)

La SRE y Segob niegan que haya un conflicto armado en México; Trump retuitea encuesta inglesa (Sin Embargo, 10 de mayo de 2017)

Reporte del IISS sobre la violencia en México “carece de rigor técnico”: Segob y SRE (Proceso, 10 de mayo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional : Pobres resultados diez años después de iniciar la guerra contra el crimen organizado ; El Ejército seguirá en las calles, EPN (16 de diciembre de 2016)


Oaxaca: Seven Years of Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Case

May 4, 2017

Bety & Jyri(Photo@Amnistía Interncional)

April 27th marked seven years since the murder of human rights defenders Bety Cariño (37) and Jyri Jaakkola (33, Finnish) while they were involved in a caravan of humanitarian aid to the indigenous community of San Juan Copala, in the Triqui zone of Oaxaca. Although 13 perpetrators are fully identified, only five have been imprisoned so far.

Indigenous and campesino organizations recalled the events with a march and denounced that “During these seven years we have attended innumerable meetings with all kinds of authorities, and we have met with a wall of indifference, weak institutions and the complicities of federal authorities, which have not wanted to get to the bottom of things to punish the perpetrators of this crime, filing various inquiries that point to those responsible, seeking to hide the truth of what happened in the attack on the caravan and protect the authors, not only material but also intellectual of this and other crimes committed against community defenders in Oaxaca. Unsuccessful and appealing that the detention of those who murdered Bety and Jyri is not possible, the government seeks to simulate a trial by disqualifying the evidence that indicates the responsibility of the perpetrators, while the witnesses and victims who participated in the caravan have been subjected to harassment, permanent threats, attacks and all kinds of bother.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Con marcha exigen justicia para activistas asesinados hace siete años en Oaxaca (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2017)

La justicia para Bety y Jyri no llega (EL Imparcial de Oaxaca, 27 de abril de 2017)

Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola, siete años de un crimen impune (Contralínea, 27 de abril de 2017)

Pronunciamiento de organizaciones sociales e indígenas (26 de abril de 2017)

Siete años de impunidad en la Mixteca de Oaxaca: MAIZ (NVI Noticias, 26 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Parlamentarias europeas vuelven a denunciar impunidad en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca/Internacional : Suman 5 detenidos en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2010) (15 de octubre de 2016)

Oaxaca: PGR archiva el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Gobierno del estado no recibe a eurodiputadas por “falta de voluntad” hacia el caso de Bety y Jyri (2 de octubre de 2015)


Chiapas: Fresh Post-Election Incidents in Oxchuc

April 5, 2017

RosaPerez´Perez_MaríaGloriaSanchez01_MG_8123cesarmartinezlopez_0Rosa Perez Perez (left) and Maria Gloria Sanchez Gomez (right), mayors of the indigenous municipalities of Chenalho and Oxchuc (@ la CimacNoticias)

On April 1, the post-electoral conflict reemerged in the municipality of Oxchuc, with the arrest of eight people, roadblocks between San Cristobal de Las Casas and Palenque, fireworks, bombs and shots fired.

These latest events are related to the order of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation (TEPJF in its Spanish acronym), which was issued on September 1, 2016, to reinstate Maria Gloria Sanchez Gamez as mayor of Oxchuc,.

Oxchuc is not the only municipality which faces such problems. In the municipality of Chenalho, there is also post-election conflict. In recent months, different bodies that operate in the state expressed their concerns about the post-electoral conflicts happening in different municipalities. To date, no intervention or proposal for a solution has been registered by the authorities.

For more intervention in Spanish:

Retienen a 8 tzeltales, resurge conflicto por disputa de alcaldía de Oxchuc (Radio Formula, 1 de abril de 2017)

Retienen a 8 tzeltales y bloquean carretera Oxchuc-San Cristóbal (Quadratin Noticias, 1ero de abril de 2017)

Piden mayor seguridad en Oxchuc (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 2 de abril de 2017)

Solicitan seguridad para habitantes de Oxchuc  (Mega Noticias, 3 de abril de 2017)

TEPJF ordena restituir a alcaldesa de Oxchuc; fue forzada a renunciar, resuelve (Revista Proceso, 1ero de septiembre de 2016)

Tribunal Electoral restituye a la alcaldesa de Oxchuc, Chiapas, quien fue forzada a renunciar (Aristegui Noticias, 1ero de septiembre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: TEPJF ordena restitución de alcaldesa de Oxchuc (5 de septiembre de 2016)

Chiapas: conflicto partidista desata violencia en el municipio de Chenalhó (27 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas : Dos muertos y decenas de heridos en Chenalhó por disputa de la alcaldía (9 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas : Restitución en su cargo de alcaldesa de Chenalhó hace temer nueva situación de violencia (22 de agosto de 2016)


Chiapas: Violent Eviction of Road Block Protest by Chenalho Displaced

March 31, 2017

Chenalho.pngProtest by displaced families Colonia Puebla (@Kuuntik)

On the morning of March 28, a hundred state police evicted more than 200 displaced indigenous people from the municipality of Chenalho when they blocked the toll road between San Cristobal and Tuxtla Gutierrez to demand that the government guarantee the return of some 80 families. The operation left 14 civilians injured and, according to the authorities, 13 policemen.

 Javier Lopez Santiz, representative of the 241 people from Puebla Ejido who have been displaced since May 27, 2016 due to the post-electoral conflict in Chenalho, reported that “we were the 241 displaced, among men, children and women, some pregnant, and they launche tear gas at us; we have four injured: Pedro Lopez Mendez, Alberto Hernandez Mendez, Uvencio Arias Gomez and a girl, plus ten others beaten.”

After the eviction, the displaced people went to the offices of the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDH in its Spanish acronym), based in San Cristobal de Las Casas. After the last violent events in main town of Chenalho at the beginning of the month, the families moved to this city until they obtained the necessary conditions for their return.

For more information in Spanish:

Policía desaloja bloqueo de desplazados de Chenalhó (La Jornada, 28 de marzo de 2017)

Desalojan a indígenas desplazados que exigían con bloqueo el retorno a su comunidad (Proceso, 28 de marzo de 2017)

Desalojan a desplazados de Chenalhó que se manifestaban en la carretera de SCLC (Chiapas Paralelo, 28 de marzo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas: conflicto partidista desata violencia en el municipio de Chenalhó (27 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas : Dos muertos y decenas de heridos en Chenalhó por disputa de la alcaldía (9 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas : Restitución en su cargo de alcaldesa de Chenalhó hace temer nueva situación de violencia (22 de agosto de 2016)


Chiapas: Conflict between Parties Unleashes Violence in Chenalho

March 29, 2017

Chenalho.pngFamilies displaced due to violence in Chenalho Photo@:Quorum Informativo

In March, faced with the context of violence stemming from the post-electoral conflict in the municipality of Chenalho, several organizations and the Coordination of the Parish of San Pedro Apostol of this municipality issued statements to express their concerns, demand that the State to disarm armed groups and ensure the integrity and personal safety and life of the villagers of the municipality.

The parish of San Pedro Apostol recalled in its pronouncement how the Massacre of Acteal came about almost twenty years ago and declared with great concern “how history seems to repeat itself: acts of violence, threats, dead and wounded, displaced people, burnt houses, actions by armed groups, arms trafficking.” What most distresses the parish is that “the authorities do nothing to solve the problem (…) they abandon their responsibility to enforce justice and the law, which is the only reason for their existence as authorities.” It points out that the two sides of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) are armed with weapons considered “for exclusive use by the army.” So far, the conflict has resulted in over 200 displaced persons and four deaths: “It is public and notorious that in the municipality the armed groups have bee reactivated and are acting with total freedom and impunity.” The parish called on the inhabitants of Chenalho so that “as Christians they refrain from engaging in acts of violence against their own brothers.”

In a joint statement, civil organizations blamed the State for “action and omission, in a context of violence that could continue to escalate.” They also alleged that they had been insisting on the disarmament of the paramilitary groups that perpetrated the Acteal Massacre in 1997 and that “not only have they not listened to us in terms of disarmament, but also the armed groups have been reactivated under the current administration of Governor Manuel Velasco Coello.” They stated that, “the authorities cannot continue to evade their responsibility in the face of the evident and obvious consequences of the unpunished actions of armed groups and arms trafficking in the region.”

They asked if “this mode of action is a prolongation of the counterinsurgency in which the paramilitaries are the material executors of the plan drawn up by the Army? Is it connivance and active complicity of the authorities with criminal groups? Or is it simple and crass inability to govern? Or perhaps it is a question of creating a sense of ungovernability to justify the Internal Security Law that seeks to institutionalize the action of the Mexican Army in tasks that correspond by their nature to civil authority?”

 For more information in Spanish:

En Chiapas imposición y violencia son la forma de gobernar: ONGs; “confrontaciones son encabezados por PRI y PVEM” (Revolución 3.0, 21 de marzo de 2017)

Pronunciamiento conjunto: Chiapas: Imposición y violencia como modo de gobierno (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 20 de marzo de 2017)

Zozobra en Chenalhó ante inminente violencia por la disputa del poder político, económico y social (Chiapas en contacto, 15 de marzo de 2017

Manifiesta parroquia preocupación por violencia (La Jornada, 14 de marzo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Dos muertos y decenas de heridos en Chenalhó por disputa de la alcaldía (9 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas: TEPJF ordena restitución de alcaldesa de Oxchuc (5 de septiembre de 2016)

Chiapas : Restitución en su cargo de alcaldesa de Chenalhó hace temer nueva situación de violencia (22 de agosto de 2016)

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

Chiapas: Protestas post electorales en el municipio de Chenalhó (6 de mayo de 2016)


Oaxaca/Chiapas: Civil Observation and Solidarity Caravan in Los Chimalapas

March 25, 2017

Chimalapas.pngCivil Observation and Solidarity Caravan to Los Chimalapas (@NVI Noticias)

On March 18 and 19, a motorized Civil Observation Caravan in solidarity with Nuevo San Andres visited the village in the Chimalapas region where, on 24 February last, nine villagers suffered attacks, illegal deprivation of liberty and violence from the so-called “Chamula Army”. About 20 people, including community members from Santa Maria Chimalapa, civil and social organizations as well as members of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO in its Spanish acronym) participated in this caravan.

About 100 people from 20 Tsotsil families from the Chiapas Highlands form the community of Nuevo San Andres, founded six years ago. Since the February aggression, they are practically living under siege for fear of being attacked again. Echoing their testimonies, the Caravan denounced the lack of actions by the federal and state governments to address the problems that endanger these families from Chiapas but installed in Oaxacan communal territory. 

Miguel Angel Garcia Aguirre, representative of the caravan, said that for more than 60 years indigenous communities have been confronted in this region of the Isthmus by border conflicts between Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz. The regional coordinator of the Committee for the Defense and Conservation of Chimalapa said that “we can not allow them to continue to live violence, we regret that the government of Oaxaca has not granted precautionary measures, we are waiting for the resolution of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), it is urgent that this case be addressed.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Peligran chiapanecos en los Chimalapas (La Jornada, 21 de marzo de 2017)

Nuevo San Andrés vive con miedo; abandonados por el Gobierno (NVI Noticias, 21 de marzo de 2017)

Conoce caravana humanitaria condiciones de olvido en Nuevo San Andrés (Radio Formula, 20 de marzo de 2017)

Olvidan Chiapas y Oaxaca a pobladores de Nuevo San Andrés (Quadratin, 20 de marzo de 2017)
Comuneros y ONG´s emprenden caravana de solidaridad con los chimalapas (La Jornada, 18 de marzo de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/Chiapas: Agresión armada en los Chimalapas deja heridos (2 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Caravana de Observación Civil y Solidaridad por los Chimalapas (14 de enero de 2016)

Oaxaca/Chiapas: nuevo enfrentamiento en los Chimalapas deja dos heridos y 4 detenidos. (21 de mayo de 2015)