Chiapas/Guerrero: Two Police Officers Held for Attacks on Parents of the Ayotzinapa 43 Disapeared; Investigation of Students who Participated in Protest Continue

February 26, 2020

LennynFloresHeraldo@Lennyn Flores, El Herlado de Chiapas

At a press conference held on February 22nd in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the head of the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca, reported that two State Police agents were arrested for the violent events that occurred a week before during the eviction of a blockade of students from the Normal Rural Mactumactza School (Chiapas) and relatives of the 43 disappeared student teachers from Ayotzinapa (Guerrero, 2014), and that left a balance of several wounded. Both police officers are accused of attempted murder, inflicting injuries and abuse of authority.

For his part, the Secretary of Health of the state, Jose Manuel Cruz Castellanos, said that of the most seriously injured, a student of the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa continues with a reserved prognosis, while another is stable (although pending surgery), and another was already discharged.

The FGE also indicated that it continues putting together an investigation file against “the protesters and those who are responsible for the riot crimes, breaches of the peace and bodily and patrimonial integrity of the community and the state and attacks on the communication routes, as well as agrieved injuries of four Chiapas oficers, three men and a woman.”

Present at the press conference, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Gabriela del Socorro Zepeda Soto, said that “all the necessary investigations are carried out so that the police are certain that while they do their job well, justice will be demanded and their rights will be defended because the Secretariat’s commitment is to serve, protect and maintain order, peace and citizen tranquility.”

For more information in Spanish:

Detienen a 2 policías por reprimir a grupo de normalistas en Chiapas (La Jornada, 22 de febrero de 2020)

Detienen a dos policías por agresiones con papás de 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 22 de febrero de 2020)

Detienen a policías por agresiones contra papás de los 43 de Ayotzinapa (El Informador, 22 de febrero de 2020)

Informa FGE sobre evolución de caso de conflicto entre normalistas y antimotines (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 22 de febrero de 2020)

Abren dos carpetas de investigación por desalojo de padres de normalistas en Chiapas (El Universal, 19 de febrero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas/Guerrero: Parents of Ayotzinapa 43 Attacked with Tear Gas in Tuxtla Gutierrez (February 17, 2020)

Chiapas: Frayba Denounces Obstruction in Defense and Promotion of Human Rights

February 26, 2020

On February 22nd, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights  (Frayba) reported that the director of El Amate prison, located in the municipality of Cintalapa, Juan Jose Trujillo Cruz, obstructed its “defense and promotion of human rights, in the documentation of torture and other cruel and inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment .”

In a statement, Frayba said that on January 31st, four Frayba members showed up at El Amate to meet with six inmates who asked “for documentation of having been tortured, but despite following the protocols, entry was denied.” It added that on February 4th, they again requested the authorization in writing, but “the prison authorities of the State of Chiapas again rejected the request.” In other incidents, it pointed out that on February 17th, “one of the people who denounced acts of torture against him, requested permission for access by means of an official letter addressed to the Undersecretariat for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions and Security Measures, of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection of Chiapas”, also with no result.

Frayba said that “it has a well-founded fear that the victims of possible human rights violations that are held in Cerss No. 14, El Amate, are in a situation of vulnerability and when they denounce these acts, they are subject to more threats, isolation and/or unjustified transfers as mechanisms to generate fear in the victims and their families, as has been the pattern of action of the prison authorities.”

Frayba recalled that “it is a non-governmental organization that documents cases of torture and comprehensively accompanies victims and their families, promoting the observance and defense of human rights. Obstructing the work we do highlights the Chiapas government as an authoritarian and repressive government.”

For more information in Spanish:

Frayba denuncia a director del penal El Amate por encubrir tortura, La Jornada, 22 de febrero de 2020

Autoridades impiden al CDH “Frayba” ingresar al “Amate”, Chiapasparalelo, 23 de febrero 2020

Obstrucción a Frayba en la defensa y promoción de los de derechos humanos, Frayba, 22 de febrero de 202

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: Mexico, Fourth Most Dangerous Country for Human Rights Defenders (Frontline Defenders) (February 16, 2020)

Chiapas: Prisoners in San Cristobal de Las Casas Denounce Theats and Negligence from Prison Authorities (January 28, 2020)

Chiapas: Death Threats against FRAYBA and Relatives of Prisoners (December 11, 2019)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society Denounces Persecution and Murder of Human Rights Defenders and Protectors of Mother Earth and other Violent Situations

February 25, 2020

AreadecomunicacionAbejas@Area de comunicación de Las Abejas

On February 22nd, within the framework of the monthly anniversary of the Acteal massacre (1997), Las Abejas Civil Society issued a statement in which it denounced not only impunity in that case but that “in Mexico of the era of the “Fourth transformation “human rights defenders, protectors of Mother Earth are persecuted and murdered, the truth is still covered up and women and girls are murdered, just as the criminal governments of the PRI and the PAN did.”

It also stated that “if we had a premature conscience, we would swallow the tale of the MORENA president that uncontrollable violence in the country, femicides, kidnapping and murder of girls is the fault of previous governments. It is outrageous that this president does not have the decency to admit that once he assumed power in Mexico, he assumed to serve a rotten system of government that can only persist causing destruction and feeding on blood.”

It outlined several more recent cases, also stating that “every day there is news of murders that make the news of the previous day remain forgotten, taking away from the fact that there is a new woman or girl murdered and raped.” It mentioned the case the repression against the fathers and mothers of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa, during their visit to the Mactumatza Normal Rural school in Chiapas; the detention of Miguel Lopez Vega, delegate of the National Indigenous Congress, member of the Zacatepec community radio station and member of the Puebla Peoples in Defense of the Land and Water Front, Morelos and Tlaxcala (although he was released through social pressure, Las Abejas believe that it was to intimidate the movement against companies in the Huejotzingo Industrial corridor) and femicides; among others.

For more information in Spanish:

Hoy sólo vamos a poder mencionar algunos casos de violencia, de injusticia y de asesinatos contra hombres y mujeres (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de febrero de 2020)

Se deslindan Abejas de Acteal de supuesto integrante de su Mesa Directiva (Reporte Ciudadano, 23 de febrero de 2020)

Se deslindan Abejas de Acteal de supuesto integrante de su Mesa Directiva (Noticias Primer Plano, 23 de febrero de 2020)

Se deslindan las Abejas de supuesto integrante (Diario de Chiapas, 24 de febrero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: “This year begins with a lot of violence and it is increasing” – Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society (January 28, 2020)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Hold Commenoration 22 Years after Acteal Masacre (January 13, 2020)

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Celebrate 27th Anniversary (January 4, 2020)

National: EZLN and CNI Hold Events on the First Anniversary of the Murder Samir Flores

February 25, 2020

samir1@Enlace zapatista

On February 20th and 21st, the Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) and organizations that are members of or close to the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) carried out dispersed actions in 20 states of Mexico and in at least seven other countries, one year after the murder by Samir Flores Soberanes, from Morelos, and within the framework of the “Day in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth”.

In Chiapas, thousands of indigenous support bases of the Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) mobilized to remember it and vindicate their struggle against extractive megaprojects in 11 caracoles, placing candles, offerings, banners and posters in rejection of said megaprojects and to demand justice in the murder of Samir and other land defenders in the country.

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) said that, one year after the murder of the defender, “the risk to life, security and integrity of the defenders oh territory was increased, in Mexico (…) criminalization has also intensified against communities of indigenous peoples opposed to government projects, specifically those who belong to the National Indigenous Congress.”

On February 21st, the “March for Justice for Our Brother Samir Flores Soberanes”, for the dead, missing, prisoners and in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth was also held in Mexico City.

For more information in Spanish:

Pueblos y colectivos recordarán a Samir Flores con marchas, conversatorios y actividades culturales a un año de su asesinato (Desinformémonos, 18 de febrero de 2020)

Imágenes de la movilización zapatista iniciada la madrugada de este 20 de febrero en Defensa del Territorio y la Madre Tierra, por justicia para nuestr@s muert@s, nuestr@s desaparecid@s, nuestr@s pres@s y en contra de los megaproyectos de muerte. “SAMIR S (EZLN, 20 de febrero de 2020)

“Todos somos Samir”, proclama el EZLN en jornada de resistencia (Proceso, 20 de febrero de 2020)

Aumenta criminalización contra defensores de territorio: Frayba (La Jornada, 20 de febrero de 2020)

EZLN realiza concentraciones (Cuarto Poder, 20 de febrero de 2020)

EZLN se suma a manifestaciones a un año del asesinato del activista Samir Flores (Aristegui Noticias, 20 de febrero de 2020)

A un año del asesinato de Samir: ni justicia ni obras (Pie de Página 21 de febrero de 2020)

Abejas de Acteal exigen justicia para Samir Flores y todos los defensores asesinados en México (Desinformémonos, 21 de febrero de 2020)

Exigen justicia para Samir, con mural, altar y bloqueo en Oaxaca (Desinformémonos, 21 de febrero de 2020)

A un año del asesinato de Samir Flores, exigen justicia (La Jornada, 22 de febrero de 2020)


For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Mexico: EZLN, CNI and CIG Convene Actions in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth “We Are All Samir” (January 14, 2020)

Chiapas/National: Fourth Assembly of CNI-CIG Held in San Cristobal de Las Casas (January 13, 2020)

Chiapas/Nacional : CNI- CIG “vivimos la guerra del capital contra los pueblos del mundo”, convocatoria a la cuarta Asamblea Nacional (November 8, 2019)

Chiapas/National/International: EZLN Invitation to “Celebration of Life: December of Resistance and Rebellion” (November 10, 2019)

National/International: CNI Mobilizations for Global Day of Struggle in Defense of Life and our Territories – “SAMIR FLORES LIVES” (October 17, 2019)

Oaxaca: Indigenous Zapotecs from San Pedro Quiatoni also Win Injunction against Mining Project

February 18, 2020

claim-map-2014-02-520Photo @Gold Resource Corp

Indigenous Zapotec people from San Pedro Quiatoni won an injunction that they brought in defense of their territory against mining companies. This occurred when “the First District Court in the state granted a flat suspension to the indigenous community of San Pedro Quiatoni against the companies Don David Gold, Minerales El Prado and Desarrollos Mineros San Luis, subsidiaries of the US mining company Gold Resource Corp (GRC).”

The Oaxacan Zapotecs celebrated the decision and “marked that day as a historic date because, they stressed, the people of Pedro Quiatoni woke up to start a fight against the giant and in defense of their rights as native peoples and their natural resources.”

According to the newspaper NVI news, neither “the right to the territory, nor the right to free and informed prior consent and consent” of the affected Zapotecs were respected.

With the suspension granted by the Federal Judicial Power, the mining companies will not be able to carry out works of “excavation, drilling, opening of tunnels and exploitation of mineral resources on the surface and subsoil (…) of El Aguila or El Aguila III mine.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comunidad de Oaxaca gana suspensión contra subsidiarias de minera estadunidense (El Proceso, 17 de febrero de 2020)

Cancela juzgado operación de mina de San Pedro Quiatoni (NVI Noticias, 17 de febrero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca : Semarnat niega la autorización de la Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental (MIA) a la compañía minera Cuzcatlán (February 13, 2020)

Oaxaca: Zapotecs from Capulalpam de Mendez Win Injunction against Two Mining Projects in their Territory (February 15, 2020)

Oaxaca: “Negamos el desarrollo que nos niega a nosotros”: Concluye Tercer Encuentro Estatal de Pueblos, Comunidades y Organizaciones “Aquí Decidimos Sí a la Vida No a la Minería” (May 22, 2019)

Oaxaca: Close of Meeting “Yes to Life, No to Mining” with declaration (January 24, 2013)

Guerrero: CRAC-PC Asks Local Deputies to Pass New Indigenous Law Immediately

February 18, 2020

Screenshot_2020-02-17 Exige CRAC a diputados locales aprobar de inmediato nueva Ley Indígena - RéplicaPhoto @ReplicaGuerrero

On February 17th, spokesmen of the five Houses of Justice of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities-Community Police (CRAC-PC) denounced in a press conference a campaign of defamation and disqualification by the community institution by the state government, placing its members in an environment of greater vulnerability.

They reported that “following the defamation campaign against CRAC-PC, some complaints have been filed against members of the organization” and that through social networks they have accused the mayor of Malinaltepec, Abel Bruno Arriaga, of “financing guerrilla groups.” At the press conference the mayor rejected “the statement and said he supports the CRAC-PC because most of the territory of his municipality is monitored by the community police and his municipal corporation would be insufficient to address the problem of insecurity.”

They also denounced that “that Governor Hector Astudillo Flores went to the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) last week to request that it does not process the proposal to reform Law 701 that promotes the CRAC-PC in the local Congress and that the one approved by the previous legislatura remain in place, in which the activities of the group are not recognised,” El Sur de Acapulco reported.

The reform of Law 701 is included in the “Initiative to reform the law on the rights of indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples of Guerrero”. The initiative was presented at the local Congress by 22 deputies from MORENA and a legislator from the PRD and was prepared over the course of a year with proposals made in ten forums in different regions of the entity.

In this regard, several newspapers reported in recent days that, after a request promoted by the government of the state of Guerrero to suspend the study and analysis of the Law Initiative on the Rights of Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Peoples of Guerrero, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) reported that a suspension is inadmissible, since it is “part of a legislative process, its challenge can only be made when the law is finally promulgated and published.”

Recently, on February 9th of this year, an informational meeting was held on the initiative mentioned above, in which “the president of the Committee on Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Affairs of the 62nd Legislature, Aristotle Tito Arroyo stressed that with this reform it is intended that native peoples have the right to decide and exercise their internal forms of government.

Furthermore, strengthen and develop regulatory systems for the regulation and resolution of conflicts in the original territories; guarantee the active participation of women in public offices as a priority; access the collective use and enjoyment of land and its natural resources; the official recognition of the Nahua languages, Tu’un Savi, Me ’phaa, Ñ’omndaa and of the Afro-Mexican people.

They are also granted the right to protect, preserve and preserve the integrity of their lands, territories, environment, habitat and natural resources; cultural, economic and social rights.”

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian que el gobernador acudió la semana pasada a la SCJN para pedir que no proceda la propuesta de reforma a la Ley 701 que promueve la CRAC-PC en el Congreso local. (El Sur de Acapulco, 17 de febrero de 2020)

Guerrero: rechaza la SCJN frenar iniciativa en materia de derechos de los pueblos indígenas (Ahora Guerrero, 15 de febrero de 2020)

Niega SCJN al Ejecutivo de Guerrero que se frene iniciativa de diputados de Morena (Replica Guerrero, 15 de febrero de 2020)

NOTA INFORMATIVA | Foros de consulta. Prolegómenos sobre derechos de los pueblos indígenas y afromexicanos (Tlachinollan, 24 de septiembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: CRAC-PC marches in Chilpancingo demanding the reform of the Law 701 (November 11, 2019)

Guerrero: CRAC PC denuncia criminalización y persecución de sus integrantes por parte del poder judicial (November 6, 2019)

Chiapas/Guerrero: Parents of Ayotzinapa 43 Attacked with Tear Gas in Tuxtla Gutierrez

February 17, 2020

87059675_498583520855636_824448225489453056_oPhoto @ Padres y Madres de Ayotzinapa

On the morning of February 16th, the “In search of the 43” caravan for the students who were disappeared in Iguala in 2014, and in which the mothers and fathers of the young people who studied at the Rural Normal School Raul Isidro Burgos d Ayotzinapa are participating with others, arrived at the Mactumactza Normal Rural School in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. This is part of the visits they have scheduled in all the normal rural schools of the country.

Different media outlets reported that as a joint protest “they intended to carry out a blockade” in the capital of the state of Chiapas. The organizers of the caravan reported that their arrival had been made public since days ago as part of a national information campaign, and that “they were conducting a “flying campaign” (…) inviting to join the demonstration to be held this Sunday afternoon.”

In response to the mobilization “more than two hundred state policemen with tear gas tanks and bombs were posted at the entrance of the Normal School without any valid explanation. Around 8:30 in the morning the Policemen without any protocol began to launch the tear gas towards the fathers and mothers of the 43 and student teachers, the repression lasted for an hour with a balance of three students, two mothers and their three-year-old granddaughter injured. Two students were hit with a projectile on their heads, one of them from Ayotzinapa”, the Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center reported.

Regarding the events, the Ministry of Citizen Security and Protection (SSyPC) reported that they acted “under the eviction protocol with respect for human rights and restored order.” They accused the students and parents of the missing 43 students from Ayotzinapa of “throwing Molotov cocktails, stones and fireworks at those in uniform.”

The undersecretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas, asked the state government “for immediate attention for the injured people and an investigation into these unfortunate events, the immediate and specialized medical attention for the young people attacked by the state pólice, Jose Antonio Flores, Javier Lopez Bernal, Alex Alvarez. The investigation and punishment of those responsible for giving the order to repress the caravan of Ayotzinapa is urgent.”

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) reported that the “State Commission has initiated an ex officio complaint; however, the CNDH will be following closely the investigation of the unfortunate events in which several members of the Caravan were injured. The CNDH, for its part, has requested precautionary and/or protective measures for the students of the Mactumatza Normal Rural School, the relatives of the 43 student taechers from Ayotzinapa and members of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center.”

Or more information in Spanish:

Policías reprimen a padres y normalistas en Chiapas; hay 4 hospitalizados (Proceso, 16 de febrero de 2020)

Desalojan en Chiapas a padres de los 43 de Ayotzinapa con gases lacrimógenos (El Financiero, 16 de febrero de 2020)

COMUNICADO | Policías Estatales del Estado de Chiapas reprimen la Caravana en Busca de los 43 (Tlachinollan, 16 de febrero de 2020)

CNDH condena actos de violencia en contra de familiares de los 43 normalistas de Ayotzinapa, cometida por elementos policíacos en la Normal Rural de Chiapas (CNDH, 16 de febrero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: “Walk for Truth, Justice and Peace” Ends at Parliament in Mexico City (January 29, 2020)

Nacional: “Caminata por la Paz” se dirige al Palacio Nacional y exige justicia y seguridad (24 de enero de 2020)

International/National: UNHCHR Calls on Mexican State to Increase Efforts to Effectively Implement General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons (January 21, 2020)

Chiapas/Mexico: EZLN, CNI and CIG Convene Actions in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth “We Are All Samir” (January 14, 2020)

Oaxaca/Nacional: Nuevas agresiones a periodistas; se modificará mecanismo de protección, Encinas (9 de diciembre de 2019)

National: Rosario Ibarra de Piedra Sworn in as New President of CNDH (November 15, 2019)

National: One Year of AMLO Presidency (December 5, 2019)

Mexico: March “Steps for Peace” (August 19, 2011)