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)

Guerrero: Relatives of the disappeared demand security measures

October 26, 2012

Members of Afadem. Photo @Sipaz

Relatives of those who were detained and disappeared in the municipality of Atoyac de Álvarez during the “Dirty War” of the 1960’s and 1970’s have demanded that members of the Truth Commission (Comverdad) intervene to ask authorities to grant security to those who received payment for the reparation of damages on the part of the federal government, given that many of these have been threatened for the money they have received, this during an act in which the institution presented its first report into investigations in the city.

The presentation of the first report which was organized in Chilpancingo last Tuesday was attended by relatives of the disappeared, former guerrilla fighters, social activists, and directors of human-rights organizations, none of whom indicated who was directly responsible.  In an interview after the event, Enrique González Ruiz, president of Comverdad, assured that “we are pressuring the government so that it [provide security], but it should be understood that this is not the Public Ministry, nor a judge, but being that this is an organism created by the state, it has the capacity to request these types of measures.”

The coordination of the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations (Redgroac), Manuel Olivares Hernández, assured that the dirty war has not ended, and that despite the established state of right, disappearances continue, as do extrajudicial executions and repression against social movements.  “If we do not want this to be repeated, all of this must change.”  In other news, the vice-president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (Afadem), Tita Radilla Martínez, proposed that the members of Comverdad turn over the primary results of their investigations to the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) so that this organization continue “as soon as possible” with investigations so as to present the whereabouts of their loved ones.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Tita Radilla a la Comisión dar ya su investigación a la PGR (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

Roban a quienes recibieron su indeminización por la guerra sucia, denuncian ante la Comverdad (La Jornala de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

La guerra sucia no ha terminado: Redgroac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in the Radilla and Cantú sentences (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)

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)