Chiapas: New Arrests of Members of Las Abejas in Rio Jordan, Chenalho

August 15, 2018

AbejasArrested in Rio Jordan (@Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society)

The Civil Society Organization Las Abejas de Acteal denounced the arrest of two of its members, Manuel Jimenez Santiz and Alonso Jimenez Mendez, from the community of Rio Jordan, municipality of San Pedro Chenalho, on August 6th.

The arrest came after Manuel Santiz Vazquez, a municipal agent of Chenalho, called an assembly in which it was reported that Manuel and Alonso did not do community work in a local clinic, so “people from the political parties” agreed to punish them with 72 hours of prison, according to the Las Abejas statement, “without letting them eat or letting them go to the bathroom.” It explained that “this problem in Rio Jordan arose in the year 2015, but, both the community party authority and the municipal authority of the municipality of Chenalho, never showed interest and respect when, on several occasions, we looked for them to build a path of true dialogue. On the other hand, they have only defamed our colleagues for “breach of community services””. It recalled that in January of this year there was a similar case in which nine members of Las Abejas were detained, but, according to the statement, “they did not have the political will to resolve this conflict at the root, and what they did was to cover up their injustice and their inability to negotiate.”

In a later communiqué, Las Abejas clarified again: “the root is because of their decision [of Las Abejas] not to accept government programs that do not benefit them and not accept positions that are not community, such as the clinic, that those who benefit from this service are the women who receive the PROSPERA assistance program and the compañeras of Las Abejas from Rio Jordan do not accept this governmental program. We want to make it clear that our compañeros who on other occasions have been arbitrarily detained, by the people of the political parties of Rio Jordan, are not for “noncompliance with community positions”, as the agent and the local people are saying, but rather, that it is a punishment for our compañeros for criticizing the policies of bad government and for rejecting dispensable public works that damage Mother Earth.”

For more information in Spanish:

Nuestros dos compañeros llevan más de 50 horas en la cárcel, pedimos condenar y denunciar este grave atropello a los derechos humanos (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 9 de agosto de 2018)

Detienen a integrantes de las Abejas de Acteal (Chiapas Paralelo, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Retienen a integrantes de Las Abejas de Acteal (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 8 de agosto de 2018)

Denunciamos detención arbitraria de dos compañeros nuestros del barrio Río Jordán (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 7 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las Abejas desmienten versión gubernamental de lo sucedido en Los Chorros (18 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas: detención arbitraria y riesgo de desplazamiento forzado en Río Jordan, Chenalhó (10 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas : a 20 años de la masacre de Acteal (26 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas : Se mantienen amenazas contra Abejas de Los Chorros, municipio de Chenalhó (21 de abril de 2017)


National: First National Encounter of Women Convened by CNI

August 10, 2018


On July 28th and 29th, more than a thousand women gathered in the community of San Lorenzo Nenamicoyan in the State of Mexico to participate in the First National Encounter of Women convened by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) and the Indigenous Government Council (CIG in its Spanish acronym). Its objectives included: “Weaving national and international networks of women committed to anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchal struggle from below and to the left”; “Reflect to bring into action the nine working themes of the Indigenous Council of Government from our perspective as rebellious women”; “Exchange our experiences of struggle to continue articulating our organization as anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchal women”; and, “Generate agreements and concrete actions that allow to continue weaving this network of women”.

In a final statement, they declared themselves “in struggle against patriarchy, neoliberal capitalism and neocolonialism with the conviction that, if women do not liberate us from slavery, society will never be free.” They recognized that “We are faced with the challenge of not reproducing the patriarchal power relations between us and valuing us all as subjects of our own lives, with great respect”. They rejected “this capitalist and patriarchal society that has “reified” us and has fed itself from our hopes and our dreams” and stressed that “the participation of women in all areas of life is essential”.

They finally declared that “the agreements taken at the tables of the nine working groups of the IGC: Land and Territory, Autonomy, Women, Youth and Children, Sexual Diversity, Justice, Persons with Disabilities, Migrants, Labor and Exploitation, will be a fundamental part to strengthen our daily and organizational tasks and of the struggle to achieve our flourishing as peoples, communities, neighborhoods and colonies ».

For more information in Spanish:

Declaratoria final del Primer Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres del CNI y el CIG (CNI, 30 de julio de 2018)

“Si las mujeres no nos liberamos de la esclavitud, la sociedad nunca será libre”: Encuentro de Mujeres del CNI y CIG (Desinformémonos, 30 de julio de 2018)

Programa para el Primer Encuentro Nacional de Mujeres del CNI y el CIG

For more information from SIPAZ: 

Nacional : CNI plantea que no apoyará a ningún candidato a la presidencia ; llama a los pueblos a seguir organizándose (3 de mayo de 2018)

Chiapas/Nacional : Conversatorio “Miradas, escuchas, palabras: ¿prohibido pensar? (27 de abril de 2018)

Nacional : CNI convoca al “siguiente paso en la lucha” (17 de marzo de 2018)

National/International: “Final Observations on the Ninth Periodic Report from Mexico, the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” Published

August 6, 2018


On July 23rd, the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released its conclusions on the violence faced by women in Mexico based on the ninth periodic report submitted by the Mexican authorities in Geneva, Switzerland, this month. Although there is legal reinforcement to prevent and eradicate violence against women, CEDAW regretted that the “persistent high levels of insecurity, violence and organized crime, as well as the challenges associated with public security strategies, negatively affect the enjoyment of those rights of women and girls.”

He urged the authorities to take “urgent measures to prevent violent deaths, homicides and forced disappearances of women, which includes addressing the roots of the problem, such as violence, armed violence, organized crime, drug trafficking, discriminatory stereotypes and marginalization.” It demanded that the Mexican State ensure that “the authors are investigated, prosecuted and punished appropriately” for acts of violence against women, which include state and non-state players. It also made recommendations on the rights and sexual and reproductive health of girls and women.

The same report reported on the issuance of gender violence alerts (some requested and others specified) in the great majority of the national territory, but recognized limitations to the mechanism when proposing recommendations such as “harmonizing and expanding the application and coordination at the federal, state and municipal levels for Gender Violence Alerts against women” or “ensure participation in the mechanism of CSOs and human rights defenders.”

It also highlighted “the urgency of guaranteeing the rights of vulnerable populations such as the LGBTI population, indigenous women, rural women, human rights defenders and journalists”, as well as including specific recommendations for Mexico on migrant women, asylum seekers and refugees.

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) immediately reported that it will responsibly monitor the attention to each of the 53 action recommendations and the four disclosure recommendations addressed to the Mexican State, and ratified its commitment announced before the CEDAW to give timely follow-up to its implementation and compliance.

For more information in Spanish:

Admite convención esfuerzos para evitar violencia de género; cifras no los avalan (La Jornada, 29 de julio de 2018)

Los asesinatos de niñas muestran otra cara de los feminicidios en México (ADN Político, 28 de julio de 2018)

Tres asesinatos de niñas cimbran a México; la ONU urge al Estado proteger ya a mujeres y menores (Sin Embargo, 26 de julio de 2018)

CEDAW emite recomendaciones a México por violencia contra las mujeres (Regeneración, 25 de julio de 2018)

Comité CEDAW emite observaciones a México sobre derechos de las mujeres luego de 9ª revisión (ONU Mujeres, 24 de julio de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Reunión de evaluación de la Alerta de Violencia de Género sin participación de las organizaciones peticionarias (19 de junio de 2018)

Guerrero : se disparan los feminicidios a pesar de Alerta de Género (8 de junio de 2018)

Nacional: el Estado mexicano no acata las recomendaciones del Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (CEDAW) (17 de junio de 2014)

Guerrero: feminicidios a la alza en 2017 (11 de enero de 2018)

Oaxaca: instalan con retraso una Comisión Especial para atender e investigar la violencia feminicida. (11 de enero de 2018)

Nacional/Chiapas: En el marco del Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres (1 de diciembre de 2017)

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

Guerrero: Femicides Rocket Despite Gender Violence Alert

July 12, 2018

GVA(@Revolucion 3.0)

At the beginning of June, Marina Reyna Aguilar, member of the Guerrero Association against Violence against Women and member of the Monitoring Commission on Gender Alert, warned that from January to May 30th of this year, 108 women have been murdered with the presumption of femicide in Guerrero, despite the fact that more than 11 months have passed since the declaration of the gender violence alert (GVA) in nine of the most violent municipalities in Guerrero. She stated that the problem of femicides is not being given enough importance and that a declaration of humanitarian disaster should be considered, as collectives of the disappeared have raised it before the federal government. She reported that despite the conditions of violence in the state, only two sessions of the GVA follow-up mechanism have been held in one year: one in December last year and the last two weeks ago. She denounced that “From the beginning, the government tried to prevent the declaration of the gender alert and once the civil organizations managed to get it implemented, the follow-up that has been given does not meet the needs of the state.” She argued that to date the authorities “have not been fulfilling their responsibilities, in the areas of prevention, care, punishment and eradication of violence against women, the state data bank is not working and neither are the search mechanisms”. Shee said that once the year of the GVA is completed, a balance will be made and the deficiencies will be indicated: “What we want is that what they report is a reality that is effective, we do not agree to the simulation and we are going to it point out, yes it is a problem and we believe that the state has other priorities and the life of women is not important for them.”

According to the report Incidence of State Crime, from the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security (SESNSP in its Spanish acronym) of the Ministry of the Interior published in May, Nuevo Leon, Guerrero and Chihuahua are the states in which fecmicides have increased most compared to 2017 .

For more information in Spanish:

Se disparan feminicidios en Nuevo León, Guerrero y Chihuahua (Excelsior, 6 de junio de 2018)

Feminicidios aumentan en N.León, Guerreo y Chihuahua (Regeneración, 4 de junio de 2018)

Guerrero ya rebasa los 100 feminicidios en 5 meses (SDP Noticias, 4 de junio de 2018)

Incrementan muertes dolosas de mujeres (El Sol de Acapulco, 4 de junio de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : asesinan a María Luisa Ortiz Arenas, integrante de la Red Estatal de Activistas Feministas (9 de marzo de 2018)

Guerrero: feminicidios a la alza en 2017 (11 de enero de 2018)

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

Guerrero: After 16 Years, Soldiers who Raped Valentina Rosendo Cantu May Be Sentenced

June 28, 2018

Valentina.pngValentina Rosendo Cantu (@Tlachinollan)

The Seventh District Court of Guerrero received the case of the indigenous me’phaa Valentina Rosendo Cantu, who 16 years ago was the victim of torture and rape by members of the Army. It is expected that in the near future it will issue a sentence that “could make Valentina’s long search for justice come true”, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL in its Spanish acronym) reported on May 22nd. They stressed that this resolution is relevant “because of the current context where the unconstitutionality and human rights violations that would be brought by the Internal Security Law are debated, which authorizes the participation of the elements of the army in public security activities.”

In 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued a judgment against the Mexican State for its lack of response to provide justice in this case. In 2011, it led to a public apology by the State to Valentina Rosendo.

Valentina’s case could “represent a watershed in the defense of women’s human rights nationally and internationally, as it set precedents for the development of the terms “sexual torture” and “institutional military violence,” Tlachinollan and CEJIL said.

For more information in Spanish:

Poder Judicial tiene “oportunidad histórica” para dar primer fallo por tortura sexual en caso Valetina Rosendo: ONG (Proceso, 22 de mayo de 2018)

Con 16 años de retraso, Guerrero sentenciará a militares que torturaron y violaron a una joven indígena (Sin Embargo, 22 de mayo de 2018)

Tras 16 años, sigue buscando justicia indígena violada por militares (Quadratin Guerrero, 22 de mayo de 2018)

PRONUNCIAMIENTO | Próxima sentencia en el caso Valentina Rosendo Cantú, oportunidad única de frenar la impunidad en casos de abusos militares: Observatorio Internacional sobre México (Observatorio de OSC Internacionales, 25 de mayo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero : Caso de Valentina Rosendo Cantu esperando sentencia en el sistema de justicia mexicana (21 de mayo de 2018)

Guerrero: Inicio de los procesos penales en contra de militares, presuntos responsables en los casos de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo (9 de enero de 2014)

Guerrero: ONGs exigen a Peña Nieto que se cumplan las sentencias de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo (30 de enero de 2013)

Guerrero: Valentina Rosendo e Inés Fernández reciben reconocimiento por su lucha (14 de noviembre de 2012)

Guerrero: A dos años de sentencias de Corte Interamericana, siguen impunes los casos de Inés y Valentina (5 de octubre de 2012)

Chiapas/National: Femicides on the Rise

May 24, 2018


Compared to the period from January to March 2017, the number of femicides in Chiapas doubled in the same period in 2018. This is clear from the official data of the State Attorney General’s Office, when they state that in the first quarter of 2017 four femicides were registered and in the same period in 2018 the figure was eight. This database details that five of the eight femicides were committed with a knife and inside houses.

Faced with this growing problem, on May 13th, young students of the Bachelor of Communication from the Autonomous University of Chiapas presented the project ”Emergenti. Realidad que Duele”, a documentary about the Gender Violence Alert (GVA) promoted in Chiapas since November 2016, and two cases of victims of feminicide in the state: Maribel Vazquez and Yuri Mendez Trejo. “Public policies have to address this problem”, one of the documentary makers stated.

At the national level, statistics from the National Public Security System indicate that during the first quarter of 2018 there were 620 women victims of intentional homicide, a record 18% higher than in the same period of 2017. Organizations such as the National Observatory of Femicide have warned that the murders of women are not only increasing, but are increasingly committed with more brutality. The states in which the largest numbers of women have been victims of intentional homicides are Guanajuato, Mexico State, Guerrero and Baja California, with almost half of the victims.

The Center for Women’s Rights of Chiapas told us in an interview that, although the federal government and the entities agreed that the murders of women be investigated under protocols of femicide since December of last year, in practice there is still difficulty in registering the cases and a tendency to “make up the data” trying to “hide the real level of violence that exists in the state”; This is combined with a low culture of reporting crime generally, and particularly, in the face of gender violence.

For more information in Spanish:

Al alza los feminicidios en Chiapas; reportan ocho casos de enero a marzo (Proceso, 10 de mayo de 2018)

Proyectan documental ‘’Emergente. Realidad que duele’’ sobre los feminicidios en Chiapas (Voces Feministas, 14 de mayo de 2018)

Aumenta la cifra de feminicidios en el país (La Verdad, 13 de mayo de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: otro feminicidio en este inicio de año (19 de enero de 2018)

Nacional/Chiapas: En el marco del Día Internacional para la Eliminación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres (1 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: a un año de la Declaratoria de Alerta de Violencia de Género (AVG) en Chiapas (25 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Día Internacional de Lucha Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres (28 de noviembre de 2016)

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)