Oaxaca: New threats against members of Indigenous Women for Conservation, Investigation, and Management of Natural Resources (CIARENA)

February 8, 2015


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In an Urgent Action published on 27 January 2015, Amnesty International calls on State authorities to protect the security of Silvia Pérez Yescas, a human-rights defender for the indigenous people of the community of Matías Romero, Oaxaca, given that she has received new threats, despite having security protocols in place.

The UA details that on 13 January, Silvia Pérez discovered that several members of her organization, Indigenous Women for Conservation, Investigation, and Management of Natural Resources (CIARENA), had been threatened.  A group of people who said they represented a cacique from the zone told them that they should “[abandon] the stupidities because you can even be thrown in jail for being accomplices of Silvia, and anyway she will be fucked over for getting involved in this problem of land distribution.”  Furthermore, they added that “there are people waiting for when she will show her face.”

For more information from SIPAZ (in Spanish):

Acción Urgente en línea México: Defensores de indígenas reciben nuevas amenazas (AI, 27 de enero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Bounty placed on head of female rights-defender for 100,000 pesos (2 September 2014)

Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender (29 January 2013)

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Oaxaca: Bounty placed on head of female rights-defender for 100,000 pesos

September 2, 2014

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On 19 August, the indigenous human-rights defender Silvia Pérez Yescas, member of Conservation, Investigation, and Exploitation of Natural Resources (CIARENA), received notice that in the community of San José Río Manzo, unknown persons had placed a bounty on her head amounting to 100,000 pesos, this following a long absence of hers from her home. On 16 January 2013, a group of twenty armed men irrupted into the defender’s home, threatening and intimidating her. She and her son escaped unharmed, but following the attack they did not return to their home, for security reasons.

It should be mentioned that in recent years, Silvia Pérez has received more than ten death-threats against her person due to her work with CIARENA. Furthermore, she has been awarded precautionary measures by the Oaxaca state government, though “these have never been completely implemented,” as Front Line Defenders has stated. She also forms a part of the National Mechanism for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, though “the measures that have been taken have proven insufficient for her security guarantees.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Ponen precio a vida de defensora de derechos Oaxaqueña (Voces de Oaxca, 26 de agosto de 2014)

Mexico: Amenazas en contra de Silvia Pérez Yescas, defensora de derechos humanos de CIARENA (Frontline Defenders, 26 de agosto de 2014)

En inglés: Mexico: Threats against Silvia Perez Yescas, human rights defender from CIARENA (Frontline Defenders)

Acción Urgente: Amenazan a Silvia Pérez Yescas, defensora de DH de CIARENA (Educa, 26 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender (29 January 2013)


Oaxaca: Armed men threaten human-rights defender

January 29, 2013

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The National Network for Communication and Urgent Action on Human-Rights Defenders has denounced the death-threats suffered by Silvia Pérez Yesca, a member of the organization Indigenous Women for CIARENA, together with her son on 16 January.  The Network demanded an immediate investigation and punishment of the intellectual and material authors of these new aggressions, and that the right to defend the human rights of indigenous and non-indigenous activists and human-rights defenders be guaranteed within the state of Oaxaca.  “During the early hours of Wednesday 16 January 2013, close to 20 armed men encircled the home of Silvia Pérez Yescas (located in Matías Romero)…. Despite the precautionary measures which Pérez Yescas has been awarded, being a member of the CIARENA organization, these have not proven sufficient, given that she continues to suffer death-threats at the hands of power groups in the Isthmus region specifically due to her accompaniment of females who have been victimized by violence,” noted a document read in press-conference.

Members of CIARENA explained to Communication and Information for Women (CIMAC) that this is not the first time that Silvia and the organization have been threatened by caciques, landowners, and cattle-ranchers, whose goal is to disrupt their work.  They detail that on one occasion unknown persons left an intimidating message on the wooden door of their offices, fixed with a knife.  To date, the CIARENA activists have decided not to provide more details regarding what has happened for reasons of security; Silvia currently finds herself in hiding.  They have also requested the intervention of the Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, as overseen by the Secretary of Governance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa de la Red Nacional de comunicación y acción urgente de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos en México (Revolucionemos Oaxaca, 21 de enero de 2013)

Amenazan a activista de DH; ONG’s exigen seguridad a Cué y Peña Nieto (Página 3, 19 de enero de 2013)

Intimidan hombres armados a defensora de DH en Oaxaca (Cimac Noticias, 21 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: First state in attack on female defenders, denounce organizations (21 December 2012)

National: MPJD criticizes presidential “veto” of Law on Victims (10 July 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: attack on union leader Marcelino Coache (20 May 2010)