Guerrero – briefs: Release of charges against members of Radio Ñomndaa; Offices of El Sur de Acapulco closed by threats; Indigenous person murdered by the Army of Tlacoachistlahuaca; A campaign in defense of Mother Earth launched

April 11, 2011

On March 25, an order was issued for the release of Radio Ñomndaa members, David Valtierra Arango, Silverio Matías Domínguez and Genaro Cruz Apóstal, after having been indicted on charges of unlawful deprivation of liberty in the case of Narisco Garcia Valtierra. Initially, the men had been sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison with a fine of 1,753 pesos, and according to their defense, without any proof that the defendants had participated in the events. The same judge who ruled against the defense at first, almost simultaneously exonerated José Luis Rocha Ramírez, a member of a powerful cacique group in Xochistlahuaca, who was responsible for the injury Silverio Matías and caused the loss of his eye – a fact that members of Radio Ñomndaa considered as an indicator of lack of impartiality by the judge.

One week prior, during the First Meeting of Community Radios, Free Radios and National and International Alternative Media – celebrated from March 18 to 20 in San Luis Acatlán, in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero – organizations in attendance endorsed the work of the human rights defender and member of Radio Ñomndaa, David Valtierra Arango. It was stated that through the criminal proceedings rigged against him, Valtierra has been subject to slander seeking to discredit his work as an advocate and promoter of human rights for the people of Nanncue Ñomndaa, which he has been doing since 2000.

Additionally, on March 25, in the face of persisting threats, the director of the newspaper El Sur de Acapulco, Juan Angulo, stated that the newspaper’s offices in Acapulco would be closed. The employees of the paper will work from home and do additional writing and editing for the upcoming editions at El Sur’s offices in Chilpancingo. It was announced that the closure of the facilities would last until the end of Zeferino Torreblanca government on 31 March. The editor of the newspaper blamed the governor for the threats against the newspaper and the lack of security for journalists.

Moreover, on the morning of March 24, army troops raided three properties without permission in the town of Tlacoachistlahuaca, allegedly looking for weapons and drugs. One of the soldiers responded to a warning shot and killed an indigenous rancher. On El Zapote ranch, a rancher awoke to realize the presence of strangers on the property, and thus shot a rifle to try to scare them away. In response, soldiers fired at the rancher, Cyril Victor Felicitas, an indigenous Na Savi man from Zacualpan, who died in one of the rooms of the ranch near the stream of Tlacoachistlahuaca.

Finally, on March 28, various organizations, as well as free community radios and alternative media groups, launched the Campaign in Defense of the Territory, called: With an Open Heart Defend our Mother Earth Against Mining. This campaign comes after recognizing that between 2005 and 2010 alone, approximately 200,000 hectares of indigenous territory of the Costa Chica and Montaña regions of Guerrero have been made accessible to foreign companies by the federal government, through concessions of 50 years, during which the companies may perform activities exploration and exploitation without consultation of indigenous peoples nor acknowledgement of their rights to territory. The first stage of the campaign will be devoted to disseminating information on the problems of mining.

For more information:
Absuelven a defensores de derechos humanos de Xochistlahuaca (CENCOS, 29 March)

comunicado-radio-Ñomndaa-29-03-2011 (29 March)

Avalan trabajo del comunicador David Valtierra como defensor y promotor de derechos humanos (CENCOS, 23 March)

Amenazan a periodistas de El Sur de Guerrero. Con Denise Maerker (Radio Formula, 25 March)

Cierra El Sur sus oficinas en Acapulco; protesta así por la falta de garantías a sus trabajadores (Sur Acapulco)

Soldados matan a indígena durante un allanamiento (La Jornada, 26 March)

Website of the campaign against mining in the Costa Chica and Montaña region:
http://acorazonabierto.acervo.org

comunicado-campaña-a-corazon-abierto-defendamos-nuestra-madre-tierra-en-contra-de-la-mineria

For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero – briefs: Prodh Center sends amicus curiae in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Union of peoples and social organizations mobilizes to demand preferential rates for electricity; “1,289 murders, 289 disappeared and 25 kidnapped in 4 years”: TADECO (27 March)

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Guerrero – briefs: Prodh Center sends Amicus Curiae in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Union of Peoples and Social Organizations mobilizes to demand preferential rates for electricity; “1,289 murders, 289 disappeared and 25 kidknapped in 4 years”: TADECO

March 27, 2011

On March 15, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Centro Prodh) presented an amicus curiae to the High Court of Justice of the state of Guerrero to provide elements to the case of David Valtierra Arango, Genaro Cruz Apóstol y Silverio Matías Domínguez, members of the Committee of Radio Ñomndaa in Xochistlahuaca. Through the amicus curiae, they expressed concerns that called attention to relevant aspects for consideration in the case. The amicus curiae makes a “strong appeal to the Judiciary of the State of Guerrero to be a guarantor of justice.” Also mentioning that “[t]he reasoning of the Judge of the First Instance showed profound lack of consideration for cultural and ethnic diversity, which are  recognized in the Constitution” and that “taking a determination of the Amuzgo regulatory system to the field of criminal law, reflects a lack of recognition for the self-determination of indigenous peoples and their authorities”.

Additionally, the Union of Peoples and Social Organizations of the Montaña, Costa Chica and Central regions of the state of Guerrero, will mobilize on March 21, to demand the application of preferential rates on lighting, in Guerrero, from the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE). Leaders of the group reported that its motion is seeking that federal and local deputies undertake a bill for the application of the preferential rates, which would take into account socio-economic factors in stead of climatological ones, as has happened in states such as Chiapas and Tabasco.

Lastly, during the Fifth Day for Life, Liberty, Justice and Citizen Rights, on Monday, March 14, the director of the Workshop of Community Development (TADECO), Javier Monroy, denounced that in the last four years, the TADECO and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidknapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, registered “1,289 murders, 289 disappeared and 25 kidknapped” with no connection to organized crime. The event was held on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Jorge Gabriel Cerón Silva, leader of TADECO.

For more information:

Centro Prodh entrega amicus al Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Guerrero en el caso de indígenas defensores de DH de Xochistlahuaca (16 March)

Ante la falta de resultados en la CFE, indígenas se movilizarán para bajar tarifas (Sur Acapulco, 15 March)

En cuatro años, más de mil asesinatos de ciudadanos ajenos al crimen, insiste Tadeco (Sur Acapulco, 15 March)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support inthe case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions (18 March)


Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Coasta Chica regions

March 18, 2011

On February 21, a hearing was held to observe the case of Genaro Cruz Apóstal, Silverio Matías Dominguez and David Valtierra Arango, members of the community radio station Radio Ñomndaa of Xochistlahuaca, following a petition for review, which was filed in 2010, after the three were issued a sentence of 3 years and 2 months in jail, and to pay a fine of $1.753,000 (pesos) for the crime of deprivation of liberty. Days later, 70 human rights advocacy organizations and members of the National Network of Civil Society Organizations for Human Rights “All human rights for all ” in Mexico, sent a letter to the president of the High Court of Justice of the State to resolve the case impartially and in accordance with the law. The organizations expressed their interest in the review of this criminal case considering that there have been many irregularities and the fact that the judge has not assessed that the alleged victim, Narciso García Valtierra, claims to not know the defendants and was not deprived of his liberty. The Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, which bears the legal defense of the case, is seeking the support of civil society, spreading a postcard on the event web sites and sending letters to the President of the High Court of Justice.

Additionally, in the previous months, the Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC) and communities of Guerrero’s Montaña and Costa Chica regions, have been organizing against mining exploration, by the Hochschild and CAMSIM corporations, which is underway in the region. They claim that communal territories and the CRAC are threatened by transnational mining interests. Communities are now struggling back and organizing through community radio La Voz de La Costa Chica. At the risk of entering the mining areas of the Mountain and Costa Chica, the CRAC-PC, Radio Ñomndaa, the Zezontle Collective, the Zapateando Collective, the Free Media Network and the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, held a meeting and workshop for community radio and independent media interested in supporting the informative and organizational processes of the peoples inhabiting the region. This event, to be held on March 18 and 19 in San Luis Acatlan, is to broaden the strategy of defending the territory, culture and environment.

For more information:

Piden 70 ONG al Tribunal apego a derecho en la revisión de sentenciados de radio Ñomndaa (Sur Acapulco)

Envían ONG carta al TSJ por caso Ñomndaa (La Jornada, 01 de marzo)

Entrevista con David Valtierra, miembro de Radio Ñomndaa (6 de marzo)

Carta modelo para caso Radio Ñomndaa-marzo2011

Video que forma parte de la campaña en contra de la mineria en guerrero: “Tenemos todo y nos falta todo” (9 de marzo)

Encuentro de radios comunitarios: Por la defensa de nuestros territorios, nuestra cultura y el medio ambiente

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Falta de voluntad del Estado mexicano para cumplir con sentencia en caso de Valentina e Inés; Comunidades indígenas contra la explotación minera en La Montaña; CECOP pide resolución acerca de petición de nulidad de asamblea de 28 de abril (17 de febero)

Guerrero – breves: Piden apoyo para caso 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)

Guerrero – breves: Desalojan el Módulo de TADECO y espacios de artesanos en la Plaza Cívica de Chilpancingo; Asesinan al líder del ERPI (1 de marzo)


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)

 

 


Guerrero: briefs – Support is requested in Radio Ñomndaa case; SCJN assumes responsability in the case of Rosendo Radilla; 4 months of disappearance for activist Victor Ayala

January 24, 2011

On Januray 12, the Guerrero Network of Civil Society Human Rights Organizations (Red Guerrerense) expressed support for Genaro Cruz Apóstal, Silvero Matías Domínguez and David Valtierra Arango, members of the Xochistlahuaca autonomous radio project, Radio Ñomndaa, against whom legal proceedings continue. Despite having presented sufficient evidence of their innocence, the men were sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison and are being forced to pay a fine of 753-thousand pesos on charges of illegal deprivation of liberty against Narisco García Valtierra. A communique from January 5 demands that the High Court of Justice for the state of Guerrero carry out an independent an impartial review of the appeal, to restore justice and pay compensation for damages and injuries to Silverio Matías Domínguez, who lost his sight after being beaten. Judgement on this specific case is expected to be delivered this week.

Additionally, the Mexican Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (CMDPDH) considered it important that the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) has assumed responsibility in the case of Rosendo Radilla so the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) will deliver copies of the preliminary investigation of the case. According to the CMDPDH, this decision will open the way for justice and abides by the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) of November 23, 2009. Rosendo Radilla was disappeared in 1974 at a military checkpoint in Atoyac, Guerrero. To date, his whereabouts are unknown. The sentence of the CIDH established the responsibility of the Mexican state in his disappearance.

Also, on January 14, the Commission Against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), released a bulletin 4 months after the forced disappearance of activist Victor Tapia Ayala, leader of the Hermanegildo Galeana Freedom Front. The communique states that: “[…] so far, his whereabouts are unknown; the authorities do not report the progress of the investigation and his family, friends and colleagues continue carrying pain and rage in their pursuit of justice. Since he was alive when he was taken, we want him back alive”. Also expressing “we reaffirm our demand that the authorities conduct a thorough, independent, impartial and exhaustive investigation” of the case.

For more information:

Entrevista en la KPFK a David Valtierra Arango, The Committee of Radio Ñomndaa in Guerrero about the campaign “Justicia a la Palabra” (January 13)

Llama la Red a apoyar a tres integrantes de radio Ñomndaa ante el próximo fallo del Tribunal (El Sur de Acapulco, January 13)

Campaña “Justicia a la Palabra del agua” (January 13)

Ficha Radio Nomndaa – Actualización – final 2010 (Tlachinollan, end of 2010)

Atrae la SCJN amparo contra decisión de PGR de no entregar copia de averiguación (La Jornada, January 13)

Positivo, que la Corte atraiga demanda de los familiares de Rosendo Radilla(La Jornada, January 14)

A cuatro meses de la desaparición de Victor Tapia Ayala, exigimos su presentación con vida (January 14)

More information from SIPAZ:

México: Controvertida, la iniciativa de Calderón para reformar el fuero militar (October 22)

Guerrero: breves – ONGs presentan escrito a Corte Interamericana sobre caso de ambientalistas; Activista detenido (September22)

Guerrero: breves – Simpatizantes de La Parota se manifestaron frente al TUA; Académicos entregaron al TUA una carta en contra de La Parota; Aniversario de Radio Ñomndaa se celebrará a pesar de la persecución (December 15)


Guerrero: briefs – Supporters of La Parota demonstrate in front of the TUA; Academics deliver letter against La Parota to the TUA; Anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa held in spite of persecution

December 22, 2010

On December 14, roughly 600 supporters of the hydroelectric dam, La Parota, demonstrated outside of the United Agrarian Court (TUA) 41 to demand the resolution of the challenge to the April 28 assembly filed by the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositoras a La Parota (CECOP) and warned that in the event of a negative vote, they would convene another meeting, “but we are going to succeed in continuing the project.” The demonstrators were received by the Secretary of Agreements, Jorge Paniagua Salazar, who said that  his duty is to listen to all parties, “to come to a fair resolution”, and that the date of the resolution was already “nearly” here and would be finished on that same day. It was also on that same day that the TUA received two amicus curiae letters from leading academics, as well as national and international organizations. These documents concern the right to consultation and land law, reaffirming the arguments of hundreds of letters in opposition to La Parota.

Lastly, on December 13, David Valtierra Arango, founder of Radio Ñomndaa, declared that “despite the persecution and aggression of the three levels of government”, Radio Ñomndaa will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the autonomous radio project on the 18 through the 20 of December in the municipality Suljaa’ (Xochistlahuaca). The event will include a series of activities such as discussion tables, cultural events, live broadcasting of programs by invited organizations and popular dance. The discussion tables will be centered on “finding tactics that permit free expression of community media and building a common and comprehensive defense against attacks by the oppressive system. “The anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa will be a celebration of having succeeded, with great effort and resources, in transmitting the voice of the people”, said Valtierra.

For More Information:

Simpatizantes de La Parota se manifiestan en el TUA 41(La Jornada, 15 de diciembre)

Marchan 600 simpatizantes de La Parota al TUA; exigen que los favorezca el fallo (El Sur Acapulco, 15 de diciembre)

Con Amicus Curiae, académicos y organizaciones refuerzan argumentos en contra de La Parota (CENCOS, 14 de diciembre)

Festejarán el sexto año de la Radio Ñomndaa a pesar de la persecución (La Jornada, 14 de diciembre)

For More Information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: breves – Nuevas amenazas a dirigentes de la OPIM; inclusión de recursos en presupuesto federal destinados a La Parota; Invitación al sexto aniversario de Radio Ñomndaa(6 de diciembre 2010)

Guerrero – breves: Atentado contra periódico El Sur de Acapulco; Conflicto agrario en Jicayán de Tovar; Manifestación contra el proyecto hidroeléctrico de La Parota; Desalojo forzado de 350 familias en Puerto Marqués; Policía Comunitaria emite comunicado contra exploraciones mineras (17 de noviembre de 2010)

Guerrero: breves – Detienen a dirigente de CETEG; Se licitará La Parota: CFE (27 de octubre de 2010)


Guerrero: With false proceedings, members of Radio Ñomndaa are condemned to 3 years imprisonment

September 30, 2010

@ Radio Ñomndaa

On 27 September, Genaro Gruz Apóstol, Silverio Matías Domínguez and David Valtierra Arango, founding members of the autonomous municipality Suljaa´ de Xochistlahuaca, were sentenced to 3 years and 2 months imprisonment and a fine of 1,753 pesos.  According to the communiqué published jointly by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and Radio Ñomndaa, “they have been since 2004 subject to a fabricated judicial process as suspects responsible for the kidnapping of Narciso García Valtierra, close to then-mayor Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez.”

It should be stressed that “the penal demand integrated in 2004 was only one of the many to which have been subjected members of the Suljaa´ autonomous municipality, Radio Ñomndaa, and those opposed to the cacique, given that in 2007 they were accused of being responsible for the kidnapping of Ariosto Aceadeth Rocha, act that gave rise to 31 fabricated arrest-orders in October 2009, which were found to be baseless, resulting in suspension of charges.”

The communiqué concludes by saying that “the sentence today released demonstrates once again that the justice apparatus lacks impartiality and finds itself linked in a corrupt manner to cacique interests, persecuting social activists who raise their voices in defense of social justice.  This justice criminalizes social protest but also grants impunity to those who commit crimes from positions of power.” The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights will represent the case before the Superior Triuanl for Justice (TSP).

For more information (in Spanish):

With fabricated proceedings, members of Radio Ñomndaa are condemned to 3 years imprisonment (press-release from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and Radio Ñomndaa, 27 de septiembre)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: David Valtierra released (9 March 2010)

Guerrero: Prison sentence for David Valtierra, founder of Radio Ñomndaa (19 November 2009)