Chiapas: Ocosingo Public Ministry threatens human-rights defender

May 14, 2015


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In a press-release published on 23 April, the Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada Center for Human Rights denounced the threats made by the prosecutor from the Public Ministry, Rodolfo Manuel Gómez Gutiérrez, against the human-rights worker Manuel Hernández Aguilar, originally from Betania, Ocosingo municipality.

In a document, the Center reported that on 6 April, communities from the Betania region agreed to arrest someone who had been indicated by several witnesses of the crime of stealing cattle.  Since then, efforts have been made to open a dialogue toward an agreement that would compensate for the damages incurred and be established as a precedent with which to avert future problems.

The human-rights center indicated that, despite the intervention of the Governance Delegation, based in Ocosingo, the Public Ministry prosecutor denied any possibility of a communal arrangement, and he made available several different pronouncements threatening the authorities of the Betania ejido with the possibility of opening criminal investigations into the charge of kidnapping.  The Center added that the “Betania region, which includes 15 communities, is organized in a traditional way, whereby the indigenous seek to find solutions together to the conflicts which arise in the area.  These people have the internal rules and agreements that have been made in assembly to resolve these issues.”

The Center has denounced the threats made by Gómez Gutiérrez, holding him responsible for the peril in which he has placed the defenders and authorities who might intervene in this communal mediation process.  It has called on the Chiapas state government, particularly the State Attorney General’s Office, to instruct its workers to respect the communal agreements of the Betania region, Ocosingo muncipality, as based in their indigenous rights and culture.  It reiterated its willingness to enter a dialogue, requesting the immediate intervention of the corresponding authorities in finding a favorable solution.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro de la Nada (23 de abril de 2015)


Chiapas: Demand for implementation of arrest-order against former PRI deputy accused of femicide

May 3, 2015
(@Radio Pozol)

@Radio Pozol

In a 21 April communiqué, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (CDHFBC) urged the Chiapas State Attorney General (PGJE) to execute the arrest-order against the former PRI deputy Elmar Darinel Díaz Solórzano, accused of the murder of Tatiana Trujillo Rodríguez five years ago.  To date, the case has evaded justice.

The CDHFBC expressed its “indignation amidst the lack of capacity and commitment on the part of the authorities charged with implementing justice in Chiapas state.”  It recalled that the judge Mariano Domínguez Hernández, then working in the Ocosingo jurisdiction, ordered the release of Díaz Solórzano on 1 April 2014 “in a sentence rife with grave irregularities.”  It questioned as well that the minimum sentence be just 25 years’ imprisonment, something that would “perpetuate impunity in the case, being undue, given the previous context of extreme violence that occurred during the murder of Tatiana Trujillo.”  With regard to compensation for incurred damages, the judges accepted two direct legal motions that dictate a minimum amount of 54.49 pesos, in accordance with the minimum wage.  In response, the CDHFBC expressed that this amount “does not take into account the economic solvency of the accused, who at the time of the crime was a local deputy of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and had previously been a federal deputy as well.  Beyond this, the aforementioned resolution de-emphasizes the concept of comprehensive compensation, in accordance with the General Law on Victims, which in article 26 stipulates that victims ‘have the right to be compensated in an opportune, broad, transformational, comprehensive, and effective manner for the damages they have incurred as a consequence of the crime…  including measures of restitution, rehabilitation, compensation, satisfaction, and promises of non-repetition.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín Elmar Darinel Díaz, profugo de la justicia (CDHFBC, 21 de abril de 2015)

Exige el Frayba reaprehensión de exdiputado feminicida (Proceso, 21 de abril de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Impunity in the case of Tatiana Trujillo (16 September 2014)

Chiapas: State complicity in femicide is denounced (2 May 2014)

Chiapas: Commemoration of the murder of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez and other victims of femicide (26 April 2014)

Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert (30 March 2014)

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


Chiapas: Pilgrimage of the Believing People ends in Tuxtla Gutiérrez after a four-day journey

April 23, 2015

Peregrinación del Pueblo Creyente, en el camino (@SIPAZ)

Pilgrimage of the Believing People (@SIPAZ)

On 26 March, the pilgrimage held by the Believing People ended, having begun in Simojovel four days prior.  Its close came after 120 kilometers were covered by foot and the pilgrimage arrived in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  This peaceful action was born through a series of demands that include the closure of bars, an end to murders, and the abolition of prostitution, drug-trafficking, and narco-politicians.  For two years, these demands have led to a series of pilgrimages and actions carried out in Simojovel to denounce the situation of insecurity in which the municipality finds itself.  The federal and Chiapas state governments have been absent while the death-threats have worsened against the priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Peréz Peréz, and the rest of the clerical staff.

Before the march arrived in Tuxtla, the Secretary of Governance Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar publicly expressed that the Chiapas state government was disposed to set up a negotiation table with the Believing People, to “specify and evaluate a just response to their demands.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nuestra lucha es pacífica: Pueblo Creyente de Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 27 de marzo de 2015)

Miles de indígenas marchan en Chiapas para exigir alto a la corrupción y la narcopolítica (Sin Embargo, 27 de marzo de 2015)

4 días de peregrinación para exigir justicia y seguridad en los Altos de Chiapas (Animal Político, 27 de marzo de 2015)

Gobierno del estado invita al pueblo creyente de Simojovel al diálogo (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 26 de marzo de 2015)

Peregrinación arriba hoy a capital de Chiapas para exigir acciones contra la delincuencia organizada (Chiapas Paralelo, 26 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chipas: Beginning of grand pilgrimage of the Believing People from Simojovel (24 de marzo de 2015)

Chiapas: Believing People from Simojovel announce pilgrimage to Tuxtla to demand peace and justice (22 March 2015)

Chiapas: New threats against members of the Believing People in Simojovel after their fifth pilgrimage demanding security and peace (12 November 2014)

Chiapas: New threats against members of the Believing People in Simojovel after their fifth pilgrimage demanding security and peace (12 November de 2014)


National/Chiapas/Oaxaca/Tabasco: Founding of the Collective of Defenders of Migrants and Refugees (CODEMIRE)

April 23, 2015

Conformación Codemire (@izq.mx)

CODEMIRE Group (@izq.mx)

In an 8 April press-conference, there was announced the founding of the Collective of Defenders of Migrants and Refugees (CODEMIRE), comprised of 28 migrant homes located in southern, centrla, and northern Mexico.  Members of the new grouping expressed their rejection of the Southern Border Plan, launched by President Enrique Peña Nieto in July 2014, considering it to have contributed to greater human-rights violations against the migrants who cross through Mexico toward the United States.  They added that in comparison with 2013, there was a 47% increase int he number of arrests in 2014–not just on the border, but also aboard buses, on highways, and on freight-trains, among other locations.  They stressed that migrants’ vulnerability has not declined, for they face multiple challenges: extortion by the police, agents from the National Migration Institute (INM), the Navy, and the Army; kidnapping, disappearance, rape, and assault from organized-rime groups “that have found more fertile land after this plan was implemented.”

The members of the new collective have announced that they will unify their efforts toward the end of attending to and defending migrants transiting through the country, and protecting the rights-defenders of this populace who are threatened with death, criminalized, and persecuted for carrying out their work.

They called on the Mexican State to observe its obligation of providing security and protection to migrants; to cease the operations of migratory verification which imperil life, physical integrity, and human rights; to suspend the Southern Border Plan; and never to allow a plan of this magnitude to be implemented again without social scrutiny.

For more information (in Spanish):

Crean red de albergues y casas para desplazados (La Jornada, 9 de abril de 2015)

Defensores de migrantes en México rechazan Plan Frontera Sur (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de abril de 2015)

Organizaciones exigen la cancelación del programa Frontera Sur, por “poner en riesgo” a migrantes (Emeequis, 8 de abril de 2015)

Fore more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/National: Honduran migrant dies of drowning in presence of INM agents, says La 72 (22 March 2015)

Mexico/Tabasco: INM agent’s legal demand against Fray Tomás González(13 November 2014)

Mexico/Chiapas: Caravan of Central American Mothers, “Bridges of Hope,” in San Cristóbal (16 December 2014)

National/Chiapas: Massive raids against migrants and attack on human-rights defenders (3 May 2014)


Chiapas/National: cyber-attack against the EZLN’s webpage

April 21, 2015

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano (@SIPAZ)

Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano (@SIPAZ)

On 7 April, the webpage of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) suffered a cyberattack, after automated programs launched thousands of simultaneous petititons to saturate the site and take it down.  Tellingly, some days before the attack, the EZLN had organized the Seminar on “Critical Thought amidst the Capitalist Monster” to be held at the beginning of May in Chiapas.  The registration and details for participation are found right on the website.

In the communique that announces the event, entitled “The Storm, The Sentinel, and the Lookout Syndrome,” Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano let it be known that the meeting would take place from 3 to 9 May, and that it would seek to promote an “exchange of ideas” and a “seedbank of critical ideas, analyses, and thoughts about how this capitalist system is working,” because “in all words there are critical words that ask about what is happening, why, what we are doing, how, and all these other things that are thought about within theory.”

Para más información:

Sufre EZLN “ataque cibernético” (La Jornada, 8 de abril de 2015)

EZLN sufre ataque cibernético, continúan preparativos para reunión en Oventic (Chiapas Paralelo, 7 de abril de 2015)

Colectivos europeos exigen cese de hostigamiento contra EZLN (La Jornada, 6 de abril de 2015)

Comunicado “La Tormenta, el Centinela y el Síndrome del Vigía”(Subcomandante InsurgenteGaleano, abril del 2015).

Cuestiona EZLN métodos de lucha ante “catástrofe” que se avecina (La Jornada, 2 de abril de 2015)

EZLN convoca a Seminario “El Pensamiento Crítico Frente a la Hidra Capitalista”, el 3 de mayo (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de abril de 2015)


Chiapas: Pacifist Council of the Sowers of Peace carries out action at checkpoint between Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas

April 21, 2015

(@http://www.lasabejasacteal.blogspot.mx/)

@http://www.lasabejasacteal.blogspot.mx/

On 19 March, the Pacifist Council of the Sowers of Peace, comprised of survivors of the 1997 Acteal massacre, carried out an action at the checkpoint on the highway between Tuxtla Gutiérrez and San Cristóbal de Las Casas, an action “designed to raise funds to succeed in attending to the most immediate needs of the survivors, and to express our support for the public protests in Mexico and throughout the world against the crimes against humanity committed by the Mexican government against the students, workers, and public in general.”  In a communique, the Sowers of Peace detailed that after the massacre, the Mexican government committed itself to attending to those injured during the attack.  Subsequently, the government placed conditions on this medical attention, such that “we have decided to attend to our injured using our own means, and with the help of those in solidarity who share our struggle.”  They explained that they had taken the action so that their injured could continue with the required medical attention to date.

For more information (in Spanish):

Presentación publica del Consejo Pacifista “Sembradores de la Paz (19 de marzo)

Comunicado del Consejo Pacifista “Sembradores de la Paz” en el marco de la acción en caseta de cobro (19 de marzo de 2015)

Bloquean caseta familiares de víctimas de Acteal (El Universal, 19 de marzo de 2015)

Crean un autogobierno, Las Abejas de Acteal en Chenalhó (23 de marzo de 2015)


Chiapas: New threats against residents of Primero de Agosto

April 21, 2015

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Photo @komanilel.org

“Today we have suffered 30 days of displacement, illness, and having to live under trees covered by a piece of plastic, in inhuman conditions.  These have been 30 difficult days in which we have demanded the government’s response, but it has not done anything.  We have suffered threats and pain,” said the 57 people who have been displaced for a month in the border jungle region in Chiapas.

In a communiqué released on 23 March, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced new threats of attack and forcible displacement against residents of the Primero de Agosto community, Las Margaritas municipality.  A month after their forced displacement by members of the Independent Historical Campesino and Agricultural Worker Organization (CIOAC-H), the Tojolabal families still “find themselves vulnerable, under threat, and at risk of new attacks […].  The government of Manuel Velasco has not taken up its responsibility and commitments to the displaced families.  Instead, it has provided State protection to CIOAC-H members, as can be seen in the impunity in which all the legal denunciations made by the displaced find themselves […].  The events of 23 February 2015 led to a forcible displacement, even when State officials knew about the attacks and threats of displacement.  To date, the authorities charged with making justice have not clarified the events or arrested anyone for the aforementioned crimes.

The CDHFBC indicated as well that it has information that “there exists a new threat against the life of Antonio Roman López, whom CIOAC-H leaders have indicated as having been in the presence of Frayba members and State authorities, and thus as the leader of the residents.  Similarly, they threat the families from Primero de Agosto with a new displacement from where they actually find themselves.”  Due to all this, the CDHFBC denounced “the failure of the governments to provide protection and to guarantee human rights, as is stipulated in the Law for the Prevention of and Attention to Internal Displacement in Chiapas State, which lacks reality and is in fact quite dead.  Its content recognizes the fundamental rights of displaced peoples in the state, which have not been applied since its entry into law in February 2012.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa del CDHFBC (23 de marzo de 2015)

#Chiapas Denuncia publica de la comunidad Primero de Agosto a un mes del #DesplazamientoForzado (Koman Ilel, 23 de marzo de 2015)

“Hoy cumplimos 30 días desplazados, viviendo bajo los árboles, cubiertos por un pedazo de plástico”, indígenas tojolabales (Pozol, 23 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Families of the Primero de Agosto community “in precarious conditions” (21 March 2015)

Chiapas: 57 Tojolabal indigenous people forcibly displaced from their community, Primero de Agosto (8 March 2015)

Chiapas: EZLN announces dates for the exchanges between Zapatistas and indigenous peoples of the CNI (12 June 2014)

Chiapas: Attacks on EZLN support bases leave one dead and 15 injured among Zapatistas (16 May 2014)


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