Oaxaca: violence due to awarding of reparations to victims of 2006

November 27, 2011

A few days before the commemoration of the 25 November 2006 repression, Isaac Torres Carmona, president of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights in Oaxaca (Limeddh), reported that the government of Gabino Cué had committed itself to make available some 11 million pesos to compensate the 64 “survivors and former political prisoners” due to the “moral damage” suffered during the socio-politial conflict of 2006-7.  Torres Carmona noted that on Monday 14 November was awarded “symbolic compensation” (170,000 pesos per affected person) to 44 of the 64 victims who accepted the deal, a fruit of the demand for reparation made through civil methods.

Subsequently, Porfirio Domínguez, director of the Committee of Relatives, Disappeared, Murdered, and Political Prisoners in Oaxaca (Cofadappo), denounced that the present government is attempting to divide the victims of 2006, stressing that “there are more than 400 affected, not only those 50 who have been receiving their money so as not to continue demanding justice, all of this to weaken the movement.”

In response, Limeddh clarified in a communique that “we categorically reject that this has to do with a distribution of resources on the part of the state government to divide the victims, as has been theorized publicly by some dissident voices that seek only to confuse public opinion and contribute to a bad political state, with uncertain ends sought.”  It claims that the act “constitutes a victory in the struggle for the observation of human rights.”  It acknowledged nonetheless that “the question of justice continues to be a task to be fulfilled by the present government,” given that during the magisterial and popular conflicts were committed 26 murders, in addition to 500 arrests and around 380 cases of torture.

Porfirio Domínguez and Isaac Torres engaged with each other on 23 November.  The followers of both accused each other of seeking only economic benefit, not justice for the affected.  In this confrontation many of the expressions were threats.

In a subsequent communiqué, the Citizens’ Space for Truth and Justice in Oaxaca denounced that “These lamentable acts have come about starting from a discretional management of information and a lack of transparency int he process of creating a means that would supposedly attend to the demands of justice of the victims of human-rights violations in 2006.  The aforementioned has brought about a series of rumors, disqualifications, and divisions which far from repairing damages contribute to a new re-victimization.”  The Space advocates a legal and transparent process, as well as the creation of measures for transitional justice, including a Commission for Truth, that “would help to supercede the authoritarian past and the climate of social polarization now lived in the state.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Cofadappo que gobierno intenta dividir a víctimas(Noticiasnet.mx, 16 November 2011)

Destina Oaxaca 11 mdp para indemnizar a 64 víctimas del conflicto de 2006 (Proceso, 18 November 2011)

Comunicado completo de la Limeddh-Oaxaca (18 November 2011)

ONG de Oaxaca rompe con la Limeddh por indemnizaciones (La Jornada, 24 November 2011)


For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Creation of the Citizens’ Space for Justice and Truth (22 September 2011)


Oaxaca: Fast for justice, 5 years after the murder of José Jiménez Colmenares

August 19, 2011

Conferencia de prensa frente al Palacio de Gobierno de Oaxaca @ SIPAZ

Conferencia de prensa frente al Palacio de Gobierno de Oaxaca @ SIPAZ

On 10 August in Oaxaca de Juárez in front of the Palace of Governance, 21 individuals from different social organizations carried out a fast of 8 hours to demand justice in the case of the murder of José Jiménez Colmenares, now that the fifth anniversary of his death has has passed.  Similarly, they demand an investigation into all of the cases of murder and torture within the context of the social conflict of 2006-7 in Oaxaca.  The call to fast was made by COFADAPPO (Committee of Relatives and Friends of the Disappeared, Murdered, and Political Prisoners of Oaxaca) and the State Front of Victims.

The widow of Jiménez Colmenares, Florina Jiménez Lucas, recalled at a press-conference that “his death was immediate, like his courage, and the crime of the state has been documented and classified as the primary operation coordinated by the white guards of the government of Ulises Ruiz against the social movement.”  She added that “we continue to experience the same practices of delay and lack of access to justice practiced by the former government.  In light of this, we maintain our demand for justice and truth.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa: A 5 años, justicia para José Jiménez Colmenares (10 August 2011)

Noticias Oaxaca: Jiménez Colmenares, 5 años de impunidad (10 August2011)

Quadratin: Con ayuno, exigen justicia para Jiménez Colmenares (10 August 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Testimony of widows of the socio-political conflict in Oaxaca (8 August 2007)

Oaxaca: Demands made for reparation of harm caused by torture and by arbitrary privation of freedom

August 28, 2009

Conferencia de prensa - Fuente: LIMEDDH

Press conference – source LIMEDDH

In a press conference held on the 5th August, the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights–Oaxacan subsidiary (LIMEDDH), alongside the Magisterial Commission of Human Rights (COMADDH) of Section 22 of the Mexican National Education Workers Union (SNTE), and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Disappeared, Killed, and Imprisoned People of Oaxaca (COFADAPPO), presented their stance with respect to the report submitted by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) regarding Human Rights violations committed during the social conflict in Oaxaca, covering the period from May 2006 up to July 2007. They also announced that this year, 63 people who were detained on the 25th November 2006 have demanded, through LIMEDDH, that state authorities repair the moral damage cause by torture and arbitrary privation of freedom.

According to the press bulletin issued by LIMEDDH on the 5th August, “serious violations within the constitutional framework of individual safety and human rights have not been investigated and remain in the dark, following the conclusion reached by the preliminary investigation report (…) of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in regards to the social political conflict of 2006 (…) in the area of Oaxaca. Arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and violations of the principle of right to a just process are a few of the Human Rights violations committed by the state and federal authorities”. LIMEDDH emphasized the importance of the work carried out by non-governmental organizations in regards to Human Rights in light of the existing climate of impunity. Furthermore, LIMEDDH also called attention to the fact that there exist various public reports carried out by international human rights organizations that contrast with the report submitted by the SCJN and that give evidence of the serious violations committed during the conflict.

In addition, LIMEDDH announced that, so far this year (2009), 63 people who were detained on the 25th November 2006 and who have been victims of Human Rights violations have demanded that state authorities repair the moral damage cause by torture and arbitrary privation of freedom, the total amount reaching 58,400,000.00 $ (Pesos Mexicanos), 940,000.00 $ for each victim. LIMEDDH stressed that “it is not a case of putting a price on personal freedom or on physical or psychological integrity and wellbeing, yet of restoring the right that the victims have to be compensated by the perpetrator, the Mexican State; furthermore, it represents the public shame that the State Government of Oaxaca should express, independently and without undermining legal and administrative responsibility, in the crimes committed by public responsible officials.” LIMEDDH also called upon state and federal authorities to abstain from any type of harassment against Human Rights defenders, victims and family members; on the contrary, it was stressed that all national institutional routes of obtaining justice will be considered closed and that they will turn to international Human Rights courts to denounce this if need be.

For More Information (in Spanish):

More information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Fifty-one activists from Oaxacan social movement released

September 9, 2008

According to a report from the Oaxacan offices of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh, Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos) on September 8, 51 activists within the Oaxacan social movement were released by an order from the Third District Court. All of the activists were detained by agents from the Federal Preventative Police (PFP Policía Federal Preventiva) November 25, 2006 in the Historic Center of Oaxaca City.

In their last communiqué, Limeddh stated that, “The individuals who were illegally arrested on November 25, are a clear example of the victimization that innocent people suffer within a corrupt justice system that acts under orders from the executive branch.”

The Committee of Relatives of the Assasinated, Disappeared and Political Prisoners of Oaxaca (COFADAPPO, Comité de Familiares de Asesinados, Desaparecidos y Presos Políticos de Oaxaca,) circulated a communiqué the same day in which they announce that the former detainees will bring a case against those authorities responsible for the abuses.

More information in Spanish:

Boletín de prensa de la Limeddh (08/09/2008)

Boletín de prensa del COFADAPPO (08/09/2008)

Excarcelan en Oaxaca a 51 seguidores de la APPO (La Jornada, 09/09/2008)