National: Civil Commission for Pursuit and Search for two disappeared members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) denounces lack of progress

September 29, 2014

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In a communique directed to public opinion published on 17 September, members of the Civil Commission for Pursuit and Search of the members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) who have been disappeared since May 2007–Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez–lamented the lack of progress in finding their whereabouts.

The members affirmed that, “despite the commitment made on 4 August by the subsecretary of Governance, Luis Enrique Miranda Nava, to define a proposal of the path of work that would facilitate the observance of the sentence of the judiciary power of the federation in this paradigmatic case of forced disappearance, to date, and despite the meeting held just a few days ago with the legal team, we report no progress in this process.”

The members recalled that the sentence consists in “the creation of a special commission for searching; the carrying out of visits to the places of possible arrest and disappearance of those missing, especially military bases; the taking of testimony from civil servants and soldiers who were working in May 2007, the time of the forcible disappearances; and the reporting on the possible exhumations carried out in military bases to see if bodies buried there correspond with those of the disappeared.”  They denounced that “this lack of observance of one’s word is the most worrying aspect of the repressive environment experienced in this country, one that is expressed among other things in the lack of political will to open spaces for effective dialogue.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado: “La Comisión Civil de Seguimiento y Búsqueda de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez informa al PDPR-EPR y a la opinión pública” (Serapaz, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Acusan a Segob de incumplir sentencia en caso de eperristas desaparecidos (Proceso, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Lamentan activistas incumplimiento de la SG en caso de eperristas desaparecidos (La Jornada, 18 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Nacional/Internacional: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared (6 September 2014)

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (10 June 10 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (16 September 2013)

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Oaxaca: Relatives of Loxicha prisoner denounce psychological torture and isolation

May 18, 2014

Familiares del preso loxicha. Foto (CML-México)

Relatives of Loxicha prisoner. Photo (CML-México)

On 7 May, relatives of Loxicha prisoner Zacarías Pascual García López denounced the inhumane treatment, psychological torture, and isolation that Zacarías has suffered for 11 months in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (CEFERESO) located in Mengolí de Morelos, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca.  “We are only allowed a four-hour visit once a month; we cannot touch him because they threaten to cancel all our visits for a year,” noted María del Carmen García Luna, the prisoner’s daughter.

In this way, the relatives demanded that the prisoner be released, given that he has already served two-thirds of his sentence.  However, according to the prisoner’s daughter, the authorities have denied this rqeuest: “if they don’t release him, they can transfer him to the Etla prison, because for us it is difficult and tiring to continue in this way.”  She added that on 17 April, despite the fact that the State transferred six of the Loxicha prisoners to the Santa María Ixcotel prison, his father continues to be held in the CEFERESO of Mengolí de Morelos, without any apparent reason.

In 1996, 150 individuals were arrested on the charge of pertaining to the Revolutionary Popular Army (EPR), 7 of whom were imprisoned in the Mengolí de Morelos CEFERESO.  The prisoners have been repeatedly denouncing torture and human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Continúa el aislamiento para Zacarías Pascual García López, preso político y de consciencia de la región Loxicha (Centro de Medios Libres-México, 07 de mayo de 2014)

Piden familiares beneficio de preliberación para preso loxicha(Quadratín, 07 de mayo de 2014)

Denuncian aislamiento y tortura psicológica contra presos de Loxicha(Libertad-Oaxaca, 07 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Loxicha prisoners transferred to the Central Prison of the state (29 April 2014)

Oaxaca: Loxicha prisoner is released after 15 years’ imprisonment (24 de junio de 2011)

Oaxaca: Liberation of 4 Loxicha prisoners (31 July 2009)


Oaxaca: Representative of Organization of Indigenous Zapotec Peoples (OPIZ) suffers assassination attempt

October 26, 2013

Juan Sosa Maldonado. Foto @Foro Político

Juan Sosa Maldonado. Photo @Foro Político

During the morning of 16 October in Oaxaca de Juárez, Juan Sosa Maldonado, representative of the Organization of Indigenous Zapotec Peoples (OPIZ), suffered an assassination attempt which left him uninjured.

The attempt took place as he was traveling with his family in a car, when a motorcyclist opened fired on the automobile, with none of the three gunshots hitting any of the occupants of the moving vehicle.

Juan Sosa Maldonado, a former political prisoner, was detained and tortured by the Judicial State Police in 1998, accused of having pertaining to the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR).  The activist has been acting to defend prisoners from the Loxicha region who have been accused of pertaining to the EPR and have spent 17 years imprisoned for that reason.  He has moreover denounced the forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions which have taken place in Oaxaca.  It is for these reasons that Sosa Maldonado motivated this latest attack on his person and that of his family.

The Defense Agency for the Human Rights of the People of the Oaxaca has released precautionary measures for the protection of the OPIZ representative and his family.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sufre atentado dirigente de organización zapoteca en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 16 de octubre)

Atentan contra activista indígena en Oaxaca (Proceso, 16 de octubre)

Sufre atentado Juan Sosa Maldonado (Noticias Oaxaca, 17 de octubre de 2013)


Oaxaca: military incursion in San Miguel Panixtlahuaca

April 30, 2009

On April 23, two different sources published information about a military incursion in the indigenous community Chatina de San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, district of Juquilia on the coast of Oaxaca. Oaxacan Voices Building Autonomy and Liberty (VOCAL) denounced that “at nine in the morning, 15 trucks full of armed and hooded soldiers of the Federal Army arrived” surrounding the community “with roadblocks (… ) not allowing anyone to enter or leave, and in addition they began to search houses looking for weapons”.

On the website “Punto y Aparte” the operation was also mentioned as part of a “national campaign of disarmament”. Nevertheless, members of Section XXII stated that more than a routine campaign, the presence of 300 members of the military “with their faces covered” was actually related to the fact that they brought photos of “three people who they were searching for, in relation to a supposed guerrilla camp operating in the zone since 2000”. They fear that the state is being turned into a “laboratory for the Mexican Army, which has been ordered by Felipe Calderón to find and kill members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR)”.

The operation seemed to have ended without anyone detained, but it left the population alarmed. VOCAL denounced in their communiqué that the military incursion is part of “the repression which the State and Federal Government continues carrying out against the communities, people, and organizations which rose up against the government of Ulises Ruiz in 2006, especially because in this community there was participation in 2006, when the uprising of the peoples of Oaxaca began”. In addition, they stated in the communiqué that the events are also related to the resistance the people have shown to the hydroelectric dam project “Paso de la Reina” and also to 3 other dam projects which are being built in the land of indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Ejército federal sitia la comunidad de San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, VOCAL (23/04/2009)

Militares ponen en estado de sitio a la población de San Miguel Panixtlahuaca, Punto y Aparte (24/04/2009)

Denuncian sitio militar en Panixtlahuaca; versiones de que buscarían eperristas, Centro Prodh (24/04/2009)

México: Informe sobre la militarización en Oaxaca, Red de información para organizaciones indígenas de México


Mexico: the brothers Antonio and Hector Cerezo are freed

February 24, 2009

Click on the photo to see more photos of the liberation

On August 13, 2001, Pablo Alvarado, Antonio, Héctor, and Alejandro Cerezo Contreras, and Sergio Galicia were detained and accused of belonging to the Armed Revolutionary Forces of the People (FARP) and being responsible for the explosion of homemade bombs in three banks in the Federal District in the that year. They were convicted of being involved in organized crime.

According to various human rights organizations, the detentions presented many irregularities: their arrest and illegal detention, torture, holding them incommunicado, incarceration in the maximum security prison “La Palma”, as well as being accused of being terrorists.

Out of their detention was born the Cerezo Committee, which is an organization dedicated to the defense of the human rights of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. Its work has included documentation, denunciation, diffusion, and accompaniment in a number of cases.

On February 16 at noon, the last two prisoners, the brothers Antonio and Héctor Cerezo Contreras were freed, ending their sentence of seven and a half years. They managed to reduce the original sentence of 75 years for all the detained. Two years ago, Alejandro Cerezo Contreras was freed and exonerated of all crimes.

The Cerezo Committee, in spite of having been the object of hostility, surveillance, and death threats since the first two years of its existence, stated that it would continue to work for the defense of human rights of other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. “Our love has grown to involve not only Antonio and Héctor, but all people who are suffering”, said one of the members of the Committee minutes before the liberation of the brothers.

Interview with Francisco Cerezo (In Spanish)

For More Information:

Ordeal Ends for Sons of Alleged Guerrillas, Global Issues (2/17/09)

Information about the case and the Cerezo Committee (Peace Brigades International, PBI)

More Information in Spanish:

La pagina web del Comité Cerezo, con varias entrevistas, artículos e imágenes

Antonio y Héctor Cerezo, libres tras más de siete años de cárcel, La Jornada (17/02/2009)