Guerrero/National: Ayotzinapa Three Years Later

October 17, 2017

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September 26th, 2017, marked three years since the extrajudicial executions of six people and the forced disappearance of 43 students from the “Raul Isidro Burgos” Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa in Iguala, Guerrero. In this context, there was a mass and a silent march in which the fathers, mothers and companions of the student teachers participated, leaving from the Angel of Independence to the Antimonumento +43 in Mexico City. Thousands of others also marched in Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan and Chiapas, among other states, to demand that impunity end in this case.

Abel Barrera Hernandez of La Montaña Human Rights Center greeted the parents of the 43, remembering that they have spent “three years removing the debris that the holders of the PGR piled up with hundreds of files to fabricate its historical truth. With great perversity the government broadcast on television how they shredded our children. They preferred morbidity to scientific evidence.” He also stressed that although there is evidence of the Army’s participation in the disappearance of the 43, “the authorities, instead of guaranteeing an impartial investigation, close ranks to prevent progress in this line [of investigation].”

The National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) demanded that the investigations into the disappearance of the 43 students should consider all aspects based on objective and scientific elements and should not be ended. Meanwhile, Amnesty International Mexico warned: “For three years, we continue to look for our disappeared among the debris of corrupt institutions and the crime of oblivion, where the real political will of the authorities has never been present. The historical lie of this case will mark Peña Nieto’s six-year term, but we, in solidarity with their fathers and mothers, will continue to count them, continue to seek them, fight to bring the truth to light and have access to justice.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Tres años de impunidad: Los 43 de Ayotzinapa (Telesur, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Fundidos en un abrazo en medio del dolor (La Jornada, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Padres de los 43 alistan marcha silenciosa a tres años de Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

Víctimas del desastre: del dolor a los enfrentamientos con autoridades (Aristegui Noticias, 25 de septiembre de 2017)

Foto-reportaje de la marcha silenciosa (Regeneración Radio, 26 de septiembre de 2017)

A casi 3 años, protestan en 27 Batallón por Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 23 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: plataforma Ayotzinapa: una cartografía de la violencia (19 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero: tercera visita del mecanismo de seguimiento de la CIDH sobre le caso Ayotzinapa a casi tres años de los hechos (7 de septiembre)

Guerrero: a 34 meses de la tragedia de Ayotzinapa familiares convocan a unas jornadas de lucha (31 de julio de 2017)

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Guerrero: Ayotzinapa Platform: Mapping the Violence

September 26, 2017

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On September 7th, almost three years after the events, Forensic Architecture published its interactive platform in which it reconstructed what happened on the night of September 26th and 27th, 2014, when students from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa were attacked by police in alleged collusion with criminal organizations. That attack in Iguala left three students dead, 43 disappeared and several seriously injured and in coma.

The Prodh Center and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF in its Spanish acronym) also participated in this initiative. Videos, notes and journalistic books, photographs, telephone records and the report prepared by the International Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) were taken into account to make it.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, with this interactive platform “the case of the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students has been rebuilt for the first time exhaustively and comprehensively.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Plataforma Ayotzinapa: http://www.plataforma-ayotzinapa.org/

El caso Ayotzinapa: Una cartografía de la violencia (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Introducción a la Plataforma Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Cartografía de la violencia: muestran en 3D y video las distintas versiones del caso Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 9 de septiembre de 2017)

Introducción a la Plataforma Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

 

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: tercera visita del mecanismo de seguimiento de la CIDH sobre le caso Ayotzinapa a casi tres años de los hechos (7 de septiembre)

Guerrero: a 34 meses de la tragedia de Ayotzinapa familiares convocan a unas jornadas de lucha (31 de julio de 2017)


National: Human Rights Organizations’ Reports Contradict Progress Noted in Government’s Fifth Report

September 13, 2017

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What Peña’s report doesn’t say “speaks volumes” Proceso

On September 1st, the Fifth Report of the Government was presented, boasting progress on poverty, employment, education and respect for human rights.

In contrast, a few days earlier, the sixth report on human rights violations against human rights defenders was published covering the period from June 2016 to May 2017 and documenting that within that time “four human rights violations occurred every day against persons defending human rights in Mexico.” This report reports that “a year and a half after the end of the period of Enrique Peña Nieto, 2426 arbitrary arrests are documented” since the beginning of his term of office. As for extrajudicial execution, it indicates that while during the period of former president Felipe Calderon 67 were documented, “in the period we have with EPN this repressive modality has increased to almost double, totalling 123 executions.” With regard to enforced disappearance, it indicates 11 cases in the period covered by the report. “In general, the report tells us that the use of extrajudicial execution is the most repressive mode used by the State in the period covered by this report compared to previous years, (…) This clearly shows that the State increases the intensity of repression for political reasons when faced with the will of the defenders to keep up their work.”

It also denounced that “the improvement of repressive techniques includes actions such as maintaining impunity for human rights violations committed, implying that the State covers the gaps in the investigations of the most serious cases of HRV to prevent them from reaching international bodies, that is to say, it does not investigate, but only in appearance complies with what the law dictates, without this being reflected in an advance in investigations. At the same time, it accepts the visits of the international bodies of HR, but disqualifies the reports made by these international representatives. It further discredits the defense of human rights in two ways: by allowing a campaign that equates human rights defenders as defenders of criminals and, secondly, weakening the international human rights system by strengthening international humanitarian law, which judges people and not state structures, claiming that HRVs are individual acts, of subjects infiltrated or stressed, but that there has never been an order of state structures to violate human rights.”

On another note, covering the beginning of the term of Enrique Peña Nieto on July 31, 2017, the National Network of Civil Organisms for Human Rights All Rights for All (Red TDT in its Spanish acronym), made up of 84 groups from 23 states in the country, reaches similar conclusions in the report Hope is not Over. Situation of Human Rights Defenders during the Presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, published in early September. It says that state governments are the ones that most violate human rights with 39% of cases, followed by the federal administration with 32%; municipal and community agents with 20%, and judicial officials with 18%. It also notes that 69% of the cases occurred in seven of the 30 states analyzed: Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guerrero, Veracruz, Puebla and the state of Mexico.

For more information in Spanish:

Desaparecieron 81 activistas y mataron a 106 este sexenio: ONG (6 de septiembre de 2017)

Informe completo « La esperanza no se agota. Situación de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos durante la presidencia de Enrique Peña Nieto » (Red Tdt, septiembre de 2017)

Boletín de prensa e informe completo – Sexto informe de violaciones de derechos humanos contra personas defensoras de los derechos humanos. “Defender los derechos humanos en México: La ejecución extrajudicial como respuesta del Estado. Junio de 2016 a mayo de 2017” (29 de agosto de 2017)

Lo que no dice el Informe de Peña “cuenta, y cuenta mucho (Proceso, 1ero de septiembre de 2017)

¿Qué dice el V Informe de Peña? Estos son los 5 ejes del texto (documento completo) (Animal Político, 1ero de septiembre de 2017)

Peña Nieto en su 5to Informe de Gobierno, ¿mentiras o verdades? (Animal Político, 4 de septiembre de 2017)

Los cinco ejes del informe de Gobierno de EPN (Sdp Noticias, 4 de septiembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Nacional : cuarto informe del gobierno de Peña Nieto(12 de septiembre de 2016)

Nacional: Múltiples críticas a la presentación del Tercer Informe de Gobierno de Peña Nieto (8 de septiembre de 2015)

 


Mexico: Announcements and Actions for International Day of the Victims of Forced Disappearances

September 7, 2017

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On August 30th, International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearances, hundreds of family members and friends of missing persons marched in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon and Baja California to demand that the authorities make progress in the search for their loved ones and punish those responsible for this crime.

In this same context, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-HR) in Mexico urged the Mexican State to recognize the competence of the United Nations Committee to oversee the Convention that deals with this issue to receive and to examine individual complaints of victims of enforced disappearances. Jan Jarab, UN-HR representative in Mexico reported that “despite the fact that eight years have passed since it ratified the International Convention for the Protection of Persons against this scourge, there are currently more than 30,000 disappeared in Mexico.” In this context, UN-HR reiterated its demand to the Chamber of Deputies to approve the general law on forced disappearance.

For the same reason, Amnesty International launched the campaign “Nothing is the same if someone disappears”, with an emphasis on the situation in Syria, Mexico and Spain. In the case of Mexico, the organization emphasized: “As of June 2017, according to the Government, 32,096 people were missing, without specifying how many had been forced to disappear. An emblematic case is the 43 students of Ayotzinapa who disappeared in September 2014. In April 2016, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, accused the Mexican Government of not following the key research lines, manipulating evidence, protecting officers suspected of participating in enforced disappearances, and torturing suspects to secure “confessions.” It has recently been verified that members of this group and of human rights organizations working on the case have been spied on with sophisticated programs available only to governments.”

On its part, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) affirmed on the same occasion that disappearances still occur in Mexico and urged the Chamber of Deputies to approve the General Law on the subject at the next sitting.

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC in its Spanish acronym) issued a bulletin in which it denounced that “forced disappearance is part of the strategy used by the Mexican State to infuse terror in society and annihilate organizational experiences” and recalled that in Chiapas, “cases of forced disappearance, in the context of the Internal Armed Conflict, as a consequence of the implementation of the Chiapas Campaign Plan 94, committed by state agents and paramilitary groups that operated with the support, tolerance and acquiescence of the Mexican State, remain unpunished, creating conditions for their repetition.”

 For more information in Spanish:

« Amnistía Internacional lanza la campaña: Nada es igual si alguien desaparece » (Amnistía Internacional, 29 de agosto de 2017)

México: ONU-DH lanza campaña a favor de los derechos de las personas desaparecidas (ONU-DH, 30 de agosto de 2017)

Llama la ONU a México a reforzar la lucha contra desapariciones (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2017)

Desapariciones subsisten en México como consecuencia de la impunidad: CNDH (Proceso, 30 de agosto de 2017)

Urge en México una Ley General sobre Desaparición (CDHFBC, 30 de agosto de 2017)

Desapariciones forzadas en México, “crimen de Estado” (La Jornada, 31 de agosto de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: Foro sobre desaparición forzada (22 de agosto de 2017)

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 : cierre de año legislativo con agenda polémica en el Congreso (8 de diciembre de 2016)


Guerrero: Possible Breakthrough in Ayotzinapa Case

August 4, 2017

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On July 5th, the correspondent for La Jornada in Guerrero, Sergio Ocampo said that, “in La Gavia … the unknown whereabouts of the 43 students of the Normal School of Ayotzinapa, who disappeared in Iguala in September 2014, could be revealed.”

Sergio Ocampo explained that the self-defense groups of the Movement for Peace of San Miguel Totolapan stated that, “between December 2016 and May 2017 they detained several members of Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, El Tequilero’s, gang, among them was a small group of gunmen who are nicknamed “The Matanormalists” [the Student Teacher Killers] […] They claim that under interrogation the killers told how they took about twenty young presumed student teachers in batches, from the municipality of Cocula, adjacent to the one of Iguala, through several towns until arriving at La Gavia, between the night of the 26th and the morning of September 27th, 2014, where they were murdered and buried. […] They even claimed they could point to the exact spot where they were buried.”

According to Sin Embargo, the parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa Normal School and their lawyer Vidulfo Rosales Sierra asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Mexican State during the hearing of the Special Follow-up Mechanism The IACHR in Lima, Peru, to open a new line of investigation on this version of Cocula on July 6th.

 For more information in Spanish:

La Gavia, posible clave del caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, a 5 de julio 2017)

Nueva pista del paradero de los 43 de Ayotzinapa en México (TeleSur, a 5 de julio de 2017)

Guerrero: periodistas recorren la ex “guarida” el ‘El Tequilero’, observan pueblo fantasma y hallan camioneta robada (Aristegui Noticias, a 6 de julio de 2017)

Padres de los 43 piden investigar si a sus hijos se los entregaron a “Los Tequileros” (SinEmbargo, a 14 de julio de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Sesión de seguimiento de la CIDH del caso Ayotzinapa : avances nulos (10 de julio de 2017)

Guerrero/ Nacional: Madres y padres de los 43 consideran no acudir a la reunión con la PGR y la CIDH (20 de abril de 2017)

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


Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal “Roots, Memory and Hope” Tour

July 28, 2017

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On July 18th and 19th, as part of its “Acteal, Roots, Memory and Hope Campaign”, Las Abejas de Acteal toured the communities of Acteal and Nuevo Yibeljo to publicize their path as survivors and Victims of the Acteal Massacre and as members of the organization.

“The aim of this campaign, in the framework of the 20 years of struggle against impunity in the Acteal massacre and the 25 years of organization and resistance, and the walk of Las Abejas, is to raise awareness among children, young people, men, women, the elderly, so that our people may continue to walk in the struggle to seek peace, justice and the good life of for society. And make it clear, to never surrender to the programs and projects of bad government that only brings death.”

They shared the history of the foundation of Las Abejas and testimony of some survivors about how the massacre happened on December 22nd, 1997, “implemented by the 3 levels of government, it is a state crime.”

The different working groups such as the choir of Acteal, health promoters, women artisans, communication, theater, savings bank, education, also participated where they gave their different tasks.

The next tour is scheduled for early August.

 For more information in Spanish:

Para seguir trabajando con nuestra campaña, Acteal: Raíz, Memoria y Esperanza. (Las Abejas de Acteal)

 For more information SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Comunicado de Las Abejas de Acteal en el marco de la conmemoración mensual de la masacre

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

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

 


Guerrero: CNDH on Acapulco Massacre Case and Warns of Risk of Torture in Guerrero Prisons

July 16, 2017

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On July 6th, a riot between “opposing groups” for the internal control of Las Cruces prison in Acapulco left 28 people dead and three wounded.

According to Animal Politico, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) had already identified the Acapulco CERESO [prison] as a red spot in Guerrero prisons since last year. It had urged the Astudillo government to “take necessary actions” to optimize the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of liberty in the institution’s detention centers.

Likewise, the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (MNPT in its Spanish acronym) had issued a recommendation against the PRI government of Hector Astudillo Flores for considering that there are “pressing situations to see to”. According to Proceso, Astudillo publicly stated that he “had no time to comply” with the CNDH and MNPT’s observations to try to reverse the corrupt conditions that led to the massacre in the Acapulco prison.

On July 14th, the CNDH announced that it will resume the case “to investigate human rights violations.”

For more information in Spanish:


CNDH atrae caso de la masacre en Acapulco y alerta por riesgo de tortura en penales en Guerrero (Proceso, a 12 de julio de 2017)

Riña entre grupos rivales deja 28 muertos y 3 heridos en la cárcel de Acapulco, Guerrero (Animal Político, a 6 de julio de 2017)

Sube a 28 la cifra de muertos por motín en penal de Acapulco (La jornada, 6 de julio de 2017)