Chiapas/International: Grave situation of defenders denounced before the UN Human Rights Council; “We Are All Female Defenders” gives presentation

March 21, 2015

Foto @  RIDH | Panorama diplomático

Photo @RIDH | Panorama diplomático

In observance of the twenty-eighth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Consorcio for Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca (Consorcio Oaxaca), the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra, and the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) denounced the climate of hostility and violence in which they carry out their work in defense of human rights in Mexico.  “We are here to denounce that the Mexican government is failing to protect human-rights defenders,” noted Yésica Sánchez, director of Consorcio Oaxaca. For her part, Norma Mesino, a member of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra (OCSS), indicated that the goal of the visit was to raise awareness about “the Mexican government denies us the right to justice” as female human-rights defenders.  In her case, the precautionary measures needed to protect her life were only granted after being ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).  “We want the international community to focus itself on Mexico and demand that the government observe human rights,” she added.

These defenders participated together with the UN Special Rapporteur on human-rights defenders during the event, and the CMDPDH campaign called “#MakeThemVisible” was launched, toward the end of sharing the life-stories of 40 female human-rights defenders in Mexico.

Beyond this, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the report “We Are All Female Rights-Defenders” wa presented.  This provides a national diagnostic regarding the situation of attacks on female human-rights defenders and the type of violence they have suffered–in the majority of cases, at the hands of State agents.

For more information (in Spanish):

Defensoras de derechos humanos mexicanas denuncian en la ONU falta de garantías para ejercer su labor (RIDH – Panorama diplomático, 9 de marzo de 2015)

La lucha de las mujeres defensoras en un México de violencia e impunidad (Animal Político, 9 de marzo de 2015)

Participa Consorcio Oaxaca en Diálogo “Contexto de la violencia en México y su impacto en las mujeres defensoras de DH” frente al Relator de la ONU (Consorcio Oaxaca, 9 de marzo de 2015)


Oaxaca: organizations submit to Congress a legislative agenda to support gender equity

February 10, 2015

Manifestación contra los feminicidios en Oaxaca (@SIPAZ archivos)

Protest against femicide in Oaxaca (@SIPAZ archivos)

On 4 February, members of organizations that work in favor of the human rights of women, such as Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, submitted to the state congress a legislative agenda that would permit the development of gender equity.  This agenda consists of a package of initiatives that would modify the penal and civil codes and have impacts on the State Law of Access for Women to Lives Free of Violence.  It would allow the prevention of violence against women, and it reaffirms the recommendations of the Commitee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Among the proposals is stressed the call to document obstetric and political violence, within the mandate of the State Law of Access for Women to Lives Free of Violence.  The question of arrest-orders is also advanced in the agenda.  With regard to the penal code, the proposal is to broaden the category of domestic violence and to increase punishment for offending males.  Another component is to sanction those who refuse to provide child support.

“This congress has a very clear debt to women, as seen in its legislative exercise.  We will be vigilant and announce that we will accompany the discussion that will revolve around these initiatives that promote the well-being and security of women in Oaxaca,” noted Consorcio.

For more information (in English):

Presentan Agenda Legislativa para la equidad de género en Oaxaca(Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la equidad Oaxaca, 4 de febrero de 2015)

Iniciativas en pro de la mujer, en la ‘congeladora’ del Congreso: IMO(NoticiasNet, 4 de febrero de 2015)

Confían que Congreso responda a demandas de justicia de las mujeres(NoticiasNet, 5 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Commemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Oaxaca: March of relatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: Demand for the immediate release of Damián Gallardo

December 30, 2014

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In August 2014, the UN Work-Group on Arbitrary Detentions called on the Mexican government to release the indigenous human-rights defender Damián Gallardo Martínez, who is being held in a maximum-security prison in Puente Grande, Jalisco, and so “put an end to this situation of multiple rights-violations,” as well as “provide appropriate means of compensation for this person.”  The resolution was also sent to the Unitary Tribunals based in El Salto, Jalisco, which cover legal motions regarding kidnappings and organized crime

The Committee of Relatives and Friends of Damián Gallardo, the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (LIMEDDH-Oaxaca), Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA), Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, the New Women’s Collective, and the Oaxacan Citizens’ Initiative make public a communique in which they stress that “both motions [in his favor] are in progress, such that in this strict sense, the resolution is adequate for Damián Gallardo Martínez to be released immediately.  If he continues to be held, the responsibility for his illegal privation of liberty will be in the federal judicial power, for having violated the principles of control of conventionality against the rights-defender.”  Furthermore, they denounced “the permissibility of the actions of the Mexican State, which beyond systematically violating human rights, demonstrate a marked lack of interest in observing its international obligations and repeatedly guard silence in light of the indications and challenges that have been targeting it.  In this sense, we demand the immediate release of Damián Gallardo Martínez.”  They added that the case “effectively shows the systematic practice of criminalizing social protest and imprisoning social activists, practices that each day become more common and evident in the country, as well as the the practices of torture, arbitrary detention, and abuse of the justice system” against human rights-defenders.”

It bears mentioning that Damián Gallardowas arrested on 18 May 2013, accused of having participated in a group of kidnappers supposedly comprised of members of Section 22 and the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).  However, in accordance with information provided by the UN Work-Group, it has been shown that “the arrest and detention of Damián Gallardo Martínez are arbitrary” on three distinct levels.  The document also stresses that “the arrest of this person seems to be motivated by the activities in which he has been engaged in service of the indigenous peoples to whom he belongs,” and it notes that the defender signed a confession after “having been subjected to threats, acts of intimidation, and torture.”  As regards the denunciations and evidence presented about other abuses, the experts determined that the allegations of torture must be forwarded to the UN Special Rapporteur.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de Prensa (Educa Oaxaca, 16 de diciembre de 2014)

Llama ONU a Peña a poner en libertad a activista oaxaqueño (Proceso, 16 de diciembre de 2014)

ONU pide a Peña Nieto liberar a Damián Gallardo para poner fin a violaciones múltiples (Página 3, 17 de diciembre de 2014)

Confirma la ONU tortura en contra de profesor oaxaqueño (W Radio, 16 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: 16 months after the imprisonment of Damián Gallardo, and following call from UN, there is no response from the Mexican State (12 October 2014)

Oaxaca/National: Assault on teacher Damián Gallardo in a prison of Jalisco (13 June 2014)


Oaxaca: 344 women killed during the administration of Gabino Cué, according to Consorcio Oaxaca

December 15, 2014

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To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, Eduardo Liendro Zingoni, director of the Center for the Re-Education of Men, indicated that the “grave situation of gender violence is becoming increasingly obvious over time, as has been demonstrated in an explosion of cases involving extreme violence.”  This center has been working for a year, and it is a dependency of the the state Secretary for Public Security.  Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca (Consorcio Oaxaca) stressed with respect to the Center for Re-Education that “on several occasions, it has been thought that working on violence within couples is the only aspect [worth pursuing], thus leaving to the side another facets of violence, as the state and federal laws stipulate women’s rights to live lives free of violence.”  It added that “from civil society with respect to the question, recognizing that a great step forward was taken with the founding of the center as a means of contributing to eradicating, attending to, and preventing violence against women, though progress should not stop there, given that it is necessary to continue.  From this position we are discussing a mechanism for surveillance of the impacts of this new institution.”

Within the past 10 years, the number of femicides has nearly trebled.  In 2004, 42 femicide cases were registered in Oaxaca, but in 2014, 110 women have been killed, and by mid-November, the Oaxaca State Health Services reported having attended to 541 cases of injuries provoked through domestic violence.  Consorcio Oaxaca has documented 91 cases of femicides and 36 disappearances of women in the state.  These statistics add on to the previous findings to sum a total of 344 femicides and 122 forcible disappearances of women that have not been prosecuted during the four years of the present state government, as Yésica Sánchez Maya has stressed, being the coordinator of Consorcio Oaxaca. Sánchez Maya has noted that in her time as a women’s-rights defender, she has perceived that impunity has led women’s access to justice to be a major obstacle.  “The frequent accusations make it seem that the only question is to simply attend to femicide, but this is just the maximum expression of the situation of violence suffered by women in their everyday lives.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Un feminicidio cada 3 días (Noticias Net, 24 de noviembre de 2014)

Llegan al hospital 541 mujeres agredidas (Noticias Net, 25 de noviembre de 2014)

Reeducan a 129 hombres violentos (Noticias Net, 25 de noviembre de 2014)

Ponencia “Los retos y desafíos del centro de reeducación para hombres en un contexto de agudización de la violencia contra las mujeres y niñas”en el “Foro: Reeducación de los hombres, un aporte para prevenir, atender y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres” (Consorcio Oaxaca)

Infografías sobre el Feminicidio en México del Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (Las Caracolas, 25 de noviembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State complicity in femicide is denounced (2 May 2014)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Commemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)


Oaxaca: Consorcio Oaxaca completes 10 years working for a free life for women

September 15, 2014

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To observe its tenth anniversary of work, Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca (Consorcio Oaxaca) has published the book Lines toward New Geographies: Ten Years of Feminist Construction.  Since Consorcio Oaxaca emerged in 2003, with the goal of promoting respect for and exercise of the human rights of women and gender equality, it has been struggling against the criminalization of abortion, denouncing femicide and violence against women, and constantly criticizing racism, injustice, and inequality.  It also has insisted on public policies incorporating gender perspectives and has contributed to the training of judicial officials and public servants.

The book presents personal reflections of Consorcio members regarding their experiences, such as “when we fight against injustice it is impossible to separate this from our emotions,” and they called for a “will to actively participate and not allow oneself to be defeated, though it may seem that the fight has already been decided.”  For the female authors, the daily work of each woman is the first step to achieving change, given that the “struggle begins the life of each person.”

For more information (in Spanish):

10 años de Consorcio Oaxaca: “Mujeres que rompen el silencio” (30 de agosto de 2014)

Libro: Trazos hacia Nuevas Geografías. Diez años de construcción feminista (Consorcio Oaxaca)

Mujeres que rompen el silencio (E-Oaxaca, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Van 74 feminicidios en ocho meses (Noticias Net, 31 de agosto de 2014)

Trazos hacia nuevas geografías: Consorcio Oaxaca 10 años de construcción feminista (Las Caracolas, 4 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)


Oaxaca: Harassment and death-threats directed against members of the Democratic Civic Union of Neighborhoods Colonies and Communities (UCIDEBACC)

March 1, 2014

Denuncia púbica sobre las agresiones a integrantes de Ucidebacc. Foto (@Kaos en la Red)

On 15 February, Eva Lucero Rivero Ortiz, a human-rights defender and spokesperson for the Democratic Civic Union of Neighborhoods Colonies and Communities (UCIDEBACC), received two death-threats to her cell phone after having participated in a meeting with Oaxaca state officials.

The previous day, other members of UCIDEBACC, María Dolores Merino Ortiz, Reina Clavel Tapia, Cinthia Narciso Bernal, and a minor, were injured as a result of beatings received by the State Preventive Police during a peaceful protest they were carrying out in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca.

According to the urgent action released by Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca A.C., “These acts take place within a context of constant and systematic attacks against the rights-defender Eva Lucero Rivero Ortiz and her organization,” which since June 2013 has suffered multiple acts of intimidation, death threats, defamation, harassment, and arbitrary arrest.

Though the case has been presented before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Defense Institute for the Human Rights of the Oaxacan People (DDHPO), the security of neither the defender nor the other members of the organization has been maintained.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian ataque de la Secretaría de Seguridad a organización UCIDEBACC (NSS Oaxaca, 16 de febrero de 2014)

Policía Estatal agrede a manifestantes de la Ucidebacc en Pinotepa Nacional (Diario Oaxaca, 17 de febrero de 2014)

Denuncia pública de la represión policial contra Ucidebacc (Kaos en la Red, 17 de febrero de 2014)

Preocupación por la vida e integridad física de Defensoras de DH integrantes de la UCIDEBACC (Consorcio Oaxaca, 18 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Communique by Consorcio in light of multiple attacks by the State (2 July 2012)


Oaxaca: Caravan against feminicide held

June 24, 2013

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Photo @ Síntesis

On 8 June, members of different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carried out the “Caravan against Feminicide,” which departed from the Fountain of the Five Regions toward the Santa María Ixcotel jail in Oaxaca.  The aim of the march was to demand justice amidst the more than 204 women who have been killed in the state over the past 3 years.  According to Ana María Hernández Cárdenas,  coordinator of the organization Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, the caravan sought to raise awareness in Oaxacan society of the increasing wave of violence targeting women, which in its most current phase has left 58 women and girls disappeared.  In this way, she indicated the various irregularities on the part of the appropriate authorities in different legal matters.  “It is lamentable, the degree of impunity in cases of murders, such as with the youth Elizabeth Martínez y Dafne Carreño,” she noted.

For more information (in Spanish):

ONGs oaxaqueñas exigen justicia por recientes feminicidios (Sintesis, 8 de junio de 2013)

Oaxaca, en focos rojos por feminicidios (Noticiasnet, 16 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: March of releatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: march of relatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women

April 22, 2013

(@Radar Ox)

On 15 April, relatives of victims of feminicide and members of women’s human rights organizations marched newly in Oaxaca City to demand justice, in light of the different cases of feminicide that have been presented in recent weeks in the state.It should be recalled that civil-society organizations have registered more than 197 feminicides (20 of which have occurred in 2013) and 57 disappeared women and female children during the administration of acting governor Gabino Cué (2010 to present).  Ana María Hernández, member of Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity in Oaxaca, has declared that during the entire six-year administration of former governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (2004-2010) a total of 283 women were killed in Oaxaca.  Hence can be seen the grave increase in the frequency of this crime.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Oaxaca familiares de víctimas de feminicidios; exigen justicia al gobernador (La Jornada, 15 de abril de 2013)

Video: Castigo a feminicida, exigen ONG´s (1 mn.),

Feminicidio en Oaxaca al nivel de Ciudad Juárez, alertan (CIMAC Noticias, 16 de abril de 2013)

Oaxaca, en focos rojos por feminicidios (Noticiasnet.mx, 16 de abril de 2013)

No todos los homicidios en Oaxaca tienen tinte de feminicidios: PGJ (Milenio, 8 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: New threats in the case of Marcelino Coache

May 4, 2009

On April 27, an Urgent Action was released by various organizations of Oaxaca, following up on the case of Marcelino Coache Verano, member of the APPO, who was kidnapped and tortured on March 4. The recent events which necessitated an Urgent Action took place on April 25. It involves telephone hostilities and death threats against the wife of Marcelino Coache as well as the lawyers defending his case: Alba Cruz Ramos of the Comité 25 de noviembre, Yesica Sánchez Maya of Consorcio, and Beatriz Casasa Arellanes of Barcadh, as well as Father Romualdo Francisco Mayrén Peláez (Father Uvi) who was also following the case.

According to the Urgent Action: “these events are hindering the work of defense and promotion of human rights of the human rights defenders, recognized as a fundamental right in the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, approved by the United Nations on December 9, 1998. Because of this, we blame the Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, the State Attorney General Evencio Nicolás Martínez Ramírez, and the Secretary of Public Security Javier Rueda Velazquez for any aggression, physical, moral, or psychological attack on our companions who are at risk”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Acción Urgente: Amenazas e intimidación en contra de la familia Coache Rivera y Defensores de Derechos Humanos (27/04/2009)

Boletín de prensa: Amenazas e intimidación en contra de la familia Coache Rivera y Defensores de Derechos Humanos (27/04/2009)


Oaxaca: event against feminicide

April 27, 2009

On April 17, in Oaxaca City, more than 20 organizations protested the killing of women and called for an investigation into the ongoing feminicide in Oaxaca. During a press conference, the attending organizations demanded justice for the murdered women. According to the press release, during this year there have been “13 killings in Oaxaca” and “impunity continues in Oaxaca”. They demanded that “the attorney general’s office immediately begin an investigation into the killing of women” as well as put a stop to “the machismo (sexism) which permeates the government and continues claiming the lives of women”.

They denounced that “according to the report on Violence Against Women in Oaxaca by the Federal House of Deputies, Oaxaca is second place in the number of killings of women and children. 549 women were killed in the last 10 years. According to the official statistics, on average almost 5 women (4.8) are killed each month in Oaxaca.”

Finally, the organizations signed a declaration which “urges the implementation of a law dealing with violence against women”.

Interview with Laura Jiménez García of Consorcio (In Spanish):

For More Information (In Spanish):

Boletín de prensa, Consorcio (17/04/2009)

“En Oaxaca asesinan a 1 mujer cada 8 días, consignan los medios”, El Sur (17/04/2009)