National / International: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared

September 6, 2014

Various events were held in different parts of the Mexican Republic, the United States and in Central America on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which is also called the Day of the Detained and Disappeared. That day, a march was held in Mexico City organized by members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).

The National Front of Struggle for Socialism – FNLS also held “a day of national struggle demanding the safe return of the disappeared”, as it expressed in a public report. Furthermore, it demanded the “presentation alive of two social activists, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez”. Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya were detained and disappeared on May 25, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca. Since their disappearances, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared “Until we Find Them” was created.

It should be noted that on June 19 a collegiate court issued an order requiring various governmental bodies (such as the Army, the Federal Police and the government of Oaxaca) to explain their actions in these cases and demanding the integration of a special commission to find the whereabouts of Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez. The Civil Commission for Monitoring and Research consists of the legal representatives of the families of the missing, families’ members, persons of social authority and civil organizations. They stated that if they don’t get satisfactory results from the Mexican justice system, they will go to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas, boletín de prensa: La detención desaparición de los luchadores sociales, Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, se enmarca dentro del terrorismo de Estado que implementa el Estado mexicano en contra todo el pueblo (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, 25 de agosto de 2014)

Caminata por el Día Internacional del Detenid@-Desaparecid@ (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 28 de agosto de 2014)

Exigen cumplimiento de la sentencia de buscar a Reyes Amaya y Cruz Sánchez (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2014)

Desaparición Forzada de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez. 7 años de impunidad (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Hasta Encontrarlos, mayo 2014)

Avala EPR comisión para localización de eperristas desaparecidos en Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (June 10, 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (September 16, 2013)

National: Week of protests to “dismiss” Felipe Calderón

December 7, 2012

Memorial de víctimas (@kaosenlared)

Several organizations of relatives of the disappeared and victims of violence carried out protests throughout the country and abroad from 25 November to 1 December, the latter being the day of transition of power from Felipe Calderón (PAN) and Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI).

On 25 November, mothers who are members of the organization United Strength for our Disappeared of Mexico (Fundem) in Coahuila, the Human Rights Centers for Women of Chihuahua and Victoria Díez (Guanajuato), as well as the Committee “Until We Find Them,” from Guerrero and Michoacán, held a protest in front of the Museum of Fine Arts (Bellas Artes) in Mexico City.  They demanded justice and presented an exposition of more than 100 photographs of some of the thousands of the victims of the war against organized crime.  On this same day, in different cities of the country and in Central America, mothers of those disappeared in Mexico carried out parallel public acts.

On 26 November, there was held a protest against the monument to the victims of the previous six-year term, which was constructed on the orders of Felipe Calderón.  Its inauguration was one of the final acts the ex-president performed at the end of his term.

On 28 November, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) organized another protest to dismiss the “six-year term of death.”  The day coincided with the anniversary of the death of one of its members, Nepomuceno Moreno, who was killed while seeking out his disappeared son a year ago.

On 1 December, the last day of the Calderón administration, the Movement of Collectives for Peace in Mexico held expositions in different countries in the country and abroad to demonstrate hundreds of scarfs to which were added the names of those who were murdered, disappeared, and threatened with death during the past six years.

For more information (in Spanish):

…Y víctimas lo despiden: “¡Te vas y no estarás en paz jamás!” (Proceso, 28 de noviembre de 2012)

Pronunciamiento del MPJD Balance de un sexenio de muerte, guerra y traición (MPJD, 28 de noviembre de 2012)

Con protesta, familiares de desaparecidos dicen adiós al presidente Felipe Calderón (la Jornada, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Protestan contra memorial a víctimas de la violencia (Proceso, 26 de noviembre de 2012)

Familiares de desaparecidos bordan para Calderón pesadilla que vivieron en su sexenio (Proceso, 25 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Mothers of the disappeared on hunger strike before Segob (16 November 2012)

Mexico: Caravan of mothers of Central American migrants seeking out their children (2 November 2012)

National: “March for National Dignity, mother seeking out their children and justice” (18 May 2012)

Mexico: Report of the UN Work Group on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends (9 June 2011)

National: Mothers of the disappeared on hunger strike before Segob

November 16, 2012


Mother of disappeared person on hunger strike in front of Segob @ Proceso

Since 6 November, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) have installed a sit-in before the Ministry of Governance (Segob) to demand that the head of this institution, Alejandro Poiré, resolve their cases. Margarita López, Julia Alonso, Malú García, and Paz Duarte have initiated a hunger-strike because to date they have met only omission and impunity on the part of the government of Felipe Calderón.  The cold night of 13 November became the eighth consecutive day of strike and sit-in on the street for the group of mothers who struggle against impunity in Mexico, given that their family members were kidnapped or murdered months or even years ago, and they have not received justice.  The long wait has reduced them.  Julia awoke ill, feeling very weak.  The headaches suffered by Margarita are ever-more frequent.  Regardless, and despite the cold weather, the dizziness, and their impotence, their love for the children keep them going.

“I gave [the authorities] all the investigations that I did myself; I spent all my savings paying investigators and paying fees to the government,” noted Margarita López.  “It is lamentable that while we have given them all our evidence and told them where to go to find our children, they do not lift a finger,” added the woman, very weakened by lack of food, whose daughter was taken by a commando-group of men in April 2011 in southern Oaxaca.  On 9 November, Poiré received Julia Alonso and Malú García expressing “good intentions but no solution” for their cases.  “Unfortunately, we fear what happened when we went to Maricela Morales [Attorney General]: their subordinates did not follow up with the indications we had given them.  The orders that Poire is giving were handed down by Morales a year ago, and nothing has happened,” noted Margarita López.  They have resorted to this desperate means because they fear the change of government to Enrique Peña Nieto, which will take place on 1 December, will signify the total closure of these cases, still resting in impunity.

The sit-in will be held indefinitely, “until they solve each one of our cases,” assured Alicia Trejo, one of the dozens of mothers whose children are disappeared who arrived from all over the country to be together with the three mothers who began the hunger-strike.

It should be noted that the daily newspaper Excelsior published an investigation that finds 14,300 disappeared persons in Mexico between the years 2008 and 2011, with an impunity rate of 87%, according to information received from 23 of the 32 state governments.  For its part, the UN Committee on Forced Disappearance finds that there exist 3,000 disappeared persons in Mexico whose cases have not been resolved.  Amnesty International  claims that local NGOs speak of tens of thousands of disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Madres del MPJD realizan huelga de hambre frente a Segob (Proceso, 7 de noviembre de 2012)

Comunicado de Malú García Andrade, Defensora de Derechos Humanos (Facebook, 6 de noviembre de 2012)

Desaparecidos, el vergonzoso saldo de Calderón (Proceso, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Impunidad en México lleva a madres a una huelga de hambre (Terra Noticias, 12 de noviembre de 2012)

Madres hacen huelga de hambre contra la impunidad de crímenes (El Nuevo Diario, 12 de noviembre de 2012)


Julia, Margarita, Malú y Bárbara, madres de desaparecidos en la llamada guerra contra el narco de Calderón llevan tres días en huelga de hambre frente a Gobernación (Reporte Indigo, 13 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Caravan of mothers of Central American migrants seeking out their children (2 November 2012)

National: “March for National Dignity, mother seeking out their children and justice” (18 May 2012)

Mexico: Report of the UN Work Group on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends (9 June 2011)

National: MPJD denounces “treason of government” and demands advances in the cases of victims of violence

October 15, 2012

MPJD, press-conference on 9 October 2012 (@MPJD)

In a press conference on 9 October, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) assured that it has been betrayed by the federal government, given that the State has not observed the accords signed in Chapultepec in October 2011, and that above all the cases that were presented at that time have not been resolved.  It detailed that “Of the accords mentioned, Felipe Calderón has not created the memorial; he has not observed the General Law on Victims, instead creating a Special Prosecutorial Office for Attention to Victims that is governed by a limited supportive scheme, having no resources to establish a system of attention for victims.  This has meant fatal consequences for Don Nepomuceno Moreno, Eva Alarcón and Marcial Bautista, Pedro Leyva, and Don Trino, who formed part of the Dialogue Tables with the Executive and who, like Don Nepo who had presented his case to the president, were murdered or find themselves disappeared.”  They indicate moreover that “as family members of victims we clearly know that our murdered and/or disappeared sons and daughters are not the family-members of former governors, as in the case of the ex-governor who lost his son to murder, or the case of the brother of the former State Attorney General of the state of Chihuahua who was kidnapped and murdered.  If our families had these last names, then we would have the attention of Felipe Calderón or Alejandro Poire.”

On 10 October, as was announced in the press-conference, MPJD members met outside the office of the Secretary of Governance to denounce “the omission and lack of political will to resolve cases of disappearances, which like the thousands killed demand an immediate response.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado completo MPJD exige se cumplan acuerdos del gobierno federal y avances en los casos de víctimas de la violencia (MPJD, 9 de octubre de 2012)

Reprocha Movimiento por la paz al gobierno justicia para unos cuantos (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2012)

Acusa Movimiento por la Paz traición del gobierno (Milenio, 9 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in Spanish):

Binational: Presentation of the “Caravan for Peace of the MPJD in the United States” (20 June 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

Mexico: activities and communiqués in observance of the International Day for Peace

September 28, 2012

During the night of 20 September, in observance of the close of the National and International Event 10 days for Peace and Human Rights, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) and #IAm132 carried out a public act “A light for peace” in front of the U.S. embassy to demand a cessation to the war against drug-trafficking and instead the promotion of peace.

The next day, the International Day for Peace, several communiqués were circulated.  The Network All Rights for All denounced that “The absence of respect for human rights, the indifference to the work of human/rights defenders, the same lack of care so that journalists are able to exercise their free expression and we exercise our right to information, mixed together with a war on organized crime launched in 2006 by President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa: that this has occurred, strengthened, and multiplied the cartels shows that in Mexico there is everything but peace.”  The Network affirms that “Homicides, destruction, disappearance, lies, exploitation, and manipulation will never be the way for the construction of peace.  For that there is only one way: JUSTICE.”

For its part, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) noted in a communiqué that “in Chiapas, for at least the last three six-year [gubernatorial] terms, we have experienced a counter-insurgent war with consequences that are translated into the military occupation of a large part of the territory, the existence of paramilitary groups, the repression and criminalization of social protest, and constant attacks on human-rights defenders.”  The CDHFBC also reiterated that “for it to be possible that there be a construction of peace, as a process of reconciliation among differences, it is necessary that the administration and justice system not continue to concede impunity, in light of their obligations of imparting justice; that the military, policial, and paramilitary occupation which today confronts the communities and organizations that have opted for the construction of autonomy as an alternative cease; that the pacts and international agreements regarding human rights which have been signed by the state and federal governments be observed, so as not to leave without recourse the thousands of persons who suffer the consequences of structural violence, living in extreme poverty.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Unidos, Movimiento por la Paz y #YoSoy132 exigen detener la guerra inútilantinarco (La Jornada, 21 de septiembre de 2012)

Es el momento de hacer realidad las promesas de democracia de justicia y de paz: Palabras de J. Sicilia en Una Luz por la Paz (MPJD, 20 de diciembre de 2012)

Comunicado conjunto “Violaciones a los derechos humanos, traba para la construcción de paz en México” (Red Tdt, 21 de septiembre de 2012)

Comunicado “Pendientes en Chiapas en el marco del Día internacional de la Paz” (CDHFBC, 21 de septiembre de 2011)

Chiapas: Threats of displacement in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (14 March 2012)

National/International: End of MPJD caravan to USA

September 19, 2012

On 12 September, the Caravan of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) concluded its journey through the United States.  Comprised of the poet Javier Sicilia and a hundred victims of violence in Mexico, the caravan covered 9,400 kilometers, visiting 25 cities.  Javier Sicilia concluded that “we return with our task finished; we have done what we had to do, sowing well and now, that they who have ears must listen.”  Although the coverage of the caravan by mass media (broadcast and print) was limited, Sicilia qualified the initiative as being positive, given that “for the first time, Mexican and U.S. citizens decided on citizens’ diplomacy” in light of the failures of their governments.  He detailed that in the caravan were “120 persons, 80 victims, and more than 100 organizations in the US that have supported us, as we traveled in fairly precarious conditions; the communities gave us food and housing, above all churches, both Catholic and Protestant.”

On its last day in the US, the MPJD met with several congressional representatives and representatives of the executive branch to demand that they not only stop supporting Calderón’s war strategy against organized crime by supplying arms to the Mexican Army, but also that they double their efforts to regulate the traffic of arms and the demand and consumption of drugs in the U.S.  Sicilia noted that his proposals were received “with reticence,” particularly because the U.S. finds itself in an electoral race and because “they do not want to commit themselves to a movement that has a touchy agenda.”

Beyond this, Sicilia announced at the end of the caravan that he plans temporarily to leave the MPJD upon returning to Mexico, given that he needs time for his personal and familial life.

Para más información:

Mapa de los lugares visitados por la Caravana del MPJD (CNN México)

Sitio Web de la Caravana por la Paz a EU

Caravana por la Paz cierra viaje por EU con procesión de denuncias(Proceso, 12 de septiembre de 2012)

La Caravana por la Paz en EU fue positiva: Sicilia (CNN México, 12 de septiembre de 2012)

Exigen a México y Estados Unidos caminar juntos en favor de la paz (la Jornada, 13 de septiembre de 2012)

“Peor, dejarse llevar por la impotencia, Sicilia (El Universal, 13 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Binational: Presentation of the “Caravan for Peace of the MPJD in the United States” (20 June 2012)

Chiapas: Platform for Peace announces “10 days for peace”

September 19, 2012

On 12 September in a press conference held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the Platform for Peace with Justice and Dignity of Chiapas announced the beginning of a ten-day event in favor of peace.  The International and National event “Ten days for peace and human rights” was launched by the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), to be carried out from 12 to 21 September of this year, the 21st being the International Day for Peace.

The Platform for Peace noted in a pronunciation that “We refuse to accept the results of the presidential election and the failure of the Electoral Tribunal of the Judicial Power of the Federation.  To accept this would be to validate the legality of lies, fraud, corruption, violence, and to give support so that these criteria be adopted by those who have the force of power and money […].  For all of these reasons we will continue on the path of building peace with justice and dignity by peaceful means, and by peaceful civil disobedience when the need for this should arise.”

During the conference, the Platform also announced a series of activities to be carried out in the coming days, such as the forum against mining in Chicomuselo on 15 September and the forum to be held on 22 September that seeks to “review the results obtained in these 10 days of action at the state and national levels, such that we can reflect theoretically and politically on what the struggle for the construction of peace means.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Inician en Chiapas jornada “Diez días por la paz”, La Jornada, 12 de septiembre de 2012

Inicia jornada por la paz y los derechos humanos, Cuarto Poder,  13 de septiembre de 2012

Jornada Nacional e Internacional 10 días por la paz y los Derechos HumanosMPJD, 4 de septiembre de 2012