Oaxaca: in assembly, peoples of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus denounce threats from PEMEX

March 1, 2015

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On 8 February, representatives from 25 communities associated with the communities of San Juan Guichicovi, Asunción Ixtaltpec, Matías Romero, Santa María Petapa, and El Barrio de la Soledad met in an assembly with members of the Union of Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI).   They jointly denounced intimidation and threats made by PEMEX workers who had been preparing the land for the construction of the natural gas pipeline spanning Jáltipan, Veracruz to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.   They warned that they would prevent workers from the state firm and their subcontracotrs from entering their lands and ejidos.

It should be noted that this new pipeline will occupy 315 kilometers of land within these communities in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.  Those affected have denounced that the state firm has entered their lands without their permission to carry out topographical surveys.  To date there exist more than 500 who have displaced by works and disasters in these municipalities, and they indicate that PEMEX has “acted very irresponsibly in the face of oil spills, like the one that occurred on 31 December.  The victims still have not been compensated.”

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Pemex reprime y despoja a a comunidades istmeñas (Comunicado de prensa de UCIZONI, 8 de febrero de 2015)

Piden resultados creíbles de estudio sobre incendio en pozo de Tabasco(La Jornada, 10 de febrero de 2015)

Pueblos de la zona norte del Istmo, denuncian intimidación de Pemex(Página3, 10 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Violent displacement of UCIZONI members for blockade of refinery in Salina Cruz (8 February 2015)


Oaxaca: New threats against members of Indigenous Women for Conservation, Investigation, and Management of Natural Resources (CIARENA)

February 8, 2015


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In an Urgent Action published on 27 January 2015, Amnesty International calls on State authorities to protect the security of Silvia Pérez Yescas, a human-rights defender for the indigenous people of the community of Matías Romero, Oaxaca, given that she has received new threats, despite having security protocols in place.

The UA details that on 13 January, Silvia Pérez discovered that several members of her organization, Indigenous Women for Conservation, Investigation, and Management of Natural Resources (CIARENA), had been threatened.  A group of people who said they represented a cacique from the zone told them that they should “[abandon] the stupidities because you can even be thrown in jail for being accomplices of Silvia, and anyway she will be fucked over for getting involved in this problem of land distribution.”  Furthermore, they added that “there are people waiting for when she will show her face.”

For more information from SIPAZ (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente en línea México: Defensores de indígenas reciben nuevas amenazas (AI, 27 de enero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Bounty placed on head of female rights-defender for 100,000 pesos (2 September 2014)

Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender (29 January 2013)


Oaxaca: Civil organizations denounce attack on female human-rights defender

July 14, 2014

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During the early morning of 4 July 2014, a female activist and human-rights defender was sexually assaulted by a soldier in the Mexican Army.  The defender, member of the organization Union of Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) and the Network of Female Defenders, whose name has not been disclosed for security reasons, was en route to Oaxaca City from Matías Romero to attend the “Communication in Defense of Land” conference in the School for Communal Human-Rights Defenders.  The assault took place on an ADO bus in which she was traveling.

The victim attempted to denounce the abuse, firstly to the bus driver and then at a military checkpoint that halted the bus in San Pedro Totolapan, but on both occasions she was ignored.  On the contrary, since the case involved a high-level military man, she was told that nothing could be done.

The next day, close to 20 civil organizations published a letter denouncing the aggression, stressing that “beyond constituting a crime stipulated in article 241 of the Penal Code of Oaxaca as well as a clear human-rights violation, this is a very serious act in terms of the security of users of the system maintained by the firm, and even graver still because it involves an assault perpetrated by a high-ranking military official.”  The organizations added that the lack of response “shows the abuse of power and discrimination engaged in by the members of the armed forces.”

Lastly, in the letter the organizations demanded that the ADO bus firm “immediately respond to the complaint made by the human-rights defender, that it provides the corresponding authorities with the details of the aggressor soldier, that it guarantee reparations, and that it provide a public response regarding security policies for their users.”

Sadly, the case of 4 July is no isolated case.  Between 2011 and 2013, according to the Network All Rights for All, there were 409 assaults committed against human-rights defenders in Mexico.  Included within these aggressions most commonly are harassment, surveillance, robbery, kidnapping, forced disappearance, arbitrary arrests, death-threats, and torture, as well as murders.  27 human-rights defenders have been killed between 2011 and 2013: 16 men and 11 women, the majority of them in Guerrero, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Oaxaca, and Puebla.

For more information (in Spanish):

Militar agrede sexualmente a defensora de derechos humanos en autobus de empresa ADO (EDUCA, 7 de julio de 2014)

Militar ebrio abusa sexualmente de una activista en Oaxaca (Proceso, 7 de julio de 2014)

ONG´s denuncian irresponsabilidad del ADO; activista fue agredida a bordo de autobús (Página3, 7 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: One of the most violent and dangerous states for the exercise of journalism (May 16, 2014)

National: “La 72″ migrant home denounces kidnapping, robbery, and threats against migrants by INM (30 March 2014)
Guerrero: NGOs call on Peña Nieto to observe the sentences on Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo (2 May 2013)


Oaxaca: Concern for the alarming increase of murders in the state

April 26, 2014

Ignacio García Maldonado, ex miembro de la APPO asesinado. Foto (@Noticiasnet.mx)

Ignacio García Maldonado, murdered ex-member of the APPO. Photo (@Noticiasnet.mx)

During the past three weeks there has been a significant increase in the number of murders and extrajudicial executions in Oaxaca; some of these have been had a political character within the context of the social struggles being experienced in Oaxaca.

On 28 March, Basilio Guzmán Sánchez and Martín Sánchez Pérez were murdered in the Constanza del Rosario, being members of the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULT). That same day, the logging capitalist César Ramírez Guendüláin was murdered in the Santa Lucía del Camino municipality

The next day, Ignacio García Maldonado, former member of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) and ex-political prisoner, was murdered in Oaxaca City together with his friend Emanuel López Martínez.  Furthermore, in the community of San Miguel Soyaltepec, six people were shot, and Eliserio Valencia García was executed in Santa Cruz Loxicha, being the brother of the mayor of San Agustín Loxicha.

On 11 April, two teachers from Section 22 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE-CNTE) together with their 7-year old child in Pochutla.  The previous day, there was a report of the murder of the leader of the Freedom Union, Germán Hernández Juárez, in Trinidad de Viguera.

Lastly, on 12 April, six people were murdered, two of them minors, by a commando group in the municipality of Huajuapan de León in the Mixteca region, and the next day, Eduardo Vásquez Ramírez, Secretary of the Committee of Vigilance of the Commissioner’s Group for Communal Goods from Santa María Petapa, was killed in the Matías Romero municipality in the Tehuantepec Isthmus.

With reference to the political crimes, the Oaxacan group Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA) has expressed that “this context places us close to the risk that violence will take over all institutions and the administration of justice, beyond encouraging society in general to express its differences by means of bullets rather than reason […].  We are sure that only justice and not impunity can be the public action that marks the path toward the restitution of faith and credibility in the institutions […].  Violence without a doubt puts at risk the transition and the political changes demanded by Oaxacan society.  It is necessary to recover our faith in the institutions, as it is necessary to recover our faith in ourselves.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Asesinan en Oaxaca a 2 maestros y su hijo de 7 años; suman 4 crímenes en 24 horas (E-Oaxaca, 13 de abril de 2014)

Asesinan a secretario de Vigilancia del Comisariado de Bienes Comunales de Petapa (Página 3, 13 de abril de 2014)

Investigan asesinato de seis personas por comando armado en Huajuapan (Noticias, 13 de abril de 2014)

Asesinan a líder del sindicato Libertad en Oaxaca (Proceso, 11 de abril de 2014)

La violencia pone en riesgo la transición en Oaxaca: EDUCA (EDUCA, 01 de abril de 2014)

De nuevo, Oaxaca: amenazas y ejecuciones (La Jornada, 31 de marzo de 2014)

Asesinan a dos colaboradores del ex líder de la APPO Flavio Sosa (La Jornada, 30 de marzo de 2014)

Ejecutan a hermano del alcalde de Loxicha, Oaxaca (Proceso, 30 de marzo de 2014)

12 ejecuciones en 48 horas encienden focos rojos en Oaxaca (Página 3, 30 de marzo de 2014)

El mensaje es claro: estamos en la mira y el centro del asunto es 2006“: Comuna Oaxaca (Página 3, 30 de marzo de 2014)

Ejecutan a empresario (Noticias, 29 de marzo de 2014)

Matan a balazos a dos activistas del MULT (Noticias, 29 de marzo de 2014)


Oaxaca: 3 days of blockade against high electricity prices in the Isthmus

June 24, 2013

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Photo @ Página3

For the third consecutive day, on 10 June, indigenous people from the Tehuantepec Isthmus maintained their blockades in front of the office of the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) in the city of Matías Romero and the community of Estación Sarabia, Guichicovi, to denounce the excessive prices charged for electricity.  The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Northern Zone of the Isthmus (UCIZONI) reported in a communique that the CFE had suspended services to users, arguing that they are blockading the entrance to their offices, “which is untrue.”  UCIZONI noted that workers of the firm have been carrying out “actions of harassment and threats to those participating in the protest.”  Reportedly, CFE personnel from Juchitán and state police have been taking photos and asking who is at the head of the mobilization.  Furthermore, on 10 June, in the community of Sarabia, CFE personnel threatened the Mixe indigenous person Karina Francisco that she would suffer reprisals if she continued to protest.

The protestors noted that they receive electricity receipts ranging from 600 to 2,500 pesos, while their homes lack all electrical devices.  The electricity users noted their displeasure in light of this situation which predominates throughout the region, given that prices are ever on the rise, while “the services provided by the CFE are terrible.”

 

UCIZONI has made an urgent call to organizations and peoples who participate in the National Network of Civil Resistance to carry out protest actions against the CFE abuses, given that dialogue has not stopped the arrests, the massive service cuts, or excessive prices.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa (Ucizoni, 10 de junio de 2013)

Indígenas istmeños siguen en plantón para evitar que CFE les quite el dinero con que sobreviven (Página 3, 13 de junio de 2013)

Inicia UCIZONI plantón frente CFE en Oaxaca por altos cobros (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2013)

Se unen indígenas istmeños para luchar contra la CFE ante altas tarifas (Página 3, 11 de junio de 2013)

Se manifiestan contra altas tarifas de la CFE en la zona norte del Istmo (Romo Noticias, junio de 2013)

Urgente negociar tarifas justas de energía eléctrica (Heraldo de Chiapas, 13 de mayo de 2013)

Acusan a CFE de perdonar millonaria deuda a la Pepsi (El Heraldo de Tabasco, 20 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: National Network of Civil Resistance to High Electricity Prices denounces failures of Governance (20 March 2013)

Chiapas: harassment and threats from the CFE directed at organizations resisting high-electricity prices denounced (5 March 2013)

National: Mobilizations at the national level against high electricity prices (12 February 2013)

Mexico: National day of protests against high electricity prices (4 April 2012)

 


Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender

January 29, 2013

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The National Network for Communication and Urgent Action on Human-Rights Defenders has denounced the death-threats suffered by Silvia Pérez Yesca, a member of the organization Indigenous Women for CIARENA, together with her son on 16 January.  The Network demanded an immediate investigation and punishment of the intellectual and material authors of these new aggressions, and that the right to defend the human rights of indigenous and non-indigenous activists and human-rights defenders be guaranteed within the state of Oaxaca.  “During the early hours of Wednesday 16 January 2013, close to 20 armed men encircled the home of Silvia Pérez Yescas (located in Matías Romero)…. Despite the precautionary measures which Pérez Yescas has been awarded, being a member of the CIARENA organization, these have not proven sufficient, given that she continues to suffer death-threats at the hands of power groups in the Isthmus region specifically due to her accompaniment of females who have been victimized by violence,” noted a document read in press-conference.

Members of CIARENA explained to Communication and Information for Women (CIMAC) that this is not the first time that Silvia and the organization have been threatened by caciques, landowners, and cattle-ranchers, whose goal is to disrupt their work.  They detail that on one occasion unknown persons left an intimidating message on the wooden door of their offices, fixed with a knife.  To date, the CIARENA activists have decided not to provide more details regarding what has happened for reasons of security; Silvia currently finds herself in hiding.  They have also requested the intervention of the Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, as overseen by the Secretary of Governance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa de la Red Nacional de comunicación y acción urgente de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México (Revolucionemos Oaxaca, 21 de enero de 2013)

Amenazan a activista de DH; ONG’s exigen seguridad a Cué y Peña Nieto (Página 3, 19 de enero de 2013)

Intimidan hombres armados a defensora de DH en Oaxaca (Cimac Noticias, 21 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: First state in attack on female defenders, denounce organizations (21 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)

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

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: attack on union leader Marcelino Coache (20 May 2010)