Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila receive threats following march to commemorate 80th anniversary of the ejido

October 26, 2014



The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH Center) has reported on a denunciation of the recent acts of harassment targeting ejidatari@s of Tila which “could affect the personal integrity and […] collectively affect the ejidal autonomy of the Ch’ol indigenous people.”

On 16 October,1500 ejidatarios from Tila (northern zone of Chiapas) marched to commemorate the creation of their ejido 80 years ago.  During the march, “the commander of the municipal police filmed protestors from the balcony of the police office,” noted the PRODH Center.  PRODH also indicated that “a day later, an ejidataria was assaulted by unknown persons, though witnesses could observe that one of the assailants was wearing a municipal police uniform.”

PRODH has manifested its concern for the harassment against the ejidal authorities of Tila, given that the ejidal commissioner has been followed and surveilled in the wake of the mobilization.  PRODH noted as well that “unknown persons have surrounded his home and asked local residents if that is where the ejidal president lives; as a consequence, indigenous ejidal authorities have found themselves displaced, amidst the threat of suffering new attacks.”

For this reason, PRODH has demanded the cessation of all harassment and attacks on members of the Tila ejido; that the necessary, sufficient, and effective measures be implemented to guarantee the security and physical and psychological integrity of the members of the ejidal commission of Tila; and that those responsible for these threats and acts of harassment be investigated and punished forthright.

It is critical to note that in 2008, the Tila ejido won a motion it has advanced against one of the several attempts at plundering its lands it has suffered since 1964 due to the actions of Tila City Hall, the Chiapas state government, and the local congress.  This motion ordered the restitution of 130 hectares of ancestral lands; however, using the false argument that said sentence would be impossible to observe, City Hall has failed to observe it.  This is the reason the Tila ejidatari@s have advanced the case of the violation of sentence 1302/20130 before the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN).

For more information (in Spanish):

Centro Prodh denuncia nuevos ataques contra ejido Tila en Chiapas, Centro Prodh, 20 de octubre de 2014

Denuncian hostigamiento a ejidatarios y ejidatarias del ejido Tila, Chiapas Paralelo, 21 de octubre de 2014

Marcha mitín por 80 aniversario de nuestro ejido, laotraejidotila, 17 de octubre de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila denounce new attempt to loot land (January 22, 2014)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones new decision on Tila ejido (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: March and rally in Tila to commemorate the founding of the Tila ejido 79 years ago (20 August 2013)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones new decision on Tila ejido (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones decision on case of the Tila ejidatario(16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios march in Tila and Mexico City (16 August 2012)

National: More confrontations and repression against social movement, 2 October

October 25, 2013

Foto @ Animal Político

Photo @ Animal Político

Once again on 2 October, the social movement marched in the streets of Mexico City to commemorate the massacre of students on 2 October 1968, but on this occasion protestors’ advance on the Zócalo was impeded by a strong police presence, such that the march had to end at the Angel of Independence.

Several non-governmental organizations denounced a disproportionate use of public force.  “We have documented all the violations that were committed, and we hope that there are sanctions against those responsible,” declared Adrián Ramírez, president of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh).  The confrontations left dozens injured, including 32 police, and more than 100 arrested, according to the Ministry for Public Security in Mexico City, which announced that it had acted “with strict conformity to applicable normativity in the case of the arrest of the multitudes.”  Regardless, activists indicated that on several occasions the riot police launched tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and even rocks against protestors, thus violating protocols governing the use of public force.  “What we saw yesterday was clearly an unprofessional police force” and a “lack of protocols,” added Darío Ramírez, director of Article 19, which documented more than 30 attacks on journalists and photographers.

The Miguel Agustín Pro-Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH) reported that five of its members who had been observing the events were attacked, with two injured.  Furthermore, activists noted the presence of plainclothes officers who carried out arrests and that, moreover, police engaged in “actions of provocation.”

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights denounced that “during the actions of observation in which the solidarity network #BreakTheFear participated, as organized by civil human rights organizations and groups in favor of liberty of expression, there were registered several violations of human rights against those who were protesting.  In particular, we repudiate the acts of violence committed against members of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights A.C., whose labor of observation was inhibited by public security forces of Mexico City.”

At the rally participated leaders of the National Coordination of Educational Workers (CNTE) Rubén Núñez (Oaxaca) and Juan José Ortega (Michoacán), who centered their rejection not just on educational reform, but also on the general context of “structural reform,” including for energy and finance.

In the capitals of Chiapas and Oaxaca there were also held massive marches.  Arturo Peimbert, president of Defense for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO), reported that precautionary measures had been distributed for those persons who had been arrested by the state police during confrontations which took place on 2 October in the Oaxacan capital.

For more information (in Spanish):

A 45 años del 2 de octubre, añejas demandas y violencia (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2013)

2 de octubre: balas de goma, gases entintados (Contralínea, 4 de octubre de 2013)

Van 102 detenidos por manifestación del 2 de Octubre (Animal Político, 3 de octubre de 2013)

COMUNICADO | OSC condenan agresiones contra defensores de derechos humanos durante la marcha conmemorativa del 68 (CDHMTlachinollan, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Boletín: Represión en México, signo de este gobierno (CDHFBLC, 3 de octubre de 2013)

Una mega marcha por octubre 2, en Tuxtla (Cuarto Poder, 3 de octubre de 2013)


Video: Violencia en marcha del 2 de octubre debe ser esclarecida (Aristegui Noticias, 3 de octubre de 2013)

National: Civil society pronounces itself on International Day of Support for Torture Victims

July 19, 2013



Several civil-society organizations pronounced themselves on 26 June, in observance of the International Day against Torture, regarding the practice of torture by Mexican authorities.  The National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” emphasized that “if the Mexican State has signed the principal international accords regarding torture and subjected itself to periodical evaluations by human rights mechanisms […], the recommendations released by said mechanisms must be implemented […].  There is seen an increase in the practice of torture in our country, as well as of impunity which continues in terms of the cases that have been denounced before the corresponding authorities.”

For their part, several civil organizations, including the Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (PRODH) and the Cerezo Committee, jointly declared that “torture is a grave and inexcusable violation, whose commission and toleration cannot and should not have any social or legal basis in any democratic society […].  In this sense, we consider it fundamental that ministerial and judicial authorities throughout the government take political will to break the present cycle of impunity for this crime […].  We emphasize that the procedural guarantees of presumption of innocence and due process are incompatible with torture as a legitimate act for the extraction of confessions and clarification of juridical truth, given that its criminal nature violates the very ends of justice and damages the aspirations of the State to be constitutional and democratic.”

A bulletin released by several organizations from Chiapas, Mexican and international, indicated that “in Chiapas, acts of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and punishments have been converted into a ‘normal’ and accepted practice by the authorities of procuration and administration of justice and the carceral system.  It is moreover tolerated by the governor of Chiapas.”

In Guerrero, there was held the forum “Torture from Yesterday to Today, Impunity Forever,” as organized by the Collective against Torture and Impunity (CCTI).  At the forum, members of organizations of human-rights defense stressed that the situation of violation of individual rights in Guerrero has not changed with regard to the situation which prevailed at the end of the 1960’s.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sigue aumentando en México la tortura, advierten ONG y Amnistía Internacional (La Jornada, 27 de junio de 2013)

Boletín completo de Amnistía Internacional: Las víctimas de tortura merecen justicia pronta y efectiva (AI, 26 de junio de 2013)

OSC denuncian la persistencia de la tortura en México y exigen justicia para todas las y los sobrevivientes (RedTdT, 26 de junio de 2013)

Declaración con motivo del Día Internacional en Apoyo a las Víctimas de la Tortura (PRODH, 26 de junio de 2013)

Comunicado de la Red por la Paz de Chiapas y organizaciones internacionales (26 de junio de 2013)

El Estado no reconoce que hay torturados y desaparecidos, por eso no se les atiende, reprochan expertos, (El Sur de Acapulco, 26 de junio de 2013)

No ha prosperado ninguna de las 56 quejas por tortura en el estado, revela la Codehum (El Sur de Acapulco, 26 de junio).

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International organizations conclude observation mission on torture in Mexico (10 June 2013)

Mexico: UN Committee against Torture expresses grave concern for the practice of torture in Mexico (9 November 2012)

National: Amnesty International presents report regarding use of torture in Mexico (19 October 2012)

National: International judges report on conclusions of the observation of state of justice in Mexico (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Presentation of report on torture in Chiapas “From Cruelty to Cynicism” (2 July 2012)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)

Guerrero: NGOs call on Peña Nieto to observe the sentences on Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo

February 5, 2013


Inés Fernández, March 2012. Photo @SIPAZ

In a public letter published on 24 January, national and international human-rights organizations called on President Enrique Peña Nieto to make the comprehensive observance of the sentences of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) regarding the cases of the Me’phaa indigenous females Inés Fernández y Valentina Rosendo a top priority for his government.  Both women were raped by Mexican soldiers in 2002.  The IACHR sentences in both cases were handed down in November 2010, and since then, the two women have been waiting for them to be observed.  Organizations such as Amnesty International, the World Organization against Torture, Article 19, and Services and Assessment for Peace (SERAPAZ), as well as the Fray Francisco de Vitorio, Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, and Tlachinollan Mountain Centers for Human Rights have indicated that the “the previous federal administration came to an end without […] punishing the perpetrators.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Acatar orden de la CIDH en casos de indígenas violadas, piden ONG a Peña (La Jornada, 25 de enero de 2013)

Carta pública a Enrique Peña Nieto (24 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: Mexican State recognizes responsibility in case of Valentina Rosendo (21 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO demands that Calderón observe sentence in case of Valentina Rosendo and Inés Fernández (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Judge acquits attacker of Radio Ñomndaa Committee member; Interior Ministry evades compliance with sentencing in the case of Inés and Valentina (4 February 2011)


National: Campaign to “Stop Community Control”

January 22, 2013

Imagen @ EDUCA

ACAT-France, together with the Committee for the Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights Gobixha AC (Codigo DH), the Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez Center for Human Rights (Prodh), the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), and the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, is carrying out a national and international campaign to end community control in Mexico.  To promote their campaign, these organizations have declared that “community control is a preventive detention carried out before the initiation of any penal process.  It is a violation of the right to adequate defense, given that those under such control are isolated, sometimes located in unknown places, leading in many cases to the use of torture.  In Mexico, thousands of people have been victimized by community control since 2008.”

Por more information (in Spanish):

Stop Arraigo! Conoce la campaña contra la tortura y el arraigo (CodigoDH, 14 de enero de 2013)

Firmar la petición de Stop Arraigo(ACAT France)

Arraigo: el PRI, contra su pasado (Cró, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: UN Committee against Torture expresses grave concern for the practice of torture in Mexico (9 November 2012)

National: Amnesty International presents report regarding use of torture in Mexico (19 October 2012)

National: International judges report on conclusions of the observation of state of justice in Mexico (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Presentation of report on torture in Chiapas “From Cruelty to Cynicism” (2 July 2012)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)