- Representatives of civil organizations @ Enfoqueoaxaca.com
A group of civil and social organizations, collectives, and citizens created on 15 August the citizens’ Space for Justice and truth in Oaxaca as an autonomous effort on the part of civil society. As they declared in a press-conference, the idea is to have a large space that is plural and diverse, independent of political parties and public power that would be open to dialogue with these, and that would resort to all forms of citizens’ mobilizations, including direct action, to impel its political agenda.
At the event participated Gustavo Esteva (Unitierra), Sara Méndez (CODIGO-DH), and Isaac Torres (Limeddh), among others, together with the director of Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA), Marcos Leyva Madrid, who explained that the commission seeks truth and justice for the peoples of Oaxaca, given that the present government, despite its campaign promises and commitment to the mission of the Inter-American Commission on Human rights and the European Union, has not attended to this demand of diverse social sectors in light of the events of 2006, during the repression carried out by the government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
He stressed that if it the grand importance of the creation of the Prosecutorial Office of Investigation on Crimes of Social Importance, the state administration should observe its word and send an initiative to the Congress or release a decree for the immediate creation of the Truth Commission. This Commission should guarantee “the active participation of the survivors of repression, victims and relatives, from civil organizations and society in general; as well as an independent investigation that would promote justice, reconciliation, recuperation of historical memory and the reconstruction of the social fabric; the analysis of social, political, and cultural conditions that have propelled authoritarianism, violence, and impunity in Oaxaca, particularly after 1996,” he emphasized.
One of the primary activities of the Space will be had on 11 September in the capital of the state, when it receives the Caravan to the South, from the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which will meet with representative groups of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, particularly those communities in resistance to defend their territory. These meetings will attempt to show that, in the case of Oaxaca, the violence caused by criminals is much less grave than the violence of the three levels of government.
For more information (in Spanish):
VERDAD Y JUSTICIA PARA OAXACA, EDUCA, 29 August 2011
Surge en Oaxaca “espacio ciudadano” por la verdad y la justicia, Proceso.com.mx, 30 August 2011
ONG de Oaxaca crean grupo para promover comisión de la verdad, La Jornada, 30 August 2011
Exigen organizaciones a Cué cumplir con creación de Comisión de la Verdad, Enfoque Oaxaca, 29 August 2011
Crean Espacio Ciudadano por la Justicia y Verdad en Oaxaca, Oaxaca Libre, 30 August 2011
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: following the caravan “Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola” to San Juan Copalá (21 June 2010)