Chiapas: Ocosingo Public Ministry threatens human-rights defender

May 14, 2015


In a press-release published on 23 April, the Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada Center for Human Rights denounced the threats made by the prosecutor from the Public Ministry, Rodolfo Manuel Gómez Gutiérrez, against the human-rights worker Manuel Hernández Aguilar, originally from Betania, Ocosingo municipality.

In a document, the Center reported that on 6 April, communities from the Betania region agreed to arrest someone who had been indicated by several witnesses of the crime of stealing cattle.  Since then, efforts have been made to open a dialogue toward an agreement that would compensate for the damages incurred and be established as a precedent with which to avert future problems.

The human-rights center indicated that, despite the intervention of the Governance Delegation, based in Ocosingo, the Public Ministry prosecutor denied any possibility of a communal arrangement, and he made available several different pronouncements threatening the authorities of the Betania ejido with the possibility of opening criminal investigations into the charge of kidnapping.  The Center added that the “Betania region, which includes 15 communities, is organized in a traditional way, whereby the indigenous seek to find solutions together to the conflicts which arise in the area.  These people have the internal rules and agreements that have been made in assembly to resolve these issues.”

The Center has denounced the threats made by Gómez Gutiérrez, holding him responsible for the peril in which he has placed the defenders and authorities who might intervene in this communal mediation process.  It has called on the Chiapas state government, particularly the State Attorney General’s Office, to instruct its workers to respect the communal agreements of the Betania region, Ocosingo muncipality, as based in their indigenous rights and culture.  It reiterated its willingness to enter a dialogue, requesting the immediate intervention of the corresponding authorities in finding a favorable solution.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro de la Nada (23 de abril de 2015)

Chiapas/International: Spanish journalists leave the country amidst threats of extortion and disappearance

November 12, 2014

Melchor Miralles (@Wikipedia)

Melchor Miralles (@Wikipedia)

On 1 November, Melchor Miralles, the ex-director of Mundo TV (Spain) and present director general of Atar Productions, received several calls threatening him with extortion and kidnapping.  He was located in Tapachula, Chiapas, with five other Spanish journalists to collect information regarding the migration of Central Americans toward the U.S. on the southern Mexican border.  They have all decided to leave Mexico.  The Federal Police and agents from the Special Prosecutorial Office for Crimes Committed against Migrants from the Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) provided a security escort for their departure.

In an article entitled “Hell” published in his column “On the sidewalk” on the Spanish daily, Miralles noted that “It is no consolation, but the corruption in this country is a joke compared with the processes that have converted Mexico not into a failed state, but rather into a comatose state that has been taken over or handed over entirely to organized crime.”

En un artículo titulado “El Infierno” publicado en su columna denominada “En el andén” del diario español Republica. com, Miralles expresó: : “No consuela, pero nuestra corrupción es una broma si la comparamos con la que ha convertido a México no en un Estado fallido, sino en un Estado comatoso en el que los tres poderes están tomados, o entregados, al crimen organizado que todo lo puede”.

For more information (in Spanish):

El infierno (En el Anden,, 2 de noviembre de 2014)

Periodistas españoles huyen del país tras recibir amenazas de secuestro (Proceso, 3 de noviembre de 2014)

Periodistas españoles salen de Chiapas ante amenazas (Milenio, 3 de noviembre de 2014)

Españoles dejan el país ante amenaza (El Universal, 4 de noviembre de 2014)

Guerrero: Several injured after attack on communal police of CECOP near Acapulco

April 23, 2014

Marco Suástegui Muñoz, Cecop (

On 4 April, at least five persons were injured during an ambush by armed civilians acting in the interests of gravel companies against communal police associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP): five communal police from Cacahuatepec, a unit that was founded just a month ago, in addition to two aggressors.  Five in total were arrested for the acts.

On 6 April, in an assembly held in La Concepción, CECOP spokesperson Marco Suástegui Muñoz called on the State Attorney General’s Office to carry out a serious, formal, responsible, and profound investigation into the crimes.  He noted to those present that opponents to the CECOP take note, because “war has now been declared.”  He confirmed that the police unit would take out a loan to buy arms and ammunition so as to be prepared if another ambush happens.  The communal police also voted to recover the lands occupied by the Kimbar gravel company on 9 April.

Rogelio Téliz Cruz, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, said that he would be awaiting the investigation taken by the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), noting that there is enough evidence to convict and imprison the five held in jail.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Suástegui a la PGJE pesquisa seria, formal, responsable y a fondo (la Jornada de Guererro, 7 de abril de 2014)

Luchar contra la adversidad en el río Papagayo (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)

Pedirá el Cecop un préstamo para armas para defenderse de los gravilleros, dice Suástegui (El Sur, 7 de abril de 2014)

Investiga la PGJE el ataque contra los comunitarios de Cacahuatepec en Parotillas ( El Sur, 6 de abril de 2014)

Grave tras ataque, policía comunitario del Cecop (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)

Crisis de la CRAC-PC, por causas internas e influencia del Estado (La Jornada, 5 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: CRAC accepts 48 new communities from Acapulco (16 March 2014)

Guerrero: CECOP announces creation of Communal Police in Cacahuatepec communities (22 January 2014)

Guerrero: Sympathizers of the La Parota dam injure two CECOP members with machetes (12 November 2013)

Guerrero: CECOP on red alert after invasion by Army (5 March 2013)

National: Multiple activities for International Women’s Day

March 16, 2014

Marcha-peregrinación en Chenalhó para el Día Internacional de la Mujer (@SIPAZ)

Pilgrimage-march in Chenalhó for International Women’s Day (@SIPAZ)

Multiple activities were organized in Mexico on 8 March for International Women’s Day.  More than a celebration, these actions became platforms for denunciation: as Amnesty International has stressed, “on International Women’s Day, there is little to celebrate and many challenges to face.”  AI indicated that “in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, women confront a reality of discrimination and injustice every day, including the threat of death for merely belonging to the feminine sex.”  AI added that “the Mexican government should act now to arrest the epidemic of violence that women must face.”

In Chiapas, hundreds of women marched in the Teopisca and San Cristóbal de las Casas municipalities to demand a cessation of violence and discrimination against them.  The organizations and individual members of the Popular Campaign against Violence against Women and Femicide in Chiapas asked “How many more women will die for the State to consider there to be a wave of violence against the women of Chiapas? […] Of the 51 deaths that the State Attorney General’s Office has registered as violent, it recognized only 47 as femicides and clarified that 37 of them had led to penal action, though only 2 cases have ended in condemnatory sentences [implying incarceration].  The efficacy presumed in Chiapas is shameful, for it recognizes that in reality there has been no resolution of the more than 90% of cases of femicidal violence.”  In light of the official rejection of a request for a gender violence alert, as presented on 25 November 2013, these women declared a “POPULAR PERMANENT ALERT.”

In Chenalhó, the Las Abejas Civil Society organized a pilgrimage-march.  In a communique, women from this organization emphasized that “More than 16 years since Acteal, we have not forgotten that our female comrades were murdered by the bad government.  This massacre brought us great sadness, fear, and illness; our pain has been great, but greater still are our memory and hopes.  Our massacred female comrades died organized; they died saying the truth; they died rejecting the violence sowed by the bad government in our community of Ch’enalvo´.  Now we will continue this brave and dignified example of our massacred sisters.”

In Oaxaca, Section 22 of the SNTE-CNTE and social organizations held a march; the declaration of a gender alert for the state is another demand made by civil society in the state.  In what has passed of the administration of Gabino Cué Monteagudo, there have been seen a total of at least 268 femicides and 734 cases of gender violence in Oaxaca.

In Guerrero, Rosario Herrera Ascencio, head of the Ministry for Women (SEMUJER) in the state, stressed the need to legalize the decriminalization of abortion because many women die annually performing this in a clandestine manner.  With the slogan “without memory there is no justice; they will die when we give up struggle; let us honor them,” the social organizations of Atoyac commemorated International Women’s Day, reporting that the state occupies the eighth most violent state in terms of gender in the country.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado: “!En el Día Internacional de la Mujer hay poco que celebrar y muchos retos por enfrentar(Amnistía Internacional , 8 de marzo de 2014)

Frenar epidemia de violencia contra las mujeres, exige Amnistía Internacional(La Jornada, 8 de marzo de 2014)

Nada que festejar, dicen mujeres en su día; feminicidios, violencia, partos mal atendidos(La Jornada, 9 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de la Campaña contra los feminicidios: “Nos declaramos en alerta popular de género (8 de marzo de 2014)

Comunicado de las mujeres de Las Abejas en el Día Internacional de la Mujer (8 de marzo de 2014)

Reclaman ONG que Aguirre no cumpla su promesa de lograr la igualdad de género (La Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (2 March 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)

Chiapas: Women declare alert over gender violence (20 July 2013)

Oaxaca: March of releatives of victims of feminicide and members of human rights organizations for women (22 April 2013)

Oaxaca: More feminicides under Gabino Cué than in the final years of Ulises Ruiz (24 January 2013)

Chiapas: Torture and kidnapping of youth Hiber Audentino García Villafuerte

January 1, 2014


The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) has made public the arbitrary kidnapping and torture to which Hiber Audentino García Villafuerte was subjected after he was illegally arrested in July 2013, tortured, and coerced into signing a letter in which he confessed to being responsible for robbery.  According to the CDHFBC, on 21 July 2013 in Simojovel, García Villafuerte was arrested without the presentation of any arrest-order and by means of excessive and unjustified use of public force on the part of the specialized police of the Chiapas State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE).  The CDHFBC demands the youth García Villafuerte’s prompt release and an investigation be conducted soon, impartially, seriously, and exhaustively, so as to assess responsibility to the material and intellectual authors of these denounced human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

En Chiapas persiste práctica reiterada de tortura y detenciones arbitrarias, denuncia Frayba (Chiapas Paralelo, 14 de diciembre de 2014)

Frayba denuncia tortura y privación de la libertad de un joven chiapaneco(Centro Prodh, 17 de diciembre de 2014)

Guerrero: Ministerial Police detain Gonzalo Molina, CRAC promoter, in Tixtla

November 14, 2013


Photo @archive SIPAZ

Gonzalo Molina González, promoter for the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) associated with the justice house in El Paraíso, was detained by Ministerial Police at a checkpoint in Tixtla and subsequently incarcerated in the Center for Social Readaptation (CERESO) of that city.  In a press-conference, Iñaki Blanco Cabrera, head of the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), and José Villanueva Manzanares, spokesperson for the state government, reported that the arrest of the CRAC members had to do with an order from a judge demanding their arrest for the crime of terrorism, kidnapping, and assault.  Blanco Cabrera explained that the arrest is related to the events of 26 August, when dozens of communal police disarmed municipal police in Tixtla and held municipal officials in City Hall to protest the arrest of the CRAC coordinator in Olinalá, Nestora Salgado García.

Last Monday, Gonzalo Molina was at a meeting of members of the four justice houses of the CRAC (San Luis Acatlán, Espino Blanco, Zitlaltepec, and El Paraíso) with Misael Medrano Baza, subsecretary for Political Affairs, when dialogue was broken off after he insisted on the immediate release of Salgado García, who is being held in a maximum-security prison in Nayarit, charged with aggravated kidnapping.  Nestora Salgado headed the Communal Police in Olinalá and was arrested by the military and transferred to prison in Nayarit in August.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detiene la Policía Ministerial al promotor de la Crac, Gonzalo Molina, en Tixtla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de noviembre de 2013)

Detienen por “terrorismo” a promotor de la CRAC en Tixtla (El Sur de Acapulco, 7 de noviembre de 2013)

Persiste el hostigamiento militar contra Olinalá, denuncia la Policía Comunitaria (La Jornada de Guerrero, 3 de noviembre de 2013)

A un año del levantamiento de Olinalá, Nestora Salgado, su principal líder, sigue en la cárcel (La Jornada de Guerrero, 26 de octubre de 2013)

Marchan en Olinalá por la libertad de Nestora Salgado, presa en Nayarit (La Jornada, 28 de octubre de 2013)

Comunicado por la liberación de Gonzalo Molina (Tadeco, 7 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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


Chiapas: 5 are arrested for violence in the Venustiano Carranza municipality

June 7, 2013

Foto @ México en fotos

On Sunday 26 May, in the Teopisca municipality, the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) arrested five persons supposedly involved in the violence acts which occurred on 5 May in the Venustiano Carranza municipality.  Beyond the five arrested, seven more were processed for the crimes of attacks on the peace and the corporeal and patrimonial integrity of the collectivity and state.  With this, there is a total of 12 campesinos who have been arrested over the internal power dispute between OCEZ-Chiapas and the Emiliano Zapata Campesino Organization-Casa del Pueblo (OCEZ-CP).

Speaking on the arrest of the five suspects, the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) reported that amidst “citizens’ protest” units of the Special Police and the Secretary for Public Security and Citizens’ Protection would displace the barricades that members of OCEZ-CP had reinstalled in different neighborhoods of Venustiano Carranza.

In other news, on 23 May, the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published a communique mentioning that “there have been seen overflights by helicopters all day, and at this time there is the presence of military and police units, suggesting that they have reinvaded the municipality of Venustiano Carranza.  This situation has alerted the populated and created a climate of tension that could escalate conflictivity in the region, given that the presence of the military and police makes difficult modes of dialogue to resolve differences and conflicts.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Arrestan a 5 por violencia en municipio de Chiapas (El Universal, 27 de mayo de 2013)

Arrestan a otros 5 integrantes de la OCEZ CP; suman doce (La Jornada, 27 de mayo de 2013)

Boletín 22 de mayo OCEZ-Chiapas (22 de mayo de 2013)

Presencia de militares y policías en la cabecera municipal de Venustiano Carranza (CDHFBC, 23 de mayo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Conflict erupts in Venustiano Carranza, with two dead and several injured (17 May 2013)

Chiapas: Denunciation of residents of Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza regarding the “El Desengaño” territory (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: new public denunciation from the Candelaria El Alto community (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: confrontation in Candelaria El Alto, Venustiano Carranza (28 September 2011)