Oaxaca: State government fails to meet with Euro-deputies due to “lack of will” to deal with case of Bety and Jyri

October 10, 2015

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During an official visit from the deputies from the European Parliament who have been following the case of the murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, which took place in April 2010 on a humanitarian caravan en route to the Triqui region, no representative of the government of Gabino Cué Monteagudo or even the commissioner for human rights, Eréndira Cruz Villegas, received the Eurodeputies Satu Hassi and Ska Keller. The member of the Finnish Parliament, Satu Hassi, clarified that they had decided to come to Oaxaca “because there have been no advances; there is nothing; nothing has happened. For this reason, my conclusion is that there is a total lack of will” to arrest the perpetrators of these crimes. She stressed that they held meetings with the federal government but not with the Oaxacan state government, as the latter indicated that it was not the right time. Hassi mentioned that although there are accords written and signed between Omar Esparza, the widower of Bety Cariño, the Finnish embassy, and the European Union, as well as between lawyers of the families of the activists and the Oaxacan state authorities, nothing has happened, such that there is no other explanation than lack of interest.

She added that “we see a very similar pattern between the case of Jyri Jaakkola and Bety Cariño and that of the 43 disappeared from Ayotzinapa, because there are large gaps in time before investigations are launched, and the authorities hide evidence or even deliberately destroy it.” She concluded that the cases of the 43 and that of Bety and Jyri are symptoms of the same disease—impunity—such that it is not judicial officials but others who document evidence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Gabino Cué le cierra las puertas a eurodiputadas por caso de Jyri Jaakkola y Bety Cariño; no las recibe (Página 3, 28 de septiembre de 2015)

Diputada finlandesa cuestiona a EPN por no resolver asesinato de activistas en Oaxaca por grupo ligado al PRI (Revolución TRESPUNTOCERO, 29 de septiembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: 5 years since the murder of human rights defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (28 April 2015)

Oaxaca: Two female witnesses threatened in the murder case of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola (1 March 2015)

Oaxaca: 4 years and 7 months later, presumed murderer of human-rights defenders Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola is apprehended (8 February 2015)

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National: Peace Brigades International (PBI) publishes report, “Mexico at Peace? Security Strategy and Human Rights”

February 5, 2015

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On 21 January, Peace Brigades International, a non-governmental organization with 30 years of experience in international accompaniment and a permanent presence in Mexico since 1999, published its new report, “Mexico at Peace? Security Strategy and Human Rights.”  The document is based on interviews carried out by PBI with human-rights defenders who call into question a number of aspects of the federal government’s security strategy, particularly with regard to the “considerable role still played by the Army in public-security tasks, with no clear end-date [in sight].”

The new report stresses that, despite the official discourse, “PBI has not observed a Mexico at peace during the first two years of the government of Enrique Peña Nieto, but rather can speak to the continuity of the problems related to public-security policies and their worrying effects on the respect for human rights in the country.”

The report has been presented publicly at a meeting attended by members of civil organizations who shared their concerns regarding the human-rights situation in the country, as well as diplomatic representatives from the German, Dutch, Canadian, French, Swiss, Norwegian, and European Union embassies.

In its conclusions to the report, PBI manifests its worry for the present context of insecurity and calls on foreign governments and their diplomatic representatives in Mexico to base their relations with Mexico on the state of Mexican human-rights defenders.  In this way, it also called on the Mexican State to recognize the importance and legitimacy of the work carried out by rights-defenders, to assure their physical and psychological integrity, and to implement effective measures of protection, both nationally and internationally.

For more information (in Spanish):

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Boletín de PBI México destaca consecuencias de la estrategia de seguridad para la defensa de DDHH (PBI, 21 de enero de 2015)

México, sin paz a pesar del discurso oficial: PBI (Centro ProDH, 22 de enero de 2015)

Repite Peña la lucha anticrimen del calderonismo, afirma grupo PBI (La Jornada, 22 de enero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Peace Brigades International presents report on situation of human-rights defenders in Mexico (23 April 2013)


National/International: Mexico confronts a “humanitarian crisis” amidst context of violence and impunity, denounces civil society in Brussels

March 30, 2014

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Seminar on human rights in Brussels, March 2014 (@CADHAC)

On 18 March, during the seminar on human rights that was held to observe the Fourth High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights between Mexico and the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium, 32 organizations denounced that in Mexico “there is experienced a context of violence and impunity that has led the country to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”

In a joint pronunciation, Mexican and European civil organizations stressed that “the lack of professional investigation signifies that the structures of violence, looting, and discrimination operate in Mexico unchecked, this being a country where the rate of impunity is 98-99% […].  The statistics on abuse speak of a systematic and generalized violation of human rights hailing from the police, soldiers, and public officials, who commit arbitrary arrests, torture, forced disappearances, and extrajudicial executions, among other violations; public and private actors commit acts of violence and discrimination against women; and Mexican and transnational corporations pollute, displace, and exploit natural resources without consulting the affected peoples and communities.”

After presenting a lengthy diagnostic, the civil organizations released a series of recommendations to the Mexican government and the EU, which included placing the question of human rights at the center of the bilateral agenda, suspending support for megaprojects that affect communities, designing a new strategy for public security, and eradicating violence against women.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento de la sociedad civil en el marco del Diálogo de Alto Nivel en Derechos Humanos entre México y la Unión Europea (OSC, 18 de marzo de 2014)

Alertan ONG sobre la crisis humana sin precedente que enfrenta México (La Jornada, 19 de marzo de 2014)

Tendrán México y Unión Europea encuentro sobre derechos humanos (El Universal, 16 de marzo)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: civil-society organizations call on European Union to address deterioration of human rights in Mexico (26 October 2012)


Chiapas: the European Union and state government sign accord to promote development activities in communities

March 28, 2014

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On 10 March, Chiapas state governor Manuel Velasco and Andrew Standley, European Union (EU) ambassador to Mexico, signed an agreement for the execution of the “Integral Program of Social Cohesion Mexico-European Union” to promote social development and productive programs in the state, as well as to further conservation in indigenous communities.  They reported that this program, which will have a budget of 6 million euros, seeks to benefit more than 340,000 residents of 922 communities pertaining to eight municipalities of the Mountain region and 830 communities associated with seven municipalities in the Jungle region.

The EU ambassador stressed that this agreement represents a greatly important step in defining the bases of cooperation in key sectors so as to support development projects in the state.  He emphasized that the questions like social cohesion, sustainability, and the permanent focus of attention on human rights are themes of concern for the state government, and form the basis of this planned program of cooperation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa del gobierno del estado: Unión Europea impulsa el desarrollo sostenible y sustentable en Chiapas (10 de marzo de 2014)

Boletín de la Unión Europea (11 de marzo de 2014)

Impulsan proyectos Chiapas y la UE (El Universal, 11 de marzo de 2014)

El gobierno de Chiapas y la UE firman convenio en beneficio de comunidades (La Jornada, 11 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ambassadors from the Union European visit the state (9 November 2007)


Mexico: European Parliament approves the Strategic Partnership between the European Union and Mexico

March 13, 2009

On March 12 the European Parliament approved, by 463 in favor, 20 against, and 52 abstaining, a report by the Spanish representative José Ignacio Salafranca (PPE-DE) which supports the establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the European Union (EU) and Mexico. The European representatives stated as priorities the fight against drug-trafficking, international terrorism, organized crime, as well as cooperation on issues of immigration. The report also requested the inclusion of Mexico as “a permanent member of the new financial and international economic structure of the G-20”. In 2000, the EU and Mexico had signed an “agreement of global partnership”, increasing commerce between the two by more than 100%, and in light of these “positive results”, the European Parliament decided to move forward towards “a qualitative step forward in relations between Mexico and the European Union”.

In the parliamentary discussion regarding the strategic partnership before the voting, the representative of the Green Party Raul Romeva i Rueda stated that instead of developing benefits, this type of agreement has “created a dependence” of Mexico on the EU, and a commercial deficit to Europe. According to him, the “most concerning” without question is the “liberalizing obsession” towards the economy of this country, especially in sectors like banking in which 90% is in foreign hands, a good part of them European. He also stated that “the bulk of the exports from the EU are import-export goods, for example European goods are not consumed in Mexico. To the contrary, they are reassembled and exported. I am referring to the famous maquiladoras (sweatshops). Mexico has become a trampoline for goods from the EU to the United States.”

The Spanish representative also called a resolution to “the problem of impunity, which according to official data, is between 97 and 99 percent”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

La Eurocámara aprueba apoya el establecimiento de una Asociación Estratégica entre la UE y México, Parlamento Europeo (12/03/2009)

UE-México: La Comisión propone una Asociación Estratégica, RMALC (15/07/2008)



Guerrero: National and international organizations demand an investigation into the killing of the two human rights defenders

March 2, 2009

National and International organizations from the civil society, including SIPAZ, have joined together in order to condemn the extrajudicial executions of­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Raúl Lucas Lucía y Manuel Ponce Rosas, two human rights defenders from the Organization for the Future of the Mixteco People (OFPM). All of these organizations signed a statement written by Insyde (Institute for Security and Democracy) and Fundar (Center of Investigations and Analyis), demanding an immediate and impartial investigation into the forced disappearance and killing of Raúl Lucas and Manuel Ponce. The letter states, “Organizations from Mexico and the rest of the world demand an immediate investigation in order to explain the extrajudicial executions of Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas, protect their families integrity, and guarantee reparations for the victims families”.

In addition, the Presidency of the European Union has condemned the torture and extrajudicial executions of the two human rights defenders. In a letter, they state: “the Presidency calls for strict punishment of those responsible, and in addition urges that human rights defenders of the indigenous population be given protection so that more attacks do not occur”.

Also international human rights organizations like Amnesty International (AI), the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the United Nations have denounced the killing of the human rights defenders.

The letter signed by organizations from the civil society also demands that the Mexican State comply with the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council of the UN as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on February 10. The recommendations include the necessity of “Increasing the effectiveness of preventative measures for the protection of human rights defenders”.

For More Information:

Statement written by Insyde-Fundar and signed by organizations from the civil society.

Mexico: Further Information on Fear for safety, Amnesty International, (2/25).

IACHR CONDEMNS MURDER OF INDIGENOUS LEADERS IN MEXICO, IACHR (2/24).

More Information in Spanish:

Comunicado de la Presidencia de la Unión Europea (25/2)

Condenan CIDH, ONU y AI ejecución de dos defensores de derechos en Guerrero, La Jornada (25/2)

More Information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: the bodies of two mixteco leaders, reported dissapeared since February 13, are found, SIPAZ Blog, (2/24).


Mexico/US: Merida Inititative. Interviews and reporting from SIPAZ

August 20, 2008

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SIPAZ recently conducted an interview with Luis Arriaga Valenzuela, director of the Agustín Juarez Pro Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh) in Mexico City, on the topic of human rights with regard to the Merida Initiative. He spoke at length on Centro Prodh’s belief that the subject of human rights should be “a core theme” within the Merida Initiative negotiations. However, Arriaga stated that there is indeed a lack of human rights language in the plan. Centro Prodh’s stance is that there should be included the “creation of a mechanism between government authorities and the civil society, including NGO’s that specialize in human rights, in order to implement the Merida Initiative with higher standards of protection” for fundamental guarantees.

Arriaga pointed out the findings in a recent study published by Centro Prodh on human rights violations perpetrated by military personnel. One disturbing discovery uncovered in the report is the statistic that shows that the majority of the victims of human rights violations due to military actions were women and minors. He stated the importance of trying military personnel in civil courts as opposed to military tribunals, where civilian victims have little or no access to justice. Read the rest of this entry »