Guerrero: Communique in defense of the San Pedro river

January 8, 2013


Representation of indigenous persons from the Amuzga region of the Costa Chica of Guerrero, photo @SIPAZ

Several groups, collectives, and organizations which met in observance of the VIII anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa (“Word of Water”) in December released a communique on 31 December 2012 in defense of the San Pedro river, which crosses the Tlachoachistlahuaca and Xochistlahuaca municipalities of the Costa Chica of Guerrero.

The communique notes that “Presently the governor of the state of Guerrero, Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero, has negotiated for the water of the San Pedro river so as to take it to the Ometepec municipality, without the consent of the other communities which comprise communal authorities, nor has he consulted with different ejidos and agrarian communities from the Tlacoachistlahuaca and Xochistlahuaca municipalities through which the river passes.”  Those who have signed the document demand “from the government of Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero […] the immediate cancellation of the labor being carried out to take the San Pedro river to Ometepec, for this violates our collective rights as established in different international conventions which apply to the country, such as Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, specifically with regard to the flagrant violation of articles 68 and 69 of Law No. 701 on the Recongition of the Rights and Culture of the Indigenous Peoples and communities of the State of Guerrero.”

For more information (in English):

Comunicado en defensa del rio san pedro

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Invitation to the VIII anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa (21 December 2012)

Guerrero: invitation to anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa (27 November 2012)

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions (18 March 2011)


Guerrero: State accepts responbiility in Radilla case in absence of relatives; CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project; invitation to anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa

November 27, 2011

Tita Radilla and members of AFADEM (@SIPAZ)

On 17 November, Juan Marcos Gutiérrez, Secretary of Governance for functions, and chancellor Patricia Espinoza led a public act in Atoyác de Álvarez that recognized the responsibility of Mexican State in the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, which occurred in 1974, in observation of the sentence dictated by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), an act from which were absent his relatives who for 37 years have sought justice.  “Due to the pressured and unilateral manners in which the Secretary of Governance has communicated with representatives of the Radilla family–the Mexican Commission for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH)–to report that the public apology would be carried out the following day, the Radilla family, its representatives, and the Association of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Mexico (AFADEM) decided not to attend the event,” noted Julio Mata Motielo, technical secretary of Afadem, on 16 November.  During the act, governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero took the opportunity to announce the creation of a Truth Commission that is to investigate the human-rights violations committed in the state during the decades of the ’70s and ’80s.

In other news, news has been released noting that in light of the growth of demand for energy in the state of Guerrero, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is considering accelerating the construction of the hydroelectric dam La Parota, aiming for it to become operational in October of 2016.  The present administration of Ángel Aguirre has sought better relations with the communards, but his position is that the project will be carried out.  The main reason for its approval is that beyond supplying energy to the whole state, the dam would also guarantee drinking water for Acapulco.  The communards opposing the project, associated with the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP), are not convinced about the supposed benefits of the dam, and they have already succeeded in maintaining the project in suspension for the last 8 years.

Lastly, members of the autonomous Ñomndaa radio, from the community of Suljaa’, municipality of Xochistlahuaca, invite civil society to participate in the celebration of its anniversary.  The event will take place in said community from 17-19 December of this year.  The objective is to “strengthen our resolve in the struggle so as to engage in dialogue and live together in resistance and rebellion with joy.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Estado mexicano pierde oportunidad histórica de reconocer a las víctimas de la “guerra sucia”  (Cencos, 17 November)

Una imposición, acto oficial de disculpa pública por caso Radilla: Afadem(Proceso, 16 November)

Reconoce el Estado mexicano su responsabilidad en el caso Radilla (La Jornada, 18 November)

Rachazan perdón en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 17 November)

Estado acepta culpa en el caso de Radilla (El Universal, 18 November)

Comuneros, en contra de la obra en la región (El Universal, 17 November)

La Parota, el futuro eléctrico para Guerrero (El Universal, 17 November)

Invitación aniversario Radio Ñomndaa

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs – Tierra Caliente is second-highest national location in number of feminicides; SCJN will analyze recommendations of the Inter-American Court in the case of Radilla (14 September 2010)

Guerrero – briefs: CECOP celebrates its 8th anniversary (18 August 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota January 13, 2011

Guerrero – briefs: Military incursion into Xochistlahuaca; feminicide increases in Guerrero; invitation for the Seventh National Assembly of the Environmentally Affected in Acapulco

July 25, 2011

On the morning of 7 July there was reported the presence of soldiers from the 35th Military Zone in the community of Suljaa’, municipality of Xochistlahuaca.  According to the denunciation, close to 50 soldiers entered the community in which they asked residents regarding the location of the autonomous radio Ñomndaa and carried out several patrols.  They manifested that their presence had to do with efforts to make a map of the community.  The day of the military incursion  coincided with the reinitiation of the transmissions of Radio Ñomndaa, which had been off-air for a month.  In light of this situation, on 8 July, independent and organized human-rights defenders demonstrated their concern and demanded among other things “the cessation of harassment directed against Radio Ñomndaa; that the authorities who attempt to make an operation in Suljaa’ […] punctually inform regarding the objectives that motivate the deployment of these units; and that all harassment against efforts for popular communication and communal organization among the indigenous peoples of the country cease.”

Radio Ñomndaa was born out of the struggle against cacique governments of Suljaa’.  Since its birth to now it has been persecuted and criminalized.  Since 2005 have taken place acts of harassment against its members and collaborators, via fabricated charges, intimidation, death-threats, arrest-orders, and detentions, which are related to the constant presence of soldiers and federal and state police.

In other news, the investigator of the International Institute of Advanced Political Studies (IIEPA) from the Autonomous University of Guerrero and coordinator of the Hannah Arendt Observatory on Violence against Women, Rosa Icela Ojeda Rivera, revealed that from 2010 to 2011, feminicide in Guerrero has increased some 40 to 50 percent and that 85 women have been murdered violently in the state in what has passed to date of this year.  The degree of impunity in Guerrero has been catalogued as being high, due to the fact that only 30 percent of feminicides are resolved.

Lastly, members of the Council of Representatives of the Assembly, the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP), and the community of Salsipuedes, Acapulco, have invited civil society to attend the Seventh Assembly of the Environmentally Affected taht will be held on 30 and 31 July in the community of Salsipuedes, one of the communities that pertains to CECOP.

For more information (in Spanish):

Sufre asedio y presencia militar, radio comunitaria de Xochistlahuaca, Guerrero (7 July)

Acoso militar contra La palabra del agua, radio comunitaria de Xochistlahuaca, Gro. (9 July)

Comunicado de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos (8 July)

Ojeda Rivera: suben feminicidios a pesar de ser delito grave en Guerrero; van 85 (La Jornada, 12 July)

Guerrero subió en feminicidios al tercer lugar; sólo está abajo de Chihuahua y Baja California (El Sur de Acapuco)

Convocatoria, cartel, croquis y solicitud de apoyo para la séptima Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales (10 July)

Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Guerrero – briefs: Indigenous person murdered by Army in Tlacoachistlahuaca (11 April)

Guerrero – briefs: Release of charges against members of Radio Ñomndaa; Offices of El Sur de Acapulco closed by threats; Indigenous person murdered by the Army of Tlacoachistlahuaca; A campaign in defense of Mother Earth launched

April 11, 2011

On March 25, an order was issued for the release of Radio Ñomndaa members, David Valtierra Arango, Silverio Matías Domínguez and Genaro Cruz Apóstal, after having been indicted on charges of unlawful deprivation of liberty in the case of Narisco Garcia Valtierra. Initially, the men had been sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison with a fine of 1,753 pesos, and according to their defense, without any proof that the defendants had participated in the events. The same judge who ruled against the defense at first, almost simultaneously exonerated José Luis Rocha Ramírez, a member of a powerful cacique group in Xochistlahuaca, who was responsible for the injury Silverio Matías and caused the loss of his eye – a fact that members of Radio Ñomndaa considered as an indicator of lack of impartiality by the judge.

One week prior, during the First Meeting of Community Radios, Free Radios and National and International Alternative Media – celebrated from March 18 to 20 in San Luis Acatlán, in the Costa Chica region of Guerrero – organizations in attendance endorsed the work of the human rights defender and member of Radio Ñomndaa, David Valtierra Arango. It was stated that through the criminal proceedings rigged against him, Valtierra has been subject to slander seeking to discredit his work as an advocate and promoter of human rights for the people of Nanncue Ñomndaa, which he has been doing since 2000.

Additionally, on March 25, in the face of persisting threats, the director of the newspaper El Sur de Acapulco, Juan Angulo, stated that the newspaper’s offices in Acapulco would be closed. The employees of the paper will work from home and do additional writing and editing for the upcoming editions at El Sur’s offices in Chilpancingo. It was announced that the closure of the facilities would last until the end of Zeferino Torreblanca government on 31 March. The editor of the newspaper blamed the governor for the threats against the newspaper and the lack of security for journalists.

Moreover, on the morning of March 24, army troops raided three properties without permission in the town of Tlacoachistlahuaca, allegedly looking for weapons and drugs. One of the soldiers responded to a warning shot and killed an indigenous rancher. On El Zapote ranch, a rancher awoke to realize the presence of strangers on the property, and thus shot a rifle to try to scare them away. In response, soldiers fired at the rancher, Cyril Victor Felicitas, an indigenous Na Savi man from Zacualpan, who died in one of the rooms of the ranch near the stream of Tlacoachistlahuaca.

Finally, on March 28, various organizations, as well as free community radios and alternative media groups, launched the Campaign in Defense of the Territory, called: With an Open Heart Defend our Mother Earth Against Mining. This campaign comes after recognizing that between 2005 and 2010 alone, approximately 200,000 hectares of indigenous territory of the Costa Chica and Montaña regions of Guerrero have been made accessible to foreign companies by the federal government, through concessions of 50 years, during which the companies may perform activities exploration and exploitation without consultation of indigenous peoples nor acknowledgement of their rights to territory. The first stage of the campaign will be devoted to disseminating information on the problems of mining.

For more information:
Absuelven a defensores de derechos humanos de Xochistlahuaca (CENCOS, 29 March)

comunicado-radio-Ñomndaa-29-03-2011 (29 March)

Avalan trabajo del comunicador David Valtierra como defensor y promotor de derechos humanos (CENCOS, 23 March)

Amenazan a periodistas de El Sur de Guerrero. Con Denise Maerker (Radio Formula, 25 March)

Cierra El Sur sus oficinas en Acapulco; protesta así por la falta de garantías a sus trabajadores (Sur Acapulco)

Soldados matan a indígena durante un allanamiento (La Jornada, 26 March)

Website of the campaign against mining in the Costa Chica and Montaña region:


For more information from SIPAZ:
Guerrero – briefs: Prodh Center sends amicus curiae in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Union of peoples and social organizations mobilizes to demand preferential rates for electricity; “1,289 murders, 289 disappeared and 25 kidnapped in 4 years”: TADECO (27 March)

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Coasta Chica regions

March 18, 2011

On February 21, a hearing was held to observe the case of Genaro Cruz Apóstal, Silverio Matías Dominguez and David Valtierra Arango, members of the community radio station Radio Ñomndaa of Xochistlahuaca, following a petition for review, which was filed in 2010, after the three were issued a sentence of 3 years and 2 months in jail, and to pay a fine of $1.753,000 (pesos) for the crime of deprivation of liberty. Days later, 70 human rights advocacy organizations and members of the National Network of Civil Society Organizations for Human Rights “All human rights for all ” in Mexico, sent a letter to the president of the High Court of Justice of the State to resolve the case impartially and in accordance with the law. The organizations expressed their interest in the review of this criminal case considering that there have been many irregularities and the fact that the judge has not assessed that the alleged victim, Narciso García Valtierra, claims to not know the defendants and was not deprived of his liberty. The Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, which bears the legal defense of the case, is seeking the support of civil society, spreading a postcard on the event web sites and sending letters to the President of the High Court of Justice.

Additionally, in the previous months, the Regional Coordinator of Communal Authorities – Community Police (CRAC-PC) and communities of Guerrero’s Montaña and Costa Chica regions, have been organizing against mining exploration, by the Hochschild and CAMSIM corporations, which is underway in the region. They claim that communal territories and the CRAC are threatened by transnational mining interests. Communities are now struggling back and organizing through community radio La Voz de La Costa Chica. At the risk of entering the mining areas of the Mountain and Costa Chica, the CRAC-PC, Radio Ñomndaa, the Zezontle Collective, the Zapateando Collective, the Free Media Network and the Center for Human Rights Tlachinollan, held a meeting and workshop for community radio and independent media interested in supporting the informative and organizational processes of the peoples inhabiting the region. This event, to be held on March 18 and 19 in San Luis Acatlan, is to broaden the strategy of defending the territory, culture and environment.

For more information:

Piden 70 ONG al Tribunal apego a derecho en la revisión de sentenciados de radio Ñomndaa (Sur Acapulco)

Envían ONG carta al TSJ por caso Ñomndaa (La Jornada, 01 de marzo)

Entrevista con David Valtierra, miembro de Radio Ñomndaa (6 de marzo)

Carta modelo para caso Radio Ñomndaa-marzo2011

Video que forma parte de la campaña en contra de la mineria en guerrero: “Tenemos todo y nos falta todo” (9 de marzo)

Encuentro de radios comunitarios: Por la defensa de nuestros territorios, nuestra cultura y el medio ambiente

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Falta de voluntad del Estado mexicano para cumplir con sentencia en caso de Valentina e Inés; Comunidades indígenas contra la explotación minera en La Montaña; CECOP pide resolución acerca de petición de nulidad de asamblea de 28 de abril (17 de febero)

Guerrero – breves: Piden apoyo para caso Radio Ñomndaa; SCJN atrae amparo pedido por familiares de Rosendo Radilla; 4 meses de desaparición de activista Victor Ayala; Debate entre candidatos a la gobernatura estatal: 18 de enero (17 de enero)

Guerrero – breves: Desalojan el Módulo de TADECO y espacios de artesanos en la Plaza Cívica de Chilpancingo; Asesinan al líder del ERPI (1 de marzo)

Guerrero: briefs – Support is requested in Radio Ñomndaa case; SCJN assumes responsability in the case of Rosendo Radilla; 4 months of disappearance for activist Victor Ayala

January 24, 2011

On Januray 12, the Guerrero Network of Civil Society Human Rights Organizations (Red Guerrerense) expressed support for Genaro Cruz Apóstal, Silvero Matías Domínguez and David Valtierra Arango, members of the Xochistlahuaca autonomous radio project, Radio Ñomndaa, against whom legal proceedings continue. Despite having presented sufficient evidence of their innocence, the men were sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison and are being forced to pay a fine of 753-thousand pesos on charges of illegal deprivation of liberty against Narisco García Valtierra. A communique from January 5 demands that the High Court of Justice for the state of Guerrero carry out an independent an impartial review of the appeal, to restore justice and pay compensation for damages and injuries to Silverio Matías Domínguez, who lost his sight after being beaten. Judgement on this specific case is expected to be delivered this week.

Additionally, the Mexican Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (CMDPDH) considered it important that the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) has assumed responsibility in the case of Rosendo Radilla so the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) will deliver copies of the preliminary investigation of the case. According to the CMDPDH, this decision will open the way for justice and abides by the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CIDH) of November 23, 2009. Rosendo Radilla was disappeared in 1974 at a military checkpoint in Atoyac, Guerrero. To date, his whereabouts are unknown. The sentence of the CIDH established the responsibility of the Mexican state in his disappearance.

Also, on January 14, the Commission Against Torture and Impunity (CCTI), released a bulletin 4 months after the forced disappearance of activist Victor Tapia Ayala, leader of the Hermanegildo Galeana Freedom Front. The communique states that: “[…] so far, his whereabouts are unknown; the authorities do not report the progress of the investigation and his family, friends and colleagues continue carrying pain and rage in their pursuit of justice. Since he was alive when he was taken, we want him back alive”. Also expressing “we reaffirm our demand that the authorities conduct a thorough, independent, impartial and exhaustive investigation” of the case.

For more information:

Entrevista en la KPFK a David Valtierra Arango, The Committee of Radio Ñomndaa in Guerrero about the campaign “Justicia a la Palabra” (January 13)

Llama la Red a apoyar a tres integrantes de radio Ñomndaa ante el próximo fallo del Tribunal (El Sur de Acapulco, January 13)

Campaña “Justicia a la Palabra del agua” (January 13)

Ficha Radio Nomndaa – Actualización – final 2010 (Tlachinollan, end of 2010)

Atrae la SCJN amparo contra decisión de PGR de no entregar copia de averiguación (La Jornada, January 13)

Positivo, que la Corte atraiga demanda de los familiares de Rosendo Radilla(La Jornada, January 14)

A cuatro meses de la desaparición de Victor Tapia Ayala, exigimos su presentación con vida (January 14)

More information from SIPAZ:

México: Controvertida, la iniciativa de Calderón para reformar el fuero militar (October 22)

Guerrero: breves – ONGs presentan escrito a Corte Interamericana sobre caso de ambientalistas; Activista detenido (September22)

Guerrero: breves – Simpatizantes de La Parota se manifestaron frente al TUA; Académicos entregaron al TUA una carta en contra de La Parota; Aniversario de Radio Ñomndaa se celebrará a pesar de la persecución (December 15)

Guerrero: briefs – Supporters of La Parota demonstrate in front of the TUA; Academics deliver letter against La Parota to the TUA; Anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa held in spite of persecution

December 22, 2010

On December 14, roughly 600 supporters of the hydroelectric dam, La Parota, demonstrated outside of the United Agrarian Court (TUA) 41 to demand the resolution of the challenge to the April 28 assembly filed by the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositoras a La Parota (CECOP) and warned that in the event of a negative vote, they would convene another meeting, “but we are going to succeed in continuing the project.” The demonstrators were received by the Secretary of Agreements, Jorge Paniagua Salazar, who said that  his duty is to listen to all parties, “to come to a fair resolution”, and that the date of the resolution was already “nearly” here and would be finished on that same day. It was also on that same day that the TUA received two amicus curiae letters from leading academics, as well as national and international organizations. These documents concern the right to consultation and land law, reaffirming the arguments of hundreds of letters in opposition to La Parota.

Lastly, on December 13, David Valtierra Arango, founder of Radio Ñomndaa, declared that “despite the persecution and aggression of the three levels of government”, Radio Ñomndaa will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the autonomous radio project on the 18 through the 20 of December in the municipality Suljaa’ (Xochistlahuaca). The event will include a series of activities such as discussion tables, cultural events, live broadcasting of programs by invited organizations and popular dance. The discussion tables will be centered on “finding tactics that permit free expression of community media and building a common and comprehensive defense against attacks by the oppressive system. “The anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa will be a celebration of having succeeded, with great effort and resources, in transmitting the voice of the people”, said Valtierra.

For More Information:

Simpatizantes de La Parota se manifiestan en el TUA 41(La Jornada, 15 de diciembre)

Marchan 600 simpatizantes de La Parota al TUA; exigen que los favorezca el fallo (El Sur Acapulco, 15 de diciembre)

Con Amicus Curiae, académicos y organizaciones refuerzan argumentos en contra de La Parota (CENCOS, 14 de diciembre)

Festejarán el sexto año de la Radio Ñomndaa a pesar de la persecución (La Jornada, 14 de diciembre)

For More Information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: breves – Nuevas amenazas a dirigentes de la OPIM; inclusión de recursos en presupuesto federal destinados a La Parota; Invitación al sexto aniversario de Radio Ñomndaa(6 de diciembre 2010)

Guerrero – breves: Atentado contra periódico El Sur de Acapulco; Conflicto agrario en Jicayán de Tovar; Manifestación contra el proyecto hidroeléctrico de La Parota; Desalojo forzado de 350 familias en Puerto Marqués; Policía Comunitaria emite comunicado contra exploraciones mineras (17 de noviembre de 2010)

Guerrero: breves – Detienen a dirigente de CETEG; Se licitará La Parota: CFE (27 de octubre de 2010)