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)

Oaxaca: Multiple protests and demands that Oaxaca overcome “state of siege”

September 11, 2015

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Since 4 June, units from the Federal Police, the National Gendarmerie, and the Army have occupied Oaxaca due to the possibility that the teachers of this state would impede the electoral day that was held on 7 June, according to official sources. On 18 July, the security forces were reinforced after the state government assumed control of the State Institute of Public Education, an administrative entity that was previously overseen by the Section 22 of the teachers’ union. To date, over seven thousand forces have been involved in the operation.

Human-rights defense groups and social organizations from the state have called on the governor, Gabino Cué Monteagudo, to press for the immediate withdrawal of the policial and military forces from the state, following their warning that such a presence provides “evidence of the criminalization of social protest.” “In Oaxaca is lived an undeclared state of emergency,” warned several civil organizations in a public declaration.

Beyond this, the president of the Council for Political Coordination of the LXII state legislature, Jesús López Rodríguez, declared it as being unnecessary that the federal forces remain after Section 22 announced it would not boycott the beginning of the school year. “We point out to the state executive that if we could come to an agreement of peaceful coexistence with the teachers’ movement and the social movement, it would not be necessary for the federal forces to stay,” López Rodríguez observed. Beyond this, he assured that the governor went over the authority of the state congress in requesting the presence of federal forces directly from Enrique Peña Nieto, and the legislator added that there is no evidence of social instability. In his opinion, the militarization of the state only provokes fear and psychosis because “it would seem that Oaxaca is living a stage of long-term instability, and this is untrue.” He further noted that “the fear that the teachers would paralyze the state is unjustified because they are returning now to their classes. We support this move.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen organizaciones retirar de Oaxaca a militares y agentes de Policía Federal (Educa, 13 de agosto de 2015)

La militarización de Oaxaca y el magisterio (La Jornada, 18 de agosto de 2015)

Líder del Congreso pide desmilitarizar Oaxaca (Proceso, 19 de agosto de 2015)

Fuerzas federales cumplen más de un mes en Oaxaca a petición de Cué y su estancia no ha sido oficializada (Página 3, 19 de agosto de 2015)

La tentación autoritaria (Noticias Net, 19 de agosto de 2015)

Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state

June 12, 2014
Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Ana María Hernández Cárdenas, director of the civil association Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, has reported that so far during the administration of Gabino Cue Monteagudo, 294 women have been killed, exceeding the figure of femicide murders during the previous government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Just in the period from May 10 to 30, 10 murders of women were recorded in the state, thus representing one murder every two days.

With respect to 2013, the cases of femicide in Oaxaca have increased by 216.6 percent, counting only from January to May 2014. In this situation, the director of Consorcio announced that civil organizations have requested a Gender Alert, and she demanded an immediate halt to violence against women, calling on the three branches of government to make progress in legislation, budget, and public policies consistent with the seriousness of the situation.

For more information (In Spanish):

Suman 289 feminicidios en lo que va del gobierno de Cué: ONG (Proceso, 23 de amyo de 2014)

Se disparan feminicidios (El Imparcial, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Feminicidios en color naranja (NSS Oaxaca, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Violencia feminicida es un problema de seguridad nacional (Ciudadanía Express, 28 de mayo de 2014)

¿Cuántos feminicidios son suficientes para una alerta de género? (Consorcio, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (March 2, 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Oaxaca: Opinions shared regarding educational reform

April 15, 2013

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On 3 April, Gabino Cué Monteagudo, governor of Oaxaca, submitted to federal deputies his initiative to modify the General Law on Education which, in his words, would seek to “make topical” the constitutional reform in terms of education and express that educational reforms cannot be realized “from the desk.”  He added that this initiative has been supported by section 22 of the National Educational Workers’ Union (SNTE), and that it is the product of work done jointly with teachers rather than pressure or fraud, as the National Action Party (PAN) has accused in the state congress.  Regardless, for his part, Rubén Núñez Ginés, secretary general of section 22 of the SNTE, has distanced himself from the reform initiative submitted by Gabino Cue given that, in his words, the reform project lacks legitimacy for Oaxacan teachers, given that it was never approved by the state assembly or the teachers’ leadership.  He stressed that section 22 will continue to mobilize as a means of pressuring for the inclusion of the Program for the Transformation of Education in Oaxaca (PTEO) within the reform initiative made to the General Law on Education, despite the fact that on 9 April, the local legislature rejected the PTEO, “for it is not viable,” as noted by Alejandro López Jarquín, president of the Junta for Political Coordination in the state Congress.  López Jarquín emphasized that the document “does not have juridical weight and is only an analysis rather than an initiative.”  The PRD legislator said that “one part of the PTEO is unconstitutional, because it contradicts the national education reform that is in effect; for this reason, it is impossible thusly to legislate.”Beyond this, following the displacement suffered by teachers in the state of Guerrero, following their blockade of the Sol highway which was dislodged by federal police, the Oaxaca governor confirmed the arrival of 200 federal police from the airport to the capital of Oaxaca on 6 April, as a means of re-enforcing public security and avoiding radical protest actions that might be carried out by teachers associated with section 22 of the SNTE.It should be recalled that the last time that federal police arrived in Oaxaca coincided with the social revolt of 2006, when teachers of section 22 demanded the resignation of governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, whom they had found responsible for forced disappearances and arbitrary detentions, as well as political murders.

For more information (in Spanish):

Gabino Cué entrega a diputados federales su reforma educativa (La Jornada, 3 de abril de 2013)

La sección 22 se deslinda del plan (La Jornada, 3 de abril de 2013)

Exige Gobernador de Oaxaca no politizar el movimiento magisterial (Noticias MVS, 9 de abril de 2013)

Llegan 200 elementos de la PF a Oaxaca (Milenio, 6 de abril de 2013)

Policía Federal en Oaxaca, para evitar protestas radicales del Magisterio: Cué (E-Oaxaca, 8 de abril de 2013)

Rechazan legisladores de Oaxaca propuesta educativa de maestros (La Jornada, 9 de abril de 2013)

Rechaza la Junta de Coordinación Política la violencia de profesores (La Jornada, 9 de abril de 2013)

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

March 20, 2013


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: state police forcibly removed displaced Triquis in Oaxaca City

January 8, 2013

Mesa de diálogo previa al desalojo (@Gobierno del estado de Oaxaca)

For more information (in Spanish):

Desalojan policías campamento de desplazados triquis en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 24 de diciembre de 2012)

Gabino Cué ‘limpia’ el centro de Oaxaca de manifestantes triquis (Milenio, 24 de diciembre de 2012)

Policías impiden plantón de triquis en Oaxaca (El Universal, 26 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Triquis return to sit-in (9 February 2012)

Oaxaca: Triquis return to their communities after 16 months of sit-in (8 February 2012)

Oaxaca: justice demanded for San Juan Copala (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Sixth anniversary of the beginning of the 2006 social conflict – teachers’ march and act of recognition by state government

June 20, 2012

Acto de reconocimiento del gobierno de Oaxaca @ Educa

Act of recognition on the part of the Oaxacan government @ Educa

On 14 June, on the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the social conflict in Oaxaca, several actions were taken regarding the events of 2006.  Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) commemorated the failed attempt to displace the protests on 14 June y 2006 with a march and rally in the capital of the state.  This attempt at displacement gave rise to the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).  Azael Santiago Chepi, secretary general of Section 22, indicated in an interview with local media that the teachers’ demand continues until justice is done for the attacks suffered against teachers during the social conflict, and he called it a “farce” that the former governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (2004-2010) would carry out actions in favor of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the state during the present electoral campaign, given the crimes committed by his government.

Beyond this, and also on 14 June, the Oaxacan governor Gabino Cué Monteagudo carried out an act of recognition for the responsibility of the state government regarding the human-rights violations committed during the social conflict.  Cué noted that all state institutions have the obligation to recognize and offer comprehensive attention to the victims of human-rights violations committed in 2006 and 2007.  Within this act of recognition, an accord was signed that creates the Comprehensive Plan of Reparation of Damages that promises compensation, rehabilitation, satisfaction, and guarantees of non-repetition.  In a joint communiqué, the Gobixha AC Committee for Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights and FUNDAR Center of Analysis and Investigation expressed that “this act of public recognition of the responsibility of the Oaxacan State contributes to the rehabilitation of the victims and their reintegration into society, as well as constituting a process of a reconstruction of the social fabric that will only be possible if it based on truth and justice.”  They demanded furthermore that “as soon as possible the investigations carried out by the Prosecutorial Office of Crimes of Social Importance associated with the State Attorney General’s Office must bear fruit and establish the penal responsibility for the acts that occurred during 2006 and 2007.  This is a necessary step to break with the authoritarian past and put in place a democratic transition from the point of transitional justice, in terms of the reconstruction of the social fabric and the reconciliation of different sectors of society.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de CODIGO-DH y FUNDAR (14/06/2012)

Comunicado del Gobierno del Estado de Oaxaca (14/06/2012)

Proceso: Cué reconoce responsabilidad del gobierno en el conflicto de 2006 (14/06/2012)

Noticias: Impunes, los crímenes de 2006: Santiago Chepi (15/06/2012)

Noticias: Responsabilidad oficial en hechos del 2006-2007(15/06/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Presumed killer of Brad Will is detained (5 June 2012)

Oaxaca: Urgent Action for new harassment against Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno (30 September 2010)

Oaxaca: Preliminary audits reveal anomalies of more than a billion pesos in the final year of the government of Ulises Ruiz

April 24, 2011

Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (@Oaxaca día a día)

From the 17 audits now being undertaken, the Secretary of Control and Governmental Transparency has found financial irregularities of 1.735 billion pesos during the final year of the state government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.  The secretary Perla Woolrich Fernández has said that the audits of the former administration revealed “works that were not constructed that appear to have been requested, including runways for pilots who charge without working and for vehicles that are nowhere to be found.”  In declarations to the media, she affirmed that this presumed funneling of resources was noted by different agencies that were involved that had 15 days to respond to the observations made by the commission.

The present governor, Gabino Cué Monteagudo, denied that his administration protects those responsible for the irregularities and assured that “We want to be cautious and prudent, as I have been since the beginning.  We will act if there is evidence that implies an irregular handling of administrative money–we will act.  We must be very serious.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Detectan anomalías por mil millones de pesos en el último año de gobierno de Ulises Ruiz (La Jornada, 19 April 2011)

Ven desvío de 1,735 mdp en gobierno de Ulises Ruiz (El Universal, 20 April 2011)

Oaxaca: irregularidades en gobierno de Ulises Ruiz superan los 1,000 mdp (CNN México, 19 April 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Amnesty International addressed a letter to the new governor, Cué Monteagudo (13 December 2010)

Oaxaca: Confrontation between protestors and police during visit of Felipe Calderón – teachers mobilize themselves

February 20, 2011

On 15 February, protestors comprised largely of teachers from Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) and other social activists clashed with state and federal police while attempting to enter the zócalo of Oaxaca de Juárez to express their rejection of the visit by President Felipe Calderón to the city. At least 28 people were injured, including teachers, journalsits, photographers, and police. The mobilization was organized in response to the presidential decree made on 14 February that tuition for private schools would be made tax-free, a move that social sectors have interpreted as yet another assault on public education.

The following day, teachers from Section 22 of the SNTE struck in Oaxaca de Juárez and several regions of the state, blocking more than 37 highway points of the Oaxacan state in protest of the repression. In the capital, directors of the democratic teachers union led by Azael Santiago Chepi challenged the declarations made the same day by Governor Gabino Cué that “infiltrator groups provoked violence,” affirming this to be “a demagogical argument to justify repression.” On the other hand, they demanded the resignation of three state functionaries as a condition for the re-starting of dialogue with the state government. The State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) initiated seven investigations into crimes committed during the confrontations, while 17 members of the popular movement who had been detained were released because they were found not to have committed any crime.

On 17 February, Gabino Cué Monteagudo rejected calls to apologize to the state teachers union as well as to sack Irma Piñeyro Arias, secretary of Government, Marco Tulio López Escamilla, secretary of Public Security, and Bernardo Vásquez Guzmán, director of the State Institute of Public Education in Oaxaca. He claimed that “if someone should be apologized to for the situation lived recently in the center of the city of Oaxaca [the confrontation on Tuesday between state and federal police and teachers], it would be to the people in general, who have given us the responsibility of assuming a role in the process of democratic transition—both to the authorities and other sectors.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Teachers and police engage in confrontation during visit by Calderón to Oaxaca (La Jornada, 15 February)

Teachers reject visit of Calderón to Oaxaca (El Universal, 15 February)

Journalist is shot in Oaxaca (El Universal, 15 February)

Secretary of security is beaten in Oaxaca (El Universal, 15 February)

Teachers announce mega-sit-in in Oaxaca (El Universal, 15 February)

SNTE blocks 37 highway-points in Oaxaca (El Universal, 16 February)

Cué sees radicals infiltrating confrontations (El Universal, 16 February)

“2006 cannot return to Oaxaca” (El Universal, 16 February)

Police and activists clash in Oaxaca; 18 are injured (El Universal, 16 February)

Cué rejects calls for apologies and resignation of 3 officials, as demanded by dissidents (La Jornada, 18 February)

Oaxaca: Amnesty International addressed an open letter to the new governor, Cue Monteagudo.

December 14, 2010

Gabino Cué Monteagudo (@Mexican Senate)

On December 10, Amnesty International sent an open letter to the new governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cue Monteagudo, which provides a summary of the main challenges concerning the human rights situation in the state and calls onhim to develop a plan of action in the matter. In observance of International Human Rights Day, the organization highlighted four of the pending matters in the state: the abuse of undocumented migrants, the attacks against human rights defenders, the situation in the Triqui region and the impunity in the cases of human rights violations in the context of the 2006 crisis. Amnesty International stated: “The new government faces an unprecedented opportunity to build a culture of respect for human rights and to make them real in the daily performance of the state and municipal authorities.”

On December 1st, in a ceremony in the local congress at which over 3000 people were invited, Gabino Cue took up his new position while street protests were held not only to repudiate the government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz but also to ask for a response to the demands of the people from the new governor. While members of the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle-Independent (MULTI), displaced from San Juan Copala, remained in their sit-in, the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULT) marched to ask for clarification in the case of the death of its leader Heriberto Pazos, killed in October. Section 22 of the SNTE demanded that former Governor Ulises Ruiz be brought to justice and iwarned Cue it will not accept representatives of the leader of the SNTE (National Union of Education Workers), Elba Esther Gordillo in the cabinet. Other groups associated with the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) also marched that day.

The new governor has assured that he will conduct an investigation of the outgoing administration, although not in a spirit of revenge or “witch hunting”. He has publicly stated that he won’t stand for impunity and that finances, political murders and high-impact human rights violations will be investigated.

For more information (in Spanish):

– México: Amnistía Internacional llama al nuevo gobernador de Oaxaca a priorizar la agenda de derechos humanos – Pronunciamiento completo (AI, 10 de diciembre de 2010)

– AI exige poner fin a impunidad en Oaxaca (El Universal, 10 de diciembre de 2010)

Amnistía Internacional dirige carta abierta al Gobernador Cué Monteagudo (Oaxaca Libre, 10 de diciembre de 2010)

– Exigen justicia al nuevo gobierno (El Universal, 2 de diciembre de 2010)

– Revisaré cuentas y asesinatos: Cué (El Universal, 2 de diciembre de 2010)

– El equipo de Gabino Cué asume control del gobierno de Oaxaca (La Jornada, 1 de diciembre)

Repudio hasta el último día (La Jornada, 1 de diciembre)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Events in observance of the commemoration of the repression in 2006 (December 14, 2010)

– Oaxaca: Coalition “United for Peace and Progress” defeats PRI in state elections (July 12, 2010)