Chiapas: Burglary and Information Theft from Member of Semilla Digna and CNI

June 9, 2017

CNI(Photo@Web del CNI)

In a bulletin published on June 6th, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC in its Spanish acronym, also known as Frayba) expressed concern about the robbery and burglary at Alejandra Padilla Garcia’s home, a member of Semilla Digna, an organization that forms part of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), as well as being a collaborator of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Indigenous Center for Integral Training – Unitierra Chiapas (CIDECI – Unitierra Chiapas).

The events occurred in San Cristobal de Las Casas, on May 28th, 2017 while Alejandra Padilla Garcia was in CIDECI – Unitierra Chiapas, where the General Assembly of the CNI was held for the formation of the Indigenous Council of Government and the election of its spokesperson.

According to documents from the CDHFBC, “the door of Alejandra’s house was found open, as well as that of her room, from which a laptop with important information about the work she does accompanying organizational processes in communities of Chiapas and other states of the Republic”.

In this context, the CDHFBC underscored that during the last three months, “Alejandra and other members of the CNI and the support team of CIDECI – Unitierra Chiapas have been monitored and monitored and followed by several individuals on board suspicious vehicles.”

The CDHFBC repudiated “these types of actions that undermine the security of human rights defenders, whose objective is to fracture the fabric of solidarity with indigenous and peasant communities, as well as instill fear in people who dedicate their efforts to commitment in favor of the rights of indigenous peoples.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Allanamiento y robo de información a la defensora Alejandra Padilla (Boletín del CDHFBC, de junio de 2017)

Allanan y roban domicilio de defensora de derechos en Chiapas (Desinformémonos, 7 de junio de 2017)

Allanan y roban casa de defensora (Cuarto Poder, 7 de junio de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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


Chiapas: Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez Murdered

June 7, 2017

Rodrigo.pngCruzton community demands investigation into the murder of Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez Photo: @Chiapas Denuncia Publica

In a statement published on June 1st, residents of the Cruzton community in the municipality of Venustiano Carranza demanded justice in the case of the murder on May 22nd of Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez, an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, in that community.

They indicated that on that same day, several adherents were ambushed by “a heavily armed group with high-caliber weapons from New Guadalupe Victoria [that] began a shootout that lasted four and a half hours, we had to take refuge between the trees, and stones to protect our lives” (sic).

As soon as the shootout subsided, Rodrigo Guadalupe got up to “observe and received a shot to the left side of his head our compañero managed to say they hit me I need help” (sic). An ambulance was called from Venustiano Carranza, and this was stopped in Colonia Guadalupe Victoria. They then called an ambulance from Teopisca, which was accompanied by a civil defense van, but “both units were stopped approximately 100 meters from our compañero Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gomez.” They were intercepted “by three heavily armed individuals and around these people there were more armed individuals in firing position” (sic). Rodrigo Guadalupe died in the meantime.

Regarding the event, the community of Cruzton demanded that they investigate and punish responsible material and intellectual authors responsible for these of these facts, as well as the disarmament of the identified group so that threats and harassment cease. “That the group that ambushed us be disarmed to end the threats and harassment in our community.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comunidad Cruztón exige se investigue asesinato de Rodrigo Guadalupe Huet Gómez (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, a 2 de junio de 2017)

CNDH pide a Chiapas medidas cautelares para familia de activista (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2017) ONU-DH condena los asesinatos de activistas en Jalisco y Chiapas (ONU-DH, 23 de mayo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: OSC publican informe “Violencia generalizada en la cabecera municipal de Venustiano Carranza”

Chiapas: Se agudiza situación en Venustiano Carranza; enfrentamientos con la fuerza pública y varias detenciones

Guerrero: Xochistlahuaca Reporter Shot at in Ometepec

June 7, 2017

reporter.pngMarcela de Jesus Natalia (Photo @Radio Zócalo)

On the morning of June 3rd, the radio and television announcer from Guerrero (RTG), Marcela de Jesus Natalia, an indigenous Amuzga native of Xochistlahuaca and reporter with Guerrero Radio and Television (RTG in its Spanish acronym), was shot at when she left the radio station in the municipality of Ometepec. She was injured by a bullet and is in a serious condition.

Journalists from the state condemned this “new attack on journalists” and demanded that the State Attorney General’s Office find immediate results, as well as a thorough investigation and punishment of the perpetrators of the attack.

They denounced in a public letter that, “in this climate of violence that prevails in Guerrero, the ineffectiveness of the institutions leaves all the citizens of Guerrero in total defenselessness. Anything can happen in Guerrero because the crimes go unpunished, so it is urgent that the investigating authorities give results.”

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) requested the Secretary General of Guerrero to implement precautionary measures to safeguard the integrity, personal safety and life of Marcela de la Cruz Natalia and her family, as well as guarding the facilities of RTG Of Guerrero, and provide protection to those who work there.

 For more information in Spanish:

Condenan periodistas guerrerenses atentado contra locutora amuzga (Radio Fórmula, 3 de junio de 2017)

Atacan a balazos a locutora de habla ñomndaa. Está grave, informe Ssa (Sur de Acapulco, 4 de junio de 2017)

Atacan a balazos a locutora en el municipio de Ometepec, en Guerrero (Animal Político, 4 de junio de 2017)

Grave, locutora indígena que fue tiroteada ayer en Guerrero (La Jornada, 4 de junio de 2017)

Marcela de Jesús, comunicadora baleada en Ometepec, se encuentra grave: SSA de Guerrero (Desinformémonos, 4 de junio de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

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

Guerrero : asesinan al periodista Cecilio Pineda (6 de marzo de 2017)
Guerrero: Asesinaron a periodista en Taxco (26 de abril de 2016)


Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal Statement for Monthly Commemoration of Massacre

June 6, 2017

Abejas.pngPeaceful protest of Las Abejas Civil Society outside Majomut army barracks, Chenalho, March 2017. Photo @Sipaz

On May 22nd, 19 years and five months after the Acteal massacre, Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization issued a statement to recall that impunity continues and to continue to demand justice, as it has done without stopping for almost 20 years.

They also denounced the situation of violence, “more rampant than ever,” in which Mexico is today. They also remembered journalist Javier Valdez, murdered on May 15th for criticizing and telling the truth “about dirty politics and crimes committed by bad governments and organized crime.”

They pointed out the lack of resources and supplies in hospitals in Chiapas “while with the bad government of Velasco Coello, millions of pesos are spent on advertising, on welfare programs to divide communities and buy consciences and even finance the purchase of arms for paramilitary groups. There is no money for life and health but there is money for death and lies.” They warned that paramilitarism has been reactivated in the same municipality of Chenalho.

Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization concluded its statement recalling that its almost 25-year struggle “is peaceful and non-violent against injustice and exploitation of the bad government of PRI, PAN, green ecologists, PRD and other political party followers.”

For more information in Spanish:

Tenemos que seguir denunciando este infierno en que han convertido a México Enrique Peña Nieto y los ricos y poderosos (Organización de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal, 22 de mayo de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: lanzamiento de la campaña Acteal: Raíz, Memoria y Esperanza (27 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas: Conmemoración de los 19 años de la masacre de Acteal (24 de diciembre 2016)

Mexico/International: Amnesty International Launches New Global Campaign against Wave of Attacks on Human Rights Defenders

June 6, 2017


Amnesty International launched its “BRAVE” campaign to stop the wave of attacks against human rights defenders and journalists, highlighting that in 2016 they faced “unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence.” It emphasized that this trend is worldwide because in 2016 “the murders of activists rose by 80%, from 156 in 2015 to 281 a year later in 22 countries. (…) in 63 nations smear campaigns were unleashed against activists; in 68 more the defenders were detained for their work, and in 94 they were threatened.”

They stated that “of the 281 cases registered by Amnesty in 2016, 49 per cent of the victims were working on land, territory and environment issues, including many belonging to indigenous groups”, referring to the murder of Berta Caceres, in Honduras as an emblematic case in Latin America.

For Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, “what we are witnessing today is an unbridled aggression by governments, armed groups, companies and other powerful players against the very right to defend human rights.”

For more information in Spanish: 

En un año, suben 80% los asesinatos de defensores de derechos humanos: Amnistía Internacional, Proceso, 17 de mayo de 2017

Amnistía Internacional denuncia la muerte de 281 defensores de derechos humanos en 2016, El País, 16 de mayo de 2017

Agresiones por parte de gobiernos, grupos armados y empresas contra el derecho de defender los derechos humanos denuncia AI, Sididh, 18 de mayo de 2017

Valiente: campaña internacional de Amnistía Internacional VIDEO

Valiente, Amnistía Internacional

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Internacional: México segundo país más violento del mundo (IISS); afirmación que refutan Gobernación y Relaciones Exteriores, (13/05/2017)

Nacional: Amnistía Internacional presenta su informe anual sobre la situación de derechos humanos en el mundo. México, “en una de las peores crisis de derechos humanos y justicia”(3 de marzo de 2017)

National/Chiapas: CNI Forms Indigenous Government Council and Elects Spokesperson

June 6, 2017

CNI.pngMaria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, spokesperson for the Indigenous Council of Government (Photo@: Colectivo Tragameluz)

 From May 26th to 28th, the assembly of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) was held to form its Indigenous Council of Government (ICG in its Spanish acronym) and to appoint its spokesperson who will be an independent candidate to the presidency of the Republic in 2018. The meeting that took place in San Cristobal de Las Casas included 858 representatives of 58 indigenous peoples, guests, observers, as well as the general command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) headed by Subcommandantes Moises and Galeano.

On the 27th, three working groups were opened to discuss the aims and strategies of the ICG, its operation and organization, and its links with other sectors of civil society.

On the 28th, the CNI delegates elected the 71 councilors who will form the ICG: two councilors, one woman and one man, were appointed for each of the indigenous regions participating in the CNI, with the exception of resident peoples in the metropolitan areas of Mexico and Guadalajara, in which cases a single councilor was named for each people. Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, 57, an indigenous Nahua from Tuxpan in Jalisco and a traditional doctor was appointed spokesperson of the CIG and will be the independent candidate to the presidency of the Republic in 2018. The EZLN gave its support to the decision of the CIG.

The spokesperson confirmed that the process they are undertaking as indigenous peoples is for life and not for power, and declared that it is not exclusive, that is to say only for indigenous peoples, but that all sectors of society are called on to participate: “Our fight is for life. This step we take is difficult but necessary. We have to take it if we want to continue to exist as peoples. We also open the invitation to all [members of] organized and unorganized civil society to join this struggle for life”, Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez stated.

For more information in Spanish:

Hoy anuncian quién será la candidata indígena independiente para 2018 (La Jornada, 28 de mayo de 2017)

Pronunciamiento de la Asemblea Constitutiva del Concejo Indigena de Gobierno (Congreso Nacional inigena, Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, 28 de mayo de 2017)

¿Qué es el EZLN y por qué respalda a una mujer indígena como presidenta de México?(News Vice, 28 de mayo de 2018)

“No vamos por votos, nuestra pelea es por la vida”: Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (Educa, 29 de mayo de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Nacional : Candidata presidencial “no es decisión de una persona” (Subcomandante Moíses) (15 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas / Nacional : CNI y EZLN realizarán consulta para nombrar a una candidata indígena hacia las elecciones presidenciales de 2018 (15 de octubre de 2016)

National/International: Organizations Oppose the Southern Command Base in Guatemala

May 29, 2017

Southern Command.pngThe Secretary of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos, in the inauguration of CENTSEC 2017. Photo

On April 25th, at the end of the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC 2017) held in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, the chief of the Guatemalan Defense General Staff, announced the installation of at least “one of The operational bases [2] of the US Southern Command in the Department of PetEn, Guatemala, with the objective of carrying out joint operations by air, sea and land throughout the cross border region of Mexico with Guatemala, migratory trafic and prosecuting organized crime cartels.” Since the beginning of 2017, a new military pact between the United States (US), Mexico and the Central American countries has been under way to increase the presence of the US Southern Command on the border between Guatemala and Mexico.

An operational base could mean that “for the first time in recent history there are official operations of the United States Army in Mexican territory.”

It is important to note that “none of the incumbents and representatives of the Secretariat of National Defense and Secretary of the Navy of Mexico nor of the Southern and Northern Command of the United States appeared during the press conference at the close of the Conference, held in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, which presupposes that it was planned to conceal and avoid any media and social impact in both countries in the short term.”

From June 14th to 16th, the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State convened a high-level conference on security and economics for Mexico and Central America. At this conference the objective would be to discuss the causes of forced displacement and migration from an economic and security perspective.

In light of this, in May, more than 300 organizations and groups from Mexico, the United States and Central America questioned “what it would mean that for the first time in recent history there are official operations of the United States Army in Mexican territory” and expressed “as cross border peoples we resist and we are strongly opposed to the dispossession of our territories and our bodies via military occupation, and we defend life, dignity and integrity.”

 For more information Spanish:

Más de 300 organizaciones rechazan la presencia del ejército de EU en México y Centroamérica (Contralínea, 19 de mayo de 2017)


Apoyará el Comando Sur vigilancia en la frontera México-Guatemala (La Jornada, a 26 de abril de 2017)

Peña prometió protegerlos, pero delitos contra migrantes en la frontera sur se disparan 200% (Animal Político, a 13 de enero de 2017)

Pide MSF quitar Plan Frontera Sur por no garantizar a migrantes acceso a mecanismos de protección (Proceso, a 19 de diciembre de 2016)