National: Migrant pilgrimage arrives in Mexico City

May 2, 2014

© Vocesmesoamericanas

© Vocesmesoamericanas

Migrants and their families as well as activists and human-rights defenders launched a “Migrant Pilgrimage” on 15 April in El Naranjo, Guatemala.  They passed through Chiapas, Villahermosa, and Tabasco.  At that time, a total of 800 Central Americans had joined the caravan.  Starting on 19 April, passing through Holy Week, the procession became the “March for the freedom of transit of migrants.”  Through these mobilizations, participants sought to call attention to the lack of security experienced by Central American migrants upon crossing through Mexico to arrive in the U.S.: murders, kidnappings, extortion, rapes, robbery, and exploitation are part of their daily bread.

On 23 April, having now more than a thousand participants, the march arrived in Mexico City, where protestors confronted the President, demanding an audience with Enrique Peña Nieto.  However, they were received only by a commission that handed over their petitions calling for free transit to the United States. Fray Tomás González, migrant defender at the home “La 72” in Tenosique, Tabasco, reported that on 24 April they were to have two meetings, one with the Secretary of Governance and the other at the Senate of the Republic.

For more information (in Spanish):

Vía crucis de migrantes prosigue como caminata por la libertad de tránsito, La Jornada 20 de abril de 2014

Arriba al DF caravana de migrantes centroamericanos, La Jornada 23 de abril de 2014

Viacrucis migrante llega hoy al DF; quieren hablar con Peña Nieto, 23 de abril de 2014

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
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National/International: Organizational call for the migrant crossroads

April 23, 2014


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The Mesoamerican Voices organization, Action with Migrant Peoples, A.C. has published on its new website (vocesmesoamericanas.org/) an invitation to accompany the 2014 Migrant Crossroads.  The invitation notes that it is “a religious act, of course, but it also seeks to be a prophetic denunciation amidst the new wave of violence targeting migrant persons and those who accompany them.

Starting on 15 April, the Crossroads will begin in El Naranjo, Guatemala, where the majority of migrants take a boat to cross the San Pedro river to Tenosique: “we will walk where they walk in the middle of the mountain.  Upon arriving to Tenosique we will await ‘la bestia’ to climb aboard and accompany the migrants at least until Palenque.  Those who would like to continue beyond are invited to do so.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pagnia web de vocesmesoamericanas.org


National: “La 72” migrant home denounces kidnapping, robbery, and threats against migrants by INM

March 30, 2014

Foto @ Zapateando

Photo @ Zapateando

Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the migrant home “La 72,” denounced that on 10 March a truck belonging to the National Institute on Migration (INM) from the Tenosique delegation stopped before several migrant persons.  “They took them into the vehicle and transferred them to a place very close to the jungle.  There, they released two persons, threatened them, took the only money they had (2700 pesos), threatened them once again, tortured them psychologically, and finally released them,” as the public denunciation notes.

He added that “this description is of a kidnapping comparable with the kidnappings carried out by organized crime in the zone, given that they deprive migrants of their liberty, take them to the jungle, extort them, torture them verbally, psychologically, and physically, and finally charge them for letting them go.”

It should be noted that two months prior, the federal police “arrested, beat, and threatened two migrants staying in ‘La 72’ with death.”  It should also be stressed that “La 72” is a beneficiary of the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights-Defenders and Journalists, in addition to precautionary measures awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Agentes del INM en Tenosique, secuestran migrantes (Frontera Sur, 24 de marzo de 2014)

También INM secuestra migrantes: La 72 (Noticias sin Fronteras, 25 de marzo de 2014)

Agentes del Instituto Nacional de Migración secuestran, extorsionan y amenazan de muerte a dos personas migrantes en Tenosique, Tabasco (Centro de Medios Libres México, 24 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: Collaborators of the “72” migrant home abandon work due to threats (24 June 2013)

National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″ (27 March 2013)

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

 


National: Collaborators of the “72” migrant home abandon work due to threats

June 24, 2013

Foto @ Kaos en la Red

Fray Tomás González @ Kaos en la Red

Despite the fact that on 19 April the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) awarded precautionary measures to Fray Tomás González, Rubén Figueroa, and the personnel and migrants housed in the Migrant Rest Home “la 72” in Tenosique, Tabasco, these measures (according to recent denunciations) have not been efficient toward the end of guaranteeing the security of the rest home, leading part of the work-team indefinitely to decide to abandon its work there, out of fear for their lives and physical integrity, following recent death-threats.  On 8 June personnel from the migrant-home received a new death-threat from a person who approached the home, warning Rubén Figueroa to stop erecting obstacles in the path of organized crime.  If he did not, the threat continued, he would be “embalmed,” as human-rights groups have claimed.  This person was arrested for the death-threat, together with three others implicated in the kidnapping of migrants, but these three were released on 10 June, just as the State Attorney General’s Office began to procure evidence tying them to crimes committed against migrants.

In a meeting carried out between authorities and members of the rest-home on 17 May, there was agreed that the Tabasco state government would commit itself to implementing different protection mechanisms, including “accompaniments of Fray Tomás González Castillo to guarantee his integrity, both in the home as in his movements,” by the federal police.  However, the federal police suspended its patrols this past week without explanation.  Following a letter campaign and pressure in the media, the patrols returned on 11 June.  “This situation leaves migrants even more vulnerable, given that they are the object of brutal acts of violence that go unpunished,” they noted.

For more information (in Spanish):

Por amenazas, personal de “La 72” deja de laborar (Diario Rotativo, 13 de junio de 2013)

México: Ante incumplimiento de medidas cautelares personal del refugio para migrantes “La 72″ abandona Tabasco (Kaos en la Red, 12 de junio de 2013)

CIDH otorga medidas cautelares a integrantes del refugio para personas migrantes “La 72″ – Tenosique, Tabasco (Cencos, 30 de abril de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″ (27 March 2013)

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)


National: New death-threats directed against Fray Tomás, director of “La 72″

March 27, 2013

Fray Tomás González @ Periódico ABC

Fray Tomás González @ Periódico ABC

On 17 March, Fray Tomás González Castillo, director of the Refuge Home “La 72” for migrant persons, denounced that he and those residing in the home received two death-threats from organized crime operating in Tenosique, Tabasco. “It should be mentioned that in recent weeks, we have accompanied many persons who have gravely victimized by extortion and death-threats.  We have denounced this before the PGR and PGJ of Tabasco,” notes the communique published by Fray Tomás.

His communique adds that the home had reported this to public security forces (Ministerial Federal Police, PGJ, Federal Police, Mexican Army), leading to the provocation of “an operation with a great lack of coordination: they took three people indicating as being migrants.  Regardless, they did not detain those who we consider to be the principal leaders, among them the chief who leads the gang that operates between Tenosique y Coatzacoalcos. This puts us at greater risk and danger.”

Both Fray Tomás and Rubén Díaz Figueroa, from the Usumacinta Center for Human Rights and a member of Amnesty International (AI), have denounced the death-threats and aggressions engaged in by soldiers, state police, and other uniformed people in Tenosique before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE).  Raúl Izquierdo and Samuel Villicana León, visitors with the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH), have accompanied the migrant defenders in their presentation of complaints before the government in Tenosique, where the events occurred.

The “All Rights for All” National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations has announced that “it is important to indicate that these aggressions against the migrant home and the rights-defenders who work there has to do with the accompaniment and the denunciations made regarding the situation of migrant peoples transiting through Mexico.  From this Network we manifest our support and solidarity with the “72” migrant home; we recognize the important work done their daily to support our brother migrants.”  Amnesty International (AI) itself has called on Mexican authorities to provide “effective and immediate” protection for Fray Tomás González and Rubén Figueroa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Urgente desde Tenosique: Amenaza del crimen organizado a Defensores de Derechos Humanos (Frontera Sur, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Exigimos proteger la vida de Fray Tomás González y del personal del albergue “La 72” (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos”, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Denuncian agresión contra defensores de migrantes en Tabasco (Proceso, 20 de marzo de 2013)

Pasan noche de zozobra en el refugio La 72 (La Jornada Veracruz, 19 de marzo de 2013)

Amnistía Internacional urge a las autoridades a dar protección a defensores de migrantes amenazados de muerte (Periódico Sin Embargo, 18 de marzo de 2013)

Pide mafia mi cabeza: fraile; caen 3 bandidos (Tabasco Hoy, 20 de marzo de 2013)

Fray Tomás, defensor de los migrantes, denuncia amenazas de muerte (Diario El País, 20 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

 


Mexico: Caravan of mothers of Central American migrants seeking out their children

November 2, 2012

On 28 October, the Caravan of Mothers of Migrants who have been traveling through several Mexican states arrived in Mexico City, where it demanded that the governments of the continent generate mechanisms of collaboration to locate their persons reported as disappeared.  The number of Central American migrants who have been disappeared in Mexico reaches into the thousands; some organizations even report the statistic to be as high as 70,000.

On 13 October a group of 38 mothers from different Central American countries who have lost children to forced disappearance left Guatemala City to begin a journey of 4,600 kilometers over the course of 24 days, seeking to bring greater attention to the problem of migrants in Mexico.  Activists and religious persons joined together to demand justice for the Central Americans and the country.

Clementina Murcia, mother of two Honduran disappeared persons, noted that “Many migrants are disappeared on the journey.  Thousands of them never return to communicate with their families, and the mothers and fathers are overtaken with sadness.  They do not seek them out due to lack of resources, because to look for them one has to pay for transport, food, and have a place to stay.”

In Puebla, Fray Tomás González Castillo, who works in the Migrant Home in Tenosique, Tabasco, made reference to the inherent corruption in the system by citing a recent case of officials who have been imprisoned in Tabasco: it was “they who turned over [the migrants] to organize crime for the kidnapping…  We have testimony that various agents of migration in Tabasco had an internal network within the institution to traffic in persons…  Today an ex-delegate from Migration is imprisoned, due to abuse of a minor, and this is something recent….”

For more information (in Spanish):

Madres migrantes ‘caminan’ México en busca de sus familiares perdidos, CNN, 16 de octubre de 2012

Arriba caravana de madres migrantes, El Universal, 25 de octubre de 2012

Madres de migrantes juntan pena y valentía para hallar a sus hijos,  25 de octubre de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Oaxaca: #WeMigrantsAre132 (20 June 2012)

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)


Mexico: Tabasco NGO denounces 74 cases of violations against migrants since 1 January 2012

March 3, 2012

The first month and a half of this year have been very violent for migrants who enter Mexico from the Guatemala border via Tenosique, Tabasco.  The Usumacinta Human Rights Center A.C. together with the 72, “Home-Refuge for Migrant Peoples” denounced that they had between the dates of 1 January 2012 to 15 February documented 74 cases of human-rights violations against migrants.  45 victims of violence have presented reports to the State Attorney General’s Office: 11 kidnappings (2 placed before the Federal Attorney General’s Office), 10 denunciations of abuse of power, and 6 for extorsion.

The Usumacinta Center reports that at this time, in The 72, approximately 35 victims are awaiting the National Institute on Migration to grant them a humanitarian visa, which the Mexican government is bound to do for foreign persons who are victims of crime in the country.  Requests have been reiterated for the intervention of Tabasco authorities so that they “intervene responsibly in the zone where criminal bands are operating that attack migrants.”

Para más información:

Han sido víctimas de delito 74 migrantes en Tenosique: ONG, La jornada, 15 de febrero de 2012

Esperan 35 migrantes una visa humanitaria, El Universal, 16 de febrero de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)