Guerrero: Denunciation of the Mexican State before the Inter-American System of Human Rights due to the death and torture of student-teachers in Ayotzinapa, 2011

December 26, 2015

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On 12 December, relatives of the student-teachers from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College, Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús, who were killed during a police operation carried out by state and federal agents in December 2011 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, together with Gerardo Torres Pérez, a student-teacher victim of torture, denounced the Mexican State before the Inter-American System on Human Rights due to the violation of its basic obligations as stipulated in the American Convention and the Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Sanction Torture. The same day, student-teachers and relatives of Gabriel and Jorge Alexis took over the streets of Chilpancingo to arrive at the same place where the crimes took place.

It bears mentioning that, on 12 December 2011, State officials violently displaced the protest being carried out by students from Ayotzinapa. Two student-teachers were executed extrajudicially, being Jorge Alexis and Gabriel, whereas three others were injured by gunfire, 24 were arrested arbitrarily, and one student, Gerardo, was tortured. Despite the existence of evidence that clearly accounts for the violations that took place, to date the violations that have been denounced continue in impunity, as a communique from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights notes: “The Mexican State has in no way adopted the necessary and adequate measures to prevent and guarantee that similar acts do not repeat themselves.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Ayotzinapa otra vez (La Jornada, 15 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Body of tortured and executed Ayotzinapa student, Julio César Mondragón, is exhumed (21 November 2015)

National: Mobilizations within and outside the country for the first anniversary of the forcible disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa (10 October 2015)

Chiapas: Actions for the one-year anniversary of the Ayotzinapa disappearances (8 October 2015)

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Guerrero: Impunity in the Ayotzinapa case, two years on

December 18, 2013

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Engaging in a temporary roadblock of the Sol Highway, youth from the Normal School of Ayotzinapa paid tribute to the two students murdered by police in 2011 outside Chilpancingo.  The students, Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino, were executed extra-judicially by police on 12 December 2011 in this same location.  The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) laments that two years after the death of these students during a confrontation with federal, state, and municipal police forces, relatives of the victims of these grave human-rights violations have had no effective access to justice.  The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights emphasized in a communique that “given the lack of justice in Guerrero, the family members of Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús, like many others who face impunity, consider it necessary to take their demands before the international courts.”

Para más información de SIPAZ:

… Y normalistas de Ayotzinapa bloquean la Autopista del Sol (Proceso, 12 de diciembre de 2013)

Comunicado Tlachinollan (12 de diciembre de 2013)

A dos años, la justicia no llega al caso Ayotzinapa: SERAPAZ (Milenio, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (29 April 2013)

Guerrero: normalists commemorate first anniversary of repression in Ayotzinapa (21 December 2013)

Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa (26 November 2012)

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: Impunity prevails against human-rights defenders

December 18, 2013

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Obtilia Eugenio Manuel, human-rights defender. Photo @SIPAZ

In observation of the International Human Rights Day (10 December), the National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” (TDT Network) sent a letter to the state governor of Guerrero, Ángel Aguirre Rivero, to warn that the state is one of the most dangerous places for journalists, activists, and human-rights defenders.  Different civil organizations have urged the governor to provide instructions to guarantee their security and protection.  In the public letter are recalled aggressions, murders, and disappearances of activists such as Eva Alarcón y Marcial Bautista (whose whereabouts have been unknown since 7 December 2011) and Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesus, students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa (murdered on 12 December 2011), among others.

On 23 October, the UN Human Rights Council showed in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that Mexican women who advance social causes and engage in journalist are attacked with insufficient attention being provided to the question by authorities.  In accordance with data from the TDT Network, from 2010 to 2012 there were registered 25 murders of human-rights defenders, with 118 attacks and seven murders of such workers in 2012 alone.  In 99% of the denounced cases there have been no arrests, and for this reason impunity prevails.  The TDT Network is comprised of 74 organizations from 20 states, including the Migrant Home of Saltillo, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights, and the National Center for Social Communication (Cencos), among other groups.

For more information (in Spanish):

Prevalece impunidad en Guerrero contra defensoras de DH (CIMAC Noticias, 9 de diciembre de 2013)

Urgen ONG’s seguridad y justicia para defensores a gobierno de Guerrero(Noticias MVS, 9 de diciembre de 2013)

Exigen 97 organizaciones al gobernador seguridad para los defensores de los derechos humanos (El Sur de Acapulco, 9 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: NGOs call on Peña Nieto to observe the sentences on Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo (2 May 2013)

Guerrero – briefs: Mexican State recognizes responsibility in case of Valentina Rosendo (21 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO demands that Calderón observe sentence in case of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández (28 November 2011)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologist are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)


Guerrero: Students denounce entrance of armed groups to the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa

June 7, 2013

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The student leadership of the Rural Normal school of Ayotzinapa and the Guerrero Network of Human-Rights Organizations (Redgro) have denounced the invasion of armed commando units on 8 and 14 May to the offices of a building to intimidate students who witnessed the murder of two of their colleagues in December 2011.  The students have claimed Ángel Aguirre Rivero as responsible for whatever might happen to them.  In press-conference, they announced that they would form guard-units to watch over the school’s campus, toward the end of preventing any further invasions by these groups.

The former student leaders were beaten and threatened by armed persons, who told them “Motherfuckers, let’s see if now you stop your chaos against the government; stop your fucking scandals, or you will be fucking shot.  If you continue with your damn marches, what happened to your comrades will happen to you, just as they died in the highway, so will you, fucking dogs.”  The students emphasized that the aggression took place within the context of the release of the ministerial police officers Ismael Matadamas Salinas and Rey David Cortés Flores, who had been processed for the murder of students.  Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino were murdered extra-judicially on 12 December 2011 on the Sol highway.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian alumnos ingreso de grupos armados a la normal de Ayotzinapa (La Jornada de Guerrero, 20 de mayo de 2013)

Incursionan hombres armados en Ayotzinapa y golpean y amenazan a alumnos, denuncian (El Sur de Acapulco, 20 de mayo de 2013)

Critican normalistas de Ayotzinapa el regreso de López Rosas al gabinete estatal (La Jornada de Guerrero, 19 de mayo de 2013)

Tribunales ya exculparon a ministeriales de la muerte de normalistas: López Rosas (La Jornada, 20 de mayo de 2013)

Cambios en el gabinete; ¿quién gana y quién pierde? (Tlachinollan en El Sur de Acapulco, 20 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Impunity continues in the Ayotzinapa case (17 May 2013)

Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (29 April 2013)

Guerrero: normalists commemorate first anniversary of repression in Ayotzinapa (21 December 2013)

Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa (26 November 2012)

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: Release of police charged for the murder of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa

April 29, 2013

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On 23 April, two police officers from the Ministerial Police of the state of Guerrero were released, having been incarcerated for the homicides of the students Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino, 22 years old, and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús, 21, which took place on 12 December 2011.  These murders took place amidst the violent operation undertaken by the federal, state, and municipal police to suppress a peaceful student march in Chilpancingo, Guerrero.

On 19 April, judge Arístides Marino Santos accepted the motion calling for the recognition of innocence of the two ministerial police held responsible for these acts, and he instructed the relevant authorities to release them within three days’ time.  The release of the two police officers confirms the fears expressed from the beginning of investigations undertaken by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and the victims’ relatives, due to the fact that the first investigations were carried out by authorities themselves associated with the acts and experts who could hardly be said to be independent.  Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, lawyer for Tlachinollan, who represents the Ayotzinapa case, noted that the release of these two police shows the high degree of impunity in Guerrero.  “In grave cases like this one where there was a violent repression and excessive use of force, it is not possible to release these subjects, thus illustrating the prevalence of authoritarianism [in the state], especially given the repressive acts of the past.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa (Tlachinollan, 23 de abril de 2013)

Liberan a policías ministeriales por caso Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 23 de abril de 2013)

Liberan a los ministeriales acusados de asesinar a los dos normalistas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 24 de abril de 2013)

Liberan a policías ministeriales por caso de alumnos de Ayotzinapa (El Sur de Acapulco, 23 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: normalists commemorate first anniversary of repression in Ayotzinapa (21 December 2013)

Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa (26 November 2012)

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)

 


Guerrero: normalists commemorate first anniversary of repression in Ayotzinapa

December 21, 2012

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March on the Sol highway. Photo @Tlachinollan

Relatives, students, and members of social organizations condemned that a year after the murder of two students at the Normal Rural of Ayotzinapa during the displacement carried out by state and federal police on 12 December 2011 on the Sol highway close to Chilpancingo, the crime continues to enjoy impunity, and they have demanded justice.  In these terms, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) affirmed that the federal and state governments still have not observed many of the points found on the 1VG/2012 recommendation which it published on 27 March.  By means of a communique, the CNHD noted that there exists sufficient evidence to “administratively sanction” the ex-prosecutor Alberto López Rosas and the ex-Secretary of Public Security, Ramón Almonte Borja, who presently find themselves subjected to political judgment in the Congress.

The normalists organized a march and peacefully celebrated a religious ceremony near the site where the student protest was met with lethal force.  During this act, they presented their testimony, and relatives of  Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino y Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús, the two students who were killed, demanded justice.  Similarly, several students who were arrested and tortured during the day presented their word.  Finally, Miguel Álvarez Gándara also intervened, being a member of Services and Assessment for Peace (SERAPAZ) and spokesperson for the Civil Commission of Interlocution, created after the acts.

For more information (in Spanish):

Normalistas conmemoran el primer aniversario de la represión en Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 12 de diciembre de 2012)

Justicia, demanda central en primer aniversario de la represión contra normalistas de Ayotzinapa (Tlachinollan, 12 de diciembre de 2012)

Comparecen normalistas de Ayotzinapa ante el Congreso de Guerrero sobre el juicio político contra exfuncionarios (Tlachinollan, 10 de diciembre de 2012)

Justicia para Ayotzinapa (Indymedia México, 12 de diciembre de 2012)

Marchan mil 500 personas por muerte normalistas Ayotzinapa (Radio Fórmula, 13 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa (26 November 2012)

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)


Guerrero: New aggressions against students in Ayotzinapa

November 26, 2012

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On 14 November, students of Rural Normal schools in the country, in support of their comrades at the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, held a march in Chilpancingo and occupied public buildings to reject what they have called violent actions taken against them.  The mobilization took place to recall the repression, they said, to which they were subjected five years ago by state police, upon being displaced by tear gas from the site of the state Congress.  They also demanded justice for the murder of their comrades who were killed on 12 December 2011.  Even on 10 November, there was another act of repression targeting students carried out by police on the federal highway between Iguala and Chilpancingo, where five students were reportedly detained and subsequently tortured as they were participating in activities to raise funds for the Wednesday march.

Diego Castro Rodríguez, spokesperson for the Ayotzinapa school, denounced that to date there had not been clarified the murder of his comrades, Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús and Alexis Herrera Pino, who were killed during the displacement of protest on 12 December as carried out by state police in their attempt to put an end to the blockade of the Sol highway.  Furthermore, they have requested that the Chamber of Deputies report on the advances in the political trial they have demanded against Governor Ángel Aguirre for his presumed responsibility for these acts.

Lastly, on 15 November, armed men intercepted and attacked normalist students from Ayotzinapa and the bus-driver who was returning them to Chilpancingo, after having taken members of social organizations to support the march on 14 November in Atoyac.  The spokesperson Diego Castro Domínguez reported that this new attack is a clear attempt at repression taken to put an halt on mobilizations to demand justice for the murder of Gabriel Echeverría y Jorge Herrera.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan en Guerrero normalistas de Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 14 de noviembre de 2012)

Interceptan hombres armados camión de normalistas que regresaban a Chilpancingo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de noviembre 2012)

Normalistas de Ayotzinapa marchan en Chilpancingo (La Razón, 16 de noviembre 2012)

Demandan normalistas justicia en Guerrero (Reforma, 15 de noviembre 2012)

Marchan normalistas de Ayotzinapa (Milenio, 16 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: “The Ayotzinapa case cannot remain in impunity” – OMCT (16 August 2012)

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa denounces impunity six months after the deaths of two students (17 June 2012)

Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa (16 January 2012)

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)