National: Activist Rosario Piedra Ibarra is elected new president of the CNDH

November 11, 2019
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On November 7, the Senate elected the new head of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). With 76 out of 114 votes cast in her favor, Rosario Piedra Ibarra, human rights activist and daughter of the founder of the Eureka! Committee, an organization of mothers and relatives of the disappeared, was elected as the new ombudsman, while candidates Arturo Peimbert Calvo and José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez received 24 and 8 votes respectively.

After the vote, members of the National Action Party (PAN) denounced that in reality 116 instead of 114 legislators voted and that there was fraud in the process. “We demand the annulment of the vote to elect the incumbent of the @CNDH. [. . . ] We cannot allow FRAUD to be done in the Senate of the Republic”, Martha Márquez of the PAN reported on Twitter. It should be noted that the only people empowered to count votes are the secretaries of the Board of Directors of the Chamber where the PAN is represented by one secretary.

PAN senators also criticized that Rosario Piedra Ibarra was a candidate for federal congresswoman for Morena: “Today Morena did not vote in favor of the Mexicans, they voted for a president of the @CNDH who will act under the command of the President”.

I am never going to submit to a partisan idea that would be contrary to what is in my own conscience“, emphasized the new president of the CNDH before the accusations. She also stated that she wants to prevent the CNDH from becoming a instance of “simulation” with the promise of putting herself “in the shoes of the victims”.

On voting day she announced on her Twitter account: “A new period for human rights begins today. I heartily thank the people who place their trust in me and rest assured that I will work the same way I have for over 40 years. May this achievement be for all of us.”

For more information:

Rosario Piedra Ibarra en Twitter (November 7, 2019)

Rosario Piedra hace historia: Es la primera luchadora social que llega a la Presidencia de la CNDH (SinEmbargo November 7, 2019)

Oposición acusa fraude en elección de titular de CNDH; es un trámite concluido, dice Morena (Animal Político November 7, 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: CNDH Demands Clarification of Crimes against Journalists in Mexico – 90% Remain in Impunity (November 8, 2019)

National/International: UNO Presents Diagnostic of Protection Mechanism of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (September 2, 2019)

Oaxaca: Founder and Director of Community Radio Murdered. Tenth Journalist Murdered under AMLO Government (May 10, 2019)

 


National: Offices of the Contralínea magazine are raided and robbed

July 3, 2014
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The Contralínea magazine reported that its facilities located in Coyoacán, Mexico City, were attacked on the night of June 23. Newspaper records, editorial materials and reporters’ personal documentation as well as computer equipment were stolen, including the laptops of its director, Miguel Badillo, and of the deputy director, Jose Reyez.

Contralínea considered the incident as an act of intimidation” because of the constant attacks that itseditorial team has received. Last April 18, the house of its director was also assaulted.

It should be recalled that the magazine has been awarded precautionary measure and has had permanent police surveillance cameras installed in its offices as a part of the Protection Mechanism for Defenders and Journalists. Furthermore, since beginning its work in April 2002, Contralínea denounced threats, harassment, lawsuits, thefts, burglaries, advertising, censorship from the government, an arrest, and an ambush.

For more information (In Spanish):

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea (Contralínea, 24 de junio de 2014)

Saquean las instalaciones de la revista Contralínea en Coyoacán (La Jornada de Oriente, 24 de junio de 2014)

Allanan y roban las instalaciones de la revista “Contralínea” (Proceso, 24 de junio de 2014)

Asaltan instalaciones de Contralínea en el DF (Sexenio, 25 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English):

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″ (March 28, 2014)

National: Article 19 receives death-threats (April 23, 2013)

Mexico: 2 journalists are murdered (September 22, 2011)


National: Closure of the Campaign “Let Us Defend Hope”

June 12, 2014

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On May 31, members of various civil Human Rights organizations held a public event to close the campaign “Let Us Defend Hope,” which was launched just over a year ago and aimed at “spreading the positive impacts of male and female Human Rights defenders.  They recalled that the Campaign began in March 2013 and “collected twenty stories of how the work of human rights defenders has contributed to build a more just and democratic society. Irinea Buendia, mother of Mariana Luna Buendia, victim of femicide in June 2010, and Professor Alberto Patishtan, a political prisoner for 13 years who was released a few months ago, were present at the event.

They stressed that forums, conferences and public events were held in eight Mexican states in the framework of this Campaign. Moreover they stated that: “Mexico is a country of high risk to those who defend human rights. One factor that increases this risk is the lack of knowledge and appreciation of the work of human rights defenders. […] No doubt, through this campaign, we helped to publicize these contributions, and invited others to do so. Today more than ever, Mexico needs human rights defenders and to open spaces for public debate so as to strengthen freedom of expression of all people. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Clausuran campaña en pro de defensores de derechos humanos (31 May 2014)

Comunicado de las OSC que integraron la Campaña (31 May 2014)

Website: http://defendamoslaesperanza.org.mx/

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Presentation of book “Accompanying hope: 20 experiences in defense and promotion of human rights” in Chilpancingo (14 February 2014)

Chiapas: Forum “Defending hope and autonomy from southeastern Mexico” (19 July 2013)

National: Campaign “We Defend Hope” in favor of human-rights defenders (8 April 2013)