Guerrero: commemoration of the 16th Anniversary of the El Charco Massacre in demand of justice

June 13, 2014
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On June 7, various social organizations marched to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the El Charco Massacre, near Ayutla de Los Libres, where on June 7, 1998, eleven people were killed by soldiers of the Mexican Army.

Jose Rosario Marroquin, director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (PRODH), said that “impunity prevails in this case, there is no advance, only two or three spectacular actions, but in the end there is nothing concrete although justice has been demanded for several years. There is nothing that clarify the facts; there is no will from the government to do it. “

Eleven people were killed in the massacre among a group of 70 Mixteco indigenous persons who met in the elementary school in El Charco to discuss the situation of marginalization and poverty in their communities. Mario Palma, one of the survivors of the massacre explained “We had asked commissioners and representatives of the peoples of the region to organize and develop productive projects because we couldn’t endure much more poverty and marginalization provoked by the government. There were no health centers, doctors, schools, or field support. That’s what we were talking about when the people of the government arrived.”

Efren Chavez Cortes, another survivor, said, “Nothing has changed in El Charco in 16 years. There remains the same poverty, the same neglect of Mixteco indigenous peoples and, worse, governor Angel Aguirre Rivero has divided the CRAC- PC. In conclusion, there has been no justice (…) The government only gives pure palliatives. There is no development strategy in the communities.” He added that “the case was presented to other institutions such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), for the summary execution of the compañeros, because they had surrendered. Here the people who were murdered had surrendered and were unarmed.”

“[The] person who is guilty of all is Angel Aguirre Rivero, who was governor at that time as he is today. Therefore, he should be in jail,” said Nazario Gatica, one of the survivors.

During the march, the cartels also demanded the release of the members of the Community Police-Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC), who are imprisoned at present.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen ONG y personalidades a la Coidh atender ya el caso de matanza de El Charco (La Jornada, 6 de junio de 2014)

En la matanza de El Charco murieron 100 militares, dicen (La Jornada, 7 de junio de 2014)

Sobreviviente de El Charco desmiente versión oficial; murieron 10 militares, dice (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

En El Charco se asesinó a la gente rendida y desarmada, narra uno de los sobrevivientes (La Jornada, 8 de junio de 2014)

A 16 años, en El Charco lo único que cambió es el partido en el poder: Cortés (La Jornada Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero: Presentation of the Observation Mission Report “A light against impunity” (April 10, 2014)

Guerrero: 18th anniversary of the Aguas Blancas massacre (July 19, 2013)

Guerrero: 14th anniversary of the El Charco massacre (June 17, 2012)

Guerrero: Caravan “A light against impunity” ends in Acapulco after visiting Ayutla de Los Libres

February 14, 2014

Raúl Vera López, Ayutla de los Libres, febrero de 2014 (@SIPAZ)

Raúl Vera López, Ayutla de los Libres, February 2014 (@SIPAZ)

On 11 February, the caravan “A light against impunity” led by the bishop of Saltillo, Raúl López Vera, visited the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Acapulco.

In Ayutla de los Libres, there was held a march comprised of indigenous persons, members of social organizations such as the Organization of the Me’phaa Indigenous People (OPIM), and communal police from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC).  Upon the arrival of the march to the principal plaza, a rally was held.  Survivors of the El Charco massacre demanded from bishop Raúl Vera López the demilitarization of the region and compensation for the deaths of the 11 campesinos killed by the Mexican Army nearly 16 years ago.  Families of the Communal Police from the El Paraíso House for Justice demanded the release of nine detained persons being held in Acapulco.

Raúl Vera López called on the state government to invest in the communal system of the CRAC, which he finds to be “exemplary” as an alternative to harassment and incarceration.  He called on members of the CRAC to protect the authenticity of their organizational process and not to allow themselves to be corrupted.  He also pronounced himself in favor of the clarification of the El Charco massacre and a cessation of the militarization of the area.

The caravan ended this same day in Acapulco, where it also held a rally in the zócalo.

For more information (in English):

Vital, la policía comunitaria en Guerrero, dice el obispo Vera (La Jornada, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Recomienda Raúl Vera al gobierno invertir en el sistema de la Crac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 11 de febrero de 2014)

Mixtecos piden salida del Ejército en Guerrero (Milenio, 11 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Beginning of Civil Observation Mission “A light against impunity”(14 February 2014)

Guerrero/National: Network Solidarity Decade against Impunity denounces intimidation against two members days before Observation Mission to Guerrero (5 February 2014)

Guerrero/National: Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity denounces intimidation against two members days before Observation Mission to Guerrero

February 5, 2014


On 28 January, María Magdalena López Paulino and Ericka Zamora Pardo, members of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity, were intimidated just days before the visit they were planning to Guerrero as part of a Civil Observation Mission that seeks to document the violations of the human rights of social activists in the state.

The two denounced that they were meeting at a restaurant in Mexico City to plan the final details of the mission which is to take place 9-10 February and be led by the bishop of Saltillo, Raúl Vera López.  At the meeting were also present Jorge Salazar Marchán, president of the Commission on Human Rights from the Guerrero State Congress, and the film-maker Braulio Gutiérrez Hidalgo y Costilla, who will present the documentary El Charco, the Republic of Silence during the observation mission.  Several military-looking persons were filming the restaurant meeting for more than 4 hours, and López Paulino and Zamora Pardo were followed after leaving the space.  Later, police from the Secretary of Governance arrived to arrest and transfer them to the Public Ministry.  For this reason, the Network has written authorities to demand a clarification of the events and the protection of the rights-defenders.

For more information (in Spanish):

AU: Seguimiento policiaco a las Defensoras de DDHH María Magdalena Lopéz Paulino y Ericka Zamora Pardo, integrantes de la Red Solidaria Década Contra la Impunidad (31 de enero de 2014)

Intimidan a activistas que vendrán con Raúl Vera (La Jornada de Guerrero, 2 de febrero de 2014)

Interponen queja por hostigamiento contra tres activistas (Proceso, 29 de enero de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Guerrero: 14th anniversary of the El Charco massacre (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: 14th anniversary of the El Charco massacre

June 17, 2012

On 7 June, there was held a ceremony to observe the fourteenth anniversary of the El Charco massacre, Ayutla municipality, in which participated the bishop of the Saltillo Diocese, Coahuila, Raúl Vera, who noted that “We do not celebrate the death of our brothers, because that death comes from evil, but instead we celebrate life, because that is what they would request; they have transformed into the demand for justice they sought.”  The event remembered the 11 persons who were associated with the Revolutionary Army of the Insurgent People (ERPI) who were executed in the El Charco community on 7 June 1998.

Vera called on indigenous peoples to continue the struggloe: “We are celebrated the commitment of Jesus to continue struggling against lies, hatred, violence, and corruption inside government and all that it has to do, and we live it here, wherethe blood of our 11 brothers was spilt.  We come to work so that there be justice in this country….  We would like to construct the people of God with justice and love, peace, with respect for the dignity of all—this is what strengthens us.  Here where the 11 brothers fell 14 years ago, today our heart is strengthened.  We cannot stop this work for justice, peace, and love.”

More than a hundred indigenous persons attended the event, in addition to representatives of social and civil organizations.  Also present were survivors Ericka Zamora Pardo and Efrén Cortés Chávez; director of the Agustín Pro Center, José Antonio Marroquín; Magdalena López, from the Network Decade against Impunity; and Raymundo Díaz Taboada, from the Collective against Torture and Impunity.

Para más información:

Pide Raúl Vera trabajar por la justicia en México (La Jornada, 8 de junio de 2012)

No tolerar más masacres, exige el obispo Raúl Vera en El Charco (La Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de junio de 2012)

Exigen al gobierno estatal seguridad en la conmemoración de la masacre de El Charco (El Sur, 7 de junio de 2012)

Guerrero – briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case; request for investigation period for Truth Commission to be expanded

December 13, 2011

Rosendo Radilla. @Cencos

The Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has ordered that the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) permit the access and handing-over of copies of investigations into the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco to the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights and to Tita Radilla, daughter of the murdered social activist.  This is the first time that the maximum tribunal has determined that the Public Ministry should make available copìes of investigations in cases related to victims of grave human-rights violations.

In other news, on 30 November at a forum of analysis, social activists and religious believers proposed that the investigation period to be considered by the Truth Commission be extended, given that the coordinators of this latter organism plan only to look into the years 1969 to 1979, a historical period that corresponds to the Dirty War in Guerrero.  The general visitor of the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Guerrero (CODDEHUM), Hipólito Lugo Cortés, noted that the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) has documented 532 disappearances in Guerrero, all of them included in the recommendation 326 that was sent in 2001 to then-president Vicente Fox.  Furthermore, from 2005 to date there have been registered 62 forced disappearances, in which ministerial and municipal police have been involved, as well as the Mexican Army in 14 cases.  The representative of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra, Roció Mesino, noted that the idea is to exclude from investigation the Aguas Blancas (1995) and El Charco (1998) massacres.

For more information (in Spanish):

Debe PGR informar del caso Radilla (La Jornada, 1 December)

Piden ampliar pesquisas sobre la guerra sucia (La Jornada, 1 December)

La SCJN ordena a la PGR entregar expediente del caso del Sr. Radilla Pacheco (Cencos, 1 December)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO requests that Calderón observe sentence in cases of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández; lawsuit on land between communities of Guerrero and Oaxaca; government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition

November 28, 2011

Tita Radilla. Foto @CentroProdh

On 22 November, at least 79 national and international organizations as well as intellectuals demanded that President Felipe Calderón make effective his commitment to observe the sentences of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in the cases of Valentina Rosendo Cantú and Inés Fernández Ortega, indigenous Guerrero women who were raped by soldiers in 2002.  In their letter to Calderón, the NGOs stress that in accordance with the IACHR ruling in the cases of these women, the act of public recognition of responsibility “is one of the central measures of reparation,” above all for the victims.  It has to do with, they say, a “solemn and public event in which the State would recognize the truth of the denunciation of the victims and reaffirm publicly the commitment of the State to respecting human rights, non-discrimination, and the struggle against violence against women.”  They insist that the sentences of the IACHR must be observed in their totality and, in the case of the act of recognition of responsibility, the tribunal has noted that “the modality and content of the event, the presence of authorities, the space in which it will be carried out and the date of its realization should be agreed to in accordance” previously with the relatives of the victims.

In other news, on 22 November, Carlos Moreno Derbez, president of the Junta for Agrarian Conciliation, reported that the Mexican Army and the state police are patrolling the zone between the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca to avoid that there be new violent events there.  Moreno Derbez noted that the Oaxacan population of Jicaral finds itself settled on the border region with Guerrero, due to “having received authorization to occupy land in the ejidal property of Jicayan de Tovar,” in Guerrero.  The Mixtecos of Jicaral, a community that pertains tot he municipality of Coicoyán de Las Flores, reject the idea that they should have to abandon the land, while the ejidatarios of Jicayán de Tovar–who pertain to Tlacoachistlahuaca, Guerero–reject the sale of these lands and on the contrary seek to recover them.  The conflict between the Mixteco peoples of Jicaral and Jicayán is for the possession of between 100 and 150 hectares, and it has already left 2 dead and 3 injured this year.  The latest killed was a communard from El Jicaral, who was killed during the morning of 21 November in an attack by residents of Jicayán del Tovar.

Lastly, also on 22 November, there was presented in the local Congress the advances of the legal initiative to create a Commission of Truth, and it was announced that this would deal only with the disappearances and executions committed in the state between 1969 and 1979, a period known as the Dirty War, but would exclude the massacre of Aguas Blancas (1995), for which ex-governor Rubén Figueroa Alocer has been found responsible, and that of El Charco (1997), to which the present governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero has been linked, as was announced.  The same day, in a ceremony held in London, Peace Brigades International and the Alliance in Favor of Lawyers at Risk awarded a recognition to Tita Radilla, daughter since 1974 of the disappeared social activist Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, “in recognition of her courage and commitment to human rights in Mexico.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen ONG a Calderón cumplir con sentencias de la CoIDH (Proceso, 21 November)

Carta a Calderón de OSC (Cencos, 22 November)

Militares y policías patrullan zona limítrofe entre Oaxaca y Guerrero(Proceso, 22 November)

Matan a comunero de Oaxaca por tierras (La Jornada, 22 November)

Comisión de la Verdad de Guerrero nacerá acotada, admiten promotores (La Jornada, 23 November)

Tita Radilla recibe reconocimiento internacional (La Jornada, 23 November)

Tita Radilla recibe premio de derechos humanos en Londres (CentroProdh, 23 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November)

Guerrero: 10th Anniversary of the Massacre at El Charco

June 10, 2008

The community of El Charco marches in commemoration of the massacre [Source: CNDH “Tlachinollan”]

June 6 and 7 marked the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the massacre at El Charco, Guerrero, an indigenous mixteca community within the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres.On June 7, 1998, 11 people were killed while sleeping in the local school, Caritino Maldonado alter having participated in a meeting on community projects. Among those killed was a student from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónomo de México) and, according to the Revolutionary Insurgent People’s Army (ERPI, Ejército Revolucionario del Publo Insurgente), 4 were members of their organization.

In 1999, the survivors of the massacre were interviewed by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the United Nations, Asma Jahangir, who later in her report stated, “the Special Rapporteur does not have the conditions to determine all of the details of the incident.”

Currently the community is demanding that the ex-president Ernesto Zedillo, the ex-governor (and current senator) Ángel Aguirre Rivero and General Juan Alfredo Oropeza Garnica (who has also been identified as one of the principle repressors in Oaxaca against the APPO, according to Ericka Zamora Prado, a UNAMstudent and survivor of the massacre) be brought to justice.

Within the framework of the anniversary, the Organization of the Indigenous Me Phaa People (OPIM, Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me Phaa) demanded reparations for the 42 orphans of the massacre, the release of political prisoners and a cease to the militarization of the state. Efrén Cortés, another survivor of the massacre, remarked that the state of Guerrero “has been converted into a laboratory of low intensity warfare against indigenous peoples…” and that currently there are 15 thousand soldiers in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero.

The anniversary began on the night of June 6 with an offering for those killed and a candlelight vigil in the school where the massacre took place.Saturday included a march to the Caritino Maldonado school which was made up of survivors, family members, widows, orphans and other members of the community.They carried with them a banner which read: “10 years after the massacre we are building the power of the people and resisting militarization.”

For more information:

Guerrero: Important Dates (SIPAZ, 09/06/2008)

Guerrero: A Mosaic of Hope on a Wall of Impunity (SIPAZ, 06/2005)

For more information in Spanish:

A diez años de la masacre de El Charco, piden indígenas castigo a los responsables (El Sur, 09/06/2008)

A 10 años de la masacre de El Charco, el caso sigue en la impunidad (CDHM “Tlachinollan”, 07/06/2008)

Admite el ERPI que en El Charco murieron un líder y tres milicianos (La Jornada, 07/06/2008)

Llama el ERPI boicotear comicios (Excelsior, 07/06/2008)

En El Charco ya está documentado el crimen de Estado, advierte Ericka Zamora Pardo (La Jornada, 05/06/2008)