Guerrero: Agreement made to implement program to supply basic grains for storm victims in the Mountain region

March 1, 2014

Damnificados de la Montaña de Guerrero (@Tlachinollan)

On 19 February, the Council of Victim Communities from the Mountain region of Guerrero succeeded in coming to an agreement with state and federal authorities to implement a program to supply basic grains for more than 20,000 families from nearly 200 communities in 12 municipalities affected by the September 2013 storms that struck the state.

As the Council had requested, there will be used a methodology based in its proposal “So that Maize Rain” with a focus on human rights and cultural sensitivity.  In accord with a communique distributed by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, “in accordance with the agreements, there will be generated an extraordinary and exceptional program that is culturally sensitive and will attend to the communities affected by the passing of tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel, by means of the direct distribution of basic grains to the communities without intermediaries–these are to be distributed by their communal authorities.  Furthermore, there will be established mechanisms of control with participation of beneficiaries, guaranteeing thus their participation and the transparent distribution of maize, beans, and rice.  This, as the Council has requested, will permit the communities to decide to focus their attention on other priorities linked to reconstruction, initiating the rehabilitation of their lands without facing the threat of hunger.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado Logran comunidades damnificadas de la Montaña implementación de programa extraordinario de abastecimiento de granos básicos”(Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 21 de febrero de 2014)

Damnificados de la Montaña, Gro recibirán granos básicos (Radio Formula, 21 de febrero de 2014)

Ofrece gobierno de Guerrero tonelada y media de maíz a damnificados (Milenio, 17 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Victims from the Mountain region carry out “Hunger Pilgrimage” due to lack of governmental support (13 February 2014)

Guerrero: Victims of storms migrate to survive (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero (4 October 2013)

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)


Chiapas: Those displaced from the Puebla Colony announce return for coffee harvest

January 15, 2014

Conferencia de prensa 9 de enero 2014 @ SIPAZ

Press conference on 9 January 2014 @ SIPAZ

Those who have been displaced from the Puebla Colony ejido, Chenalhó municipality, announced that on 17 January they will leave the Acteal camp where they are presently located to return to their community to begin harvesting coffee, given that “the time to cut the coffee is now passing and we have the economic need to have this resource which together with beans and maize is the basis of the maintenance of our families.”  The labor will last 10 days, until 27 January, when they will re-evaluate their presence in the community or decide to return to Acteal.

In a communique, they clarified that “this will not involve a complete and definitive return to our community, given that the municipal, state, and federal governments have not provided the conditions that we requested for our return with security and tranquility to our homes.”  Included within these conditions for return, the displaced request the resolution of the question of the possession of the land on which the chapel is being built, which was the object of initial conflict; that the open penal investigations continue; and that compensation be offered for the damages “that we have suffered, both in material (the destruction and robbery of our property) and moral terms (the slander that we had poisoned the water of the Puebla Colony).”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las y los desplazadas/os del ejido Colonia Puebla: “Vamos a ir unos días a nuestra comunidad, la Colonia Puebla con el fin de cosechar nuestro café” (9 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Solidarity requested for those displaced from the Puebla Colony (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: After attempting to return, the displaced of the Puebla Colony transfer themselves to Acteal (13 September 2013)

Chiapas: Increase in violence in Puebla Colony, Chenalho (4 August 2013)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Civil Society, “the government is using two weapons in its strategy, lead bullets and sugar bullets” (25 June 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Las Abejas of Acteal on 22 May 2013 (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: More than three thousand maize producers confront police

December 8, 2013


Photo @Chiapas Pararelo

Maize producers who demand a better price for their products were intercepted by hundreds of state police when they attempted to move the protest they had been sustaining for a week in the capital of Chiapas to the region of Venustiano Carranza.  The members of the Union of Maize Ejidos and Communities of the State of Chiapas demand that they be paid 5,000 pesos per ton of grain, but the authorities offer them only 3,600.  The campesinos confronted the police, resulting in the burning of several patrol-vehicles, 10 injured police, and 2 arrested campesinos.  Human-rights organizations denounced that the Chiapas state government is practicing repression in place of engaging with the legitimate demands of social groups.  In a 27 November bulletin, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights calls on the state government of Chiapas to cease its criminalization of social protest and at all moments guarantee and respect the rights to physical security as well as freedom of expression, assembly, thought, and association.  Thus, it calls for the immediate release of those who were arbitrarily arrested by the police and for medical attention to the injured.

For more information (in Spanish):

Uso desproporcionado de la fuerza pública en operativo policiaco en contra de productores de maíz (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 27 de noviembre de 2013)

Más de tres mil productores de maíz se enfrentan a policías en Chiapas: 11 heridos (La Jornada, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Reclamaban precio de garantía a la tonelada de maíz y les mandaron policías (Chiapas Paralelo, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Visita de Oliver De Shutter, relator especial de la ONU sobre el Derecho a la Alimentación (17 de junio de 2011)

National: Federal judge orders suspension of sowing and commercialization of transgenic maize

October 25, 2013



A federal judge has ordered the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture to suspend permits to transnationals such as Monsanto and Pionner to sow, cultivate, and commercialize transgenic maize in Mexico.  With this development is resolved the collective action made in July by 53 scientists, intellectuals, agriculturalists, artists, and activists, as well as 22 environmental, productive, and human rights organizations, to demand a healthy environment and the retention of the biodiversity of maize.  This demand was presented with the argument of protecting the human right to biodiversity, given that Mexico is the very origin of the maize plant.  This suspension has the objective of opening a profound debate in which the parties will present their claims in favor or against genetically modified maize.  According to the Vía Orgánica group, the introduction of transgenic maize to Mexico would represent a serious risk, given that 53% of the caloric intake of the national diet comes from the direct consumption of maize.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ordenan suspender siembra y comercialización de maíz transgénico en México (Proceso, 10 de octubre de 2013)

Juzgado federal frena liberación al ambiente de maíz transgénico (la Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2013)

Mentiras y verdades sobre el maíz transgénico (Greenpeace México)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: International Day of Action against Monsanto and Transgenics(7 June 2013)

Chiapas: Popular Forum for the Defense of the Land, Territory, and Food Sovereignty (26 November 2012)

Chiapas: Visit by Oliver De Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food (21 June 2011)