National: Commemoration of two years of the MPJD

April 8, 2013

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On 28 March, two years after the murder of the son of the poet Javier Sicilia, which gave rise to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), there was held a series of actions to commemorate this date in Cuernavaca (Morelos), Mexico City, Chiapas, and even Tokyo, Japan.At the Mexico City event, Javier Sicilia declared that two years after the MPJD’s beginnings, there persists “a suffering that does not see any sort of justice or peace,” although he also indicated that “all commemorative dates are also times during which we stop to think, would it not be worth it to simply leave our pain inside […]?”  He indicated in this sense that there have been advances in three respects: the visibilization of victims, the State’s taking acceptance of responsibility, and the creation of the General Law on Victims.Regarding the future of the MPJD, Sicilia identified three aspects.  With regard to the Law on Victims, he said that the MPJD would maintain “an absolute vigilance for the real application of the General Law of Victims throughout the country […].  The only reasons that we see as serving as obstacles for this are bad faith, disparagement, ignorance, and solidarity with organized crime.”

Sicilia also demanded that the Estela de Luz, where the event was held, be transformed “not only into a center of documentation of the memory of all victims in the country, but rather a cultural center for peace.”  It should be mentioned that until 8 May, there will be carried out a campaign to collect signatures at www.change.org/esteladepaz toward this end.

Finally, Sicilia announced that the MPJD would continue to collaborate with U.S. organizations that participated in the Caravan for Peace (August-September 2012), given that “there will be no peace as long as on the other side of the border, there is no regulation of the consumption of drugs or of control of the weapons of extermination.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Presenta oficialmente Movimiento por la Paz exigencia de resignificar Estela de Luz (La Jornada, 2 de abril de 2013)

La situación de las víctimas, peor (Proceso, 1ero de abril de 2013)

‘‘El Estado, aún omiso ante miles de crímenes’’(La Jornada, 29 de marzo de 2013)

“Sobre el misterio del dolor que trae esperanza y la vida que nace de la muerte”: Reflexiones en el II Aniversario del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (Iglesias por la Paz, 29 de marzo de 2013)

Palabras de Javier Sicilia en la conmemoración de los dos años del MPJD (MPJD, 28 de marzo de 2013)

La Voz del Amate y Solidarios de la Voz del Amate saludan al MPJD (28 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims (7 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)

 


Mexico: Entering into law of General Law for Attention to Victims

January 15, 2013

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On 9 December, in an official act, President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomed the entrance into law of the General Law for Attention to Victims, which will officially become law in the next 30 days following its publication.  The new law seeks economic support and protection for victims of violence and their families, including promises of up to 900,000 pesos.

The publication of this law in the Official Daily of the Federation takes place 8 months after its unanimous approval in the Congress of the Union, and nearly six months after former president Felipe Calderón rejected it, instead presenting a constitutional controversy to demand changes to the bill.  He had demanded in particular that the responsibility of the states and municipalities for attending to victims of violence be upgraded to the constitutional level.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner in Mexico celebrated the promulgation of the law, affirming that “this is a necessary step, one that is significant and plainly legitimate for the path toward the enjoyment on the part of Mexicans of State policy and effective mechanisms to guarantee their rights.”

Javier Sicilia, a key figure from the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), noted regardless that the Law will require instruments so as to be “realized.”  “The General Law on Victims, that you today have promulgated, necessitates, as the Law says, a National System for Attention to Victims, an honest system, equipped with the necessary resources and sufficient personnel to attend to the enormous dimensions of the humanitarian crisis faced by the nation.  This is a system furthermore that requires the unity of all.  Without this, the General Law on Victims will be nothing more than a dead letter, a nice intention amidst infernal conditions, or a dream devoured by the nightmare that we have not still been spared.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Requiere Ley de Víctimas de instrumentos para ‘encarnarse’: Sicilia (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2013)

Después de seis meses de controversia, se publica la Ley de Víctimas (CNN México, 9 de enero de 2013)

Palabras del MPJD al Ejecutivo por la publicación de la Ley General de Víctimas (MPJD, 9 de enero de 2013)

 Sicilia: ley no es suficiente (El Universal, 10 de enero de 2013)

Cronología de la Ley de Victimas (MPJD)

DECRETO por el que se expide la Ley General de Víctimas.

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims (7 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)