Guerrero: Governor Aguirre Rivero will not support construction of La Parota

August 27, 2012

On 16 August 2012 in the city of Acapulco, there was held the official signing of the Cacahuatepec Accords between members of the Council of Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) and governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero.  This agreement stipulates that the government will not support or promote the construction of the hydroelectric dam “La Parota,” which the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has desired to construct.  This document signals that the government would have to tell President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa of the decision of the campesinos and owners of the land, who reject the sale of territory for the construction of the dam.  By signing the document, the governor also commits himself not to use public force against CECOP, instead choosing peace, justice, and respect for the right of campesinos.  The act of signing the Accords was witnessed by archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos, who acted as a mediator between CECOP and the Aguirre administration.  Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for CECOP, said that this represents a historical event, given that after 10 years of struggle, no governor had agreed to sign on to such an agreement.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cancelan proyecto hidroeléctrico ‘La Parota’ (W Radio, 17 de agosto de 2012)

Firma Aguirre Acuerdos de Cacahuatepec con los opositores a la presa La Parota (El Sur Acapulco, 17 de agosto de 2012)

Cancelan proyecto hidrológico La Parota en Acapulco (Milenio, 16 de agosto)

Acuerdan apoyo contra La Parota (El Universal, 17 de agosto)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project (20 July 2012)

Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam (3 April 2012)

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

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Guerrero: Tlachinollan lawyer returns to the country

August 16, 2012

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Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, the lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights who went into exile from the country for some months following his being threatened for his work as a human-rights defender, has returned to Mexico to reintegrate himself into his work tasks, starting on 9 August.  The human-rights defender was in Casas Guerrero to meet with the Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero; accompanying him were many members of different social organizations, who demanded that the state executive provide protection and guarantees to the lawyer, and above all that the origin of the threats which led him to leave the country be investigated.  Aguirre Rivero spoke of granting Rosales guarantees and protection, but he did not specify of what kind or starting when.  In May the lawyer had to leave the country for the death-threats he had received.

Among the organizations that accompanied Vidulfo Rosales in the meeting was the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), the Workshop for Communal Development (TADECO), and the State Commission on Human Rights (CODDEHUM).  Marco Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, told the governor that if he did not provide guarantees and protection to Rosales Sierra and those behind the death-threats succeed in getting to Rosales, the only responsible party would be his government: “I want to tell you Ángel that Vidulfo is not alone, and he is not a criminal.  He has no reason to need to leave the country once again…  It is your government which must guarantee the integrity of Vidulfo, and if it is not your government, we, the opponents to the La Parota project, the vandals of Ayotzinapa, as they have been called, Inés and valentina, brave women–we will defend him.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta de la sociedad civil al gobernador Aguirre Rivero (9 de agosto de 2012)

Tras su exilio, regresa al estado el abogado de Tlachinollan (La Jornada de Guerrero, 10 de agosto de 2012)

Abandona exilio Vidulfo Rosales, confirma Tlachinollan (Novedades Acapulco, 8 de agosto de 2012)

Tlachinollan: Tlachinollan anuncia regreso del defensor Vidulfo Rosales a Guerrero (Peace Brigades International, 10 de agosto de 2012)

Activista pone fin a su exilio y regresa a Guerrero (Proceso, 9 de agosto de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: 18th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (20 June 2012)

Guerrero: Tlachinollan lawyer receives death threats (5 June 012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: CECOP will initiate a series of mobilizations demanding the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam

April 3, 2012

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Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) responded to the official silence on the part of the governor of Guerrero, warning that La Parota would not proceed, “be it with or without the signature of the governor.”  In their communiqué released on 19 March, they revealed that they will undertake a series of mobilizations to demand the total rejection of the dam.

On 7 May of last year, Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero visited the bastion of the movement that opposes the dam.  He rejected at that time the suggestion that he sign the Cacahuatepec Accords which request the total cancellation of the federal project.  His signature was to be had on 11 March of this year in Aguacaliente–a meeting which the governor failed to attend.

“CECOP’s invitation to the governor to demand the Cacahuatepec Accords was met with silence,” noted the opponents in their communiqué.  CECOP views this rejection by the administration as a “challenge and a lack of respect” for the movement, as well as a lack of political vision, because “no dam or mine constitutes development for the state or the country.  Besides, they are financed with foreign capital that seeks profits, as would be the case with the La Parota dam and the Canadian mining projects.”  They warn that if the governor does not want to defend the land of Guerrero, CECOP will do so by means of mobilizations.

CECOP announced its plan of struggle against La Parota, which includes a march on 23 March that will be attended by Communal Action for Peace and Unity, as proposed by the Catholic Church.  Similarly, there will be held a mass-march in May to demand the cancellation of the project.

For more information (in Spanish):

Con la firma o sin la firma del gobernador, La Parota no se hará (Comunicado de CECOP difundido por CENCOS, 19 de marzo 2012)

Con firma del gobernador o sin ella, La Parota no pasará, decide el Cecop (La Jornada Guerrero, 21 de marzo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011


Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP

March 12, 2012

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On 3 March, Valentin Hernández, juridical assessor for the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-Communal Police) announced that together with other indigenous persons of other states, they will present before the Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples (TPP) a case for the rejection of mineral exploitation in communal lands.  This resource will be submitted in light of environmental destruction, one of the 7 subjects that the TPP will cover.  It denounced that municipal leaders and communards of the Mountain and Costa Chica regions continue to be pressured to accept the presence of mining companies in their lands.  It announced that on 24 March, in the community of Tilapa, Malinaltepec municipality, there will be celebrated an urgent meeting to define the plan of action to continue.

In other news, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) has newly demanded that Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero sign the accords of Cacahuatepec with which CECOP seeks to have the state Executive commit himself to definitively cancelling the La Parota dam project near Acapulco. It is expected that Ángel Aguirre will arrive on 11 March to the Aguacaliente community, in the communal lands of Cacahuatepec.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian presión a comunidades de Guerrero para que acepten a mineras (La Jornada, 5 March 2012)

Piden a Ángel Aguirre apoyo contra La Parota (La Jornada, 6 March 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011


Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists; the CFE returns to the area of La Parota

February 8, 2012

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 Photo @ Milenio

The Observatory for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders, a program associated with the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has requested the urgent intervention of the international community in light of the lack of progress that has been had in the official investigation regarding hte forced disappearance of the human-rights defenders Marcial Bautista Valle, presdient of OCESP, and Eva Alarcón Ortiz, coordinator of the same organization.  More than a month after their disappearance, the international organization has expressed its grave “concern for the security and physical and psychological integrity of Eva Alarcón Ortiz and Marcial Bautista Valle, fearing that their disappearance is clearly linked to their work as human-rights defenders.  We fear also that this act has as its end the discouragement of other rights-defenders in the state of Guerrero in their work.”

In other news, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), has denounced that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has initiated work to measure space related to the the La Parota project in the zone of the communal lands of Cacahuatepec.  “It would seem that they are measuring a line, a breach, through which a high-electricity line would pass from the area in which the dam would be located,” noted Suástegui Muñoz.  He said that there exists fear among the opponents to the project because the federal government has earmarked 750 million pesos for the hydroelectric dam in its 2012 budget.  For this reason CECOP will organize to prevent the work from being undertaken.

For more information (in Spanish):

Observatorio para la protección de defensores emite llamado urgente ante nulos avances de autoridades para encontrar a Eva y Marcial (CENCOS, 17 January 2012)

ONG exigen acelerar la búsqueda de los activistas Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista (La Jornada, 18 January 2012)

Observatorio Internacional para la protección de DDHH, hace llamado urgente a autoridades mexicanas por desaparición forzada de ecologistas Marcial Bautista y Eva Alarcón (CDH Tlachinollan, 17 January 2012)

120117 Accion Urgente_Eva_Marcial_ El Observatorio_OMCT_FIDH(OMCT, Acción Urgente, 17 January 2012) (pdf)

Acción Urgente Internacional: Eva y Marcial continúan desaparecidos (Centro ProDH, 18 January 2012)

Vuelve la CFE al área de La Parota, denuncia CECOP; comunidades detuvieron a un grupo de obreros (Educa, 12 January 2012)

Vuelve la CFE a Cacahuatepec a pesar de la orden del Tribunal (La Jornada Guerrero, 11 January 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)

Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011


Guerrero: State accepts responbiility in Radilla case in absence of relatives; CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project; invitation to anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa

November 27, 2011

Tita Radilla and members of AFADEM (@SIPAZ)

On 17 November, Juan Marcos Gutiérrez, Secretary of Governance for functions, and chancellor Patricia Espinoza led a public act in Atoyác de Álvarez that recognized the responsibility of Mexican State in the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, which occurred in 1974, in observation of the sentence dictated by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), an act from which were absent his relatives who for 37 years have sought justice.  “Due to the pressured and unilateral manners in which the Secretary of Governance has communicated with representatives of the Radilla family–the Mexican Commission for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH)–to report that the public apology would be carried out the following day, the Radilla family, its representatives, and the Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Mexico (AFADEM) decided not to attend the event,” noted Julio Mata Motielo, technical secretary of Afadem, on 16 November.  During the act, governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero took the opportunity to announce the creation of a Truth Commission that is to investigate the human-rights violations committed in the state during the decades of the ’70s and ’80s.

In other news, news has been released noting that in light of the growth of demand for energy in the state of Guerrero, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is considering accelerating the construction of the hydroelectric dam La Parota, aiming for it to become operational in October of 2016.  The present administration of Ángel Aguirre has sought better relations with the communards, but his position is that the project will be carried out.  The main reason for its approval is that beyond supplying energy to the whole state, the dam would also guarantee drinking water for Acapulco.  The communards opposing the project, associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), are not convinced about the supposed benefits of the dam, and they have already succeeded in maintaining the project in suspension for the last 8 years.

Lastly, members of the autonomous Ñomndaa radio, from the community of Suljaa’, municipality of Xochistlahuaca, invite civil society to participate in the celebration of its anniversary.  The event will take place in said community from 17-19 December of this year.  The objective is to “strengthen our resolve in the struggle so as to engage in dialogue and live together in resistance and rebellion with joy.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Estado mexicano pierde oportunidad histórica de reconocer a las víctimas de la “guerra sucia”  (Cencos, 17 November)

Una imposición, acto oficial de disculpa pública por caso Radilla: Afadem(Proceso, 16 November)

Reconoce el Estado mexicano su responsabilidad en el caso Radilla (La Jornada, 18 November)

Rachazan perdón en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 17 November)

Estado acepta culpa en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 18 November)

Comuneros, en contra de la obra en la región (El Universal, 17 November)

La Parota, el futuro eléctrico para Guerrero (El Universal, 17 November)

Invitación aniversario Radio Ñomndaa

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For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides; SCJN will analyze recommendations of the Inter-American Court in the case of Radilla (14 September 2010)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011


Briefs Guerrero: Challenge to OSC regarding Operation “Secure Guerrero”; CECOP requests that Congress deny funding for La Parota

October 18, 2011

Militarization in Guerrero (@Tlachinollan)

On 6 October, the federal government and Guerrero state-government announced the launching of the Coordinated Operation “Secure Guerrero,” in an intention to respond to the grave security crisis lived in the state.  In accordance with the little information to date made public, the new joint operation implies the deployment of 2000 soldiers in the state, including one thousand from the Army, 300 from the Navy, 650 from the Federal Police, and 50 from the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), in addition to the thousand state police and 500 others who will be incorporate into service in November.

In a communiqué published on 12 October, civil-society organizations, including the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the Guerrero Network of Civil Organizations for Human Rights, affirmed that the “the annunciation of the new ‘Secure Guerrero’ Operation is nothing new; on the contrary, it seeks to repeat a strategy that has shown itself to be inefficient in reducing levels of violence; it moreover would increase the risks that there occur new human-rights violations.  Similar programs have been seen to be problematic in Guerrero itself [2007], as in other states like Chihuahua.”

They denounced as well that “the annunciation of a new joint operation makes clear that the federal governmetn and state government revert to actions that have shown themselves to be inefficacious in that they do not seek to respond to the problems at root nor even succeed in reducing levels of violence but rather generate conditions in which the people’s human rights are violated, renouncing approaches that would design and institute wholesome policies that have to do with the logic of citizens’ security: that is to say, that make central the guarantee of the rights of all persons above the protection of institutions and to the margin of prevailing warlike conceptions.  In this sense this orientation persists, as in the recently announced operation, which will only increase our alert for the predictable increase in violence and the anticipated increase in rights-violations.”

In other news, on 13 October, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) requested that federal representatives reject the demanded budget for the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to construct the La Parota dam in Acapulco.  The organization reiterated its proposal that the resources of this year that would be destined to La Parota instead be utilized to construct a bridge that would unite 47 communities, a bilingual university, and a regional hospital.

For more information (in Spanish):

Motiva dudas el operativo en Guerrero (La Jornada, 13 October)

Operación “Guerrero Seguro” repite estrategia ineficaz y amenaza los derechos humanos (OSC, 12 October)

Piden negar a la CFE fondos para La Parota (La Jornada, 12 October)

Comunicado del Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la presa la Parota (CECOP, 11 October)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011