Guerrero: Social activists visit Nestora Salgado

September 13, 2015

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On 3 September, Tita Radilla, Martha Obeso, Norma Mesino, Sofía Méndoza, and Julia Alonso, being social activists from different regions of Guerrero state, visited the political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police in Olinalá, Guerrero. The social activists explained that “we came to visit Nestora to encourage her and tell her that we are struggling for her liberty.” The five women mobilized themselves in Mexico City to express their solidarity with Nestora Salgado, who is currently incarcerated in the Xochimilco prison. At the end of their visit, they affirmed that “she continues to be strong.” A representative from the Free Nestora Committee that is operating in Mexico City also visited, announcing that a tour in Guerrero would soon be launched. This visit forms part of the struggle against impunity that is lived in Guerrero, the activists added. Nestora Salgado undertook a hunger strike on 26 August 2015, 11 months after the forcible disappearance of the 43 student-teachers from Ayotzinapa. She has been imprisoned for two years.

For more information (in Spanish):

Luchadoras sociales de Guerrero visitan a Nestora Salgado (Desinformémonos, 3 de septiembre de 2015)

Luchadoras sociales de Guerrero visitan a Nestora Salgado (Educa Oaxaca, 4 de septiembre de 2015)

Cumple Nestora ocho días de ayuno; la visitan cinco mujeres activistas en el penal (El Sur de Acapulco, 3 de septiembre de 2015)

Denuncia el abogado de Nestora ante la presidenta del TSJ irregularidades de la jueza de Tlapa (El Sur de Acapulco, 4 de septiembre de 2015)

Niega un tribunal federal un amparo a presuntas víctimas de Nestora Salgado (El Sur de Acapulco, 25 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/ National: Nestora Salgado continues imprisoned and announces hunger-strike for Ayotzinapa (11 September 2015)

Guerrero: Nestora Salgado, newly accused (29 June 2015)

Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado is transferred to a Mexico City prison (10 June 2015)

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

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Guerrero/National: 41 years after the forcible disappearance of Rosendo Radilla, demand for justice continues

September 11, 2015

Tita Radilla (@SIPAZ)

41 years after the forcible disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, his family continues steadfastly to seek out his whereabouts. The last time Rosendo was seen alive was in the military barracks of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero, within the context of the “Dirty War.” The fate of Radilla, who was a social activist, composer, and mayor of Atoyac, continue to be unknown, all this years later.

On 26 August an event was held in front of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in Mexico City to emphasize the demand for justice in the case. At this event were present relatives of the 43 students who were forcibly disappeared 11 months ago in Iguala, a member of the UN Commission against Forcible Disappearances, as well as members of social organizations and collectives that struggle for the appearance with life of the disappeared. There were songs regarding the disappearances and at the end, white balloons were launched with the names of the disappeared.

“Since the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Radilla, his whereabouts have been unknown. The arrest and subsequent disappearance of Mr. Radilla was denounced by his family before the government. Due to the lack of response and due diligence on the part of the Mexican State, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) released in 2009 its first sentence against the Mexican State due to grave human-rights violations, ordering a series of measures of compensation,” as the communique released by members of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights asserts.

It bears stressing that the Radilla case has been a paradigmatic one, as it is the first sentence in which the IACHR has condemned the Mexican State. Furthermore, it has provoked structural changes such as the reform of the code of military justice. At the present time, the petitioners continue to await the observance of this sentence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Verdad, justicia, y reparación para Rosendo Radilla y todas las víctimas de desaparición forzada en México (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos, 26 de agosto de 2015)

La desaparición es aún una práctica de Estado, lamentan a 41 años del caso Rosendo Radilla (El Sur, 26 de agosto de 2015)

Caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos)

A 41 años de la desaparición forzada de Rosendo Radilla Pacheco: Ni verdad ni justicia (Síntesis de Guerrero, 20 de agosto de 2015)

Ven retroceso en desapariciones (La Razón, 26 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: 40 years since the forcible disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (2 September 2014)

Guerrero: Mexican State is denounced for failing to observe its obligations in the Rosendo Radilla Pacheco case (2 June 2014)

Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army (15 March 2014)

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)


Guerrero: 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco

September 2, 2014

imagesOn 25 August 1974, Rosendo Radilla Pacheco was illegally arrested at a military checkpoint. He was last seen alive in the Military Barracks of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero. Rosendo Radilla was a celebrated social activist from the Atoyac municipality who worked for the health and education of his people and acted as mayor.

For the executive secretary of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM), Julio Mata Montiel, the lack of political will from the federal government, “be from whichever [party] it may be,” is the principal cause for the continued impunity in the case. He assured that “on 25 August will have passed 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla, one of 470 disappearances in Atoyac which took place during this time, despite the recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and a sentence that was handed down five years ago by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Mexican State. However, the State still refuses to reveal the whereabouts of Rosendo Radilla, such that the Mexican government is not concerned by international condemnation.”

It should be mentioned in these terms that on 22 August ended the excavations which the Guerrero Truth Commission (Comverdad) carried out for three days in Atoyac in an attempt to seek out possible clandestine burial sites associated with the 49th Infantry Batallion. Nicomedes Fuentes García, Comverdad member, reported that they had found bones which will be analyzed to determine their origins. Tita Radilla Martínez, daughter to Rosendo Radilla, has insisted that it is necessary that this labor be carried out by specialized experts. She announced that no public act would be taken to commemorate the anniversary of her father’s disappearance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Más elementos sobre el caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (CMDPDH)

Al reanudar excavaciones, la Comverdad encuentra osamenta en Atoyac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Sugieren familiares a la Comverdad parar las excavaciones hasta que lleguen especialistas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 23 de agosto de 2014)

Concluye la Comverdad las excavaciones en Atoyac; esperan que se reanuden con peritos (El Sur de Acapulco, 24 de agosto de 2014)

No le importa al gobierno aclarar crímenes: Afadem (La Jornada de Guerrero, 24 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Mexican State is denounced for failing to observe its obligations in the Rosendo Radilla Pacheco case (2 June 2014)

Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army (15 March 2014)

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)


Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army

March 15, 2014

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Coinciding with the centenary of the birth of the activist Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, who was forcibly disappeared by Army elements in 1974, relatives and members of social organizations have rendered him an homage in Atoyac de los Libres, demanding punishment of the perpetrators of his disappearance.

“100 years have passed in the life of Rosendo; for us this is a very special date, because as family we cannot let this important date pass because this man struggled greatly for his people, and though we do not have him with us anymore, we remember him with much tenderness,” said Tita Radilla, Rosendo’s daughter and president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violation (AFADEM).

Although the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) released a sentence condemning the Mexican State for grave human-rights violations, Tita Radilla has criticized the lack of observance of said sentence on the government’s part: “yes there has been compensation, but due to security concerns I would rather not disclose the amount.  The problem is not this; the problem is the hope that we would like to share with the families of the disappeared.  We always think that if we found Rosendo, then there would be hope among the people: we continue with this hope, but it takes its toll.  I am now 62 years old.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Celebran centenario de Rosendo Radilla en Guerrero (El Universal, 1 de marzo de 2014)

Activistas y familiares rinden homenaje a Rosendo Radilla (Terra, 1 de marzo de 2014)

Celebran deudos 100 años del nacimiento de Rosendo Radilla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 2 de marzo de 2014)

Caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac

December 7, 2013

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AFADEM, photo @SIPAZ

Tita Radilla Martínez, vice president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM), has denounced acts of intimidation exercised by the Army on 8 November, when soldiers presented themselves to her home, revising and frightening children and one of her grandchildren.  She noted that this day, for no apparent reason and without providing any explanation, the soldiers inspected youth who were present in the area, while she was with her grand-daughter and a neighbor during a time she referred to as being “high-tension.”  She added that the inspection was arbitrary and that the soldiers were present in front of her house for at least 10 minutes, thus qualifying as an act of harassment.

On 14 November, Tita Radilla said that she did not present a denunciation before the Public Ministry because she has no faith in the State Attorney General (PGJE), given her past experiences which indicate to her that “that would lead nowhere.”  Interviewed after offering a press-conference together with relatives and victims of forced disappearances, Tita Radilla noted that the situation is “highly grave,” especially for social activists and human-rights activists.  “The truth is that it is very grave and there is much fear among the social groups and organizations for this reason, because we do not really know where all this is coming from; we believe that the State has the responsibility of protecting human-rights defenders, but they have instead been killed,” she asserted.  Radilla criticized that no crimes against activists have been clarified.

Tita Radilla is the daughter of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, a campesino disappeared by the Army in Atoyac in 1974, a case in which the Mexican State has been found guilty of crimes against humanity, in the opinion of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR).  The sentence was published on 23 November 2009, and it obliges the federal government to abolish military courts and find the remains of Radilla Pacheco, among other stipulations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Hostigan militares a Tita Radilla en Atoyac; se mantiene el terrorismo de Estado, denuncia (El Sur de Acapulco, 13 de noviembre de 2013)

Militares allanaron mi casa: Radilla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 12 de noviembre de 2013)

Tita y la guerra sucia (Proceso, 14 de diciembre de 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)


Guerrero: Failure of State to observe sentence in the Radilla case

July 2, 2012

Tita Radilla. Photo @SIPAZ

During the audience called for on 22 June by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) to present the report regarding the Mexican government’s observance of the sentence in the case Rosendo Radilla Pacheco v. Estados Unidos Mexicanos (23 November 2009), Tita Radilla Martínez,  Rosendo’s daughter, expressed her denunciations, because this resolution has not been observed, and her father has not been found or even searched for.

In a communiqué, the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights reported that according to Tita Radilla, though Mexican authorities have undertaken several actions supposedly having to do with observing the sentence, “this process has not been one of healing.”  Furthermore, she stressed that “the authorities have not taken into account our expectations, and in this sense they have carried out different actions that end up revictimizing us, as it is with the act of recognition of responsibility that does not include our presence, or the failure to put the victims in charge of excavation and investigation.”

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights supported the position of the victims and their representatives, urging the Mexican State to accelerate its observation of the sentence and to attend to the needs of the victims in this process.  Rosendo Radilla Pacheco was arrested at a military checkpoint in 1974, and he has continued to be disappeared since that moment.

For more information (in Spanish):

El Estado actúa contra víctimas en el caso Rosendo Radilla, acusa su hija Tita (La Jornada, 26 de junio)

Se realiza audiencia de seguimiento de cumplimiento de la sentencia del caso Radilla ante la CoIDH (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de Derechos Humanos, 25 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

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

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)


Guerrero – briefs: Military convoys once again in communal territory; AFADEM: “It does not end with being recognized by the government”

November 14, 2011

Members of the Communal Police, photo @ SIPAZ

The Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC) denounced that on the morning of 31 October a convoy comprised of 6 Army trucks coming from Marquelia entered communal territory, arriving in the Me’phaa community Potrerillo del Rincón, later to return to Marquelia during the evening.  Another convoy patrolled the Tlapa-Marquelia highway toward the Me’phaa community of Paraje Montero, and during the night returned to Tlapa.  In this way, they reported that the Army had established a revision checkpoint on the Tlapa-Marquelia road at the Zoyatlán crossroads, a populace that also forms a part of the Communal System of Justice and Security of the CRAC.  The indigenous peoples’ organization expressed its repudiation of these acts, considering that they disturb the daily tranquility and routine of these communities.  Furthermore, they expressed that, not knowing the motives of this operation by the Army, they feel that it could represent a provocation in light of the decision that the communities have taken to promote their collective and individual rights, rejecting the installation of mines and exercising justice against those who commit crimes in the territory.

In other news, on 4 November, Tita Radilla Martínez, vice-president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM) expressed that “with or without recognition, what matters to us in reality is that Rosendo Radilla Pacheco continues to be disappeared, and the federal government shows no true will to find find him.”  In an interview with La Jornada de Guerrero, she spoke of the act of recognition for responsibility that is expected to be led by Francisco Blake Mora, Secretary of Governance, which will be held on 14 November in the Civic Plaza in Atoyác de Álvarez, Guerrero, at 10am.

Tita Radilla said that the recognition should not only be in the case of Rosendo Radilla, but also for the cases of all the detained and disappeared that were taken in Atoyac during the period of the Dirty War for which the Mexican government is responsible.  She went on to say that members of AFADEM and the Radilla family will make public the points that still have not been observed by the State in the sentence handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), “which is what we want, and it is very possible that we insist in our demand that the members of the Army who were present at the military barracks be called to testify.”  She noted that this recognition should be accompanied by a commitment “not to oblige them to recognize but rather to commit themselves to investigate effectively that they find the whereabouts of all the disappeared.”  She continued, mentioning the new period of excavations that will be carried out in the terrain of the former barracks: “regardless, the central objective continues, and that is that, though there has been recognition of responsibility, although there be a commemoratory plaque, Rosendo Radilla continues to be disappeared.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nuevamente convoyes militares entran al Territorio Comunitario desde Marquelia y Tlapa, estableciendo retenes (Zapateando, 2 November)

Nueva incursión del Ejército en comunidades me’phaas de Guerrero(Sididh, 3 November)

www.policiacomunitaria.org

El reconocimiento federal por Radilla no basta, reclama Afadem (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: XVI Anniversary of the Communal Police (27 October 2011)

Guerrero: Anniversary and expansion of the Communal police (17 October 2011)

Guerrero: “Indigenous peoples are subject to rights and are not electoral merchandise” (February 4, 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: Mobilization of the Communal Police against mining (9 August)

Guerrero: briefs – failure of Mexican State in Radilla case (21 June 2011)

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)

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 2 (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day 1 of the Caravan to the South (26 September 2011)