National: Murder Rate Rises in Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s First Semester

June 27, 2019
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In June, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP in its Spanish acronym) published data that show that in the first semester of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s administration (December 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019) 17,500 people were killed in the country (of which 17,011 correspond to cases of intentional homicide and 489 to femicides). The murder rate during the first semesters of Vicente Fox, Calderon and Peña Nieto, were 7.12, 4.89 and 8.01 per one hundred thousand inhabitants; while during the first six months of this government, there were 11.51 cases of homicide per hundred thousand inhabitants in the country.

Although there was a slight decrease in April, in May there were 2,903 victims of intentional homicide and 76 of femicide, totaling 2,979 people murdered. It is equivalent to an average of 96 cases per day and represents the highest monthly total of victims so far in the term of office. The states with the greatest increase in crime are Nuevo Leon, which increased 72%; Tabasco, with a growth of 50.7%; Mexico City with 43.2%; Sonora and Morelos, with increases of 43.1%.

 

For more information in Spanish:

Con AMLO y Sheinbaum se vive el primer semestre de sexenio más sangriento de la historia (La Otra opinión, 24 de junio de 2019)

Mayo, el mes más violento (El Siglo de Durango, 22 de junio de 2019)

El primer semestre rojo (El Heraldo de México, 22 de junio de 2019)

Con 17,500 asesinatos, el primer semestre de AMLO es el más violento de los últimos sexenios (Animal Político, 21 de junio de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: Mexico Ranked 99th of 126 in Rule of Law Index – World Justice Project (March 12, 2019)

Chiapas: Already Five Femicides in January (February 1, 2019)


Chiapas: Forums and marches in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 30, 2012

On 25 November, women in Chiapas took to the streets to march in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierréz in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  In previous days other events had been organized in which this problem had been discussed, such as the Popular Forum for the Defense of Earth, Territory, and Food Sovereignty, held from 22 to 24 November, as well as the meeting “A hundred voices of women reflecting on violence,” as organized by Kinal Antsetik and carried out in San Cristóbal de las Casas on 24 November. During these last event, more than a hundred women from 14 municipalities in various regions of Chiapas participated, analyzing the situation of violence that women presently confront in the state.

In this same sense, Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Collective of Women (Colem), reported that 67 feminicides had been committed in the state, a statistic that is based solely on the cases registered by communication media, given that the State Attorney General’s Office in Chiapas has not requested information in these terms.

In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state, there was held a “Slut Walk,” following the example that began in Toronto, Canada, to reject declarations of the police asserting that women “sought out” aggressions due to the way they dress and act.

For more information (in Spanish)

Realizarán foro con la presencia de más de cien mujeres (Cuarto Poder, 24 de noviembre de 2012)

Marchan en Chiapas contra violencia hacia mujeres (El Universal 25 de noviembre de 2012)

El CEDH exhorta a las mujeres a romper el silencio contra la violencia (Chiapas Hoy, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Acusan violencia contra chiapanecas (El Universal, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Mujeres marchan en Chiapas contra el aumento de los feminicidios (CNN México, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Popular Forum for the Defense of the Land, Territory, and Food Sovereignty (26 November 2012)


Oaxaca: Commemoration of the International Day against Violence against Women

November 30, 2012

In observance of 25 November, the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, activists and human-rights defenders in the state of Oaxaca created the State Network of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders in Oaxaca, with the objective of articulating responsibilities for actions and omissions on the part of the state.  Oaxaca is the state with highest number of aggressions against female human-rights defenders in the country, as the Network has denounced.  According to data from the National Network of Human-Rights Defenders in Mexico, as of November 2012, Oaxaca has registered a total of 19 aggressions against female rights-defenders this year, including an attack against a female journalist.

On 23 November, in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez, there was celebrated the Festival for Life and Non-Violence toward Women, an event that formed part of the popular campaign of citizens’ participation “For our rights, we act now!” organized by the Civil Space of Oaxaca.  The activities included dance, music, poetry, art, and a space of storytelling for children.  During this event was read the Declaration of the First Meeting of Female Activists and Human-Rights Defenders in Oaxaca, which stresses that “We know that the actions that we carry out to demand respect for human rights and so as not to remain silent before the injustices, impunity, and abuses of power, situates us in a state of vulnerability, implying risks that are not just personal but also directed against our families and organizational processes.”  The document indicates that “the authors of said aggressions are the federal, state, municipal, communal, and private corporate authorities, including caciques, a situation that places us at great risk, given that our struggle is against a system that we all dream of changing.  We desire a world in which the defense of human rights be a real right, one that guarantees security everywhere and at all times of our lives.”  The document concludes, “we find the state government of Oaxaca and the federal government to be responsible for the life and physical and psychological security of our comrades Bettina Cruz Velázquez, Reynalda Cid, and the members of the group 8 of March.”

During the six-year term of Ulises Ruíz Ortiz, 283 murders were registered against women.  During what has passed of the administration of Gabino Cué Monteagudo, 169 women have been killed in Oaxaca.  The Sub-Prosecutor for Crimes against Women for Reasons of Gender indicates that from January to October 2012 62 crimes have been committed against women, but according to data from civil organizations, a total of 69 murders of women have been observed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Crean Red Estatal de mujeres activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos (Quadratín, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Declaración del “Primer Encuentro de Mujeres Activistas y Defensoras de Derechos Humanos de Oaxaca (Consorcio para el diálogo parlamentario y la equidad Oaxaca, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Denuncian que Oaxaca es el peor estado para defensoras de derechos (Excelsior, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Espacio Civil invita al Festival por la Vida y la Noviolencia Hacia las Mujeres (Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos Gobixha-Codigodh, 20 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: “Totally indignant!” activities in observance of the International Day of Non-Violence toward 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)


National: Great challenges in terms of feminicide

November 26, 2012

Photo @Educa Oaxaca

In recent months various efforts have been taken to address the question of feminicide in Mexico.  Recently feminicide has been classified as a grave crime in the states of Coahuila, Morelos, and Puebla.  Regardless, despite these legal measures, it has been declared from several different platforms that the six-year term of Calderón has been marked by a strong lack of attention (and hence challenge) to the human rights of women.  In the state of Oaxaca since the beginning of Gabino Cué’s administration, there have been documented 168 murders of women.  Furthermore, the daily newspapers in the country do not report on the social phenomenon of feminicide as a violation of the human rights of women, but rather present this as an isolated criminal act, a tendency that reproduces stereotypes which seek to rationalize the behavior of the aggressor, leaving the victims to be considered little more than objects.

For more information (in Spanish):

Feminicidios, sin registro confiable (La Jornada, 13 de noviembre 2012)
Feminicidios, “sin registro confiable” (CIMAC, 2012)

Con Calderón, fuerte retroceso en materia de género (El Economista, 6 de noviembre 2012)

Cobertura del feminicidio trata a las víctimas como objetos (CIMAC Noticias, 6 de noviembre)

En la transición se comete un feminicidio cada cuatro días (A Diario Oaxaca, 27 de octubre 2012)

Grandes desafios en materia de Feminicidio (Educa Oaxaca, 13 de noviembre de 2012)

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)


Chiapas: Colem Group of Women takes action against feminicide

October 19, 2012

March for the Itzel case, 14 May 2012 @ SIPAZ

On 15 October, the Group of Women of San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Colem published a press-release regarding the present situation of women in the state of Chiapas with regard to feminicide.  They denounce that generalized violence continues against women in Chiapas, that women do not have access to justice, and that from September 2012 to present there have been more than 50 murders of women, including more than 40 feminicides, and that 132 others have been subjected to violent crimes.

Among these different questions of concern, they stressed the lack of attention paid to women from governmental structures, and the insecurity that women in the state suffer from.  In the public text they pose the following questions: “What will happen with the control of taxi-drivers, security, and vigilance for families?  When will the attorney general arrest Itzel’s murderer, who continues to be free?  Or will it continue to be occupied in persecuting and detaining women who decided that it has been enough, demanding or leaving a violent relation, due to ‘attempted murder,’ harassment taken to the DIF: when will they arrest the rapists and those responsible for other aggressions, and stop justifying these acts, especially against women?”  They add: “There also exists the lack of access to justice for women, who live within a context of insecurity and impunity that enables the reproduction of violence and inhibits women from seeking out justice.”

Beyond this, they discussed reproductive rights, among other things, indicating that women in Chiapas find themselves in a “climate of persecution against those women who decide to interrupt pregnancies,” and also with regard to the question of sexual exploitation, aggravated as it is by “the presence of official armed groups and non-official ones,” it is women who are “condemned for these crimes, passing from being victims to criminals, leaving those responsible free.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa de COLEM (Radio Pozol, 15 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Guerrero: Alert is requested for high number of feminicides

September 18, 2012

Photo @ Periódico Digital

To date in 2012, the number of feminicides has increased in Guerrero.  Data from civil organizations reveal that until last August, at least 135 women were killed in the state, and so these organizations consider it urgent that state government declare a gender alert.  The coordination of the “Hannah Arendt” Observatory for Gender Violence in Guerrero, Rosa Icela Ojeda Rivera, said that since 2006 she had requested the state authorities to declare a gender alert, a request that has been rejected, although each day its need grows, given the number of murders that have been reigstered from 2005 to date.  Ojeda Rivera detailed that beyond the increase in assault on victims, “sexual violence and torture has been documented before the murder in a high number of cases, the bodies of murdered women were abandoned in public spaces, thrown into the trash or in sanitation channels.”  Gender violence has also increased, with Guerrero maintaining the third place in the country in these terms, after Mexico City and Chihuahua.

For more information (in Spanish):

Guerrero: piden emitir alerta por feminicidios (El Universal, 6 de septiembre de 2012)

Guerrero es el tercer estado con más feminicidios: Arendt (Periódico Digital, 24 de agosto de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

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)


National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico

July 20, 2012

Photo @CIMAC Noticias

On 11 July, Amnesty International (AI) denounced in a report handed over to the United Nations that “Mexican authorities do not protect women from increasing violence and discrimination, nor do they guarantee that those responsible be brought to justice.”  AI will present this report before the UN on 17 July, and a group of UN experts will evaluate the observance of Mexico with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  Furthermore, the report presented by the Mexican State will be analyzed, as will be the reports put together by civil organizations.  Rupert Knox, investigator for AI in Mexico, explains that, in recent years, Mexico has passed several laws against gender violence that are not observed, and it has created weak institutions supposedly for the protection of women against discrimination and violence.  Like the Mexican organizations that brought together 18 reports in the document “The Mexican government lies,” AI made a series of recommendations so that the conclusions of the CEDAW Committee be included and published on 27 July.

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe de Amnistía Internacional

México no se enfrenta a la creciente violencia contra las mujeres(Amnistía Internacional, 12 de julio)

Amnistía Internacional denuncia México no enfrenta creciente violencia contra mujeres (Hoy, 11 de julio)

Inoperantes leyes e instituciones contra violencia de género: AI(CIMAC Noticias, 12 de julio)

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)