SIPAZ has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulp award!

September 11, 2015


We have great news! SIPAZ has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an annual award handed out by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which stimulates the work of human rights defenders around the world. Out of more than 200 applicants, SIPAZ was selected to be one of the 30 nominees! Each year, the person or organization who receives most votes is awarded 100.000 Euros.

So please, we invite you to take a minute of your day and cast your vote for SIPAZ here:

Note: voting can only be done this week from September 9-16 so VOTE NOW!

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Mexico: 5 years since the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas

September 11, 2015

La 72 Hogar Refugio Para Personas Migrantes @VICE “La 72,” Refuge Home for Migrants @VICE

Five years ago, on 23 August 2010, 72 bodies of migrants appeared in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. 58 men and 14 women, principally from Central and South America, were kidnapped and executed in a ranch in San Fernando, close to the border with Texas. The indignation over the case was immediate. San Fernando recalled all those who are made invisible during their passage through Mexico in search of a new life. Since that time, the authorities have arrested a number of individuals but have not published information regarding whether anyone has been sentenced. Amnesty International (AI) has warned that the lack of investigation in the case “gives a green light to the criminal groups that terrorize and murder those who cross Mexico in search of security and a better life.” AI also hypothesizes that those responsible belong to criminal gangs, and it suspects that many of these worked in collusion with local security agents.

In Tenosique, Tabasco, the year after these events transpired, in honor of the 72 victims, there was founded the “72 Refuge Home for Migrants,” which provides housing for migrants en route to the U.S. AI specified that, since the massacre in San Fernando, hundreds of other men, women, and children who sought to reach the United States via Mexico have been harassed, disappeared, kidnapped, raped, forced into sexual slavery, and massacred.

For more information (in Spanish):

La historia de la 72: Un mensaje de esperanza frente a masacres de migrantes (VICE, 25 de agosto de 2015)

Masacre en San Fernando: lo que la PGR le oculta a las familias (Proceso, 22 de agosto de 2015)

A 5 años de masacre de 72 migrantes en San Fernando, caso sigue impune: Amnistía Internacional (Animal Político, 22 de agosto de 2015)

Falta de justicia a cinco años de una masacre convierte a México en una ‘zona de riesgo’ para migrantes (Amnistía Internacional, 21 de agosto de 2015)

Denuncia Amnistía impunidad a cinco años de la masacre de San Fernando (Proceso, 21 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Four years after the massacre of San Fernando, “La 72” denounces new operations against migrants (2 September 2014)

Chiapas: Monthly commemoration of Las Abejas of Acteal

September 11, 2015

Las Abejas de Acteal @KomanIlel

Las Abejas de Acteal @KomanIlel

As during every other month, the Las Abejas Civil Society of Acteal commemorated the Acteal massacre using words compiled in a communique on 22 August. Las Abejas denounced that “in Mexico there exists a pestilent and chronic disease called impunity. To put an end to this condition we must do something; that is to say, we must work and struggle.”

Las Abejas recalled that on 12 August, while they were holding a press-conference to denounce the release of the paramilitaries who committed the Acteal massacre, “Mr. Víctor Manuel Zepeda López, the supposed judge of the circuit including Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapas, released Messrs. Carmelino Rodríguez Jiménez and Javier López Rodríguez, who are responsible for the attack on our brother and comrade Galeano […]. And as they know they have the support of the bad government, the murderous paramilitaries return here to do what they wish.”

Las Abejas finalized their communique affirming that “the deaf ears of the murderous bad government must come to know and understand our eyes and our consciences, which see the attacks and aggressions committed by the paramilitaries and party-members against our Zapatista brothers and sisters and other peoples in struggle” and the struggle “for Truth, Memory, Justice, and Non-Forgetting.”

For more information (in Spanish):

En México existe una enfermedad pestilente que se llama: impunidad. (Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de agosto de 2015)

En #México existe una enfermedad pestilente que se llama: #impunidad. (Koman Ilel, 22 de agosto de 2015)

“En México existe una enfermedad pestilente que se llama: impunidad”, Abejas de Acteal. (Radio Pozol, 22 de agosto de 2015)

En México existe una enfermedad pestilente que se llama: impunidad. (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 24 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Las Abejas of Acteal denounce 6 years of release of paramilitaries (10 September 2015)

Chiapas: A member of the Las Abejas Civil Society is murdered (2 July 2015)

Chiapas: Las Abejas announce that they will not vote in the mid-term elections (9 June 2015)

Chiapas: Civil Society Las Abejas denounce human rights violations in the country and show solidarity with various processes (24 April 2015)

Guerrero: Tlachinollan dedicates its XXI activity report to parents of the disappeared from Ayotzinapa

September 11, 2015

imagenTlachiInformeOn Saturday 29 August, with the participation of some 3000 persons, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights celebrated its XXI anniversary in the city of Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero. Tlachinollan dedicated its activity report, entitled From the Trenches of Ayotzinapa, the Defense of Education and the Lives of the Children of the People, to the mothers and fathers of the 43 disappeared students from the Isidro Burgos Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. Due to the events of 26 September 2014, “we left aside being just an office of lawyers and accompaniers to fully join the struggle of this exemplary movement,” said dijo Abel Barrera, director of Tlachinollan. He spoke of a movement that has “unmasked the reality of this country in which the military, parties, and firms collude with organized crime.”

Beyond this, he denounced that there exists a systematic pattern of attacks on the rural normal schools, particularly Ayotzinapa, and that, nearly a year after the acts, not one legal case has been initiated due to the forcible disappeared, nor has the possible responsibility of the 27th Infantry Batallion of Iguala for the crimes, which also included six other executions and torture. The representative of the UN High Commissioner’s Office in Mexico for Human Rights, Jesús Peña Palacios, indicated that “the State should never stop seeking out the disappeared until they are found.” A father of one of the 43 disappeared, Mario César González, also participated, saying that not knowing where his son causes him great despair, and that it is a sort of pain he would not wish anyone else to experience. The event ended with a march for the Ayotzinapa case toward the center of Tlapa, where a rally was held that incorporated the participation of many people.

For more information (in Spanish):

Desnuda Ayotzinapa “patrón de ataque a normales rurales” (La Jornada, 29 de agosto de 2015)

De ¡Eureka! a Tlachinollan (Carlos Fazio en La Jornada, 31 de agosto de 2015)

XXI_Informe_Tlachinollan  (agosto de 2015)

El Estado nunca debe de dejar la búsqueda de un desaparecido, dice representante de la ONU en Tlapa (El Sur de Acapulco, 30 de agosto de 2015)

Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado continues imprisoned and announces hunger-strike for Ayotzinapa

September 11, 2015

Nestora Salgado @Sanjuana Martínez, La JornadaNestora Salgado @Sanjuana Martínez, La Jornada

Nestora Salgado, the leader of the communal police in Guerrero who has been imprisoned since August 2013 and was transferred to the Tepepan prison on 29 May, announced that starting on 26 August she will begin a hunger strike lasting 43 days in length to express her solidarity with the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa. “This is a struggle for justice and respect toward the communal police who have not done more than the labor which the State has not been willing to guarantee: that is to say, our security.”

Two years after her imprisonment, Nestora Salgado calls on the citizenry to join the cause of liberty for political prisoners and the presentation with life of the disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nestora iniciará ayuno en solidaridad con padres de Ayotzinapa (Zócalo Saltillo, el 27 de agosto de 2015)

Javier Sicilia visita a Nestora Salgado; la activista anuncia ayuno por Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, el 27 de agosto de 2015)

Por Isabel Miranda sigo en la cárcel, afirma Nestora Salgado (La Jornada, el 9 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Nestora Salgado, newly accused (29 June 2015)

Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado is transferred to a Mexico City prison (10 June 2015)

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

National/Guerrero: Nearly a year after the forcible disappearance of “the 43,” mobilizations continue

September 11, 2015

March for Ayotzinapa in Mexico City, 26 August 2015. Photo @SIPAZ

As on every 26th of the month, several people came together in a collective action to demand the appearance with life of the 43 students from the “Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa. This time the action took place on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, where a march was held to the Zócalo of the capital.

On this eleventh month since the forcible disappearance of the 43, though the relatives recognize the exhaustion and despair accumulated by the pain and suffering caused by the absence of the youth, they affirmed that they will continue to demand justice until their sons appear. At a rally at the end of the march, parents of the disappeared condemned the supposed “historical truth” announced by former Federal Attorney General (PGR) Jesús Murillo Karam, according to which the students were arrested and subsequently handed over to the “United Warriors” drug cartel, who supposedly incinerated the students and threw their remains into a local river. The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) also refuted this version of events, beyond releasing numerous recommendations to clarify the case. According to Cimac News, the federal government has not carried out even half of these recommendations, such as for example interviewing the members of the 27th Infantry Batallion of Iguala, who were present during the disappearance of the students.

At the rally was expressed solidarity with other struggles, such as the clarification of the acts that took place in the Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City, where 5 people were killed recently, including the activist Nadia Vera and the photojournalist Rubén Espinosa. Beyond this, the families announced that they are preparing actions to pressure the government for the one-year anniversary of the forcible disappearance on 26 September. They announced that they would hold a hunger strike for three days and organize a mega-march in Mexico City, beyond preparing a “counter-report” to respond to the Third Governmental Report.

It should be stressed that media such as Aristegui News reported attacks on the press after the march.

For more information (in Spanish):

Padres protestan por los 11 meses del caso Ayotzinapa y alistan acciones (CNN México, 26 de agosto de 2015)

“Verdad histórica” se diluyó bajo los pies de las mamás de los 43 (Cimac Noticias, 27 de agosto de 2015)

Policías del DF agreden a prensa tras marcha por Ayotzinapa (video) (Aristegui Noticias, 28 de agosto de 2015)

A casi un año de la desaparición, padres de Ayotzinapa viajarán a EU para pedir ayuda del Papa (Animal Político, 26 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Relatives of disappeared students from Ayotzinapa meet with PGR for first time in 4 months (22 July 2015)

National/Guerrero: Nine months after the Ayotzinapa atrocity, relatives express that they will not be silenced (3 July 2015)

Chiapas/Guerrero: Delegation of relatives and comrades of Ayotzinapa students tour CNI communities (29 June 2015)

Guerrero/National: 8 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, there is no progress (9 June 2015)

Chiapas: Prisoner from San Cristóbal, Roberto Paciencia, denounces that his charges were fabricated

September 11, 2015

Foto del Cereso 5 de San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga SantiagoPhoto of Cereso 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga Santiago

On 7 August, the prisoner Roberto Paciencia Cruz, held in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, denounced that he has been imprisoned unjustly for 2 years. He asserted that there were witnesses who saw him working on 18 May 2013, when the crime for which he is being held was committed, “but the corresponding authorities did not take into account the testimony of these witnesses.” In a public communique, Paciencia expressed “due to the unjust incarcerations that we continue to suffer each day, we grow isolated from our families. Many people are being held in different prisoners throughout the state and country for not knowing how to speak Spanish and not having resources to hire an adequate lawyer, as happened with me two years ago. I have spent this time imprisoned for a crime that was fabricated.” At the end of his declaration, Paciencia noted that “it is for this reason that I make this public denunciation. I request that the judges review my case, because it is unjust that they would hold me like this. They must release me as soon as possible, because my family is suffering.”

Para más información:

Roberto Paciencia Cruz, preso injustamente, exige su libertad (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 25 de agosto de 2015)


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