Chiapas: 236 Student Teachers Arrested for Presumed Acts of Vandalism Released

May 15, 2017

Normalistas.pngStudent teacher arrests, May, 2017 (Photo @Cuartoscuro)

On May 4th, state and municipal police detained some 236 young people from the Coordinator of Student Teachers [normalistas] of the State Chiapas (CENECH in its Spanish acronym) who were carrying out a political action in the context of the three-day protest held in Tuxtla Gutierrez by the teachers of Chiapas against the educational reform bill. Videos recorded by witnesses of the operation show that the youths were beaten by the uniformed police. Most of them belong to the State Normal School and the Normal High School, both in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

They were charged with vandalism, and although they were released the following day, they are still under investigation for the crimes of damages, robbery with violence and gangs membership, according to the Attorney General’s Office (FGE in its Spanish acronym).

The Office of the Prosecutor in charge of these investigations reported that 144 men and 92 women were detained in the moment they looted different vehicles owned by the companies Sonric’s, Lala and Coca-Cola, and that another group of young people were aboard three buses of the OCC and Aury companies, which had been stolen. It indicated that it had ascertained there were products in these vehicles, which were also stolen from an Oxxo store, as well as several Molotov cocktails.

 For more information in Spanish:

236 normalistas detenidos por la Policía de Chiapas (La Jornada, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Policía de Chiapas detiene a 236 normalistas por « daños, robos y pandillerismo » (Proceso, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Detienen a 236 normalistas por supuesto vandalismo en Chiapas (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de mayo de 2017)

236 normalistas son detenidos en Chiapas por toma de autobuses y saqueo; protestan en la FGE (VIDEOS) (Sin Embargo, 4 de mayo de 2017)

Liberan a los 236 normalistas detenidos por actos vandálicos en Chiapas (Proceso, 5 de mayo de 2017)

 


Guerrero/National: Federal Police Use Tear Gas on Parents of the 43

May 4, 2017

Ayotzi.pngFather of one of the “43” fater being sprayed with tear gas. Photo@: Tlachinollan

On April 25th, one day before the the completion of 31 months since the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from the Raul Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, their relatives were violently evicted by the Federal Police from the facilities of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) with tear gas cannisters. They were waiting to be met by the Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, to find out and demand advances in the investigations that aim to reveal the whereabouts of the students, as well as the research lines marked by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE). Five parents were injured by the effects of tear gas ccording to the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center. Their eyesight and other organs could be at risk according to early medical reports. Tlachinollan denounced that, “in addition to facing the forced disappearance of their children, they face the absence of access to justice and knowledge of the truth.”

It is worth mentioning that during its second official visit to Mexico held from April 19th to 21st, 2017, the Follow-up Mechanism on the Ayotzinapa case noted “the lack of speed in reaching conclusions, both in the search activities and in the effective elucidation of the different lines of research identified by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).” The Monitoring Mechanism also stated that “the issuance of public statements by high authorities validating the hypothesis that the 43 students were incinerated in the municipal garbage dump in Cocula is of concern to the Commission”, since the IGIE of the Inter-American Commission itself concluded in its first report that “the minimum fire necessary for the incineration of 43 bodies was not scientifically possible given the evidence found.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Rocían con gas lacrimógeno a padres de normalistas frente a la Secretaría de Gobernación (Animal Politico, 25 de abril de 2017)

Ayotzinapa: La luz que no se apaga (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 24 de abril de 2017)

Vocación represora desaparece 43 y agrede a los padres de familia (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 25 de abril de 2017)

Reprueban ONG agresión contra padres y madres de Ayotzinapa Centro de Derechos Humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 24 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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)


Guerrero/ National: Parents of the 43 Consider not Attending Meeting with PGR and CIDH

April 27, 2017

Ayotzi.pngPhoto@SIPAZ Archive

On April 20th, the parents of the 43 disappeared students of the Raul Isidro Burgos Normal Rural School, Ayotzinapa are scheduled for a meeting with officials of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), with representatives of the special monitoring mechanism and with the Rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño.

This meeting was scheduled before the IACHR session in Washington on April 17th. However, according to the newspaper the Sur de Acapulco, the parents are considering not to attend because of the statements made by the undersecretary Roberto Campa Cifrian during this session. He affirmed that the main line of investigation continues to be the incineration of the student teachers at the garbage dump of Cocula, although this hypothesis was scientifically denied by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).

Whether or not they attend the meeting, the families said they will not stop demanding that the authorities reveal their children’s whereabouts. Therefore, they announced that they will undertake, on Thursday, April 20th, at 11:00 a.m., a march to the anti-monument to the PGR, where they will stage an indefinite sit-in.

For more information in Spanish:

Las grietas del poder (Centro de derechos humanos de la Montaña, Tlachinollan, 18 de abril de 2017)

Valoran padres de los 43 la posibilidad de asistir a la reunion de PGR con la CIDH (El Sur de Acapulco, 19 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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


Mexico: Anti-Trump Demonstration(s)

February 26, 2017

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On February 12, 2017, some 20,000 people marched in Mexico City against the policies of the new president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Some shout “Out with Peña!”; others shout “Unity!” There is no harmony but dissonance, counterpoint to infinity in the multitudinous choir that surrounds the roundabout of the Angel of Independence.

Here are the two marches of “Vibra Mexico”, a cause divided between those who reject the policies of US President Donald Trump and those who also repudiate Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

At the corner of Florencia and Paseo de la Reforma there is tension, no one is physically assaulted, but words are crossed.

On the one hand, those who started from the Hemiciclo to Benito Juarez, led by Isabel Miranda de Wallace, president of the organization Stop Kidnapping [Alto al Secuestro]. They are hundreds and they advance to the cry of “Unity” and “Mexico! Mexico!” On the other side, a crowd arrives that has no visible end, starting from the National Auditorium with a call also open to more expressions than just a rejection of Trump.

Finally, there were not only demonstrations in the capital city, in at least 13 states where the citizens demanded fair and respectful treatment of Mexico in the face of the discriminatory and protectionist actions implemented by the US government.

 For more information in Spanish:

Movilización anti-Trump, marcada por divisiones, Proceso, 12 de febrero de 2017

La marcha contra Trump que reflejó la división de los mexicanos, Huffingtonpost, 13 de febrero de 2017

Crónica: Cantan “Cielito Lindo” en marcha contra Trump, El Universal, 12 de febrero 2017

Vibra México: el reclamo dividido, 13 de febrero 2017

Así se vivió marcha anti-Trump en 13 estados, El Sol de México, 15 de febrero de 2017

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Nacional : cuarto informe del gobierno de Peña Nieto, 12 de septiembre d 2016

 

 

 


Mexico/Guatemala: International Human Rights Observation Mission on Guatemala-Mexico Border

December 1, 2016

gm1“72” Refuge for Migrant Persons, Tenosique, Mexico. Photo@SIPAZ

An International Human Rights Observation Mission on the Guatemala-Mexico Border (MODH in its Spanish acronym) was held from November 10 to 16 to document and highlight the situation of systematic violations of human rights in the border region between Guatemala and Mexico.

The MODH was made up of 24 human rights defenders from countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, the United States and Canada, and more than 30 who accompanied them belonging to the member organizations of the Cross-border Migration and Gender Coordination Committee (MTMG in its Spanish acronym) on both the Mexican and Guatemalan sides [of the border].

The MODH divided along two routes, both beginning their journey in the City of Guatemala.

– Route one passed through: Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, La Mesilla and on the Mexican side to Comalapa Border, Tapachula, Suchiate, Acacoyagua, Mapastepec, Tonala and Arriaga.

– Route two passed through: Coban, Sayaxche, Santa Elena and on the Mexican side, Tenosique, Palenque, Salto de Agua and Ocosingo.

They travelled in vehicles to a total of 30 locations and 2,211 kilometers of the cross-border region. Both routes met on November 15 in San Cristobal de Las Casas where they shared their experiences and observations.

GM2.jpgPhoto@SIPAZ

The observers had the opportunity to listen to problems of more than 70 organizations and collectives as well as different ways of combating them. They interviewed approximately 1,600 people affected by dispossession, violence against migrants and refugees, and gender-based violence, including members of the Mam, Quiche, Q’anjobal, Kakchiquel, Tseltal, Tsotsil, Tojolabal, Zoque, Chol and mestizos. The MODH visited places that are directly affected by this violence, and were able to verify and document not only constant situations of injustice but also that, in spite of this, people are still fighting for life and dignity.

Among the observations of the MODH, are:

– Since 2012, the number of Central American people who are arriving at the Guatemala/Mexico border has seen a steady increase.

– The number of women migrants has risen, accounting for almost 20% of the migration phenomenon.

– Although migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are the majority, people from other countries, such as the Congo, are now being registered.

– As a consequence of the implementation of energy, mining, agro-industrial, tourism and infrastructure projects, an accelerated dispossession of territory is happening, due to forced displacement, alteration of ecosystems, pollution of agricultural soils and water sources, as well as damage to health, divisions and impacts on the livelihoods of campesino and indigenous communities.

– There is “a common pattern of criminalization, persecution and repression of migrant women and human rights and territory defenders that can lead to loss of liberty and even murder.”

– Even the MODH was watched and harassed in some places by security and intelligence agents in both countries.

– In general, a lack of access to justice for those affected and the prevalence of impunity in the case of those who dare to report can be seen.

– The testimonies revealed a deep crisis of human rights violations with multiple cases of threats, criminality, trafficking, disappearance, kidnapping, robbery, assault, torture, mass murder, rape and sexual abuse, femicide, and corruption, among others.

GM3.jpgNovember 16: The MODH presents its findings in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, where it also met with the “Caravan of Mothers of Disappeared Migrants.”

The MODH warned: “In most cases of human rights violations heard by the Mission, a direct responsibility of public authorities is identified, in collusion with organized crime and national and transnational corporations, which act through co-optation and corruption of the justice system, supported by the presence of private security companies and groups of armed civilians.”

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian persecución a migrantes, mujeres y defensores en frontera sur (Desinformémonos, 21 de noviembre de 2016)

Patrón en la frontera sur, criminalización y persecución a mujeres, migrantes y defensores (Proceso, 17 de noviembre de 2016)

Comunicado final de la MODH (Voces mesoamericanas, a 16 de noviembre de 2016)

Plan Frontera Sur potencia deportaciones, acusan ONG (La Jornada, 13 de noviembre de 2016)

Inicia Misión Internacional de Observación de Derechos Humanos en la Frontera Guatemala-México (MODH) (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de derechos Humanos, Todos los Derechos para Todos y Todas, a 10 de noviembre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: anuncian Misión Internacional de Observación de Derechos Humanos en la frontera Guatemala-México (4 de noviembre de 2016)

 

 


Guerrero: Former Chief of Police of Iguala, Fugitive after Disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Students, Arrested

November 1, 2016

Iguala.pngFelipe Flores Velazquez, former chief of police of Iguala, implicated in the disappearance of the 43 students. Photo@ La Jornada

On October 21, Felipe Flores Velazquez, former chief of police of Iguala, fugitive after the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa in September 2014, was arrested. It was in Iguala that elements of the Federal, marine and military police tracked him down and arrested him. The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) had announced a reward of two and a half million pesos to anyone who provided information leading to the location, arrest or detention of Flores. The former police chief is accused of organized crime, kidnapping student teachers and covering up the municipal police officers involved in the disappearance of students.

According to statements from one of those detained for the Ayotzinapa case, Felipe Flores along with the deputy police chief of Cocula, Cesar Nava Gonzalez, were the ones who handed over the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa to members of Guerreros Unidos on night September 26, under orders from Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala.

According to Animal Politico, the PGR considers his capture as key to the outcome of investigations into the Ayotzinapa case.

For more information in Spanish:

Detienen al ex jefe policial de Iguala, clave en la desaparición de los 43 normalistas (Animal político, a 21 de octubre de 2016)

Abren juicio contra Felipe Flores, el ex jefe policial de Iguala, clave en el caso Ayotzinapa (Animal político, a 26 de octubre de 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Actualización “caso Iguala” – siguen desaparecidas 43 personas (a 3 de octubre de 2014)

 

 


Guerrero: Three Years of Impunity in the Rocio Mesino Murder Case

October 24, 2016

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On October 19, about 100 people including social activists, members of social organizations and relatives held a ceremony at the Mexcalpetec Bridge in Atoyac, to remember Rocio Mesino Mesino, former leader of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS), three years after her assassination at that very spot. In addition to the performance of an Aztec ritual of a force of memory circle, a mural was unveiled in the community of Mexcaltepec, which was painted by the Tecuanes youth organization, and in which Rocio Mesino’s face appears. The activities carried out in the framework this third anniversary ended with a cultural evening in Atoyac the Zocalo.

At the end of the commemoration, the OCSS demanded a gender alert in the state due to the increase in femicide. Norma Mesino, Rocio’s sister, said that “they cannot be allowed to keep on killing women for being critical for thinking differently, for being activists and defending a cause, or any other woman for the fact of being a woman, that is reprehensible.” She mentioned in particular the case of Dr. Adela Rivas Obe, former Atoyac PRD councilor who was recently murdered.

Faced with impunity in the case of her sister, Norma Mesino has claimed that the government refuses to investigate the political line of investigation as the main motive and that relatives have been denied the right to copies of the file. She says, “it is a case that was well planned and the people who did this did it with total impunity and with the support of the municipal and ministerial police and the army.”

For its part, the National Network of Human Rights Defenders (RNDDHM) in Mexico, composed of 218 women defenders and journalists in 23 states, expressed “outrage at the negligent performance and remiss of the Mexican government, which has permitted that three years after the murder of the defender there is no hint of justice, despite existing evidence, and that the case had the attention of the Guerrero State Attorney. We believe that there is no justification for official inaction. This passivity reinforces the hypothesis that the murder of Rocio, member of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS) -to which the 17 campesinos killed on June 28, 1995 in Aguas Blancas belonged-, derives from her work in defense of human rights, which led her to confront the government on several occasions, denouncing, for example, acts of corruption.”

For more information in Spanish:

Efectúan ceremonia ritual en memoria de Rocío Mesino en el puente Mexcaltepec (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de octubre de 2016)

ONG marchan en Atoyac por el tercer aniversario del asesinato de Rocío Mesino (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de octubre de 2016)

A tres años del asesinato de la dirigente Rocío Mesino organizaciones exigen justicia en Atoyac (El Sur, 19 de octubre de 2016)

Pronunciamiento « Asesinato de Rocío Mesino : tres años de impunidad » (Red Nacional de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México, 19 de octubre de 2016)

A tres años del crimen, exige la familia de Rocío Mesino al fiscal Olea investigar su asesinato (El Sur, 18 de octubre de 2016)

Rocío Mesino, tres años (La Plaza, 16 de octubre de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Impunidad a un año del asesinato de Rocío Mesino Mesino, lideresa de la OCSS (22 de octubre de 2014)

Guerrero: asesinan a luchadora social de la Organización Campesina de la Sierra del Sur (22 de octubre de 2013)