National: Nomination of new head of the Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists

May 14, 2015

Sara Irene Herrería Guerra (@ElIndpendiente.mx)

Sara Irene Herrería Guerra (@ElIndependiente.mx)

On 2 May, the Secretary for Governance reported that Sara Irene Herrerías Guerra was named the new head of the Institute for the Defense of Human Rights within this agency.  She will be responsible for the Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, making links with national and international organizations, as well as coordinating, orienting, and following up with the work for the protection and defense of human rights that is done in different federal institutions.

Herrerías Guerra was a social judge attending to victims of federal crimes and special prosecutor for violent crimes against women and human trafficking.

For more information (in Spanish):

Herrerías Guerra, nueva titular de Unidad para Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Radio fórmula, 3 de mayo de 2015)

Sara Irene Herrerías, a la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de Gobernación(La Jornada, 2 de mayo de 2015)

Nombra Osorio nueva funcionaria para DH (El Universal, 2 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico (10 February 2015)

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)


Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence

July 20, 2013

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Martha Figueroa Mier, @SIPAZ archive

Organized women from San Cristóbal de las Casas have declared an “Alert on Gender Violence” in light of the lack of response from the State to take adequate steps to arrest the feminicides and violence against women in Chiapas. Martha Figueroa Mier, member of the Collective of Women of San Cristóbal, explained that in 2012 the number of feminicides increased in the region, leaving nearly 200 dead in Chiapas.  In a press conference, Figueroa and representatives of other groups of organized women explained that this year “the situation is equally as serious.”  The degree of violence is repeated, and during the first sixth months 45 women have been murdered.

Figueroa said that in light of the increase of cases in municipalities such as Tuxtla and Tapachula, “it is urgent to extend and institutionalize the gender alert to the state level.  The proposal for Chiapas is to implement the alert together with the authorities and so implement protocols to locate the disappeared women.  The State Attorney General’s Office has been arresting some of the aggressors, identifiying them, but we need more, so as to prevent [these crimes].  It is not the same to detain a murderer of women as to prevent feminicide.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Mujeres de Chiapas decretan la alerta de violencia de género (Proceso, 3 de julio de 2013)

Activistas exigen que se decrete la alerta de género en Chiapas (Proceso, 28 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Increase in feminicide and State Accord for Gender Equality (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounces violence against women (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas (16 August 2012)

National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico (20 July 2012)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

 


Oaxaca: Caravan against feminicide held

June 24, 2013

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Photo @ Síntesis

On 8 June, members of different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) carried out the “Caravan against Feminicide,” which departed from the Fountain of the Five Regions toward the Santa María Ixcotel jail in Oaxaca.  The aim of the march was to demand justice amidst the more than 204 women who have been killed in the state over the past 3 years.  According to Ana María Hernández Cárdenas,  coordinator of the organization Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, the caravan sought to raise awareness in Oaxacan society of the increasing wave of violence targeting women, which in its most current phase has left 58 women and girls disappeared.  In this way, she indicated the various irregularities on the part of the appropriate authorities in different legal matters.  “It is lamentable, the degree of impunity in cases of murders, such as with the youth Elizabeth Martínez y Dafne Carreño,” she noted.

For more information (in Spanish):

ONGs oaxaqueñas exigen justicia por recientes feminicidios (Sintesis, 8 de junio de 2013)

Oaxaca, en focos rojos por feminicidios (Noticiasnet, 16 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: March of releatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: march of relatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women

April 22, 2013

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On 15 April, relatives of victims of feminicide and members of women’s human rights organizations marched newly in Oaxaca City to demand justice, in light of the different cases of feminicide that have been presented in recent weeks in the state.It should be recalled that civil-society organizations have registered more than 197 feminicides (20 of which have occurred in 2013) and 57 disappeared women and female children during the administration of acting governor Gabino Cué (2010 to present).  Ana María Hernández, member of Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity in Oaxaca, has declared that during the entire six-year administration of former governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (2004-2010) a total of 283 women were killed in Oaxaca.  Hence can be seen the grave increase in the frequency of this crime.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Oaxaca familiares de víctimas de feminicidios; exigen justicia al gobernador (La Jornada, 15 de abril de 2013)

Video: Castigo a feminicida, exigen ONG´s (1 mn.),

Feminicidio en Oaxaca al nivel de Ciudad Juárez, alertan (CIMAC Noticias, 16 de abril de 2013)

Oaxaca, en focos rojos por feminicidios (Noticiasnet.mx, 16 de abril de 2013)

No todos los homicidios en Oaxaca tienen tinte de feminicidios: PGJ (Milenio, 8 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: Events and marches in observance of International Women’s Day

March 20, 2013

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On 8 March in Oaxaca state, there were had several marches and events to observe International Women’s Day.  The state of Oaxaca is one of the states with the highest increase in number of feminicides.  During the course of the year 2013, the Institute of Oaxacan Women has reported 11 homicides against women.

The march that occurred in Oaxaca de Juárez was carried out by more than 1500 persons, including teachers from Section 22 of the National Educational Workers’ Union (SNTE) and members of social organizations.

In San Pedro Amuzgos, more than 200 women organized to march through the principal streets of the community, demanding respect for their rights and a halt to violence against women.  For its part, the Committee of Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights Gobixha (Código DH) presented the campaign “Pain is never love” as part of its activities to prevent violence against women in the region, given that it maintains an office in San Pedro Amuzgos.

It should be mentioned that in 2012 the Oaxacan state Congress approved the reforms to the Penal Code which classify the crime of feminicide, sanctioning it with 40 to 60 years imprisonment.  However, this law has not been sufficient to halt violence against women, given that every 4 days there is registered a feminicide in Oaxaca.  Over the course of the administration of Gabino Cué Monteagudo so far, there have been observed 176 feminicides, as denounced by the Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI).

For more information (in Spanish):

176 Feminicidios en el gobierno de Gabino Cué: Ucizoni (Frontera Sur, 5 de marzo de 2013)ç

Oaxaca: 11 femenicidios; crece el odio hacia mujeres (Tiempo en Línea, 7 de marzo de 2013)

Desfilan mujeres en San Pedro Amuzgos exigiendo el respeto de sus derechos (CodigoDH, 9 de marzo de 2013)

Obligan a desnudarse a mujeres y niños en cárcel de Oaxaca(Excelcior, 10 de marzo de 2013)

Marchan S-22 y organizaciones sociales hacia el Zócalo de Oaxaca, piden respetar derechos de las mujeres (ADN Sureste, 8 de marzo de 2013 


Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz

January 24, 2013

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Photo @Ciudadanía Express

At least 173 women and girls were killed during the first two years of the Oaxacan governorship of Gabino Cué, as is revealed by the citizens’ report “Justice Now! Feminicide and violence against women in Oaxaca,” published by the Huaxyacac Collective.  The report stresses that “the political transition in Oaxaca with Gabino Cue has not translated into a decrease in the number of murders of women and girls; on the contrary, in what has passed of the present administration (1 December 2011-30 November 2012) these have in fact increased 50%, to 173 cases.  This compares with 115 reported in the last two years of the governorship of Ulises Ruiz (2009-2010).”

The document also refers to intrafamilial violence, given that from December 2010 to November 2012, local newspapers have registered 458 cases, though the State Attorney General’s Office reports 2910 cases during this time.  It is worrisome that despite the fact that the law establishes that these are criminal matters that on many occasions destroys the lives of girls, adolescents, youth, and adults, domestic violence is not considered to be a serious crime.Regarding sexual violence, the report stresses that during the first year of Cué’s administration there were registered 183 attacks against females and girls, with 172 sexual attacks during the second year.  The most common form of violation is rape.  This type of violence is much more frequent than the statistics show, notes the report, and it is one that is least denounced.The Collective called on Gabino Cué’s government to act and guarantee the respect for the lives of women and girls in Oaxaca, advocating public policies of “zero tolerance for gender violence,” including the forced resignation of violent public officials and especially those responsible for sexual harassment at the workplace.

For more information (in Spanish):

Más feminicidios en los dos primeros años de Cué, que en los dos últimos de Ulises Ruiz (Página 3, 22 de enero de 2013)

Reportan 173 asesinatos de mujeres y niñas en Oaxaca en sólo dos años (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2013)

Exigen en Oaxaca se erradique la violencia contra las mujeres (Milenio, 21 de enero de 2013)

Aumentan feminicidios en el gobierno de Gabino Cué:Huxyacac (Ciudadanía Express, 21 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women takes action against feminicide (19 October 2012)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounces violence against women (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas (16 August 2012)

National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico (20 July 2012)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Chiapas: activities on the International Day against Violence against Women (28 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)

México: Record histórico en número de feminicidios en 2010 (15 de enero 2011)


Chiapas: March to commemorate Itzel Méndez Pérez and to resist feminicide

May 21, 2012

Foto @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

Photo @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

In observation of the day against feminicide and violence against women, some 1200 persons in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and more than a hundred in Tuxtla Gutiérrez mobilized in a simultaneous protest on 14 May with banners denouncing feminicide and violence against women in Chiapas.  They declared the two cities to be “insecure and violent.”

The march in San Cristóbal left from the Department of Social Studies of the Autonomous University of Chiapas, directing itself toward the Sonora Fraccionamiento, where on 14 April was murdered Itzel Janet Méndez Pérez, of 17 years of age.  From there it came to the Cathedral Plaza, where it demanded that authorities ensure security protocols and professional investigations that not be tainted by gender prejudice.

Roberto Méndez and Lucía Pérez, the parents of Itzel, lamented that there are not conditions of security and protection for the citizens of San Cristóbal, where violence against women has steadily increased.  “We cannot do nothing; we cannot even walk safely through the streets […].  We request that the state and federal governments do something,” said Lucía Pérez, Itzel’s mother.  Roberto Méndez, her father, demanded justice “for all raped and murdered women.  I want justice not just for Itzel but also but all other women who they have been murdering in this country and in Chiapas.  I demand justice because to lose a daughter is a pain that cannot be imagined.  I demand justice because our beautiful city of San Cristóbal is full of evil.”

Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Mercedes Olivera Feminist Collective, assured that in accordance with press reports, from January to April there have been 20 feminicides in Chiapas, and no justice has been made in the any of the cases.  “In 2011, the State Attorney General’s Office reported more than 100 murders of women in Chiapas.  We have requested that the Office establish protection protocols for women.  We have requested that it create a scientific police to investigate the murders, because in the investigations they establish that the women are murdered for going out at night, or for dressing provocatively.  With this, no one is found responsible for the violence against us,” she expressed.  She added that on average there are 5 women murdered each month.  The activist recalled that tourist women have also been raped by taxi drivers, and that municipal police have also attacked European tourists.

Regarding the number of cases of feminicides in Chiapas, the varies according to the source.  According to  to the data of the Chamber of Commerce and associations of the tourist sector of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “there were two murders of women in 2011.”  So in what has passed of 2012 the case of the youth Itzel Méndez Pérez is the first such case, according to Cuarto Poder.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marcha en memoria de Itzel Méndez Pérez y contra el feminicidio(Audios Radio Zapatista, 15 de mayo 2012)

Declaran a Tuxtla Gutiérrez y San Cristóbal de las Casas “ciudades inseguras y violentas” (Proceso, 14 de mayo 2012)

Familiares de víctimas protestan en Chiapas por el aumento de feminicidios (CNN México, 14 de mayo 2012)

DENUNCIA FEMINICIDIOS EN CHIAPAS: AUDIOS CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA Y MARCHA 14 DE MAYO (Koman Ilel, 8 de mayo 2012)

Comerciantes demandan esclarecer asesinato (Cuarto Poder, 15 de mayo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)