SIPAZ has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulp award!

September 11, 2015


We have great news! SIPAZ has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an annual award handed out by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which stimulates the work of human rights defenders around the world. Out of more than 200 applicants, SIPAZ was selected to be one of the 30 nominees! Each year, the person or organization who receives most votes is awarded 100.000 Euros.

So please, we invite you to take a minute of your day and cast your vote for SIPAZ here:

Note: voting can only be done this week from September 9-16 so VOTE NOW!

Thank you for supporting us!

SIPAZ is a candidate for the “Human Rights Tulip” award!

September 9, 2015


We have great news! SIPAZ has been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an annual award handed out by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which stimulates the work of human rights defenders around the world. Out of more than 200 applicants, SIPAZ was selected to be one of the 30 nominees! Each year, the person or organization who receives most votes is awarded 100.000 Euros.

So please, we invite you to take a minute of your day and cast your vote for SIPAZ here:

Note: voting can only be done this week from September 9-16 so VOTE NOW!

Thank you for supporting us!

Chiapas: Displaced famailies of Banavil return temporarily to their community

August 28, 2015
Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

On August 3rd, the forcibly displaced families from the community of Banavil, muncipality of Tenejapa returned temporarily to work their lands for a period of 15 days “without a guarantee of minimum safety conditions from the Mexican State”, affirmed the Center for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Before this temporary return, representatives of the displaced families they made it clear in a press conference that they are retuning “not because their denouncements are resolved, or because the authorities have offered full guarantee that the agressions will not be repeated”, but because they want to work their land to be able to sustain their families. “Our temporary return is to check up on our houses, clean the adjoining properties of our parcels and it is a temporary return without justice”, they mentioned.

From their part, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas denounced that “Since months ago the authorities told us they could return”, but it was not until the last meeting held with officials, hours before going to Banavil, when they were warned that there were no safety conditions. “Those were the exact words of Edgar Alonso, legal adviser of the authorities in Banavil, who were responsible for the attacks.” He told the government to say that there is no security, remarked the CDHFBC.

For more Information:

Niñas, niños y mujeres indígenas tseltales de Banavil retornan temporalmente a sus casas sin garantías de protección a sus Derechos (Chiapasparalelo, August 6, 2015)

Retornan temporalmente desplazados (Cuarto Poder, August 6, 2015)

Melel Xojobal llama a proteger niños de familias desplazadas (, August 8, 2015)

Ante la impunidad del gobierno de México, indígenas tseltales de Banavil deciden

retornar de manera provisional (Frayba, August 3, 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Displaced families from Banavil complete 3 years and 7 months of forcible displacement (July 21, 2015)

Chiapas: Death of Antonia, a displaced girl from the Banavil community, Tenejapa (March 8, 2015)

Chiapas: 3 years since the forcible displacement of the families from Banavil (December 16, 2014)

Nation: Program of Comprehensive Attention of Victims, 2014-2018

August 17, 2015


The Executive Commission of Attention to Victims published the Program of Attention to VIctims 2014-2018 in the Official Diary of the Mexican Republic on July 16th. The general goal of this program is to establish and coordinate the actions and necessary measures to protect, respect, promote, guarantee, and allow the effective exercise of rights for victims of crime and human-rights violations. The document focuses on five specific objectives: strengthening the coordination of the parts involved in the National System of Attention to Victims in order to reach its adequate functioning; assuring the victims of the effective access to services and measures of assistance, protection, and attention; the consolidation of a culture of respect for human rights among the public servants who are responsible for assisting victims; to guarantee victims access to measures of attention with a specific focus as well as emphasis on conditions of vulnerability; and the generation of measures of prevention, attention, assistance, and reparations for victims of specific crimes and human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Publican Programa de Atención Integral a Víctimas 2014-2018 (Rotativo, 16 de julio de 2015)

Se publica el Programa de Atención Integral a Víctimas 2014-18 (El Financiero, 16 de julio de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Entrance into law of General Law for Attention to Victims (15 January 2013)

National: Promotion of Citizens’ Popular Congress

February 10, 2015


On 5 February, in observance of the anniversary of the entrance into law of the current Mexican Constitution, parents of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, together with Raúl Vera, bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, the priest Alejandro Solalinde, the poet Javier Sicilia, and the artist Francisco Toledo, together with members of human-rights organizations, churches, campesino organizations, and unions participated in the public presentation of the initiative for a Popular Citizens’ Constitution.  The organizational call notes in this sense that “we call on civil society, women and men, without importance to creed, gender diversity, or social class to advance with the refoundation of the nation; to progress toward the creation of a new constitution that bases elections on democracy, ensures that the representatives of a new congress be subject to the will of the people, and forever buries all types of juridical and economic forms of organization that merely make the people into commodities to be plundered.  This constitution must put an end to impunity, racism, and patriarchy.  To serve and to lead by obeying must be the new conditions of those who become representative of civil society.”

Following a series of sessions throughout the country during the past 11 months, the partisans of the Citizens’ Constitution explained the necessity of “refounding the country.”  Toward this end 20 points have been presented, including guarantees for human rights and union organizing, beyond the implementation of a convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

There was also announced a planned meeting on 21 March “to discuss the political reality of the countryin terms of the elections for this year.”  Beyond this, there was made a call for the First National Assembly of the Committee for National Refoundation that will be held on 2 May.

For more information (in Spanish):

Convocatoria Hacia la Constituyente Ciudadana-Popular (Regeneración, 5 de febrero de 2015)

Presentan activistas el “Primer Constituyente Ciudadano Popular”(Proceso, 5 de febrero de 2015)

Activistas y ONG presentan el “primer constituyente ciudadano” (La Jornada, 5 de febrero de 2015)

Solalinde, Raúl Vera y Sicilia presentan primer Constituyente Ciudadana(Vanguardia, 5 de febrero de 2015)

Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso”

March 16, 2014

Presentación del libro "Justicia para San José del Progreso", Oaxaca, marzo de 2014 (@SIPAZ)

Presentation of book “Justice for San José del Progreso” Oaxaca, March 2014 (@SIPAZ)

In observance of the second anniversary of the murder of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory organized events in Oaxaca and Mexico City to publicly presents its report “Justice for San José del Progreso,” the fruit of a Civil Observation Mission carried out in November 2012.

The report speaks to the systematic human-rights violations produced by the imposition of the mining project which has been overseen by the Fortune Silver Mines company since 2006.  The report notes that, beginning at this time, the firm has enjoyed state and federal governmental support in its principal violation of the rights to life; to free, prior and informed consent; to public information; to respect for collective property and integrity of land; to free self-determination; to a clean environment; to communal health; to the rights of children, adolescents, and women; to association and meeting; to freedom and personal integrity; and to the right to the administration of justice and to the work of human-rights violations.  All these rights are recognized as such at the national and international levels.

The document includes recommendations for the federal, state, and municipal government.  Among these is found the stress on placing the rights of citizens above the interests of mining corporations and to guarantee the right to life, physical and psychological integrity of the people of San José del Progreso.  It also calls on the government of Canada to request that it assures that Canadian mining firms be called to justify themselves before the Canadian legal system due to human-rights violations committed outside the national territory.

For more information (in Spanish):

Demandarán a minera Cuzcatlán ante gobierno de Canadá (Página 3, 11 de marzo de 2014)

Cobertura de la presentación en la Ciudad de México: Minera canadiense y gobierno violan DH de habitantes en San José del Progreso, Oaxaca(PRODH)

Audio de la presentación del Informe en el IAGO

Video Exigen organizaciones cancelación de mina en San José del Progreso

Descarga el Informe de la Misión Civil de Observación: Justicia para San José del Progreso

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Organizational call to the presentation of the Report of the Civil Mission of Observation: Justice para San José del Progreso (18 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Civil Observation Mission to San José del Progreso (30 November 2012)

National: Strong criticisms of Enrique Peña Nieto’s first year in office

December 8, 2013


Enrique Peña Nieto. photo @enelareachica

On 27 November, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) indicated  that during the first year of Enrique Peña Nieto’s term in office, there have been seen very few advances in terms of security and human rights, and that a great number of violations have taken place against fundamental rights that go completely unpunished.  On 26 November, Human Rights Watch announced by means of a public letter that the change in administration has been ultimately rhetorical and that the government “has not demonstrated significant advances in the investigation of past abuses of power, and new grave human-rights violations continue without redress.”

Human Rights Watch has identified cases that demonstrate that soldiers and police continue to commit serious abuses under Peña Nieto’s watch.  The open letter mentions the example of the “murder of three campesino leaders in Guerrero, who were found on 3 June, after having been taken against their will together with 5 others on 30 May.  The previous day, members of the social movement to which they belong had presented a formal denunciation before the authorities expressing their fear that the mayor and the chief of police might well have ordered the murders.”  The WOLA collective emphasized that the declarations of the government and good intentions have not resulted in concrete actions to date.  “Until there are more advances to combat the impunity which prevails in Mexico, the discourse of the government on human rights will continue to be little more than pretty words.”

For more information (in Spanish):

México: el decepcionante primer año de Peña Nieto (Human Rights Watch, 26 de noviembre de 2013)

Peña Nieto aplica la misma táctica de seguridad de Calderón: WOLA (La Jornada, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Insufficient attention from EPN to human rights (20 March 2013)

National: Polemical ascension to power of EPN ( 7 December 2013)


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