National: CNI Denounces Attack on CIG Caravan

February 8, 2018

MarichuyMarichuy in Oventik, Chiapas @ SIPAZ

On January 21st, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) denounced that the caravan of the independent candidate, Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, Marichuy, was attacked in the Tierra Caliente region while traveling to the coastal municipality of Aquila, Michoacan.

The CNI said that the caravan was attacked on a stretch between the roads of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec: “heavily armed individuals in two vans stopped, threatened and took cell phones and photographic equipment from journalists accompanying the route.”

After the attack, the CNI demanded “security guarantees for the caravan and our spokesperson. We ask that you be alert for the safety of our colleagues.”

The State Government, through the Ministry of Public Security (SSP in its Spanish acronym) reported on Twitter that, “there was no armed attack on the caravan of the independent pre-candidate to the Presidency of the Republic, Marichuy.” According to El Heraldo, the authorities “handle the report of robbery of journalists who went to cover the activities of the pre-candidate, of which there has been no formal complaint; The Investigation Folder was opened based on the public complaint until tonight.”

It should be remembered that the region where the attack took place is one of the most violent in Michoacán, where criminal gangs have had a strong presence for decades. There, the Michoacan Family, the Knights Templar, Los Viagras, H3 gained strength and therefore self-defense processes emerged five years ago. Today the territory is disputed between the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel and the aforementioned gangs, according to information from Proceso.

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian asalto a caravana de Marichuy en Michoacán (El Financiero, 21 de enero de 2018)

Grupo armado ataca a caravana de “Marichuy” en Michoacán (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2018)

Gobierno del estado de Michoacán desmiente ataque a caravana de Marichuy (El Heraldo de Chihuahua, 22 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Choles del Ejido Tila celebraron el segundo aniversario de su autonomía y auto gobierno con María de Jesús (20 de diciembre de 2017)

Nacional: Marichuy critica trampas del INE a su candidatura (26 de octubre de 2018)

Nacional: Marychuy se registra como candidata independiente a la Presidencia de la República (18 de octubre de 2017)

Nacional / Chiapas: El CNI conforma su Concejo Indígena de Gobierno y elige a su vocera. (31 de mayo de 2017)


Chiapas: Another Femicide at the Start of the Year

February 4, 2018

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On January 16th, the body of Gloria Castellanos Balcazar, 24 years old, was found at the bottom of a well of a vacant lot in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Her family had reported her missing since Friday the 12th.

The next day, about a thousand people marched in the state capital to demand that justice be done for this femicide. During the march, Itzel Molina Trejo of the Voces Feministas collective said that “the murder of Castellanos Balcazar is added to that of five more murdered women this year in different municipalities of the state, as well as the disappearance of a girl, a teenager and a woman, in recent hours. […] gender alerts, preventive and procurement systems do not work in Chiapas, because public policies in this regard are reduced to announcements and declarations.”

Another participant at the meeting recalled that, “the gender violence alert for 23 municipalities of Chiapas, including Tuxtla Gutierrez, was declared in November 2016, but since then to this date there have been 258 violent deaths of women, according to data from the Feminist Observatory against Violence against Women in the state.”

The State Prosecutor General’s Office (FGE in its Spanish acronym), for its part, reported it had arrested the likely cuplrits.

For more information in Spansih:

Detienen a presuntos responsables de feminicidio en Chiapas (La Jornada, 18 de enero de 2018)

Multitudinaria marcha en Chiapas; exigen justicia por feminicidio (La Jornada, 17 de enero de 2018)

El cuerpo de Gloria fue hallado en un terreno baldío en Chiapas; indagan feminicidio (Animal Político, 17 de enero de 2018)

En menos de un mes, Chiapas registra 4 casos de feminicidio (Cimacnoticias, de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: El Centro de Derechos de la Mujer denuncia faltas al debido proceso y al acceso a la justicia en casos de violencia contra las mujeres y feminicidios (27 de junio de 2017)

Guerrero: Femicides on the Rise in 2017

January 26, 2018

Femicide.pngImage @: La hoja de arena

According to data collected by the newspaper El Sur de Acapulco, 149 feminicides were reported in the state of Guerrero in 2017, including 55 victims who could not be identified. The greatest number occurred in Acapulco with 70 cases. 18 were in Chilpancingo, 13 in Chilapa and five in Tlapa. Among the victims, nine were minors. Their bodies were found half-naked in squares, avenues, clandestine graves, garbage dumps, several of them beaten and/or raped, which shows a clear gender motive.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights expressed its concern in a statement regarding this increasingly serious situation. Abel Barrera, director of the center, said, “In a worrying way the viciousness with which women are murdered has increased exponentially. The cruelty against them is expressed in the cases of women who were stabbed, beheaded, burned, suffocated, stoned, beheaded or hanged. These are horrifying realities that are caused by the indolence of the authorities and their complicity with the perpetrators.”

It should be noted that in 2018, the Mexican State will be evaluated with regard to the recommendations made in 2012 by the Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in relation to the actions that the authorities have carried out to eradicate violence against women in Mexico. “Faced with this evaluation, the omissions of the authorities of Guerrero will be again in the international arena”, said Abel Barrera.

For more information in Spanish:

Violencia feminicida en Guerrero (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 10 de enero de 2018)

Ocurrieron 149 feminicidios en Guerrero en 2017 ; 55 víctimas no fueron identificadas (El Sur periódico de Guerrero, 03 de enero de 2018)

Acapulco, el municipio del país con más asesinato de mujeres (El Sur periódico de Guerrero, 14 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: en búsqueda de justicia ante feminicido de mujer Me´phaa (6 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero : emiten Alerta de Género en 8 municipios del estado (24 de junio de 2017)

Oaxaca: Special Comission to Investigate Femicidal Violence Set Up after Delays

January 24, 2018

FemoaxPhoto @ Educa Oaxaca

On January 10th, the Political Coordination Board of Oaxaca (JUCOPO in its Spanish acronym) decided to set up a Special Commission to attend to and investigate femicidal violence.

According to Educa Oaxaca, “since last September 6th JUCOPO had unanimously approved the creation of a specialized group to investigate and analyze the violence that women live through in the state.”

When JUCOPO made the decision in September, “more than 70 femicides had occurred until then under the current administration”, according to data from Dialogos Oaxaca.

During the presidency of Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, governor of Oaxaca, the number of women murdered stands at 123 according to the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity for Femicides of Oaxaca

For more information in Spanish:

Amañada y con 4 meses de retraso  instalan Comisión para Atender e Investigar Violencia Feminicida en Oaxaca (Diálogos Oaxaca, 10 de enero de 2018)

Tardan 4 meses para instalar comisión especial para atender violencia feminicida; casos se duplican (Educa Oaxaca, 10 de enero de 2018)

Asociación Civil Feminista: Consorcio Para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: 4° encuentro de mujeres activistas y defensoras de derechos humanos de Oaxaca (21 de junio de 2017)

Oaxaca: 344 mujeres asesinadas durante administración de Gabino Cué, Consorcio Oaxaca  (26 de noviembre de 2014)

Oaxaca: Cada dos días es asesinada una mujer (6 de junio de 2014)

Oaxaca: Solicitan activación de Alerta de Violencia de Género ante el aumento de los feminicidios (26 de febrero de 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Actividades en el Día Internacional de la No violencia contra las Mujeres (27 de nobiembre de 2013)

Oaxaca: Virtual Platform “Femicidal Violence” Launched

December 28, 2017

FemicideLaunch of virtual platform “Femicidal Violence in Oaxaca” (@Consorcio)

On December 4th, “given the silence of the governor, impunity, corruption and incompetence of a Secretariat of Women created as a white elephant by this government, as well as public officials who are in charge of the procurement of justice”, members of the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, Oaxaca presented the virtual platform “Femicidal Violence in Oaxaca”, where you can consult the cases of girls and women who were victims of violence from 2016 to date.

During a conference, the Consortium denounced that the femicide figures have increased by 30% during the first year of Alejandro Murat as governor, which makes Oaxaca one of the 11 most dangerous states in the country for women.

Faced with this situation, they invited citizens to generate “processes of organization that prevent women from losing their lives because of sexist and patriarchal violence. We know that there is still a long way to go but with the creation of this microsite of femicide and femicidal violence in Oaxaca we want to help to build a society [that is] conscious and vigilant of its rights “.

They also urged “the Judicial Branch of the State not to delay the issuance of arrest warrants against the aggressors, as well as to immediately incorporate a gender perspective in its actions, expedite the issuance of condemnatory sentences and dismiss administrators of justice who operate without a gender perspective”; and, “to the Congress of the State to cite the appearances of each and every one of the officials who are involved in the matter, and also direct communication with CONAVIM to inform them about the cause of the delay for the issuance of the Gender Alert in Oaxaca.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Portal Violencia Feminicia en Oaxaca (Consorcio Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca)

COMUNICADO| 120 feminicidios en el primer año de gobierno de Alejandro Murat, el más violento para las mujeres y niñas en la historia de Oaxaca. (Consorcio Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca, 4 de diciembre de 2017))

Primer año de Murat, el más violento contra mujeres en la historia de Oaxaca: Consorcio para el Diálogo (Proceso, 4 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

ENFOQUE: Alertas de violencia de género: entender el problema para poder atenderlo (3 de septiembre de 2017)

Nacional/Internacional: Se lanza la campaña 16 días de activismo contra la violencia hacia las mujeres (30 de noviembre de 2017)

National/International: UN and IACHR Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression Call on Mexico to Increase its Efforts to Protect Journalists

December 27, 2017

UNO.pngDavid Kaye and Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression from the United Nations and Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (@OAS)

“Mexico should take bold steps to address the violence faced by those who practice journalism”, said David Kaye and Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of expression for the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, respectively after an official mission that they carried out from November 27th to December 4th to examine the situation of freedom of expression in Mexico. During this visit, they met with more than 250 journalists and members of civil organizations, from 21 states of the Mexican Republic.

In a joint statement at the end of their mission, they declared that, “violence against those who practice journalism has been a crisis for Mexico for more than a decade and despite the creation by the Government of mechanisms of protection and persecution, impunity and insecurity continue to characterize this situation throughout the country.” They also expressed that “we were horrified by the stories we heard from journalists, in which they presented a harsh picture of the hostile environment they have faced. Sexual harassment against women journalists, the forced displacement of reporters, assassinations and disappearances, as well as deep impunity, were common elements in their narratives.” They also warned that, “the need to address issues of protection and transparency will be especially critical in 2018, when Mexican citizens will vote in federal, state and local elections.”

In their recommendations, they urged the Mexican government to “rapidly and substantially increase the resources available for the mechanisms that have been established to provide protection and transparency. Mexico has already taken a laudable step by creating these institutions; now it should give them the tools to be effective.”

For more information in Spanish:

México debe redoblar esfuerzos para proteger periodistas, instan expertos de derechos humanos (Comunicado conjunto de ONU y CIDH, 4 de diciembre de 2017)

Observaciones preliminares (4 de diciembre de 2017)

Urgen ONU y CIDH a frenar violencia contra periodistas en México (La Jornada, 4 de diciembre de 2017)

Periodismo en México se ejerce bajo “condiciones de terror”: Relatores de ONU y CIDH (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de diciembre de 2017)

La ONU alerta sobre la impunidad de los crímenes contra los periodistas en México (El País, 4 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Oaxaca: Red nacional de periodistas exige detener la violencia contra comunicadoras (17 de octubre de 2017)

Nacional/Internacional: Espionaje a periodistas y activistas en México (27 de junio de 2017)

Nacional/Guerrero: Siguen ataques y homicidios de periodistas y defensores de Derechos Humanos (19 de mayo de 2017)

Nacional: Pronunciamiento de WOLA frente al recrudecimiento de violencia contra periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos (11 de abril de 2017)

Nacional: Informe de Artículo 19 “de lo digital a lo tangible” (3 de diciembre de 2016)


National/International: “Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants” Arrives to Mexico

December 27, 2017


 From December 1st to 18th, the thirteenth “Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants” will be held, which will enter Mexico to “search for the disappeared, break the silence and demand justice,” as well as to “show the consequences of anti-migrant policies, make visible the mourning of mothers and create awareness that they are as important as any other person.” The Caravan entered the country through the border of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas to begin a journey of 4,000 kilometers along the migratory route, crossing 12 states and 22 locations in Mexico.

In an initial communiqué, the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement (MMM) denounced that, “according to the United Nations, approximately 500,000 people cross the southern Mexican border each year. Most come from the Northern Triangle of Central America, a region hit by widespread violence and economic inequality. Economic insecurity combined with the impact of mega-projects for the extraction of minerals and other resources create a situation of structural violence and forced displacement. This economic precariousness occurs in a context of acute violence in these countries that have the highest levels of homicide and gender violence worldwide. When migrants flee from these conditions they encounter serious threats during their journey through Mexico where the violence of criminal groups and the corruption of state institutions results in migrants being kidnapped, extorted and trafficked by organized crime groups, among many other violations of their human rights.”

The MMM also expressed that “the risks of transit through Mexico have increased in recent years where the Mexican government, in cooperation with the government of the United States, has tried to prevent the migratory flow from reaching the northern border through the militarization of the territory. These tactics of persecution, detention and deportation combined with the threat of corrupt authorities colluded with criminal groups, have increased the vulnerability of migrants in transit. As in the case of disappeared Mexicans, there is a level of absolute impunity in cases of abuse and disappearance of migrants in Mexico. The absence of political will and the corruption of local authorities force the relatives of the disappeared migrants to carry out the difficult job of seeking and demanding justice. “

For more information in Spanish:

Caravana de madres de migrantes desaparecidos viaja a Veracruz (La Jornada, 6 de diciembre de 2017)

Madres de migrantes desaparecidos inician caravana en México (La Jornada, 2 de diciembre de 2017)

Llega a México la XIII Caravana de Madres Centroamericanas en busca de sus desaparecidos (Proceso, 1ero de diciembre de 2017)

Comunicado de prensa (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano, 27 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

México : Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos “buscando vida en caminos de muerte” (25 de noviembre de 2016)