Guerrero: Invitation to the VIII anniversary of Radio Ñomndaa

December 21, 2012


Installations of Radio Ñomndaa in Xochistlahuaca. Photo @Sipaz

On 20 December, Radio Ñomndaa (Word of Water), the communal radio located in the Xochistlahuaca municipality (Costa Chica region), Guerrero, will complete 8 years since beginning radio transmissions on the 100.10 FM frequency.  This anniversary is the basis for the invitation to people in solidarity to share a celebration on the days 19 and 20 December in the Suljaa’ community (Xochistlahuaca).  The program will begin on 19 at 7am, ending the next day during the night with a large dance “including the best musical groups from the Costa Chica of Guerrero and Oaxaca.”  There will be art and culture workshops, both for adults as children, in addition to a meeting of communal and alternative media as well as one on the defense of natural resources.

For more information (in Spanish):

VIII Aniversario de Radio Ñomndaa

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

February 4, 2011

On January 25, a judge acquitted the attacker of one of the members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee. After a process that had been prolonged for more than 10 years, the court exonerated José Luis Rocha Ramírez, the Secretary of municipal government in Xochistlahuaca and brother of the local cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez, who on January 9, 2001 attacked Silverio Matías Domínguez, member of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, causing him to lose and eye.

The press release of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee and the Human Rights Center of the Montaña Tlachinollan emphasized: “The absolution of José Luis Rocha Ramírez not only consolidates the impunity but rather it also shows that Judicial Power in Guerrero represents the interests of the caciques in the Costa Chica region of the state and of the current deputy Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. In this sense, it cannot be ignored that the ruling adds to the decision in September by the same judge, Alderete Cruz, (…) which condemned Genaro Cruz Apóstal, former agrarian authority, as well as David Valtierra Arango and Silverio Matías Domínguez, members of the Radio Ñomndaa Committee, imposing a sentence of more than three years in prison and a fine of 753 thousand pesos for a fabricated crime, following a false accusation that came from cacique, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez. Taken together, the two sentences illustrate how methods of enforcement and administration are conducted with partiality in Guerrero, severely criminalizing human rights defenders even in the absence of evidence and concealing the impunity of those in power, in spite of the existence of substantial evidence.”

Finally, in an article by CIMAC News from January 26 (Journalism with gender perspective), it was noted that, to date, the Interior Ministry has evaded compliance with the Inter-American Court’s (CoIDH) ruling on the cases of Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú ,Mephaa women raped by members of the military in 2002. Omeheira López Reyna, head of the Unit for Defense and Promotion of Human Rights of the Interior Ministry, reported that the orders asked of the CoIDH for an interpretation of both sentences in which the Court ordered the Mexican government to transfer the investigations of both cases – which are currently under military jurisdiction – to civil procedure.

Undoubtedly, there is a remedy provided in the American Convention of Human Rights. López Reina acknowledged that this petition before the Court delayed the implementation of the deliberations about compliance with the two sentences. For his part, Agustín Martín, attorney for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an organization that litigated these cases before the Inter-American system, recalled that sentences cannot be appealed and that this is not the first time that the Mexican state has questioned CoIDH mandates.

For more information:

Nuevamente, el Poder Judicial de Guerrero exhibe su parcialidad contra los defensores indígenas (Boletín de prensa del Comité Radio Ñomdaa y del Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 27 de enero)

Segob evade cumplir sentencia por caso Inés y Valentina (CIMAC, 26 de enero)

Weblog about the cases of Inés Fernández and Valentina Rosendo:

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero – breves: Piden apoyo para caso de 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: With false proceedings, members of Radio Ñomndaa are condemned to 3 years imprisonment

September 30, 2010

@ Radio Ñomndaa

On 27 September, Genaro Gruz Apóstol, Silverio Matías Domínguez and David Valtierra Arango, founding members of the autonomous municipality Suljaa´ de Xochistlahuaca, were sentenced to 3 years and 2 months imprisonment and a fine of 1,753 pesos.  According to the communiqué published jointly by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and Radio Ñomndaa, “they have been since 2004 subject to a fabricated judicial process as suspects responsible for the kidnapping of Narciso García Valtierra, close to then-mayor Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez.”

It should be stressed that “the penal demand integrated in 2004 was only one of the many to which have been subjected members of the Suljaa´ autonomous municipality, Radio Ñomndaa, and those opposed to the cacique, given that in 2007 they were accused of being responsible for the kidnapping of Ariosto Aceadeth Rocha, act that gave rise to 31 fabricated arrest-orders in October 2009, which were found to be baseless, resulting in suspension of charges.”

The communiqué concludes by saying that “the sentence today released demonstrates once again that the justice apparatus lacks impartiality and finds itself linked in a corrupt manner to cacique interests, persecuting social activists who raise their voices in defense of social justice.  This justice criminalizes social protest but also grants impunity to those who commit crimes from positions of power.” The Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights will represent the case before the Superior Triuanl for Justice (TSP).

For more information (in Spanish):

With fabricated proceedings, members of Radio Ñomndaa are condemned to 3 years imprisonment (press-release from the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights and Radio Ñomndaa, 27 de septiembre)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: David Valtierra released (9 March 2010)

Guerrero: Prison sentence for David Valtierra, founder of Radio Ñomndaa (19 November 2009)

Guerrero: David Valtierra Released

March 9, 2010

On 24 February, the Guerrero Network of Civil Organizations for Human Rights announced that David Valtierra Arango, co-founder of the Community Radio Ñomndaa (“The word of water”) was released from his imprisonment related to charges of robbery and infringement of personal liberty against Ariosto Rocha Ramírez, brother of a local PRI deputy in Guerrero, Aceadeth Rocha Ramírez.

For more information (in Spanish):

Release of Radio Ñomndaa’s David Valtierra, Indymedia Mexico (28 February)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero:  Prison Sentence for David Valtierra, founder of Radio Ñomndaa (14 November)

Guerrero: Tlachinollan presents a video documentary on repression in the state

August 19, 2008

Opposition to the hydroelectric project La Parota [Source: CDHM Tlachinollan]

At the First National Meeting of Human Rights Defenders and Family Members of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience which took place July 24 through 26 in Mexico City, the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña (CDHM Tlachinollan) presented a new video documentary on the most recent cases of state repression in Guerrero.

Four cases are presented in the video:

– A confrontation between riot police and campesinos in opposition to the hydroelectric project La Parota.

– The violent eviction of students and graduates of the Normal Rural School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa outside of the State Congress of Guerrero in the capital of Chilpancingo (November 14, 2007).

– The harrassment and incarceration of members of the Organization of the Indigenous Me’phaa People (OPIM) in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres.

– An attempt by police forces and the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) to dismantle Radio Ñomndaa in Xochistlahuaca (July 10, 2008).

To view the video (in Spanish), click on the link below:

Guerrero: El CDHM Tlachinollan presenta video sobre la represion en el estado (SIPAZ, 12/08/08)

More information:

Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of the Montaña website