Chiapas: Popular Campaign against Violence against Women Questions Lack of Progress on Gender Violence Alert

May 4, 2017


On April 21st, a regular meeting of the Inter-institutional and Multidisciplinary Group (GIM in its Spanish acronym) was held in Tuxtla Gutierrez, following up on the Declaration of a Gender Violence Alert (GVA) issued more than five months ago by the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) through the National Commission for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women (CONAVIM in its Spanish acronym).

 Following this, the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas – made up of 21 civil organizations and dozens of individuals – said that “despite the commitments made by state and federal government institutions for the implementation of immediate actions to address the GVA, we point to the lack of commitment in clear and forceful actions to address the multiple complaints presented due to acts of violence and femicide against women in the different regions of Chiapas.”

 It questioned “the lack of interest and absence of the governor, Manuel Velasco Coello, and officials with decision-making capacity” as well as the fact that “the offices of attention to cases, health and coordination of municipalities have not been installed, despite the urgent need to see to the events of violence against women who continue to mount in the state.”

 The Campaign reiterated that “the partial declaration of GVA for 23 municipalities omits the serious violations of the human rights of women that are being committed in the other municipalities of the state that were not considered as part of the Declaration.”

It also criticized “the use and abuse that the state government, public servants and people invlved in domestic politics make of public resources to instrumentalize women beneficiaries of welfare programs, such as the “Prospera”, for political electoral purposes violating their right to decide and participate freely without any conditionins.”

 It is worth rcalling that according to data from the National Citizen Observatory on Femicide (OCNF in its Spanish acronym), Chiapas is in tenth place in the states of Mexico with the highest number of registered attacks on women.

 For more information in Spanish:

Aumentan feminicidios y dilación y omisión de autoridades en Chiapas: activistas y organizaciones (Desinformémonos, 22 de abril de 2017)

Gobierno estatal irresponsable en atender la Alerta por Violencia de Género en Chiapas (Comunicado de la Campaña Popular contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio, Chiapas Paralelo, 25 de abril de 2017)

Lejos de cumplir Alerta de Género, gobierno de Chiapas usa programa con fines electorales: ONG (Contralínea, 26 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Internacional/Chiapas: Día Internacional de la Mujer (13 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas : sigue la violencia hacia las mujeres (24 de febrero de 2017)

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


Chiapas: Miners Cause Community Division in Chicomuselo

May 4, 2017

Chicomsuelo.pngSigns against mining exploitation (Photo@Frayba)

In a bulletin published on April 26th, the Samuel Ruiz Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Life expressed concern “at the strategy implemented by mining employees to confront campesinos of the ejido Ricardo Flores Magon, municipality of Chicomuselo, who oppose the mining activity,” which, not coincidentally, “is the road that leads to Ejido Grecia of the same municipality, and is the place where until 2009 the Canadian Black Fire kept extracting the mineral known as Barita that to this date is suspended.”

 The Committee said that about 70 people were offered gifts for Children’s Day, 50,000 pesos and the construction of social works such as drinking water, a clinic, and a Cobach College among other things, in exchange for “a contract of agreements which must be approved by a public notary whereby they allow the passage”, and in addition they were “asked to appoint a commission of people in charge of protecting it in its passage through the communities against any unforeseen [events].

The Samuel Ruiz Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Life also recalled that “the opposition of the communities of the municipality of Chicomuselo to mining projects began in 2008 in the face of environmental damage caused by the Canadian mining company Black Fire, and they have currently organized as a civil society to carry out surveillance operations to stop the entry of mining companies, such that to accept the proposal would be promoting a confrontation between campesinos that could result in a greater problem.

 For more information in Spanish:

Mineros promueven división comunitaria en Chicomuselo (Boletín informativo, 26 de abril de 2017)


For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas: Comunidades de Chicomuselo denuncian incursiones de empresas mineras (25 de mayo de 2016)

Chiapas: Denuncian reinicio ilegal de actividades mineras en Chicomuselo (29 de enero de 2014)


Oaxaca: Seven Years of Impunity in Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola Case

May 4, 2017

Bety & Jyri(Photo@Amnistía Interncional)

April 27th marked seven years since the murder of human rights defenders Bety Cariño (37) and Jyri Jaakkola (33, Finnish) while they were involved in a caravan of humanitarian aid to the indigenous community of San Juan Copala, in the Triqui zone of Oaxaca. Although 13 perpetrators are fully identified, only five have been imprisoned so far.

Indigenous and campesino organizations recalled the events with a march and denounced that “During these seven years we have attended innumerable meetings with all kinds of authorities, and we have met with a wall of indifference, weak institutions and the complicities of federal authorities, which have not wanted to get to the bottom of things to punish the perpetrators of this crime, filing various inquiries that point to those responsible, seeking to hide the truth of what happened in the attack on the caravan and protect the authors, not only material but also intellectual of this and other crimes committed against community defenders in Oaxaca. Unsuccessful and appealing that the detention of those who murdered Bety and Jyri is not possible, the government seeks to simulate a trial by disqualifying the evidence that indicates the responsibility of the perpetrators, while the witnesses and victims who participated in the caravan have been subjected to harassment, permanent threats, attacks and all kinds of bother.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Con marcha exigen justicia para activistas asesinados hace siete años en Oaxaca (Proceso, 27 de abril de 2017)

La justicia para Bety y Jyri no llega (EL Imparcial de Oaxaca, 27 de abril de 2017)

Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola, siete años de un crimen impune (Contralínea, 27 de abril de 2017)

Pronunciamiento de organizaciones sociales e indígenas (26 de abril de 2017)

Siete años de impunidad en la Mixteca de Oaxaca: MAIZ (NVI Noticias, 26 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Parlamentarias europeas vuelven a denunciar impunidad en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca/Internacional : Suman 5 detenidos en el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2010) (15 de octubre de 2016)

Oaxaca: PGR archiva el caso del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (28 de abril de 2016)

Oaxaca: Gobierno del estado no recibe a eurodiputadas por “falta de voluntad” hacia el caso de Bety y Jyri (2 de octubre de 2015)

Oaxaca: Eleven Ejidatarios Arrested in Eviction of French EDF Wind Farm

May 4, 2017

Wind farm.png(Photo@Noticias, Voz e Imagen)

On April 23rd, some 80 members of the State Police and the State Investigation Agency (AEI) arrested 11 ejidatarios from Santo Domingo Ingenio who had been blockading the Cinco Palmas wind farm belonging to the French electricity company EDF Energies Nouvelles for two months for alleged “extortion”, and at the request of said company. The blockade, organized in demand of 30 thousand pesos for each of the 214 people who rent their land to the project, put 52 towers out of a total of 80 installed out of service. In response, Zapotec inhabitants of this locality initiated the blockade of the federal highway that communicates to Oaxaca with the state of Chiapas to demand the liberation of its ejidatarios.

EDF’s regional manager, Rafael Cacho Lopez, had previously stated that the company does not have the subsidy requested by the comuneros in its contracts, and that the sum of this resource is earmarked annually for social support, such as the rehabilitation of classrooms, among other things.

For their part, the protesters denounce that, since 2013 when the project started, successive municipal governments have kept these millions.

For her part, the head of the office of the General Secretariat of the Government of Oaxaca (SEGEGO), Carmelita Ricardez Vera, said that “Institutions must guarantee the rule of law; they, as ejidatarios, signed an agreement that is in force and does not stipulate any extra resources, as they claim. That is why we say that it is the leaders and not the ejidatarios who want to blackmail the companies.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Acusan a líderes de ejidatarios de extorsionar a empresas eólicas (La Jornada, 25 de abril de 2017)

Detienen a 11 ejidatarios por bloqueo a parque eólico en Oaxaca (Proceso, 23 de abril de 2017)

Detienen a 11 personas en desalojo de bloqueo a parque eólico en Oaxaca (Radio Formula, 23 de abril 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)

Oaxaca: Threats and Harassments Continue against Nochixtlan Victims

May 3, 2017

Nochixtlan.pngArturo Peimbert Calvo (@DDPHO)

Arturo Peimbert Calvo, head of the Oaxaca People’s Human Rights Ombudsman, reported that on April 17th, while he was in the vicinity of the municipality of Nochixtlan, he was wounded and, upon leaving, he was shot at from long distance with bullets shots to the trunk and a door of the vehicle.

He pointed out that ten months after repressive events at Nochixtlán, “the lack of progress in the investigation favors impunity, and encourages aggression against the victims, relatives of deceased persons and their defenders, which is why it is necessary to highlight the delay with which the authorities are acting to initiate the investigations.” He added that “a case in which there are approximately 100 people with bullet wounds and eight people dead, must be investigated promptly due to its magnitude.”

He expressed his concern “due to the recent attacks on the victims and their representatives, for example, the one perpetrated against the teacher Santiago Ambrosio Hernandez, who on March 5th suffered an attack in which he was injured with a bullet shot to the leg.” For the same reason, he informed that protection measures were requested for those who demand justice in the case.

It should be recalled that in Nochixtlan, on June 19th, an eviction was carried out by federal police against residents and teachers of Section 22 of the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE), which left eight dead and more than 100 injured.

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian que persisten las agresiones contra víctimas del desalojo en Nochixtlán (La Jornada, 20 de abril de 2017)

Agreden a ombudsman de caso Nochixtlán; resulta ileso (SDP Noticias, 19 de abril de 2017)

Disparan contra camioneta de Arturo Peimbert , presidente de la DDHPO (Red Capital, 18 de abril de 2017)

Agresiones y hostigamiento a víctimas de Nochixtlán continuán a diez meses de la tragedia (Boletín completo, DDHPO, 18 de abril de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Oaxaca: Comité de Víctimas de Nochixtlán denuncia “intento de homicidio” contra dos de sus integrantes (7 de marzo de 2017)

Oaxaca: Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos presentan informe sobre represión en Nochixtlán (11 de julio de 2016)

Oaxaca/Nacional: Allanan casa de fotoperiodista que cubrió hechos en Nochixtlán (4 de septiembre de 2016)


Guerrero: San Miguel del Progreso Demands Resolution to Injunction 429/2016

May 3, 2017

San MiguelPhoto @: CentroProDh

On April 19, the Me’phaa Indigenous Agrarian Community of San Miguel del Progreso on Guerrero Mountain called for injunction 429/2016 to be resolved in accordance with the highest international standards regarding the collective rights of indigenous peoples.

It should be remembered that in November 2015, the Secretary of the Economy, without prior consultation with the Me’phaa indigenous people, issued a declaration that would allow mining concessions to be obtained from the highest bidder, whether national or international, in over 80% of the territory of San Miguel del Progreso.

In December 2015, the indigenous-agrarian community of San Miguel del Progreso filed for an injunction against this declaration for violating its collective right to consultation, territorial property and the integral protection of indigenous lands.

In the months of July and December 2016, anthropological surveys were carried out that confirmed the irreversible agrarian and indigenous nature of the Community of San Miguel del Progreso and that the release of more than 80% of its territory would put the continuity, viability and sustainability of the community in danger.

On March 31, the constitutional hearing corresponding to injunction 429/2016 was held, and for this reason the community of San Miguel del Progreso is waiting for the declaration to be ruled as being without effect.

For more information in Spanish:
Territorio sagrado no concesionado (Centro de derechos Humanos de la Montaña (Tlachinollan, 19 de abril de 2017)
Respaldan organizaciones la demanda de amparo de San Miguel del Progreso contra las minas (El Sur de Acapulco, 20 de abril de 2017)
San Miguel del Progreso exige suspensión de la declaratoria de libertad del terreno para minería (CentroProdh, 21 de abril de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero: San Miguel del Progreso exige se determine inconstitucionalidad de Ley Minera (20 de mayo de 2016)
Guerrero: Comunidad indígena pide a la SCJN revisión de la Ley Minera (2 de julio de 2014)