National/Oaxaca/Chiapas: National tour on forcible disappearance in Mexico

March 10, 2015

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Press-conference, 2 March.  Photo@Sipaz

On 2 and 3 March, in observance of the “National tour on forcible disappearance in Mexico: the case of Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya, a crime against humanity,” as organized by the National Front for the Struggle toward Socialism (FNLS) and the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them,” a press-conference was organized together with a teacher’ meeting in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The relatives in question, Nadin Reyes Maldonado and Margarita Cruz Sánchez, as well as the lawyer César Augusto Sandino Rivero Espinosa, presented the case of the two social activists, who were detained and disappeared in 2007.  They denounced that “the Mexican State continues insists on maintaining the military on the margins of consideration.  Of the four lines of investigation in the case, at least three mention the participation of federal forces.  However, those reaches of federal power must remain in impunity, and so they blame local officials.”

Furthermore, Nadin Reyes Maldonado and Margarita Cruz Sánchez denounced the criminalization of the search for the relatives and their struggle for a broad investigation.  Their lawyer indicated the gravity of the impact of a case like this, being a “direct repression against a social struggle.”  The organizations calling for the tour indicate as well in their communique the national dimensions of this crime: “The forcible disappearances of people are a reality that hurt increasingly more people, including millions of Mexicans like Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya, […] as well as the Triqui indigenous women Daniela and Virginia Ortiz Ramírez, the Chatino indigenous man Lauro Juárez, and the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.”  They call for the Mexican State to “be judged before international courts for State terror and crimes against humanity.  In this same way, State authorities must be held accountable for their participation or omission in the commission of multiple human-rights violations.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa (FNLS, 2 de marzo de 2015)

Los desaparecidos, “en manos de militares” y policías federales (La Jornada, 9 de julio de 2007)

Invitación de Hasta Encontrarlos (10 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/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)


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)


National / International: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared

September 6, 2014

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Various events were held in different parts of the Mexican Republic, the United States and in Central America on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which is also called the Day of the Detained and Disappeared. That day, a march was held in Mexico City organized by members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).

The National Front of Struggle for Socialism – FNLS also held “a day of national struggle demanding the safe return of the disappeared”, as it expressed in a public report. Furthermore, it demanded the “presentation alive of two social activists, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez”. Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya were detained and disappeared on May 25, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca. Since their disappearances, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared “Until we Find Them” was created.

It should be noted that on June 19 a collegiate court issued an order requiring various governmental bodies (such as the Army, the Federal Police and the government of Oaxaca) to explain their actions in these cases and demanding the integration of a special commission to find the whereabouts of Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez. The Civil Commission for Monitoring and Research consists of the legal representatives of the families of the missing, families’ members, persons of social authority and civil organizations. They stated that if they don’t get satisfactory results from the Mexican justice system, they will go to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas, boletín de prensa: La detención desaparición de los luchadores sociales, Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, se enmarca dentro del terrorismo de Estado que implementa el Estado mexicano en contra todo el pueblo (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, 25 de agosto de 2014)

Caminata por el Día Internacional del Detenid@-Desaparecid@ (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 28 de agosto de 2014)

Exigen cumplimiento de la sentencia de buscar a Reyes Amaya y Cruz Sánchez (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2014)

Desaparición Forzada de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez. 7 años de impunidad (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Hasta Encontrarlos, mayo 2014)

Avala EPR comisión para localización de eperristas desaparecidos en Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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


National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico

June 10, 2014
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International Week of the Detained and Disappeared 2014
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In the last week of May, various activities were held in Mexico in the framework of the International Week of the Detained and Disappeared. They were organized todemand the presentation alive of all the disappeared of the country, to feed the memory and historical consciousness of the population, and to sensitize it to suppress forced disappearance, a crime against humanity, carried out in the country and the world; as well as to establish and promulgate clear laws prohibiting its execution and guarantee that the guilty are punished, and to eradicate such practices.”

On May 26, the Committee of Relatives of Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find Them” informed that it has been seeking justice in the case of the forced disappearance of Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez (militants of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) disappeared in Oaxaca, in May 2007) for seven years. It announced that they will come before the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), due to the fact that the Mexican State “has ignored their demands” and has not guaranteed the conditions to find them alive nor to punish those responsible.

On 28 May, the Report of the National Campaign Against Forced Disappearances was presented in Mexico City. It informs that forced disappearances against social activists (men and women) is a State practice which seeks to control and eliminate political dissent. It claims that during the current administration, the practice has spread to other sectors of society such as the young people, women, and migrants, and so has become “a broader social control mechanism that also serves for territorial plunder and to control migration flows.” The Cerezo Committee reported inconsistencies between the number of missing people presented by the authorities such as the Ministry of the Interior and the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) compared to what the civil and victims organizations have documented. The report also states that 30 human rights defenders have been victims of this practice during the first 18 months of Enrique Peña Nieto‘s government.

After the presentation of this report, the Forum “Forced Disappearances, Systematic Impunity: From Rosendo Radilla Pacheco to Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Cruz…” was carried out.

Finally, on the 30th, a march was organized under the motto “Detained and Disappeared to the Streets! Presentation NOW!” Members of approximately 15 social organizations participated so as to demand actions to adequately characterize this crime against humanity and to establish a single protocol for the whole country.

For more information (in Spanish)

Informe sobre Desaparición Forzada 2014 (Comité Cerezo, mayo de 2014)

El gobierno “desaparece a los desaparecidos”, acusan las ONG (CNN México, 24 de mayo de 2014)

Irán ante justicia interamericana familiares de dos eperristas desaparecidos en 2007 (La Jornada, 26 de mayo de 2014)

La desaparición forzada de activistas aumentó 300% en los primeros 18 meses de Peña Nieto, denuncian ONGs (SinEmbargo, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Activistas marchan para exigir una ley contra las desapariciones forzadas (La Jornada, 30 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Internacional: Mexico accepts 166 of the 176 recommendations released by the United Nations (March 30, 2014)

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

Mexico: Amnesty International presents its report on forced disappearances (June 10, 2013)


National: Communique by the EPR regarding the dissolution of the COMED

November 16, 2012

On 6 November, the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Popular Democratic Party (CC-PDPR) and the General Command of the Revolutionary People’s Army (CG-EPR) released a communique having to do with the recent dissolution of the Commission for Mediation (COMED) betwen the EPR and the federal government, following from the failure to find the whereabouts of EPR militants Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, both of whom have been forcibly disappeared since 25 May 2007, in Oaxaca City.  These organizations note that their disappearances form part of a “counter-insurgent move toward ‘social cleansing.'”  They thanked the COMED and organized peoples who denounced “this type of Statist barbarism,” and they continue to demand the appearance of their comrades.  They affirm that “the Commission for Mediation confronted institutional violence that characterized authoritarian regimes.  Also, like us, at all times they confronted censorship and self-censorship from the media, which do not take note if there is not shots fired or bloodshed.  For this reason they do not give a voice to our disappeared, nor to their relatives, much less to those who courageously struggle on their behalf.”  Finally, they warned that “the only party responsible for the course of events will be the Mexican State and its administrators.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Amenaza el EPR con retomar las armas (Proceso, 7 de noviembre de 2012)

Comunicado del EPR ante la disolución de la Comisión de Mediación/ Kaos en la Red (6 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Disolution of the Commission for Mediation between the EPR and the federal government (12 October 2012)


National: Dissolution of the Commission for mediation between the EPR and the federal government

October 12, 2012

Without having succeeded in its mission during the four years of its existence, the Commission for Mediation (Comed) between the Revolutionary Popular Army (EPR) and the federal government announced that it would dissolve before the entrance of the new government to power.  The Comed had been launched on the recommendation of the Revolutionary Popular Democratic Party-Revolutionary Popular Army (PDPR-EPR) so as to find  Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, both EPR members who were disappeared in Oaxaca in 2007.

Taking an account of these four years of work, the Comed recalled that in these terms the EPR agreed to a cease-fire with regard to its armed actions, a step that was considered to be very significant.  Regardless, it denounced that in exchange the federal government had restrengthened the counter-insurgent nature of the armed forces, particularly with regard to police and military units.  It indicated that during this time the State systematically denied the existence of the crime of forced disappearance of persons, despite the obvious fact that police and military agents had participated in such.

In announcing its dissolution, the Comed stressed that in the new political phase of the country, the counterparts should return to the dialogue of this process.

For more information (in Spanish):

Culpan a Calderón por fracaso de Comisión de Mediación entre gobierno y EPR (Proceso, 2 de octubre de 2012)

Comunicado completo de la COMED (COMED, 1ero de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends (9 June 2011)

Mexico: National Day against Forgetting and Impunity by the FNLS (8 June 2011)


Mexico: National Day Against Forgetting and Impunity by the FNLS

June 8, 2011

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In a press-conference on 25 May, the National Front of Struggle for Socialism (FNLS), in coordination witht he Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared “Until We Find them,” made a general invitation to the “National Day against Forgetting and Impunity ‘No more forced disappearances,'” which will be held from 25 to 30 May in different parts of Mexico, among them being San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.  Its representatives declared that they seek to unite forces so as to find more than 50 disappeared individuals, such as Edmundo Reyes, Alberto Cruz Sánchez, and Francisco Paredes Ruiz, all of them socialist activists from Oaxaca.

“Nearly 4 years after the forced disappearance of the Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, of the human-rights defender Francisco Paredes Ruiz, Daniela and Virginia Ortiz, Lauro Juarez, and that of others victimized by forced disappearance for whatever reason, we call for solidarity for those who demand the presentation with life of these persons, for those who demand a halt to violence and State terrorism, to join forces in favor of popular movements to eradicate these crimes against humanity,” they affirmed in a communiqué.

The National Day, which began on 1 May, “is a date we remember for the struggles of the workers of the world for their emancipation against the exploitation of the bourgeoisie,” and was to end on 30 May, was declared International Week of the Detained and Disappeared by the United Nations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Gobierno mexicano, responsable de los indígenas desaparecidos en Chiapas, Escrutinio Público, 27 May 2011

FNLS hace manifestación, Cuarto Poder, 26 May 2011

Realizarán Jornada Nacional Contra la Impunidad y el Olvido, Milenio, 25 May 2011

Jornada Nacional Contra la Impunidad y el Olvido “No mas despariciones forzadas”, El Imparcial de Chiapas, 25 May 2011

FNLS:Jornada Nacional Contra el Olvido y la Impunidad “No más desapariciones forzadas”, Chiapas La Otra Cara, 2 May 2011

Boletín de prensa, FNLS, 25 May 2011