Guerrero / National: Nestora Salgado announces campaign for the freedom of political prisoners

September 16, 2018
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On August 29, at a first press conference after tooking oath as a new federal senator for the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA), the ex-commander of Olinalá’s community police, Guerrero, Nestora Salgado, announced the start of a campaign for the freedom of all the political prisoners in the country. She declared that there are currently 500 of them in Guerrero, although the first thing that is required is to carry out a national diagnosis: “The intention is to make a mapping to integrate prisoners of conscience and social activists, as is the case of the Indigenous Dominga “N”, originally from Jalisco, who has been imprisoned for 15 years for various crimes. “

Having been imprisoned, it is not surprising that Salgado has stated that the fight for the freedom of political prisoners is the main axis of her legislative agenda: “We can not allow our comrades who fight for life to remain imprisoned.” “Justice in Mexico has been negotiated and for people who do not have money, they have no way to pay for it, but now that we have this voice it will sound stronger in the Senate in defense of them, we will make sure that it is taken into account”, she emphasized.

She was accompanied by inhabitants of San Pedro Tlanixco, municipality of Tenango del Valle, who demand the release of their family members, political prisoners for defending land and water, and by Professor Alberto Patishtan, from the El Bosque community in Chiapas, who was also Political prisoner and released through pardon in 2013.

Senator Salgado García announced that she is studying what initiatives could be promoted from the Upper House to help in this fight.

For more information (in Spanish) :

Trabajará Nestora Salgado para la liberación de 500 presos políticos (MX Político, 31 de agosto de 2018)

Nestora Salgado luchará por libertad de presos políticos (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2018)

Nestora Salgado inicia campaña para liberar a los presos políticos (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2018)

Nestora Salgado busca liberar a más de 500 presos políticos (Radio Fórmula, 30 de agosto de 2018)

Senadora Nestora Salgado inicia campaña por la libertad de presos políticos (Aristegui Noticias, 29 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: Extrajudicial Executions and Arrests of Community Police and Members of CECOP January 22, 2018

Nestora Salgado Launches Campaign to Demand Release of Political Prisoners April 7, 2016

Guerrero: Nestora Salgado Free March 22, 2016

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Guerrero: Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity takes over the case of the 6 community police prisoners in Acapulco

June 12, 2014
Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

At the request of their family and the community police from the House of Justice of El Paraiso, Ayutla municipality, that belongs to the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity has taken over the legal defense of six community policemen who are held prisoners in Acapulco.

The policemen were arrested on August 21, 2013 by elements of the Army and the Federal Police. They were formally arrested on the charges of kidnapping. Ángel García García, one of the arrested policemen, said that they signed a statement under torture: “we never knew what we were signing.”

Yesenia Bolaños, the mother of the girl allegedly abducted by community police, stated that she willingly took her daughter to the House of Justice in El Paraiso “to be reeducated for being rebellious.”

José Sánchez Sánchez, defense attorney in the case, considered that the process in course is due to a political context in which the state government wants to “annihilate” the community police system. According to Magdalena Lopez Paulino, secretary of the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity, the six detainees are accused of unproven crimes. She demanded the process be carried out as stated by the American Convention on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Raúl Vera López y defensores de derechos humanos visitarán a policías comunitarios presos en Guerrero (Kaos en la Red, 04 de junio de 2014)

Declararon bajo tortura, dicen los presos de la CRAC en Acapulco; niegan las acusaciones de secuestro (El Sur, 6 de junio de 2014)

Visita obispo Raúl Olvera a policías comunitarios en penal de Acapulco (Milenio, 6 de junio de 2014)

Injusto y contradictorio, que el gobierno aprese a quienes buscan paz: Vera López (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

For more information (in Spanish)

Guerrero: Communities support new CRAC coordinator and announce rescue of communal system of justice (May 2, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC makes announcement in favor of release of arrested coordinators (September 16, 2013)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero – briefs: Judge acquits attacker of Radio Ñomndaa Committee member; Interior Ministry evades compliance with sentencing in the case of Inés and Valentina

February 4, 2011

On January 25, a judge acquitted the attacker of one of the members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee. After a process that had been prolonged for more than 10 years, the court exonerated José Luis Rocha Ramírez, the Secretary of municipal government in Xochistlahuaca and brother of the local cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez, who on January 9, 2001 attacked Silverio Matías Domínguez, member of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, causing him to lose and eye.

The press release of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee and the Human Rights Center of the Montaña Tlachinollan emphasized: “The absolution of José Luis Rocha Ramírez not only consolidates the impunity but rather it also shows that Judicial Power in Guerrero represents the interests of the caciques in the Costa Chica region of the state and of the current deputy Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. In this sense, it cannot be ignored that the ruling adds to the decision in September by the same judge, Alderete Cruz, (…) which condemned Genaro Cruz Apóstal, former agrarian authority, as well as David Valtierra Arango and Silverio Matías Domínguez, members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, imposing a sentence of more than three years in prison and a fine of 753 thousand pesos for a fabricated crime, following a false accusation that came from cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. Taken together, the two sentences illustrate how methods of enforcement and administration are conducted with partiality in Guerrero, severely criminalizing human rights defenders even in the absence of evidence and concealing the impunity of those in power, in spite of the existence of substantial evidence.”

Finally, in an article by CIMAC News from January 26 (Journalism with gender perspective), it was noted that, to date, the Interior Ministry has evaded compliance with the Inter-American Court’s (CoIDH) ruling on the cases of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú ,Mephaa women raped by members of the military in 2002. Omeheira López Reyna, head of the Unit for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights of the Interior Ministry, reported that the orders asked of the CoIDH for an interpretation of both sentences in which the Court ordered the Mexican government to transfer the investigations of both cases – which are currently under military jurisdiction – to civil procedure.

Undoubtedly, there is a remedy provided in the American Convention of Human Rights. López Reina acknowledged that this petition before the Court delayed the implementation of the deliberations about compliance with the two sentences. For his part, Agustín Martín, attorney for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an organization that litigated these cases before the Inter-American system, recalled that sentences cannot be appealed and that this is not the first time that the Mexican state has questioned CoIDH mandates.

For more information:

Nuevamente, el Poder Judicial de Guerrero exhibe su parcialidad contra los defensores indígenas (Boletín de prensa del Comité Radio Ñomdaa y del Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 27 de enero)

Segob evade cumplir sentencia por caso Inés y Valentina (CIMAC, 26 de enero)

Weblog about the cases of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo: http://justiciaporinesyvalentina.wordpress.com/

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Piden apoyo para caso de Radio Ñomndaa; SCJN atrae amparo pedido por familiares de Rosendo Radilla; 4 meses de desaparición de activista Victor Ayala; Debate entre candidatos a la gobernatura estatal: 18 de enero (17 de enero)

 

 


Guerrero: XIV Anniversary of the Community Police

November 3, 2009

On October 14 and 15 2009, the Community Police celebrated their XIV anniversary in the General Enrique Rodriguez Cruz camp in the Marquelia municipality, Guerrero.

The Community Police was created in 1995 to counter an official judicial system, which was considered corrupt and monocultural even before the extreme levels of delinquency in the Montaña regions of Guerrero. The communities organized their own Public Community Security System. Without limiting themselves to the field of security, they are also integrating their own system of justice and reeducation by salvaging their original systems while still preserving the Mexican rights. The Regional Council of Community Authorities (CRAC Consejo Regional de Autoridades Comunitarias) was created in 1998, a community organization in charge of imparting community justice, currently present in 72 communities consisting of 10 Miztec, Tlapanecos and Nahuatls municipalities in the region.

This anniversary was an opportunity to celebrate this initiative with its multicultural parade that included 600 police officers, as well as to reflect on today’s challenges for the indigenous communities of the Guerrero region: Health, Education, Food Sovereignty, Women’s Rights, Communication and Transportation and Relations between the Community Police and the state.

Unfortunately, this anniversary also brought to light the existence of criminalization in all of Mexico, but particularly in Guerrero, despite the social movement and the defense of human rights. According to the local newspaper La Jornada (17/10/09) “it was not easy for the Community Police to survive 14 years. To date, 30 orders of apprehension have been brought against them and they face an ongoing campaign of institutional harassment they have been present in Costa Chica and the Montaña regions of Guerrero.” On October 14, 8 community police officers were also illegally detained for 4 hours by the army.

For more information (in Spanish):

Relatorias de las mesas de discusión, galería de imágenes, audios, reseña de prensa

Página web de la Policia Comunitaria

El Sur de Acapulco 15/10/09: En su 14 aniversario, siguen las amenazas y hostigamiento a la Policía Comunitaria, denuncian

La Jornada Guerrero 15/10/09: Soldados detienen y luego liberan a 8 comunitarios

La Jornada Guerrero 16/10/09: Respeto a la CRAC y a la Policía Comunitaria, exigen en Marquelia

La Jornada 17/10/09: Los de Abajo, Cumple 14 años la Policía Comunitaria


Guerrero: Thirteenth Anniversay of the Community Police

October 20, 2008

On October 14 and 15, the community police of the Costa Chica and the Montaña regions of Guerrero celebrated its thirteenth anniversary in the community of Tilapa, municipality of Malinaltepec. The community police began in 1995 in 8 communities in 2 different municipalities. Today they maintain a presence in 72 communities in 10 municipalities.

According to Martín Candia Galindo, one of the founders of the community police, “In territories under the influence of the community police there are no drug traffickers or any drug cartels present; our youth are free of that terrible [presence].” The Regional Council of Community Authorities (CRAC Consejo Regional de Autoridades Comunitarias) has achieved this success despite the fact that they do not have access to many resources, their members do not receive a salary and according to the denunciations they have made on more than one occasion, the government continues to harass the community police in an attempt to disqualify their work.

In addition to being an autonomous movement in implementing justice, the CRAC insists that their social project is one that encompasses many facets of daily life in the Costa Chica and Montaña regions of Guerrero. Among other things they have started plans for a community radio station and as of last year they have initiated the University of the Peoples of the South (Universidad de los Pueblos del Sur), a project that continues to grow.

During the anniversary, the CRAC put forward several themes for discussion including: the increasing insecurity of the nation, the militarization of the country, the lack of legitimacy on the part of official policing systems, the campaign of fear driven by mass media and the criminalization of social movements. Mario Campos, parish priest from the municipality of Xalpatláhuac, in the Montaña Alta added at the opening of the celebrations, “There are alternatives in solving the problems of insecurity related to drug trafficking and assaults. To serve is not a crime; it is for this reason that we ask the officials of the region to support the CRAC.”

More information:

The Community Police in the State of Guerrero (SIPAZ, 15/09/05)

More information in Spanish:

Página Web de la Policía Comunitaria

Trece años. La policía comunitaria de Guerrero no deja de crecer (Ojarasca, 20/10/08)

Policías comunitarias de Guerrero dicen haber acabado con el narco (La Jornada, 17/10/08)