Chiapas: Impunity in the case of Tatiana Trujillo; continued calls for gender alert amidst rise in number of femicides

September 16, 2014

Conferencia de prensa sobre el caso Tatiana (@SIPAZ)

On 9 September, a press-conference was held at which relatives of Tatiana Trujillo Rodríguez denounced the impunity seen in the femicide perpetrated against her in April 2010 in the Ocosingo municipality by her partner, Elmar Darinel Díaz Solórzano, a former federal deputy.  A sentence released against his person in June of this year condemns him to a imprisonment of at least 25 years and the payment of 43,041.10 pesos as compensation, in addition to calling for his arrest.  Nonetheless, he remains at large.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights manifested its “indignation regarding the impunity in the femicide committed against Tatiana, a mother of three children who, next to her family, has not her damages fully compensated.  We consider the judicial system of the state of Chiapas to be responsible in its actions, omissions, and acquiescence in not guaranteeing access to justice for victims.”

During the same press-conference, activists from the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas denounced that 65% of the 221 violent deaths of women that have occurred in the state since 2012 have been femicides, and that 24 femicides have been registered in the state so far this year.  They challenged the Mexican government for having refused to declare a gender alert as a means of supporting the prevention of violence against women, despite the calls that have been made toward this end in Chiapas since November 2013.

Martha Figueroa Mier indicated that the National System to Prevent, Attend, Sanction, and Eradicate Violence against Women has not supported the call for a gender alert, which has been submitted in light of the nearly 200 violent murders of women, 65% of which have been characterized as femicides, claiming that these “have not disturbed the social peace of the state.”  She indicated that the Campaign won a legal motion over attacks and human-rights violations of women in Chiapas and the country as a whole that among other things orders the National System to reinstate the session.

For more information (in Spanish):

Familia de Tatiana Trujillo, víctima de feminicidio, exige detención de Elmar Darinel Díaz Solórzano (Testimonio de la familia Trujillo, 9 de septiembre de 2014)

Boletín de prensa de la Campaña Popular Permanente contra la Violencia a las Mujeres y el Feminicidio en Chiapas (9 de septiembre de 2014)

Boletín: Feminicidio de Tatiana Trujillo Rodríguez en Impunidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 9 de septiembre de 2014)

El 65% de 221 muertes violentas de mujeres del 2012 al 2014 han sido feminicidios, denuncian (Chiapas Paralelo, 10 de diciembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State complicity in femicide is denounced (2 May 2014)

Chiapas: Commemoration of the murder of Itzel Janet Méndez-Pérez and other victims of femicide (26 April 2014)

Chiapas: Amidst increase in femicide and impunity, civil organization proclaims permanent Gender Alert (30 March 2014)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day (16 March 2014)


Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence

July 20, 2013

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Martha Figueroa Mier, @SIPAZ archive

Organized women from San Cristóbal de las Casas have declared an “Alert on Gender Violence” in light of the lack of response from the State to take adequate steps to arrest the feminicides and violence against women in Chiapas. Martha Figueroa Mier, member of the Collective of Women of San Cristóbal, explained that in 2012 the number of feminicides increased in the region, leaving nearly 200 dead in Chiapas.  In a press conference, Figueroa and representatives of other groups of organized women explained that this year “the situation is equally as serious.”  The degree of violence is repeated, and during the first sixth months 45 women have been murdered.

Figueroa said that in light of the increase of cases in municipalities such as Tuxtla and Tapachula, “it is urgent to extend and institutionalize the gender alert to the state level.  The proposal for Chiapas is to implement the alert together with the authorities and so implement protocols to locate the disappeared women.  The State Attorney General’s Office has been arresting some of the aggressors, identifiying them, but we need more, so as to prevent [these crimes].  It is not the same to detain a murderer of women as to prevent feminicide.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Mujeres de Chiapas decretan la alerta de violencia de género (Proceso, 3 de julio de 2013)

Activistas exigen que se decrete la alerta de género en Chiapas (Proceso, 28 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Increase in feminicide and State Accord for Gender Equality (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Colem Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounces violence against women (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas (16 August 2012)

National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico (20 July 2012)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

 


Chiapas: Group of Women denounce institutional violence in the state

December 27, 2012

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Photo @SIPAZ

The Network of Solidarity Decade against Impunity A.C. and the Group of Women of San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Colem on 20 December organized a press-conference in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, to recall that “the obligations of the Mexican State [and the Chiapas state government] in terms of the human rights of females are of no importance and observance, especially in the case of female prisoners unjustly imprisoned, living in inhuman conditions, as well as other cases of violence which remain in impunity,” as the invitation to the press-conference announced.  There were also reports on cases of feminicide in the state and on the “actions and attempts taken to attend to this grave problem of insecurity in observance of the annunciations of political transition at the end of the year 2012.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Invitación a Conferencia de Prensa (20 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: COLEM Group of Women take action against feminicide (19 October 2012)

Chiapas: Press-conference by Group of Women COLEM denounces violence against women (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: social organizations present report regarding situation of women in Chiapas (16 August 2012)

National: Amnesty International publishes report on violence against women in Mexico (20 July 2012)

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Chiapas: activities on the International Day against Violence against Women (28 November 2011)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)

 


Chiapas: Forums and marches in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 30, 2012

On 25 November, women in Chiapas took to the streets to march in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and Tuxtla Gutierréz in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  In previous days other events had been organized in which this problem had been discussed, such as the Popular Forum for the Defense of Earth, Territory, and Food Sovereignty, held from 22 to 24 November, as well as the meeting “A hundred voices of women reflecting on violence,” as organized by Kinal Antsetik and carried out in San Cristóbal de las Casas on 24 November. During these last event, more than a hundred women from 14 municipalities in various regions of Chiapas participated, analyzing the situation of violence that women presently confront in the state.

In this same sense, Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Collective of Women (Colem), reported that 67 feminicides had been committed in the state, a statistic that is based solely on the cases registered by communication media, given that the State Attorney General’s Office in Chiapas has not requested information in these terms.

In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, capital of the state, there was held a “Slut Walk,” following the example that began in Toronto, Canada, to reject declarations of the police asserting that women “sought out” aggressions due to the way they dress and act.

For more information (in Spanish)

Realizarán foro con la presencia de más de cien mujeres (Cuarto Poder, 24 de noviembre de 2012)

Marchan en Chiapas contra violencia hacia mujeres (El Universal 25 de noviembre de 2012)

El CEDH exhorta a las mujeres a romper el silencio contra la violencia (Chiapas Hoy, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

Acusan violencia contra chiapanecas (El Universal, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Mujeres marchan en Chiapas contra el aumento de los feminicidios (CNN México, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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


Chiapas: March to commemorate Itzel Méndez Pérez and to resist feminicide

May 21, 2012

Foto @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

Photo @ J. Marquardt (SIPAZ)

In observation of the day against feminicide and violence against women, some 1200 persons in San Cristóbal de Las Casas and more than a hundred in Tuxtla Gutiérrez mobilized in a simultaneous protest on 14 May with banners denouncing feminicide and violence against women in Chiapas.  They declared the two cities to be “insecure and violent.”

The march in San Cristóbal left from the Department of Social Studies of the Autonomous University of Chiapas, directing itself toward the Sonora Fraccionamiento, where on 14 April was murdered Itzel Janet Méndez Pérez, of 17 years of age.  From there it came to the Cathedral Plaza, where it demanded that authorities ensure security protocols and professional investigations that not be tainted by gender prejudice.

Roberto Méndez and Lucía Pérez, the parents of Itzel, lamented that there are not conditions of security and protection for the citizens of San Cristóbal, where violence against women has steadily increased.  “We cannot do nothing; we cannot even walk safely through the streets […].  We request that the state and federal governments do something,” said Lucía Pérez, Itzel’s mother.  Roberto Méndez, her father, demanded justice “for all raped and murdered women.  I want justice not just for Itzel but also but all other women who they have been murdering in this country and in Chiapas.  I demand justice because to lose a daughter is a pain that cannot be imagined.  I demand justice because our beautiful city of San Cristóbal is full of evil.”

Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Mercedes Olivera Feminist Collective, assured that in accordance with press reports, from January to April there have been 20 feminicides in Chiapas, and no justice has been made in the any of the cases.  “In 2011, the State Attorney General’s Office reported more than 100 murders of women in Chiapas.  We have requested that the Office establish protection protocols for women.  We have requested that it create a scientific police to investigate the murders, because in the investigations they establish that the women are murdered for going out at night, or for dressing provocatively.  With this, no one is found responsible for the violence against us,” she expressed.  She added that on average there are 5 women murdered each month.  The activist recalled that tourist women have also been raped by taxi drivers, and that municipal police have also attacked European tourists.

Regarding the number of cases of feminicides in Chiapas, the varies according to the source.  According to  to the data of the Chamber of Commerce and associations of the tourist sector of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “there were two murders of women in 2011.”  So in what has passed of 2012 the case of the youth Itzel Méndez Pérez is the first such case, according to Cuarto Poder.

For more information (in Spanish):

Marcha en memoria de Itzel Méndez Pérez y contra el feminicidio(Audios Radio Zapatista, 15 de mayo 2012)

Declaran a Tuxtla Gutiérrez y San Cristóbal de las Casas “ciudades inseguras y violentas” (Proceso, 14 de mayo 2012)

Familiares de víctimas protestan en Chiapas por el aumento de feminicidios (CNN México, 14 de mayo 2012)

DENUNCIA FEMINICIDIOS EN CHIAPAS: AUDIOS CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA Y MARCHA 14 DE MAYO (Koman Ilel, 8 de mayo 2012)

Comerciantes demandan esclarecer asesinato (Cuarto Poder, 15 de mayo 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez (16 May 2012)

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)


Chiapas: Justice is demanded in the case of the feminicide of the youth Itzel Yanet Méndez Pérez

May 16, 2012

Photo: @Sipaz

On 7 May, relatives and human-rights defenders demanded justice in a press-conference for the death of Itzel Méndez Pérez, a 17-year old Tzotzil student.  Itzel Méndez Pérez left her home on 14 April at 11pm, and her body was found a day later in the Sonora neighborhood located in the northern part of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, with indications of having been raped and beaten.

During this press-conference, Martha Figueroa Mier, from the Mercedes Olivera Feminist Collective, stressed that according to what had been published in the press, from January to April 2012 there have been recorded 20 feminicides in Chiapas, and not one has been clarified to date.  Several organizations and families organized a march for 14 May at 4pm, which is to leave from the UNACH Department of Social Sciences until the place where Itzel’s body was found, so as to demand that authorities “observe their work not only in this case but also in that of other women who have been found dead, thus indicating the degree to which violence against women rules in this city.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Demandan ONG aclarar asesinato de joven chiapaneca, La Jornada, 8 de mayo de 2012

Rotonda pública, Cuarto Poder, 8 de mayo de 2012

Civiles se organizan en Chiapas para combatir los feminicidios, La Jornada, 7 de mayo de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Demand for end to feminicide in Oaxaca (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides (14 September 2010)