Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac

December 7, 2013

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AFADEM, photo @SIPAZ

Tita Radilla Martínez, vice president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM), has denounced acts of intimidation exercised by the Army on 8 November, when soldiers presented themselves to her home, revising and frightening children and one of her grandchildren.  She noted that this day, for no apparent reason and without providing any explanation, the soldiers inspected youth who were present in the area, while she was with her grand-daughter and a neighbor during a time she referred to as being “high-tension.”  She added that the inspection was arbitrary and that the soldiers were present in front of her house for at least 10 minutes, thus qualifying as an act of harassment.

On 14 November, Tita Radilla said that she did not present a denunciation before the Public Ministry because she has no faith in the State Attorney General (PGJE), given her past experiences which indicate to her that “that would lead nowhere.”  Interviewed after offering a press-conference together with relatives and victims of forced disappearances, Tita Radilla noted that the situation is “highly grave,” especially for social activists and human-rights activists.  “The truth is that it is very grave and there is much fear among the social groups and organizations for this reason, because we do not really know where all this is coming from; we believe that the State has the responsibility of protecting human-rights defenders, but they have instead been killed,” she asserted.  Radilla criticized that no crimes against activists have been clarified.

Tita Radilla is the daughter of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, a campesino disappeared by the Army in Atoyac in 1974, a case in which the Mexican State has been found guilty of crimes against humanity, in the opinion of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR).  The sentence was published on 23 November 2009, and it obliges the federal government to abolish military courts and find the remains of Radilla Pacheco, among other stipulations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Hostigan militares a Tita Radilla en Atoyac; se mantiene el terrorismo de Estado, denuncia (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de noviembre de 2013)

Militares allanaron mi casa: Radilla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 12 de noviembre de 2013)

Tita y la guerra sucia (Proceso, 14 de diciembre de 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero

October 4, 2013

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On 18 September, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights denounced that storm victims “have been rendered invisible: to date there have been adopted no governmental actions to attend to the damages that the recent storms have caused in the region.”  The Center noted that in this region, hundreds of indigenous communities continue to be cut off due to the climatological disruptions, detailing that the “impacts caused by the rainfall in the mountain region cannot be quantified at the moment, given that, beyond the lack of ability to count the number of deaths and accidents, the maize that has been cultivated for subsistence purposes during this cycle has been lost, and the majority of the communities of the region will confront a worrying scarcity of food.  Connected to this, many homes have been destroyed in the communities.  The guarantee of the human right to nutrition and dignified housing amidst emergency situations remain urgent.”

For his part, the president of the United Guerrero Alliance for Human Rights, Leopoldo Soberanis Hernández, denounced in an interview with La Jornada that, despite the fact that there is a permanent military presence in the coastal region of the state, the soldiers “have not distributed even one sweet to the people who need food, nor have they worked to open the roads which would permit the transcendence of lack of communication.”  He indicated that beyond the isolation and scarcity of food, “the voracity of merchants is added, as they are selling their reserves at the highest prices.”

On 19 September in Acapulco, the desperation for lack of food, water, and clothing led to at least three roadblocks in the city.  This same day, several mayors declared that the authorities are prioritizing the welfare of the tourists who find themselves in that city.

For more information (in Spanish):

Alerta Tlachinollan sobre invisibilización de personas indígenas damnificadas de la Montaña y Costa Chica del Estado de Guerrero (Tlachinollan, 18 de Septiembre de 2013)

Desdén oficial a damnificados en la Montaña de Guerrero: ONG (La Jornada, 19 de septiembre de 2013)

Alcaldes de Guerrero recriminan olvido en envío de ayuda a damnificados (CNN México, 19 de México)

Cobertura especial de La Jornada: La devastación (20 de septiembre de 2013)

Claman en Acapulco por agua y comida (La Jornada de Guerrero, 20 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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