Guerrero: national and international organizations visit prisoners of the CECOP and the CRAC-PC

October 10, 2018
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Press Conference at the Las Cruces prison (@La Jornada de Guerreo)

On October 5, members of Services and consultancies for peace (Serapaz), in representation of the Space of Civil Society Organizations for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio OSC), and the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) visited 16 of the 18 prisoners of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop) and the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC PC), held in the prison of Las Cruces, in Acapulco, since January 7. They were accompanied by the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which has assumed the defense of said prisoners.

At a press conference outside the prison after the visit, Alberto Solís Castro, director of Serapaz stated that the struggle that has led the Cecop has been emblematic for the country: they have resisted for more than 12 years the onslaught of different governments and faced unfair situations and repressions. What we are seeing is a new effort to criminalize them, to stop them and attack them, because they fight for the land, because they oppose a dam megaproject that would end the environment and a good part of community life in the region”. He reported that they will issue a recommendation to the state government to release the prisoners and stressed that at least eight cases of torture during detention were documented. The complaints on those case have not been addressed, despite visits by representatives of state and national human rights organizations. He announced that next week they will report this situation to the person that will be in charge of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples, Adelfo Regino; to the next head of the Welfare Ministry, as well as to Senators Félix Salgado Macedonio and Nestora Salgado García.

Tommy Van Straten, member of Sipaz, indicated that as an international organization with a presence in Guerrero since 2005, they are concerned about the mistreatment of the detainees. He said that in this visit they documented the cases of torture inside the jail and the differential treatment the prisonners have received, including the isolation of the rest of the prison population. He also highlighted the situation and traumas of the prisoners’ relatives.

For his part, Rogelio Téliz García, Tlachinollan’s lawyer, said that the defense process is progressing, that there will be a new hearing on October 26 where the prisonners are expected to be released, such as a group of eight community members already was. He pointed out that there are 50 arrest warrants against the same number of community members in Cacahuatepec who, he said, are being persecuted by the government. He said that this happens despite the fact that the Crac-PC is protected by Law 701.

For more information (in Spanish):

Visitan ONG a los presos del Cecop; documentan 8 casos de tortura (El Sur, 5 de octubre de 2018)

Documentan ONG 8 casos de tortura a presos del Cecop en Acapulco (Quadartín, 5 de octubre de 2018)
Visitan activistas a los presos del Cecop en la cárcel de Las Cruces (El Sur, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita una ONG internacional a miembros del Cecop y de la Crac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita SIPAZ a los presos del Cecop y la CRAC PC (La Plaza, 6 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: 50 arrest warrants against members of CECOP (September 24, 2018)

Guerrero: 9 of the 25 detainees for a confrontation in La Concepción in January are released September 17, 2018

Guerrero: Judge Orders Guarantees for Rights to Water, Health and Dignified Treatment for 25 CECOP Prisoners April 24, 2018

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

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Guerrero: 50 arrest warrants against members of CECOP

September 24, 2018
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@Regeneración


Weeks after the release of members of
the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota dam (Cecop), the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC), and civilians of several villages belonging to the Communal Lands of Cacahuatepec, municipality of Acapulco, a new persecution and unprecedented criminalization has been unleashed against members of the movement, reported the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center.

According to several newspapers, ministerial police maintained checkpoints at the entrances of the communal lands of Cacahuatepec such as Las Chanecas, San Pedro Cacahuatepec, Las Palmitas, Tasajeras, San Isidro Gallinero and La Concepción ; and with list in hand illegally review all the peasants that come or go. They also reported that more than 80 policemen travel through the villages of San Isidro Gallinero, Parotillas, La Concepcion, Aguas Calientes, Oaxaquillas, Salsipuedes and Amatillo.

Two weeks ago, “ministerial police illegally searched the home of Clemente Cabrera Benítez, a prominent member of CECOP in the community of Tasajeras, and took him away. On September 4, Tomás Cruz Valeriano from the community of Ilamos was arrested in San Isidro Gallinero, both of whom have an arrest warrant for the crime of damages and dispossession resulting from unfounded accusations and fabricated evidence. The Office of the Prosecutor has released more than 50 arrest warrants against the same number of CECOP members, whose crime has been to defend their lands and natural assets such as the Papagayo River, which is irrationally exploited by gravial businessmen. “

On December 12, a delegation of community members from Cecop, CRAC, from the Council of Affected Communities of La Montaña (Ccdm), from the Popular Front of Tlapa (FPT), from the Front of Communities for the Defense of Collective Rights in La Montaña (Frecoddec) and the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center for went to the State Congress where they met with a commission of deputies from Morena. According to La Jornada de Guerrero, they listed several points for urgent resolution, among them the establishment of mechanisms for the prompt release of political prisoners, the immediate expulsion of state forces from the Communal Lands and the cessation of intimidation and harassment of civil organizations.

According to Cuadratin, they also presented a proposal for an initiative to reform the Political Constitution of Guerrero, from articles 8 to 14, regarding indigenous and Afro-Mexican populations so as to guarantee their right to decide and exercise their forms of social, economic and political organization, as well as their own community justice system.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado / Persecución política contra el CECOP (CDH Tlachinollan, 6 de septiembre de 2018)

Piden organizaciones la libertad de los presos del Cecop y alto al hostigamiento (Sur de Acapulco, 12 de septiembre de 2018)

Piden comunitarios que diputados exhorten al gobierno a no reprimirlos (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de septiembre de 2018)

Piden organizaciones reforma que garantice derechos de los pueblos (Cuadratin Guerrero, 12 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: 9 of the 25 detainees for a confrontation in La Concepción in January are released September 17, 2018

Guerrero: Judge Orders Guarantees for Rights to Water, Health and Dignified Treatment for 25 CECOP Prisoners April 24, 2018

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


Guerrero: Nine of 25 Detainees from Confrontation in La Concepción in January Released

September 17, 2018
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Detentions in La Concepción, January 2018 (@Tlachinollan)


On August 24, nine of the 25 detainees arrested on January 7, after a confrontation that left 11 dead and 38 arrested in the community of La Concepción were released.

Among those released are four members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota dam (Cecop), three community police and two people who were in the process of reeducation and do not belong to any organization.

After the initial hearing, 13 of the 38 detainees had already been released while 25 of them were to be prosecuted, 16 of them community police.

Vidulfo Rosales, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, explained that evidence was presented that the detainees were tortured, “that the sodium rhodizonate test is not conclusive since a lack of certainty may exist and it was done without the presence of their defenders, which is a requirement within the new accusatory criminal system. In addition to that there was coercion for them to accept that the weapons presented were theirs and the presentation of the detainees was late”, explained El Sur. However, the criterion that was used to free the detainees was the fact that “the witnesses do not point them out (…) so they could not be linked to the accusation“.

Another detainee of those who should have been freed did not leave the prison because he is facing another process.

For more information (in Spanish) :

Liberan a 9 de los 25 detenidos tras el enfrentamiento en La Concepción (El Sur, 24 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Judge Orders Guarantees for Rights to Water, Health and Dignified Treatment for 25 CECOP Prisoners April 24, 2018

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


Guerrero: Federal tribunal confirms end to La Parota dam project

July 20, 2012

July 2010, photo @SIPAZ

The Second Tribunal on Penal and Administrative Matters from the First Circuit has confirmed the definitive cancellation of the hydroelectric dam project La Parota in its denial of a motion advanced by a minority group of communards against the resolution released by the Agrarian Unitary Tribunal (TUA) no. 41, with headquarters in Acapulco, which previously had nullified the decision of the assembly.

It should be remembered that on 18 April 2011, the TUA no. 41, evaluating the Agrarian Case 360/2010, declared null and void the assembly carried out in Cacahuatepec on 28 April 2010, given that this event was affected by serious irregularities.  On 6 June 2011, a group of people promoted a demand for a motion against this resolution.  Regardless, having analyzed the case, the Federal Tribunal confirmed the nullification of the assembly of 28 April 2010.

According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, “the decision of the Collegiate Tribunal confirms once again that the legal struggle undertaken by the opponents to the project–the communards, ejidatarios, and neighbors untied in the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP)–have a legal basis and social legitimacy.  It is to be hoped, for this reason, that the recent ruling will induce the signing of the Cacahuatepec Accords, which to date have been avoided by the state Executive, the same body that could return peace to the region.”

Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, declared in a press-conference that with this victory gained from the courts, “the CECOP together with Tlachinollan has defeated the CFE and the federal government, because on 12 August 2007 more than 7,000 communards rejected La Parota, given that it is not viable socially or juridically.  The dam project is in decline, and this is important because it supports the decisions taken by the owners of the land.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Tribunal Federal ratifica Punto Final a la presa La Parota (Megafono Lunasexta, 12 de julio)

Anula tribunal la asamblea que aprobó La Parota, dice el Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de julio)

Ratifica Tribunal Federal fin al proyecto de la presa La Parota (WRadio, 12 de julio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Guerrero – briefs: The violent legacy of the Zeferino Torreblanca administration; New Governor Ángel Aguirre to meet with La Parota opposition; Tlachinollan receives Human Rights award from Amnesty International

April 18, 2011

On April 1, Guerrero’s new governor, Ángel Aguirre Rivero took office. The previous governor, Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo, was strongly criticized by various civil society actors during his term in office. In a press release on March 25, the Community Development Workshop (TADECO) and the Committee of Relatives and Friends of Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero said, “Under the agonizingly bad governance of Zeferino Torreblanca, the lack of coherent and effective policies on security and human rights was not only a result of the inefficiency and inability of his government, but rather, such crimes were being organized by the state, reaffirming the fact that the governments of Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa are ultimately responsible for this situation by action, omission or connivance. ” Similarly, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Guerrero (CODDEHUM), Juan Alarcón Hernández, said that during the term of Torreblanca, Guerrero suffered setbacks on human rights and now faces a stage that is “unfortunate and of crisis.” At least 202 abductions, more than 5,000 intentional homicides, including 11 journalists and 447 against women, and 170 missing, is the legacy left by Zeferino Torreblanca in Guerrero, according to CODDEHUM.

The new governor, Angel Aguirre, in an interview with Formula Radio on Tuesday April 5, clarified that in the case of the La Parota dam, he did not say he supported its construction and that he would consult the mayor Manuel Anorve Baños. “No, I did not say ‘yes’ to La Parota, I said that there were a number of projects to be analyzed, among which is La Parota.” He said the April 11 Council will meet with the Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), accompanied by Archbishop Carlos Garfias Merlos from the Diocese of Acapulco. During his campaign, Aguirre first came out against the hydroelectric project, possibly for the support of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but after a meeting with the former governor, Zeferino Torreblanca, he said he would consider it. For his part, the mayor of Acapulco, Manuel Anorve – who was a candidate for governor of the state alliance, Better Times for Guerrero – reiterated his support for the construction of the hydroelectric dam. He stated that no one can be against the development of Acapulco. He said hydroelectric power is “a new and economically important industry that will generate 10,000 jobs. I’ll be doing what corresponds to me being a mayor in order for the project to be realized.”

Finally, on 19 March, Amnesty International issued a statement that the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña and its director, Abel Barrera Hernández, will receive the VI Human Rights Award from Amnesty International. The organization wants to recognize the struggle for the human rights of the indigenous population in the state of Guerrero, parting from the work of the anthropologist Abel Barrera and the Human Rights Center of the Montaña. The awards ceremony will take place during the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International in Berlin, Germany on May 27 this year.

For more information:

Cinco mil asesinatos, 202 secuestros y 170 desaparecidos, la herencia de Torreblanca (Proceso, 29 March)

Se extingue un gobierno de pesadilla y en el horizonte no percibimos ninguna luz de justicia (TADECO and the Comittee of Relatives and Friends of Kidnapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, 25 March)

Dice Aguirre sobre el sexenio de Zeferino que no habrá revanchismos, pero tampoco impunidad (Sur Acapulco, 7 April)

Se reunirá Ángel Aguirre con los opositores a la presa La Parota (La Jornada, 7 April)

Refrenda Añorve su apoyo a La Parota; nadie puede ir contra el desarrollo, dice (Sur Acapulco, 7 April)

Incluirá Aguirre a la Iglesia en discusión por La Parota (La Jornada, 7 April)

Con Aguirre, relación de trabajo y de respeto, dice Añorve Baños (La Jornada, 7 April)

Comunicado de Amnistía Internacional (19 March)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Instalación de mesas de trabajo en los casos de Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo; Acto simbólico en el río Papagayo en contra de la presa La Parota, CRAC convoca para Foro contra la minería – 12 de abril (25 March)


Guerrero – briefs: Mexican state fails to comply with sentencing in the case of Valentina and Inés; Indigenous communities against mining exploration in the Montaña region; CECOP requests resolution on the nullification petition for the April 28 assembly

March 7, 2011

Assembly in Colombia de Guadalupe (@SIPAZ)

Four months after receiving a ruling from the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (CoIDH), concerning the case of the  indigenous women Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández, the Mexican state still has not complied with the Court’s decision and there were even signals that it might never do so. This has been denounced by activists, intellectuals, and artists of more than 20 counties through a letter that was filed on February 10, with the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center. Additionally, the Interior Ministry has refused to initiate a dialogue to meet the provisions of the Court, and even presented a request of interpretation on the ruling. The previous week, Valentina travelled to Washington to meet with US State Department officials and Congressional aids, from whom she requested support in the investigation of her case, which remains in the military justice system whereas it should be held in the civil system. Accompanied by the Tlachinollan Center for Human Rights of the Montaña and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Valentina presented her petition: “That the government move my case to the civil justice system, which is why I came here, to make this happen.”

For his part, Germany’s Human Rights Coordinator for Mexico urged the government of Felipe Calderón to reform the Military Justice Code. In a statement, the European organization referred to comments made by the CoIDH, particularly that the military courts should be restricted from all cases of human rights violations – and not only in cases of rape, forced disappearance and torture, as proposed by Calderón to the Senate in his October 18 initiative.

Additionally, on February 5, a first general assembly  was held in the community of Colombia de Guadalupe regarding mineral exploration by transnational mining corporations in the Montaña region . The Federal government has, for 50 years, given permission to mining corporations for the exploration of areas where land use could be altered, even though that part of the region was considered a priority territory for ecological conservation by the National Comission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP). The area educational coordinator of Tlachinollan, reported that the organization has documented that permission has been granted for mining activities, within an area of 15,000 hectares, between the boundaries of Zitlaltepec, Iliatenco and Paraje Montero. It was granted by the federal government, under the name of Diana, to the foreign corporation Camsim, for 46 years. Another case that was presented was the 47,000 hectares granted to the mining corportion Salamera for the project Heart of Darkness, which includes part of Totomixtlahuaca, Colombia de Guadalupe, Pascala del Oro and Acatepec, to the Hochschild mining corporation.

Pablo Guzmán, coordinator of the Community Police-Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities (PC-CRAC), asked more than 70 representatives of community and ejidal properties “not to consent to an irreversible ecological disaster in the region.” On February 17, the CRAC held a workshop about mining companies in the municipality of Iliatenco. They also convened a meeting of agricultural authorities from the Montaña and Costa Chica regions, for February 26 in Paraje Montero, where they are seeking to definitively ban mining.

Lastly, members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), demanded that the magistrate, Martha Leticia Gracida Jiménez, adhere to the law. More than a month after the date on which she would supposedly challenge the ruling of the April 28 assembly, which approved the expropriation of more than 1,300 hectares of land for the La Parota hydroelectric dam project, there has still been no response. CECOP spokesperson, Rodolfo Chávez Galindo, said it would be required to issue a resolution in favor of them because the assembly was illegal in every way, from its call to its development.

For more information (in Spanish):

Caso Rosendo y Fernández: sin voluntad el Estado mexicano para acatar fallo de CIDH (La Jornada, 10 de febrero)

Ante impunidad, indígenas tlapanecas exigen intervención de EU (CIMAC Noticias, 8 de febrero)

Instan a Calderón a concretar reforma al Código de Justicia Militar (Proceso, 7 de febrero)

Nula voluntad del Estado mexicano para cumplir las sentencias dictadas por la CoIDH en los casos de Valentina Rosendo Cantú e Inés Fernández Ortega. (10 de febrero)

Se pronuncian indígenas contra la explotación minera en La Montaña (7 de febrero)

Apegarse a derecho, pide Cecop en juicio de impugnación por La Parota (La Jornada, 14 de febrero)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Guerrero: “Indigenous peoples are subject to rights and are not electoral merchandise” February 4, 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 – 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)