Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán; Movement for Peace condemns the act; Civil Monitor of the Police of the Mountain publishes new report

December 14, 2011

Civil Monitor of the Police press-conference (@CENCOS)

Marcial Bautista Valle, president of the Organization of Ecologist Campesinos of the Sierra de Petatlán (OCESP), and Eva Alarcón Ortiz, assessor of this organization, were taken by a commando-team on 7 December in the region of the Costa Grande of Guerrero.  They had been traveling on a bus that was held up by armed subjects who took them by force.

Federal and state forces that make up the Coordination Guerrero group, which is comprised of military authorities and representatives from the thee levels of government who are in charge of analyzing questions of security, chose to carry out a joint operation to find the two but have not been successful to date.

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity pronounced itself in this regard, noting that “Both have stressed the question of the problem of Petatlán in the first dialogue with President Felipe Calderón and were members of the Caravan to the South.”  The MPJD denounced that “in the last two weeks, we have seen a sharp increase in aggressions against human-rights defenders.”

In other news, on 7 December there was presented publicly in Mexico City the latest report by the Civil Monitor of the Police in the Mountain of Guerrero.  This report documents 353 cases of police abuse, the most frequent violations being arbitrary detention, extortion, and death-threats, in addition to cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment.  It also stresses that only 10% of the received complaints were followed up on by police.  The civil organizations that comprise MOCIPOL have affirmed in press-conference that the document “provides evidence that the security policies impelled by federal plans causes there to be a reproduction of risk, with the examples of the warlike conceptions and the progressive militarization of public security; the blurring of the local and federal spheres; the increase in human-rights violations and the stigmatization of victims; and finally the move for legislative reforms that generally lack sufficient deliberation.  This situation, as our reports shows, is exacerbated in regions such as the Mountain of Guerrero, one of the most impoverished regions of the country, where impunity and corruption prevail.”

For more information (in Spanish):

PGR indaga desaparición de ecologistas en Guerrero (El Universal, 8 December 2011)

Privan de la libertad a dos ecologistas en Acapulco (Milenio, 7 December 2011)

Hallan muerto a activista plagiado; ‘levantan’ a dos ecologistas en Guerrero (Proceso, 7 December 2011)

El MPJD exige investigar el caso del secuestro de don Trinidad de la Cruz comunero de Ostula Michoacán; y el de Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista de Valle, defensores de la Sierra de Petatlán (Boletín de prensa, MPJD, 7 December 2011)

Realizan en Guerrero operativo de búsqueda de líderes ecologistas (La Jornada, 9 December 2011)

Informe completo del Monitor Civil de la Policía en la Montaña de Guerrero (7 December 2011).

El Monitor Civil de la Policía presenta informe sobre violaciones de DDHH por las fuerzas de seguridad en la Montaña de Guerrero (Boletín de prensa, 7 December 2011)

Debe cambiar la estrategia de seguridad para proteger también a civiles: ONG (La Jornada, 8 December 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: violence in the Sierra de Petalán (17 October)

Guerrero: Lucio Cabañas’ widow and her sister are murdered (17 July)

Guerrero: Second murder of ecologists in the Sierra de Petatlán (9 June)

Guerrero: The ecologist campesino Javier Torres Cruz is murdered (6 May 2011)

Guerrero – briefs:  Concern for the safety of the inhabitants of La Morena (28 December 2010)


Guerrero: The Civil Monitor documents 117 cases of police abuse

December 3, 2008

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero offices in Tlapa de Comonfort [Source: Insyde]

The Civil Monitor of the Police and Public Security Forces of the Mountains of Guerrero has documented 117 cases of police abuse since the beginning of November 2007.

The Civil Monitor was created by the Institute for Security and Democracy (Insyde), Fundar- Center of Analysis and Investigation, and Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan) in order to promote the idea that the purpose of the police should be “attention to needs of citizens, respect for the law, respect for human rights, and transparency”.

In its press release, the CDHM Tlachinollan stated that the principal issues that the Civil Monitor has received are related to various agencies within the Municipal Preventative Police and the Police Ministry of Investigation (PIM).

The complaints vary between excessive fines, arbitrary detentions, excessive use of force, raids on houses, and misuse of arrest warrants among others. The violation that appears most frequently was arbitrary detention of persons. This means that the individual was detained “without evidence of a crime, lack of administration or an arrest warrant”.

The second most frequent violation was excessive fines. The communiqué from CDHM Tlachinollan stated that “Management of Public Security of the ayuntamiento (local government) in the region are seen as sources of income for the local municipal administration and because of this they demand excessive fees for finable offenses.

They also stated that 16% of the complaints were presented by members of the police in cases of labor rights violations.

According to the communiqué of November 24, “Historically the police institutions were created to protect the political interests of the elected politicians, nevertheless, today we need to create a new concept of citizen security as the model of behavior for local authorities because their work should be oriented toward attending to the needs of the citizens”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

A un año de creación Monitor Civil documenta 117 casos de abuso policiaco (CDHM Tlachinollan, 26/11/08)

Derechos Humanos y Seguridad Ciudadana: Monitor Civil de la Policia en la Montaña de Guerrero (Fundar)