Guerrero: Briefs – Members of OPIM and the Tlachinollan Mountain CDH suffer death-threats; invitation to the Tlachinollan anniversary; case of ecologists of the Sierra de Petatlán

July 4, 2011

On 16 June, Obtilia Eugenio Manuel y Cuauhtémoc Ramírez, directors of the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (IPIM), were threatened with case if they continue to stress the observance of the sentences handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the cases of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández, indigenous women who were raped by soldiers in 2002.

According to the Urgent Action published by Amnesty International (AI), a handwritten message was found on 16 June in the house of Obtilia Eugenio Manuel and Cuauhtémoc Ramírez insisting that they cease demanding that the government observe the sentences of the IACHR.  The message also threatens the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, this just following the re-opening of its offices in Ayutla de Los Libres after a two-year closure due to harassment and aggressions against office-staff.  “We will never leave you alone, even if you ask the government for protection […] if you don’t shut up we’ll kill you […] protection is shit we are protected.”

Within this adverse context, the Tlachinollan Mountain CDH has called for a forum in defense of land entitled “Struggle to construct the dawn of justice” in observation of its XVII anniversary, to be held in Tlapa de Comonfort, Montaña de Guerrero, on 1 and 2 July.  During this event, there will be shared organizational communal processes that the peoples of Guerrero are promoting amidst mining and dam-projects, among other things.

In other news, with regard to another case in which the IACHR has sentenced Mexico, on 21 June the Mexican State publicly committed itself for the first time to observing the IACHR’s ruling in the case of the ecologist campesinos Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera, protectors of forests in the Sierra de Petatlán, Guerrero.  It should be noted that in a December 2010 ruling, the IACHR condemned the Mexican State for kidnapping, violations of personal liberty, judicial guarantees, and juridical protection to these two individuals.

On 20 December of this year the State will have to present its first report regarding advances in the observation of said sentence with regard to the various criteria that have been proposed: publications, justice, economic reparations, registration of arrests, reforms of the military tribunals, and training.

For more information (in Spanish):

Guerrero: las comunidades se quedan solas (Proceso, 24 June 2011)

Acción Urgente de Amnistía Internacional (23 June 2011)

Amenazan de nuevo a líderes de la OPIM (La Jornada de Guerrero, 23 June 2011)

México se compromete públicamente a cumplir la sentencia de la Corte IDH por el caso de los Campesinos Ecologistas (Boletín de prensa del Centro de Derechos Humanos Agustín Pro, 21 June 2011)

Sólo algunos soldados cometen violaciones, asegura subsecretario de Gobernación(EL Sur de Acapulco, 23 June 2011)

Gobierno atenderá sentencia de Derechos Humanos por campesinos agredidos (CNN México, 21 June 2011)

Campesinos ecologistas exigen justicia por encarcelamiento en 1999(Proceso, 21 June 2011)


Reporte 13 Montiel y Cabrera Su lucha por los bosques (Youtube, 23 June 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: briefs – New threats against leaders of the OPIM; inclusion of resources for La Parota in federal budget; Invitation to the sixth anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa (14 December 2010)

Guerrero: briefs – NGOs present amicus brief to Inter-American Court on case of environmentalists; activist is detained (September 23, 2010)