Chiapas: Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas denounces threats

December 26, 2015

CDMCh

On 2 December, the Center for Women’s Rights in Chiapas, A.C. (CdmCh) publicly denounced threats it had received. That same day, “at 4:20pm, we received a telephone call from a man calling himself ISIDRO LARA or NICANDRO DÍAZ, who identified himself as commander of the Zetas cartel and extorted the General Coordination, adding that he knew where we live, and that if we did not pay there would be consequences, and that the workers and their families would be targeted.”

The CdmCh added that “this incident joins other acts of intimidation that have occurred in the last month, given that on 26 November, around 1:00pm, one of the comrade defenders received a call to her cell phone from a woman who extorted her by saying she had kidnapped one of her relatives. Beyond this, it has been observed that outside the central office […] two vehicles without licenses patrol the zone. One of the vehicles was carrying three men who hid their faces.”

One element that worsens alarm amidst these threats has to do with the fact that, as the CdmCh affirmed, those who have made the calls have known the private information of workers at the organization.

Since 2004, CdmCh has been working to advance human rights, without discrimination based on gender, class, or ethnicity, and it has investigated and analyzed the human-rights violations of women.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia completa del Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (2 de diciembre de 2015)

Denuncian defensoras en Chiapas intento de extorsión (CIMAC Noticias, 3 de diciembre de 2015)

Boletín: Preocupación por la intimidación, vigilancia y amenazas al Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (CDHFBC, 4 de diciembre de 2015)

Exigen protección para Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas (La Jornada, 5 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: During International Women’s Day on 8 March, a meeting, a march, and a rally (10 March 2015)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Chiapas: Forum on “The rights of childhood and adolescence in southeastern Mexico” (15 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (2 March 2014)

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Chiapas: Organizations and collectives pronounce themselves against the commodification and objectification of women in print

August 17, 2015

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Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas A.C.

In a public letter to the director of the General Director of the Diario of Chiapas, Gerardo Toledo Coutiño, several collectives and human-rights organizations denounced the objectification and commodification of women in the media. The specific reason for this declaration was the publication of an image of a woman who had been raped and murdered in the common land of Las Champas, Comalapa border region. The authors stressed that murders of women are not simple criminal acts but a form of specific violence against women, this being the a product of a patriarchal, sexist society. The letter stated that “discourse and images produce and feed a common imaginary about women that needs to be treated with sensitivity in order to avoid reaffirming wrong values or strengthening discrimination against and mercantilization of women […]. To inform about femicides by using images of semi-naked bodies that are terribly degrading represents a form of violence against women and girls.”

The Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas denounced this publication and similar other ones, indicating the moral obligation of the media to protect the rights of male and female citizens as well as to abide by national and international laws on women’s rights. For this reason, the group demanded that Gerardo Toledo follow up its legal request and “change the gender perspective in the police report section of the media whenever women are victims of femicide, or any other kind of violence, as well as eliminate images of semi-naked bodies or dead bodies, since these images contribute neither to freedom of expression nor to the free exercise of journalism but on the contrary only represent violence and sensationalism.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Organizaciones y Colectivos se pronuncian contra la cosificación y la objetivación de las mujeres en medio impreso (Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas, 17 de julio de 2015)


Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state

June 12, 2014
Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Ana María Hernández Cárdenas, director of the civil association Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, has reported that so far during the administration of Gabino Cue Monteagudo, 294 women have been killed, exceeding the figure of femicide murders during the previous government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Just in the period from May 10 to 30, 10 murders of women were recorded in the state, thus representing one murder every two days.

With respect to 2013, the cases of femicide in Oaxaca have increased by 216.6 percent, counting only from January to May 2014. In this situation, the director of Consorcio announced that civil organizations have requested a Gender Alert, and she demanded an immediate halt to violence against women, calling on the three branches of government to make progress in legislation, budget, and public policies consistent with the seriousness of the situation.

For more information (In Spanish):

Suman 289 feminicidios en lo que va del gobierno de Cué: ONG (Proceso, 23 de amyo de 2014)

Se disparan feminicidios (El Imparcial, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Feminicidios en color naranja (NSS Oaxaca, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Violencia feminicida es un problema de seguridad nacional (Ciudadanía Express, 28 de mayo de 2014)

¿Cuántos feminicidios son suficientes para una alerta de género? (Consorcio, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (March 2, 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)


Chiapas: Commemoration of the murder of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez and other victims of femicide

April 26, 2014

Evento de conmemoración en San Cristóbal. Foto (@Arte Acción)

Commemorative event in San Cristóbal. Photo (@Arte Acción)

On 14 April, to coincide with the second anniversary of the murder of female youth Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez, there was held an action/altar in the Cathedral Plaza of San Cristóbal de las Casas with the slogan “Itzel is not forgotten.”

The event, beyond recalling the murder of Itzel, sought to organize civil society to commemorate all murdered women who have been victims of femicide and to revindicate the ongoing struggle for the memory and justice for femicide victims.

Itzel Méndez Pérez, a Tsotsil student of 17 years of age, was killed on 14 April 2012 in San Cristóbal de las Casas.  Her body was found with signs of sexual abuse and beatings.

Due to the increase in the numbers of femicides and the existing impunity in the state of Chiapas, women’s and human-rights organizations from San Cristóbal de las Casas have recently proclaimed a permanent Gender Alert.

According to data from the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, between January and October of 2013, 84 murders of women were documented, 52 of which should be categorized as femicides, with the remainder still under investigation to determine.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ni perdón. Ni olvido. 14.04.’14 (Arte Acción, 14 de abril de 2014)

A dos años del feminicidio de Itzel Yaneth Méndez Pérez (Campaña Popular Contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas, 14 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert (19 de marzo de 2014)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)


Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert

March 30, 2014

Marcha del 8 de Marzo en San Cristóbal de las Casas. Foto (@Sipaz)

March on 8 March in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Photo (@Sipaz)

Due to the increase in femicides and the impunity that prevails in the state of Chiapas, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas, a civil organization based in San Cristóbal de las Casas, has proclaimed a permanent Gender Alert.

In November 2013, the Center started a petition to the National System to Prevent, Attend, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) calling on it to declare a gender alert in the state.  However, in January of this year, SNPASEVM rejected the petition, claiming that the murders of women does not threaten the social peace in the state, and adding that many of these deaths have not been recognized as femicides.

“How many women must die before the State considers there to exist a pattern of violence against women in Chiapas?” asks the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas.

According to Alma Padilla, director of the Center, “the Mexican State is not willing to declare a gender alert because it has instituted programs to prevent femicide and violence against women.  However, these [programs] have had no result.  On the contrary, both the numbers of femicides and cases of violence against women are on the rise.”

Official information presented by the Center shows that between January and October of last year, 84 murders of women were documented, 52 of which have been categorized as femicides.  An investigation has been requested to determine if those remaining also qualify as such.

In parallel terms to the proclamation of the permanent Gender Alert, the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas has indicated that it will continue to demand that the authorities declare an alert and combat the crime of femicide.

For more information (in Spanish):

Aumentan feminicidios en Chiapas asegura ONG (Milenio, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Mujeres de Chiapas deciden levantar su propia alerta de género por feminicidios (Animal Político, 14 de marzo de 2014)

Web del Centro de Derechos de la Mujer de Chiapas

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (2 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)


Chiapas: Rejection of gender alert without prior investigation

January 15, 2014

Manta en San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Banner in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

On 10 January 2013, the National System to Prevent, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) refused to undertake an investigation into the violent context suffered by women in Chiapas, which would lead most likely to the declaration of a gender alert in the state.  The request for investigation was made on 25 November 2013 by the Center for Women’s Rights Chiapas and the Women’s Collective of San Cristóbal de las Casas (COLEM), among other civil society organizations.

The National Citizens’ Observatory on Femicide has denounced that the request which was presented sought to render visible the lack of prevention in the cases of femicides in the state.  An example of this are the 1,077 acts of violence registered from January 2007 to June 2013, with only 3% of these cases leading to the provision of a protection order lasting for 72 hours.

For more information (in Spanish):

Niegan en Chiapas alerta de género sin previa investigación (Milenio, 10 de enero de 2014)

Niegan alerta de género para Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 11 de enero de 2014)

Niegan alerta de género sin previa investigación (Noticias Net, 12 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)