Guerrero: CNDH investigates attacks on journalist from the Mountain region of Guerrero

November 12, 2014

Vehículo de la periodista Brenda Nava Mancilla (@libertadguerrero.net)

Automobile belonging to journalist Brenda Nava Mancilla (@libertadguerrero.net)

On 19 October, the personal vehicle of journalist Brenda Nava Mancilla, editor of La Noticia en La Montaña in the municipality of Tlapa de Comonfort and also a delegate to the Journalists’ Club of Guerrero A.C., was burned in an arson attack.  Journalistic sources claim that she had been threatened previously for having published reports on the Indigenous Maternal and Pediatric Hospital of Guerrero.  The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has launched an investigation into the case.

For more information (in Spanish):

Investiga CNDH agresiones a periodista de Tlapa (Radio Formula, 30 de octubre de 2014)

Indaga CNDH amenazas contra periodista de Guerrero (MVS, 29 de octubre de 2014)

Amenazan e incendian camioneta de periodista en Guerrero (Animal Político, 20 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: denunciation of intimidation against Proceso correspondent in the state (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: Attack by governor’s bodyguard on journalist from El Sur (2 May 2014)

National: Harassment of home of director of Article 19 shortly before publication of report “Dissent in silence: violence against the press and criminalization of protest, Mexico 2013″ (28 March 2014)


Guerrero: March of families victimized by tropical storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid, one year on

September 16, 2014

Marcha de damnificados en Tlapa (@Tlachinollan)

A year after tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid pummelled the state of Guerrero, indigenous communities from the Mountain region organized a march of between 3,000 and 4,000 people in Tlapa de Comonfort to denounce that, more than ten months after the announcement of the New Guerrero Plan (PNG) that would liberate 37 billion pesos, still roads, schools, health clinics, and homes have not been repaired.  Regarding the few advances made, protestors noted that the authorities discriminate against indigenous peoples by sending incompetent firms that use poor-quality materials.

The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights released a communique indicating that the communities “continue to experience great risks, especially due to the lack of a comprehensive program for reconstruction for the Mountain region and due to the inefficiency of the different levels of government in terms of providing a coordinated response to affected peoples.”  Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, noted that before the march, state and federal authorities told him that the march should not proceed, and that if it did, that participants “not be so demanding.”  Barrera Hernández noted that thanks to the “Let Maize Rain” program in the Mountain region, famine was avoided, but the government still has not followed through on its promise to provide maize and other grains for victimized peoples.  Of a total of six planned deliveries, only three have been completed.

For more information (in Spanish):

Permanecen en condición de damnificadas familias de La Montaña a un año del paso de Ingrid y Manuel (Boletín de prensa de Tlachinollan, 13 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa afectados para exigir reconstrucción total por daños de Manuel (La Jornada de Guerrero, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan miles en la Montaña; exigen cumplir promesas de reconstrucción (la Jornada, 14 de septiembre de 2014)

Marchan en Tlapa 4 mil damnificados por Manuel; exigen los granos que les prometieron (El Sur de Acapulco, 14 de septiembre 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)

Guerrero: Continúa crisis humanitaria causada por la tormenta Manuel en La Montaña (1ero de octubre de 2013)


Guerrero: Tlachinollan celebrates 20 years of struggle in defense of human rights

August 5, 2014

Foto @SIPAZ

In Tlapa de Comofort, Guerrero, on 25 and 26 July, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights celebrated its XX anniversary, with these twenty years being characterized by struggle besides indigenous peoples in defense of their rights.   More than 400 representatives from 85 communities of the Mountain region, together with different organizations and social movements from various states and representatives of international institutions, arrived to attend the forum “From the communal heart of resistance.”  On this occasion Abel Barrera Hernández, director of Tlachinollan, declared that “the criminalization of indigenous peoples has risen, and so has the threats against their lands.  There are attempts to loot [these lands] by means of mining concessions and attempts to build hydroelectric dams.  The situation of life in these communities is worsening due to abuse, looting, and the complacence of the authorities in the face of organized crime.”  Furthermore, he stressed the inequity and lack of attention from the government for indigenous peoples in the region.

At the end of the forum, a march was held toward the city center to demand the release of representatives of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC) and of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), including Nestora Salgado García, Arturo Campos, Gonzalo Molina, and Marco Antonio Suástegui.  Furthermore, members of the Council of Victims of the Mountain of Guerrero demanded that the state government observe its promises to support communities that were affected by the storms that destroyed crops and homes last September.

During the event itself, the importance of collective work was recognized as fundamental for the defense of human rights in the Mountain region, and Abel Barrera Hernández expressed his gratitude to indigenous peoples: “They gave us tortilla, coffee, petate, and shade, and they showed us how to sow communal justice.  For this reason, these twenty years have no sense without you, because you are the fathers, mothers, and founders of Tlachinollan.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Festeja Tlachinollan sus 20 años con una marcha en Guerrero (La Jornada, 27 de julio de 2014)

Reconocen 20 años de Tlachinollan, trabajo que busca justicia social para las comunidades (Sididh, 28 de julio de 2014)

Tlachinollan, 20 años de defensa de los derechos humanos en la Montaña(Sin Embargo, 28 de julio de 2014)

OPINIÓN: 20 años por los derechos humanos (Tlachinollan, 23 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Celebration of the 19th anniversary of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (4 August 2013)

Guerrero: 18th Anniversary of Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights (20 June 2012)


Guerrero: Emergence of new guerrilla group

December 8, 2013

Guerrilleros de las FAR-LP. Foto @Excelsior

Guerrillas from the FAR-LP. Photo @Excelsior

“The return to armed struggle is essential: if now you are quiet, that you be heard among the people and in the cities, on the coasts and through the valleys, on the pathways of the south and throughout the world,” said the new guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces-Liberation of the People (FAR-LP) on 2 December, when it announced its public presence to the world from Guerrero.

The new insurgent group calls for armed struggle in light of the violence and repression exercised by the federal and state governments against the social movement and the imposition of reforms that violate the rights and interests of society.  “What more should we expect from these governments, than that they will annihilate us?  The war against the people as a State policy has resulted in a repressive offensive based in its counter-insurgent bias against social activists, popular organizations, human-rights defenders, journalists, communal leaders, women’s rights activists, student representatives, and all those who raise their voices in defense of the people become the enemy of the State.”

The FAR-LP affirms having a presence in the Guerrero regions of the Mountain, Costa Chica, and Acapulco.

For more information (in Spanish):

Surge guerrilla en Guerrero; acusa a Peña de represión y “robo sistemático” (Proceso, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

Surge nuevo grupo guerrillero en Guerrero, las FAR-LP (Excelsior, 2 de diciembre de 2013)

FAR-LP, nuevo grupo guerrillero en México (El economista, 2 de diciembre de 2013)


Guerrero: Indigenous from the Mountain region request legal motion against British mining corporation

December 7, 2013

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Landscape of the Mountain region. Photo @ SIPAZ archive

On 14 November, campesinos from the Mountain region of Guerrero demanded the cancellation of mining concessions, given that they violate the rights of indigenous peoples to be consulted regarding projects that affect their territory and culture.  Represented by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, residents of the community of San Miguel El Progreso, Malinaltepec municipality, appealed for the protection of federal justice, given that the mining concessions which allow the Hoshschild Mining firm to extract gold and silver “contradict the Constitution and international accords which the Mexican State has ratified.”

The concern for the lack of consultation originates in the information that the campesinos have obtained regarding the presence of 42 mines in the Mountain and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero, in addition to the 30 further concessions the federal government has provided for the carrying out of mineral exploration and exploitation for the next 50 years.  Hoshchild Mining, a Peruvian firm which functions by means of British capital, has been granted concessions in more than 59,000 hectares of the Mountain region.  This general project (known as the “Heart of Darkness”) will affect ten agrarian communities, including  San Miguel El Progreso.

In a 14 November 2013 communique, Tlachinollan denounces that the “awarding of concessions for mineral exploration and exploitation in indigenous territory violates international accords ratified by the Mexican State, and the constitutionality of the Mining Law must be analyzed by the judiciary power of the federation.”  The communique notes furthermore that “the indigenous and campesino communities that carry out acts of resistance against mining projects which alter their territories in different regions of Guerrero are not rejecting so-called ‘development’ but on the contrary are defending themselves from the megaprojects which threaten their lands and natural settings, given that these plans directly threaten the physical space where the identity and survival of these peoples is constructed: on the land.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncian abuso de mineras en la Montaña de Guerrero (Proceso, 14 de noviembre de 2013)

Indígenas de Guerrero piden amparo contra minera de GB (La Jornada, 15 de noviembre de 2013)

Demanda comunidad indígena al Ejecutivo Federal por entrega de concesiones mineras en su territorio (Tlachinollan, 14 de noviembre de 2013)
FICHA Defensa del Territorio contra la minería (Tlachinollan, noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: mobilization of the Communal Police against mining (8 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions (18 March)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota (January 13, 2011)