National: Promotion of Citizens’ Popular Congress

February 10, 2015

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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)

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National: Activities held to observe the third anniversary of the Movement for Peace

April 10, 2014

Tercer Aniversario del MPJD, Ciudad de México (@Uriah Samuel)

Third anniversary of the MPJD, Mexico City (@Uriah Samuel)

At the end of March, there were held several activities to commemorate the third anniversary of the emergence of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD, which brings together victims and relatives of the disappeared and murdered by organized crime and State security forces). At the Monument of Light–or the Monument to Peace–in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, relatives of victims carried banners with the names of their loved ones which they then put on display at the monument.  “For historical and moral reasons,” the MPJD changed the name of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Boulevard to 28 March Boulevard.

It should be recalled that the MPJD was created on this day following the murder of the son of the poet Javier Sicilia, the founder of the MPJD.  Since then, the writer has led several caravans in Mexico and the United States together with relatives of victims.

On this third anniversary, Sicilia assured that despite the government’s promises, “we continue in the middle of a war, with the disappearances, the murders, the kidnappings, the extortion, and the memory of the victims totally erased.”  He furthermore denounced that the State criminalizes self-defense groups: “The form in which they have been managing Michoacán is a true travesty.  I ask the authorities: whom do you serve? Because to us it is far from clear.  It seems to us to be the criminalization of people they had previously recognized; now they betray them.”

For more information (in Spanish):

El Movimiento por la Paz acusa que el gobierno criminaliza a autodefensas(CNN México, 27 de marzo de 2014)

Conmemoran aniversario de multihomicidio en Morelos (El Universal, 28 de marzo de 2014)

Movimiento por la Paz: terco como la memoria (Desinformémonos, marzo de 2014)

Galería de fotos (marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Commemoration of two years of the MPJD (8 April 2013)


National: Commemoration of two years of the MPJD

April 8, 2013

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On 28 March, two years after the murder of the son of the poet Javier Sicilia, which gave rise to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), there was held a series of actions to commemorate this date in Cuernavaca (Morelos), Mexico City, Chiapas, and even Tokyo, Japan.At the Mexico City event, Javier Sicilia declared that two years after the MPJD’s beginnings, there persists “a suffering that does not see any sort of justice or peace,” although he also indicated that “all commemorative dates are also times during which we stop to think, would it not be worth it to simply leave our pain inside […]?”  He indicated in this sense that there have been advances in three respects: the visibilization of victims, the State’s taking acceptance of responsibility, and the creation of the General Law on Victims.Regarding the future of the MPJD, Sicilia identified three aspects.  With regard to the Law on Victims, he said that the MPJD would maintain “an absolute vigilance for the real application of the General Law of Victims throughout the country […].  The only reasons that we see as serving as obstacles for this are bad faith, disparagement, ignorance, and solidarity with organized crime.”

Sicilia also demanded that the Estela de Luz, where the event was held, be transformed “not only into a center of documentation of the memory of all victims in the country, but rather a cultural center for peace.”  It should be mentioned that until 8 May, there will be carried out a campaign to collect signatures at www.change.org/esteladepaz toward this end.

Finally, Sicilia announced that the MPJD would continue to collaborate with U.S. organizations that participated in the Caravan for Peace (August-September 2012), given that “there will be no peace as long as on the other side of the border, there is no regulation of the consumption of drugs or of control of the weapons of extermination.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Presenta oficialmente Movimiento por la Paz exigencia de resignificar Estela de Luz (La Jornada, 2 de abril de 2013)

La situación de las víctimas, peor (Proceso, 1ero de abril de 2013)

‘‘El Estado, aún omiso ante miles de crímenes’’(La Jornada, 29 de marzo de 2013)

“Sobre el misterio del dolor que trae esperanza y la vida que nace de la muerte”: Reflexiones en el II Aniversario del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (Iglesias por la Paz, 29 de marzo de 2013)

Palabras de Javier Sicilia en la conmemoración de los dos años del MPJD (MPJD, 28 de marzo de 2013)

La Voz del Amate y Solidarios de la Voz del Amate saludan al MPJD (28 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims (7 December 2012)

National: MPJD criticizes presidential “veto” of Law on Victims (10 July 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

 


Mexico: Entering into law of General Law for Attention to Victims

January 15, 2013

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On 9 December, in an official act, President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomed the entrance into law of the General Law for Attention to Victims, which will officially become law in the next 30 days following its publication.  The new law seeks economic support and protection for victims of violence and their families, including promises of up to 900,000 pesos.

The publication of this law in the Official Daily of the Federation takes place 8 months after its unanimous approval in the Congress of the Union, and nearly six months after former president Felipe Calderón rejected it, instead presenting a constitutional controversy to demand changes to the bill.  He had demanded in particular that the responsibility of the states and municipalities for attending to victims of violence be upgraded to the constitutional level.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Mexico celebrated the promulgation of the law, affirming that “this is a necessary step, one that is significant and plainly legitimate for the path toward the enjoyment on the part of Mexicans of State policy and effective mechanisms to guarantee their rights.”

Javier Sicilia, a key figure from the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), noted regardless that the Law will require instruments so as to be “realized.”  “The General Law on Victims, that you today have promulgated, necessitates, as the Law says, a National System for Attention to Victims, an honest system, equipped with the necessary resources and sufficient personnel to attend to the enormous dimensions of the humanitarian crisis faced by the nation.  This is a system furthermore that requires the unity of all.  Without this, the General Law on Victims will be nothing more than a dead letter, a nice intention amidst infernal conditions, or a dream devoured by the nightmare that we have not still been spared.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Requiere Ley de Víctimas de instrumentos para ‘encarnarse’: Sicilia (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2013)

Después de seis meses de controversia, se publica la Ley de Víctimas (CNN México, 9 de enero de 2013)

Palabras del MPJD al Ejecutivo por la publicación de la Ley General de Víctimas (MPJD, 9 de enero de 2013)

 Sicilia: ley no es suficiente (El Universal, 10 de enero de 2013)

Cronología de la Ley de Victimas (MPJD)

DECRETO por el que se expide la Ley General de Víctimas.

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims (7 December 2012)

National: MPJD criticizes presidential “veto” of Law on Victims (10 July 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

 


National/International: End of MPJD caravan to USA

September 19, 2012

On 12 September, the Caravan of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) concluded its journey through the United States.  Comprised of the poet Javier Sicilia and a hundred victims of violence in Mexico, the caravan covered 9,400 kilometers, visiting 25 cities.  Javier Sicilia concluded that “we return with our task finished; we have done what we had to do, sowing well and now, that they who have ears must listen.”  Although the coverage of the caravan by mass media (broadcast and print) was limited, Sicilia qualified the initiative as being positive, given that “for the first time, Mexican and U.S. citizens decided on citizens’ diplomacy” in light of the failures of their governments.  He detailed that in the caravan were “120 persons, 80 victims, and more than 100 organizations in the US that have supported us, as we traveled in fairly precarious conditions; the communities gave us food and housing, above all churches, both Catholic and Protestant.”

On its last day in the US, the MPJD met with several congressional representatives and representatives of the executive branch to demand that they not only stop supporting Calderón’s war strategy against organized crime by supplying arms to the Mexican Army, but also that they double their efforts to regulate the traffic of arms and the demand and consumption of drugs in the U.S.  Sicilia noted that his proposals were received “with reticence,” particularly because the U.S. finds itself in an electoral race and because “they do not want to commit themselves to a movement that has a touchy agenda.”

Beyond this, Sicilia announced at the end of the caravan that he plans temporarily to leave the MPJD upon returning to Mexico, given that he needs time for his personal and familial life.

Para más información:

Mapa de los lugares visitados por la Caravana del MPJD (CNN México)

Sitio Web de la Caravana por la Paz a EU

Caravana por la Paz cierra viaje por EU con procesión de denuncias(Proceso, 12 de septiembre de 2012)

La Caravana por la Paz en EU fue positiva: Sicilia (CNN México, 12 de septiembre de 2012)

Exigen a México y Estados Unidos caminar juntos en favor de la paz (la Jornada, 13 de septiembre de 2012)

“Peor, dejarse llevar por la impotencia, Sicilia (El Universal, 13 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Binational: Presentation of the “Caravan for Peace of the MPJD in the United States” (20 June 2012)


Binational: Presentation of the “Caravan for Peace of the MPJD in the United States”

June 20, 2012

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Press-conference on 18 June (@MPJD)

In a 18 June press-conference, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), Mexican and U.S. organizations, including the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Border Angels, Latin America Working Group (LAWG), Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and  Global Exchange announced a Caravan for Peace that would in the near future carried out by the MPJD in the U.S.

The Caravan will travel over 9,400 kilometers, leaving on 12 August from San Diego, California, and ending on 10 September in Washington DC, visiting during this route more than 20 U.S. cities.  Its objective is to “commit itself to the politically active citizenry of the U.S. so as to arrest the paradigm of war on drugs that is advanced by the Obama administration, and to initiate a process of recovery from the national emergency that has devastated large parts of Mexico, as well as historically vulnerable communities in the U.S.”  Javier Sicilia, leader of the MPJD, stressed that the caravan is not interested in electoral politics but seeks instead to develop a transnational strategy of peace and solidarity to end the war.

For more information (in Spanish):

Amplia coalición Binacional y el Movimiento por la Paz presentan la Caravana en Estados Unidos (Boletín de prensa del MPJD, 18 de junio de 2012)

Sicilia anuncia Caravana por la Paz que cruzará EU (La Jornada, 19 de junio de 2012)

Presentan “Caravana por la Paz” hacia EU; recorrerá 26 ciudades(Milenio, ‎18 de junio de 2012)

Caravana por la Paz recorrerá 26 ciudades de EU(El Universal, ‎18 de junio de 2012)

Sicilia anuncia Caravana por la Paz en Estados Unidos (Proceso, ‎18 de junio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: MPJD commemorates the anniversary of its victims in Cuernavaca (3 April 2012)

Mexico: Agenda of activities for the MPJD in 2012 (8 February 2012)

Mexico: New murder of person linked to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (13 December 2011)

Mexico: Member of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity is murdered (18 December 2011)

Mexico: Second meeting of the MPJD with the Executive (18 October 2011)

México: Agenda de actividades 2012 del MPJD (19 de enero de 2012)


Mexico: MPJD demands clarification of use of members’ private information on the part of govenrment

April 13, 2012

On 19 April, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), led by journalist and poet Javier Sicilia, demanded that President Felipe Calderón publicly clarify the basis for the utilization of private information that his government has collected on several of the movement’s members.  This call was made following the revelations made in the Proceso magazine regarding the files organized by the Ministries of Governance and Public Security on Javier Sicilia, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Miguel Álvarez Gándara, Clara Jusidman, Miguel Concha, and Raúl Romero. The content has to do with public information but it also includes personal data such as the location of particular places of residence, number of passports, e-mail address, data on official documents and telephones, as well as family links.

The MPJD noted in a pronunciation that “The information contained in these data reveal once again the intention to criminalize the victims and defenders of human rights and to avoid by this means taking responsibility for the protection and security of the citizenry.  The search for this information also shows to us that while the country experiences a national emergency, the federal government occupies itself with investigating its critics.”  It lamented as well that public funds be wasted in this way and not be spent in intelligent work that could contribute to security, peace, and justice.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento público completo del MPJD (9 de abril)

Llamado enérgico para que Calderón aclare el espionaje a integrantes de MPJD (La Jornada, 10 de abril de 2012)

Exigen a Calderón aclarar uso de información privada de miembros del MPJD (Proceso, 9 de abril de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: MPJD commemorates the anniversary of its victims in Cuernavaca (3 April 2012)

Mexico: Agenda of activities for the MPJD in 2012 (8 February 2012)

Mexico: New murder of person linked to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (13 December 2011)

Mexico: Member of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity is murdered (18 December 2011)

Mexico: Second meeting of the MPJD with the Executive (18 October 2011)