Chiapas: Femicides on the rise: six victims in fewer than 10 days

October 25, 2015

Mural en Tuxtla Gutiérrez conmemorativo de las víctimas de feminicidio en Chiapas. Foto: @Chiapas Paralelo

Commemorative mural for the victims of femicide in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Photo: @Chiapas Paralelo

The increase in the number of cases of femicide has been called “one of the gravest problems in Chiapas,” according to the sociologist María del Rosario Alarcón. In fewer than 10 days, six women were killed: three of them were sexually assaulted, one was a minor, another was pregnant, and some of the corpses that were found showed serious signs of violence. These femicides were perpetrated in Chiapa de Corzo, Pujiltic (Venustiano Carranza municipality), and in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

On repeated occasions, the negligence of the State has been denounced in terms of applying justice in the cases of femicide. According to Contralínea, clear examples are seen in the covering-up of the cases of femicides, toward the end of maintaining a good political image; the impunity resulting from lack of investigation in the cases such as femicides, though nearly all the states include this crime in their penal codes; or the discriminatory prejudice and lack of efforts made by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the judiciary toward the end of applying the highest international standards in terms of human rights, where the majority of the statistics that are published originate from data provided by the monitoring of press carried out by the Group of Women from San Cristóbal. According to this group, “femicidal violence has increased in the past three years. During this period there have been registered 249 cases.” According to the same source, in Chiapas femicide is principally perpetrated by those close to the victims, in the majority of cases relatives with whom the women had had affective relations.

As a response, the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas, presented on 25 November 2013—in observance of the International Day against Violence against Women—a request for the declaration of a Gender Violence Alert (AVG). This would be a mechanism that provides the National System to Prevent, Attend to, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women, to “guarantee the security of women, the cessation of violence against them, and the elimination of inequalities produced by the legislation that worsens their human rights.” The AVG has been denied by the Chiapas state government, which has not even investigated the possibility, using the argument that in this entity, “femicide does not affect the social peace.”

The AVG mechanism has been a polemical issue. Following 13 requests denied in 10 states, the Alert was declared for the first time this year in July in 11 municipalities of Mexico state. Criticism from those like Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, former federal special prosecutor for attending to violence against women, notes that the AVG “does nothing,” since it has failed to break with the “patriarchal agreement” whereby violence continues against women. According to the specialist, there are vastly different perceptions regarding the advances from the points of view of feminists and the legal system, for State officials “do not understand what femicide is.” Beyond this, she added that the mechanism is not functioning, but rather that it is only wasting money, the energy of organizations, and time, so that “nothing at the end changes.”

For more information (in Spanish):

En Chiapas feminicidios a la alza, en 10 días seis asesinadas; una menor de edad y otra con embarazo de 2 meses (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 19 de octubre de 2015)

Dos feminicidios en Pujiltic en menos de una semana (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de octubre de 2015)

Impune, feminicidio en México (Contralínea, 10 de febrero de 2015)

El feminicidio es un crimen de Estado porque no se garantiza seguridad y se obstaculiza la justicia: académica (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 23 de octubre de 2015)

AVG ha sido incapaz de acabar el “pacto patriarcal” de violencia (Cimac Noticias, 23 de octubre de 2015)

Por 1a vez, Segob declara alerta de género: lo hace para 11 municipios del Edomex (Animal Político, 29 de julio de 2015)

Para Chong y Velasco el aumento de 400% en feminicidios “no altera la paz social de Chiapas” (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 17 de enero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: march to demand investigation of new femicide (29 September 2014)

Chiapas: Impunity in the case of Tatiana Trujillo (16 September 2014)

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

Chiapas: Commemoration of the murder of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez and other victims of femicide (26 April 2014)

Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert (30 March 2014)

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National: Latest wave of violence and attacks against communication media in Mexico

October 8, 2015

Instalaciones de Regeneración Radio @RegeneraciónRadio FacebookInstallations of Regeneración Radio @RegeneraciónRadio Facebook

On 21 September, members of the shock-group Third of March violently entered the hall of the College of Arts and Sciences (CCH) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), attacking the activists who operate Regeneración Radio, destroying and robbing materiel and equipment.

In a communique, representatives from the university condemned the events and reported that a penal denunciation would be presented to local and federal authorities whom they hold responsible for the acts and the damages incurred by the university. Students indicated to La Jornada that before 3pm, approximately 100 militants forcibly entered the hall and beat the activists who attempted to block their passage. UNAM reported that the confrontation left three injured, “none of them gravely.” José Luis Suaste, member of Regeneración Radio, said that members of the collective had been threatened and attacked for several days, and for this reason he reported on the existence of an “increase in violence,” the cessation of transmissions from the radio station, and called for the space to be defended.

It bears mentioning that Heriberto Paredes, a photojournalist from the Autonomous Agency for Communication Subversiones, denounced a death-threat made against his person on 31 August in Mexico City. Previously he had received three death-threats on the phone on 15 May and 7 and 13 July, while on 10 June he was harassed at the same Metro station as this last occasion. In this way, another member of Subversiones received a death-threat via telephone on 2 June. Moreover, in September the home of journalists and reporters from Desinformémonos and the magazine Contralínea were broken into, while in August the journalist-activist Rubén Espinosa Becerril and Nadia Vera Pérez, human-rights defender, were murdered together with three other women in Mexico City.

For more information (in Spanish):

Regeneración Radio cesa sus transmisiones (Regeneración Radio, 21 de septiembre de 2015)

Chocan “porros” y estudiantes en CCH Vallejo; 4 heridos (La Jornada, 21 de septiembre)

El porrismo, un cáncer que se expande, ataca a Regeneración Radio ( Subversiones, 21 de septiembre de 2015)

CCH Vallejo: Denuncian daños, violencia y destrucción contra Regeneración Radio. (Radio Pozol, 21 de septiembre de 2015)

21 sep: Agresión en proceso contra Regeneración Radio, saqueo de cabina y 2 heridos (Regeneración Radio, 21 de septiembre)

Porros atacaron a activistas del CCH Vallejo que operan una estación de radio (La Jornada, 22 de septiembre)

La UNAM denunciará toma violenta del CCH Vallejo (Proceso, 22 de septiembre)

Recuento de los daños, violencia y destrucción contra la comunicación libre (Ké Huelga Radio, 22 de septiembre de 2015)

Repudio a las agresiones contra estudiantes del CCH Vallejo (La Izquierda Diaro, 22 de septiembre de 2015)

Comunicado colectivo ante agresiones recientes (SubVersiones, 4 de septiembre de 2015)

Amenazan de muerte a reportero de Subversiones; es la quinta agresión contra el medio este año (Sin Embargo, 3 de septiembre de 2015)

Amenazan de muerte en la Cd de México a fotoperiodista de la Agencia Subversiones (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 1 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Journalist house of Contralínea and Desinformémonos harassed, with computer equipment and documentation stolen (13 September 2015)

National/Mexico: Torture and murder of journalist and four women (10 September 2015)

National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead (16 February 2014)

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico (10 February 2015)


National: Journalist house of Contralínea and Desinformémonos harassed, with computer equipment and documentation stolen

September 13, 2015

Documentación y equipo de computo fue sustraido @ DesinformémonosStolen documentation and computer equipment @ Desinformémonos

On 8 September, the home of the journalists Elva Mendoza, journalist of the Contralínea magazine, and Flor Goche, collaborator with Contralínea and journalist for Desinformémonos, was broken into. Computer equipment and journalistic documentation was stolen from the apartment, located in Mexico City, leaving intact valuable objects such as screens and cash. The act took place during the day, and the door did not show evidence of forcible entry.

The members of the Contralínea magazine had been awarded precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Beyond this, since July 2014, both journalists were incorporated into the Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human-Rights Defenders administered by the Secretary for Governance.

It bears mentioning that Flor Goche has been following the case of the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, beyond other human-rights violations and femicides. Elva Mendoza has followed lines of investigation on megaprojects for investment, environmental destruction, transgenic crops, and the destruction of natural resources.

Mexico has been identified as being one of the most dangerous countries in which to practice journalism.

For more information (in Spanish):

Allanan casa de reporteras de Desinformémonos y Contralínea (Desinformemonos, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

Allanan domicilio de reporteras de Contralínea (Revista Contralínea, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

Domicilio de reporteras de Contralínea y Desinformémonos es allanado; roban documentos y equipo de trabajo (Sin embargo, 9 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Mexico: Torture and murder of journalist and four women (10 September 2015)

National: Disappeared journalist Gregorio Jiménez is found dead (16 February 2014)

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico (10 February 2015)

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

Oaxaca: New attacks on journalists (2 September 2014)


Mexico: 2 journalists are murdered

September 22, 2011

On 1 September were found the bodies of journalists Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros and Rocío González Trápaga in the community of Iztapalapa in Mexico City.  Their bodies showed clear signs of violence.  These crimes follow the events of the previous week during which the social activist Humberto Millán was killed in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Yarce Viveros worked in public relations for the magazine Contralínea, media for which she previously had served as journalist and founder; for her part, González Trápaga had been a reporter for Televisa and had worked independently for the last several years.

Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur of the UN for the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Free Expression, manifested his alarm in light of the murder of these journalists.  “These murders, apart from the pain they cause the relatives and friends to whom we send our feelings of solidarity, profoundly aggravate the profession of journalism in Mexico […], which is entirely legitimate in its claims,” said Javier Hernández Valencia, representative in Mexico fhte UN High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights.

With the death of these reporters, the total of killed journalists in 2011 reaches 8, with 74 since 2000.

For more information (in Spanish):

Asesinan a las periodistas Marcela Yarce Viveros y Rocío González, La Jornada, 2 September 2011

ONU condena asesinato de periodistas en DF, El Universal, 4 September 2011

Las periodistas asesinadas murieron por asfixia y recibieron disparos,CNN, 2 September 2011

Profunda consternación del Relator de Libertad de Expresión de la ONU ante asesinato de dos periodistas, 6 September 2011

Comunicado comisión nacional de derechos humanos, September 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: end of official visit to Mexico by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (24 July)

Oaxaca: visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to the state (14 July)