National: presentation of the seventh report “Defending Human Rights: The six-years term of impunity”

September 17, 2018
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Presentation of the seventh report “Defending Human Rights” (@Comité Cerezo)


On August 21, the seventh report “Defending Human Rights in Mexico: The six-years term of impunity” elaborated by Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders (ACUDDEH), the Cerezo Committee and the Campaign against Enforced Disappearance was presented publicly. It covers the period from June 2017 to May 2018.

This report states that during the government of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) there have been 5527 attacks against human rights defenders and journalists; 949 of those cases were documented in this last period. It also states that « the largest number of cases registered are related to the opposition against the implementation of the structural reforms, particularly the people who defend the right to education were the most aggressed (224 cases); in second place were activists and people that demostrated in the streets; that is, those who exercised their human right to protest (219 cases) ». It also documents that “in this six-years term the major repression occurred in the states of Michoacán, Guerrero and Chiapas, states that, while suffering from high poverty rates, also have a long history of organizing to defend their human rights.”

The report also analyzes that after the Ayotzinapa case (2014), « the forced disappearance of human rights defenders or journalists implied a high political cost to the government to make it a widespread practice, so it was only used selectively against leaders or founders of indigenous, social or human rights movements, with which the case numbers are lower; however, this had a counterpoint : the Mexican government used extrajudicial execution to silence dissenting voices ». It highlights that the cases of forced disappearance increased by two times those of the previous six-year term.

It adds that “the cases of political imprisonment in Mexico are not unconnected or isolated facts, […], but they respond, in their vast majority, and are part of a mechanism of the strategy of political repression of the Mexican State to limit, dismantle and / or destroy, in practice, the human right to protest”. The organizations that wrote the report propose that within the national reconciliation proposed by the future government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) there might be an amnesty for this type of cases “that is, as a power of the president to “erase” the charges that are raised against these persons so thay they might obtain their freedom, as well as to eliminate the criminal record of those who have already served their sentence so that they might work or avoid being arrested for “recidivism”. An other option is to eliminate the cases that remain open as a silent threat to be able at any time to reactivate criminal proceedings, a situation thats wear down families and organizations and force them to stop demonstrating or compel them to give up from the defense of their rights”.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa Defender los Derechos Humanos en México: El Sexenio de la Impunidad (JUNIO DE 2017 A MAYO DE 2018) (Comité Cerezo, 25 de agosto de 2018)

Informe completo (Comité Cerezo, 25 de agosto de 2018)

México entre los países más peligrosos para defensores de derechos humanos (Vanguardia, 25 de agosto de 2018)

Una larga deuda: 5527 agresiones contra activistas y periodistas y el sexenio aún no concluye (Comité Cerezo, 28 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Cerezo Committee Demands Amnesty, Truth Commissions and Protection of Defenders and Journalists from AMLO August 2, 2018

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National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico

June 10, 2014
International Week of the Detained and Disappeared 2014  (@Comité Cerezo)

International Week of the Detained and Disappeared 2014
(@Comité Cerezo)

In the last week of May, various activities were held in Mexico in the framework of the International Week of the Detained and Disappeared. They were organized todemand the presentation alive of all the disappeared of the country, to feed the memory and historical consciousness of the population, and to sensitize it to suppress forced disappearance, a crime against humanity, carried out in the country and the world; as well as to establish and promulgate clear laws prohibiting its execution and guarantee that the guilty are punished, and to eradicate such practices.”

On May 26, the Committee of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them” informed that it has been seeking justice in the case of the forced disappearance of Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez (militants of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) disappeared in Oaxaca, in May 2007) for seven years. It announced that they will come before the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), due to the fact that the Mexican State “has ignored their demands” and has not guaranteed the conditions to find them alive nor to punish those responsible.

On 28 May, the Report of the National Campaign Against Forced Disappearances was presented in Mexico City. It informs that forced disappearances against social activists (men and women) is a State practice which seeks to control and eliminate political dissent. It claims that during the current administration, the practice has spread to other sectors of society such as the young people, women, and migrants, and so has become “a broader social control mechanism that also serves for territorial plunder and to control migration flows.” The Cerezo Committee reported inconsistencies between the number of missing people presented by the authorities such as the Ministry of the Interior and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) compared to what the civil and victims organizations have documented. The report also states that 30 human rights defenders have been victims of this practice during the first 18 months of Enrique Peña Nieto‘s government.

After the presentation of this report, the Forum “Forced Disappearances, Systematic Impunity: From Rosendo Radilla Pacheco to Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Cruz…” was carried out.

Finally, on the 30th, a march was organized under the motto “Detained and Disappeared to the Streets! Presentation NOW!” Members of approximately 15 social organizations participated so as to demand actions to adequately characterize this crime against humanity and to establish a single protocol for the whole country.

For more information (in Spanish)

Informe sobre Desaparición Forzada 2014 (Comité Cerezo, mayo de 2014)

El gobierno “desaparece a los desaparecidos”, acusan las ONG (CNN México, 24 de mayo de 2014)

Irán ante justicia interamericana familiares de dos eperristas desaparecidos en 2007 (La Jornada, 26 de mayo de 2014)

La desaparición forzada de activistas aumentó 300% en los primeros 18 meses de Peña Nieto, denuncian ONGs (SinEmbargo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Activistas marchan para exigir una ley contra las desapariciones forzadas (La Jornada, 30 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Internacional: Mexico accepts 166 of the 176 recommendations released by the United Nations (March 30, 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (September 16, 2013)

Mexico: Amnesty International presents its report on forced disappearances (June 10, 2013)


Mexico: Alejandro Cerezo to receive the Aquisgrán International Prize of Peace

May 16, 2012

Photo:@EFE/Archivo

On 1 September 2012, the Mexican activist Alejandro Cerezo Contreras, 30 years of age, will receive the Aquisgrán Prize of Peace 2012.  This student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) jointly founded with his brothers Héctor and Antonio the “Comité Cerezo” human-rights organization in 2001 after having been arrested without reason, considered political prisoners.  In the case of his nomination, his work for the defense of human rights of political prisoners and of the civil population in light of the arbitrary acts of the Army and police were highlighted.

For Alejandro Cerezo, the peace prize represents an important recognition of the work of his organization, which documents political imprisonment and forced disappearance in Mexico: “It is the recognition of a collective that was born in 2001, then stigmatized, to which many persons closed their doors, but which slowly grew solidarity with other people and organizations, now having come to locate itself as a household organization in the country.”

For more information (in Spanish)

El Comité Cerezo, recibirá el premio alemán de la paz de Aquisgrán 2012, Aviso TV, 8 de mayo de 2012

Premio por la paz para activista mexicano , CNN, 9 de mayo de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Urgent Action in the case of Alejandro Cerezo Contreras, human-rights defender (17 April 2010)