National: Civil Commission for Pursuit and Search for two disappeared members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) denounces lack of progress

September 29, 2014

(@Serapaz)

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In a communique directed to public opinion published on 17 September, members of the Civil Commission for Pursuit and Search of the members of the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR) who have been disappeared since May 2007–Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez–lamented the lack of progress in finding their whereabouts.

The members affirmed that, “despite the commitment made on 4 August by the subsecretary of Governance, Luis Enrique Miranda Nava, to define a proposal of the path of work that would facilitate the observance of the sentence of the judiciary power of the federation in this paradigmatic case of forced disappearance, to date, and despite the meeting held just a few days ago with the legal team, we report no progress in this process.”

The members recalled that the sentence consists in “the creation of a special commission for searching; the carrying out of visits to the places of possible arrest and disappearance of those missing, especially military bases; the taking of testimony from civil servants and soldiers who were working in May 2007, the time of the forcible disappearances; and the reporting on the possible exhumations carried out in military bases to see if bodies buried there correspond with those of the disappeared.”  They denounced that “this lack of observance of one’s word is the most worrying aspect of the repressive environment experienced in this country, one that is expressed among other things in the lack of political will to open spaces for effective dialogue.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado: “La Comisión Civil de Seguimiento y Búsqueda de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez informa al PDPR-EPR y a la opinión pública” (Serapaz, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Acusan a Segob de incumplir sentencia en caso de eperristas desaparecidos (Proceso, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Lamentan activistas incumplimiento de la SG en caso de eperristas desaparecidos (La Jornada, 18 de septiembre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Nacional/Internacional: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared (6 September 2014)

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

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


Oaxaca: Representative of Organization of Indigenous Zapotec Peoples (OPIZ) suffers assassination attempt

October 26, 2013

Juan Sosa Maldonado. Foto @Foro Político

Juan Sosa Maldonado. Photo @Foro Político

During the morning of 16 October in Oaxaca de Juárez, Juan Sosa Maldonado, representative of the Organization of Indigenous Zapotec Peoples (OPIZ), suffered an assassination attempt which left him uninjured.

The attempt took place as he was traveling with his family in a car, when a motorcyclist opened fired on the automobile, with none of the three gunshots hitting any of the occupants of the moving vehicle.

Juan Sosa Maldonado, a former political prisoner, was detained and tortured by the Judicial State Police in 1998, accused of having pertaining to the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR).  The activist has been acting to defend prisoners from the Loxicha region who have been accused of pertaining to the EPR and have spent 17 years imprisoned for that reason.  He has moreover denounced the forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions which have taken place in Oaxaca.  It is for these reasons that Sosa Maldonado motivated this latest attack on his person and that of his family.

The Defense Agency for the Human Rights of the People of the Oaxaca has released precautionary measures for the protection of the OPIZ representative and his family.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sufre atentado dirigente de organización zapoteca en Oaxaca (La Jornada, 16 de octubre)

Atentan contra activista indígena en Oaxaca (Proceso, 16 de octubre)

Sufre atentado Juan Sosa Maldonado (Noticias Oaxaca, 17 de octubre de 2013)