Guerrero: national and international organizations visit prisoners of the CECOP and the CRAC-PC

October 10, 2018
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Press Conference at the Las Cruces prison (@La Jornada de Guerreo)

On October 5, members of Services and consultancies for peace (Serapaz), in representation of the Space of Civil Society Organizations for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio OSC), and the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) visited 16 of the 18 prisoners of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (Cecop) and the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities – Community Police (CRAC PC), held in the prison of Las Cruces, in Acapulco, since January 7. They were accompanied by the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which has assumed the defense of said prisoners.

At a press conference outside the prison after the visit, Alberto Solís Castro, director of Serapaz stated that the struggle that has led the Cecop has been emblematic for the country: they have resisted for more than 12 years the onslaught of different governments and faced unfair situations and repressions. What we are seeing is a new effort to criminalize them, to stop them and attack them, because they fight for the land, because they oppose a dam megaproject that would end the environment and a good part of community life in the region”. He reported that they will issue a recommendation to the state government to release the prisoners and stressed that at least eight cases of torture during detention were documented. The complaints on those case have not been addressed, despite visits by representatives of state and national human rights organizations. He announced that next week they will report this situation to the person that will be in charge of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples, Adelfo Regino; to the next head of the Welfare Ministry, as well as to Senators Félix Salgado Macedonio and Nestora Salgado García.

Tommy Van Straten, member of Sipaz, indicated that as an international organization with a presence in Guerrero since 2005, they are concerned about the mistreatment of the detainees. He said that in this visit they documented the cases of torture inside the jail and the differential treatment the prisonners have received, including the isolation of the rest of the prison population. He also highlighted the situation and traumas of the prisoners’ relatives.

For his part, Rogelio Téliz García, Tlachinollan’s lawyer, said that the defense process is progressing, that there will be a new hearing on October 26 where the prisonners are expected to be released, such as a group of eight community members already was. He pointed out that there are 50 arrest warrants against the same number of community members in Cacahuatepec who, he said, are being persecuted by the government. He said that this happens despite the fact that the Crac-PC is protected by Law 701.

For more information (in Spanish):

Visitan ONG a los presos del Cecop; documentan 8 casos de tortura (El Sur, 5 de octubre de 2018)

Documentan ONG 8 casos de tortura a presos del Cecop en Acapulco (Quadartín, 5 de octubre de 2018)
Visitan activistas a los presos del Cecop en la cárcel de Las Cruces (El Sur, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita una ONG internacional a miembros del Cecop y de la Crac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2018)

Visita SIPAZ a los presos del Cecop y la CRAC PC (La Plaza, 6 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: 50 arrest warrants against members of CECOP (September 24, 2018)

Guerrero: 9 of the 25 detainees for a confrontation in La Concepción in January are released September 17, 2018

Guerrero: Judge Orders Guarantees for Rights to Water, Health and Dignified Treatment for 25 CECOP Prisoners April 24, 2018

Guerrero: Extrajudicial Executions and Arrests of Community Police and Members of CECOP January 22, 2018

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Guerrero: Delay in release for Nestora Salgado; her daughter claims to have been threatened by phone

February 5, 2015

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Photo @We Demand Freedom for Nestora Salgado (Facebook)

Though the Human Rights Commission from the Chamber of Deputies and different civil non-governmental organizations have demanded the release of Nestora Salgado García, member of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), Isabel Miranda de Wallace and Alejandro Martí, the presidents of the Halt Kidnapping and Mexico SOS organizations, came out against the call for her release.  In a press-conference, they called on President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Supreme Court to review the case and carry out due process, rather than succumb to politics.  They indicated that to release of Salgado García would be “illegal and against the state of right.”

Nestora Salgado was arrested on 21 August 2013 in Olinalá, Guerrero, where she had served as a coordinator for CRAC, by Army and police units, accused of kidnapping.  This presumed kidnapping of which she is accused was the legitimate arrest of a person accused of robbery, according to the CRAC.

Meanwhile, Saira Rodríguez, daughter of Nestora Salgado, denounced that the previous week, she once again received a threatening phone call, and though she admitted being frightened by this act of intimidation, she also noted that it is a sign that the legal process to free her mother from incarceration is progressing well.  “On 9 January, when I came to visit my mother, I received a call from an unknown number.  It was a man who told me: ‘Pray to God that your mother remains where she is, because otherwise, you and your angels will pay the consequences.’  At that moment I became scared and I hung up,” Rodríguez noted in an interview with La Jornada.  It bears noting that the government of Rogelio Ortega Martínez has presented a request for the cancellation of the charges against Nestora Salgado to Miguel Ángel Godínez Muñoz, the state prosecutor, who must now evaluate whether this is to proceed or not.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nueva demora en liberación de Nestora Salgado (La Jornada, 12 de enero de 2015)

Hija de Nestora Salgado acusa que recibió una amenaza telefónica (La Jornada, 15 de enero de 2015)

Se oponen Alejandro Martí y Miranda de Wallace a liberar a Nestora Salgado (La Jornada, 12 de eenero de 2015)

Nestora Salgado, a un paso de la libertad (Proceso, 12 de enero de 2015)

Acusan a perredistas de presionar para liberar a Nestora Salgado (Milenio, 12 de enero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Death-threat directed against Nestora Salgado’s daughter and Communal Police commander from Olinalá (25 October 2014)

Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release (2 September 2014)

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero: A year after Nestora Salgado’s arrest, organizations demand her immediate release

September 2, 2014

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A year ago, on 21 August 2013, Nestora Salgado García, member of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC-PC) in Olinalá, Guerrero, was arrested and accused of aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. She was then transferred to the maximum-security prison in Tepic, Nayarit, where she has been held to this day. From prison, she has written, “Remember, my beautiful people, that I am imprisoned.” The last time that her daughter Saira Rodríguez Salgado visited her was on 2 August, when she reported that she found her mother desperate due to the inhumane treatments she received. Saira Rodríguez reported that “this is a punishment against my mother for fighting for her people.”

On the occasion of the first anniversary of her arrest, the National Network of Defenders of Human Rights in Mexico (RNDDHM) published a communique to demand her transfer to a jail in Mexico City as well as adequate attention to her health, in addition to demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of the human-rights defender.” The RNDDHM declared that “we call on the authorities of the federal government and the Guerrero state government to provide security guarantees for human-rights defenders, and we demand the cessation of the impunity of murders and forced disappearances of rights-defenders. We have had quite enough of the criminalization of human-rights defenders and of the social movement in Guerrero.”

The Committee of Women #NestoraLibre initiated the campaign “We are all Nestora,” toward the end of expressing solidarity toward her. In this way, both organizations demanded the release of other political prisoners: 9 members of the CRAC-PC and Marco Antonio Suástegui, spokesperson for the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP). These arrests, according to the RNDDHM, “evince the political character of penal persecution and the illegal use of federal prisons, using the complicity of the federal government, from which no human-rights defender in Guerrero is exempt.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Me quieren matar o enloquecer, acusa Nestora Salgado; cumple un año en prisión (La Jornada, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Comunicado de prensa: RNDDHM exige libertad inmediata de Nestora Salgado (RNDDHM, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Mujeres crean frente por la libertad de presos políticos (Cimacnoticias, 20 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (29 August 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (20 July 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (23 June 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Guerrero: demand for release of political prisoners in observance of the eleventh anniversary of CECOP

September 2, 2014

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On 15 August, in observance of the eleventh anniversary of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), thousands of campesin@s marched in Acapulco together with members of national and state social organizations, making for a mobilization in which nearly 3000 persons particiapted. The principal demand of the protestors was to demand the release of one of CECOP’s spokespeople, Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, who was arrested last June. In parallel terms, protestors demanded justice in the case of the other political prisoners of the state, such as Julio Ventura Ascencio and Emilio Hernández Solís, also CECOP members, in addition to the commanders of the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC): Nestora Salgado, Arturo Campos, and Gonzalo Molina.

Abel Barreara Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, assured that the transfer of Marco António Suástegui to the federal prison in Tepic, Nayarit, was “illegal,” affirming that “we seek to show to the bosses of criminalization that they are imposing themselves on the state and the country in transferring comrades who are communal defenders, like Marco Antonio, to federal prisons and to isolate them in places where it is impossible for relatives to have contact with them, for lawyers to implement an adequate defense, and for the comrade himself to avoid greater vulnerability through isolation.”

Ignacio del Valle, director of the Front of Peoples in Defense of the Land of Atenco, declared at the event that “we are here because it is necessary to unify our resistance efforts. It is enough of this form of governance; we have had enough of the imposition of these projects that have nothing to do with the necessities that are priorities for our peoples […]. We came to tell you that you are not alone, that what is happening here is not an isolated case, given that both in Guerrero as in other parts of Mexico, we are obliged to say enough to the looting of territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Marchan cientos en Acapulco; exigen liberar al vocero del Cecop (La Jornada, 16 de agosto de 2014)

Marchan Cecop y ONG en Acapulco; exigen liberar a Suástegui Muñoz (La Jornada de Guerrero, 16 de agosto de 2014)

Marchan organizaciones, pueblos y movimientos por libertad para defensor de los ríos y el agua (Nota Informativa de Tlachinollan, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Unas 179 órdenes de aprehensión hay contra cecopistas, dicen coordinadores (La Jornada de Guerrero, 18 de agosto de 2014)

Las arbitrariedades del poder: a once años del Cecop y a un año de Nestora Salgado (Tlachinollan, El Sur de Acapulco, 18 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: soldiers and policemen burst into the La Concepción Commmunity after a Cecop assembly in which the case of Marco Antonio Muñoz Suástegui was reported on (August 29, 2014)

Guerrero: 14 organizations march in favor of release of CECOP’s Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz (July 20, 2014)

Guerrero: Arrest of a leader of the opposition to the La Parota Dam (June 23, 2014)


Guerrero/National: Emergence of Committee of Women for the Liberty of Nestora Salgado, a member of the Communal Police who has been imprisoned for nearly a year

September 2, 2014

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On 14 August, in a press-conference held in Mexico City, female activists, journalists, students, academics, social activists, and women in solidarity announced the founding of the Women’s committee #FreeNestora to demand the release of Nestora Salgado García, a commander of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero, who is about to complete a full year’s imprisonment in the federal prison of Tepic, Nayarit. The Committee demands that she be immediately transferred to a facility in Mexico City.

It should be recalled that Nestora was arrested by police and Navy units on 21 August 2013, thereafter charged with aggravated kidnapping and organized crime. Though she has been absolved of the federal crimes of which she has been accused, she continues to be held in Tepic.

At the conference, her daughter Saira Rodríguez denounced that Nestora has not had the chance to meet with lawyer, despite having requested one for more than six months, and that she has had her right to visit restricted, just as there has been a lack of medications that Nestora requires, with this being the reason that there is now a petition for precautionary measures to be awarded to her by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The women who comprise the Committee reported that they will carry out support actions both on social networks as well as physically in Mexico and the U.S., given that Nestora Salgado is a citizen of both countries. In this way, they called on civil society to unite and organize the struggle for the release of Commander Nestora Salgado, as well as of all other political prisoners.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exigen liberación de Nestora Salgado; conforman comité de apoyo (Centro PRODH, 15 de agosto de 2014)

Surge comité por la libertad de líder comunitaria Nestora Salgado (Cimac Noticias, 14 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Nestora Salgado, communal police officer from Guerrero, and Cherán community are recipients of the 2014 “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo” Human Rights Prize (23 April 2014)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)


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

August 5, 2014

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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)


National: Nestora Salgado, communal police officer from Guerrero, and Cherán community are recipients of the “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo 2014″ National Human Rights Prize

April 23, 2014

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On 3 April were announced the recipients of the “Don Sergio Méndez Arceo 2014″ National Human Rights Prize,” which is awarded each year to recognize, accompany, and promote solidarity with organizations, groups, and persons who have been indicated for their courage in defending and promoting a culture of respect for human rights in Mexico. This year, Nestora Salgado García, a communal police officer from Olinalá, Guerrero, who is at present imprisoned in El Rincón, Tepic, Nayarit, and the Cherán community from Michoacán were awarded the prize.

The selection committee for the XXII National Prize decided to grant the recognition to the Cherán community on the group level given its struggle against logging and in favor of the preservation of the identity and established organizational forms of indigenous peoples.  Nestora Salgado was elected at the individual level for her commitment to the indigenous peoples of Guerrero, particularly the communal police of Olinalá.

For more information (in Spanish):

Cherán, Michoacán, recibirá premio de derechos humanos (Milenio, 3 de abril de 2014)

Dan a Nestora Salgado el premio Sergio Méndez Arceo (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC en Olinalá (13 September 2013)