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: 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: 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: 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 kidknapped in 4 years”: TADECO

March 27, 2011

On March 15, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Centro Prodh) presented an amicus curiae to the High Court of Justice of the state of Guerrero to provide elements to the case of David Valtierra Arango, Genaro Cruz Apóstol y Silverio Matías Domínguez, members of the Committee of Radio Ñomndaa in Xochistlahuaca. Through the amicus curiae, they expressed concerns that called attention to relevant aspects for consideration in the case. The amicus curiae makes a “strong appeal to the Judiciary of the State of Guerrero to be a guarantor of justice.” Also mentioning that “[t]he reasoning of the Judge of the First Instance showed profound lack of consideration for cultural and ethnic diversity, which are  recognized in the Constitution” and that “taking a determination of the Amuzgo regulatory system to the field of criminal law, reflects a lack of recognition for the self-determination of indigenous peoples and their authorities”.

Additionally, the Union of Peoples and Social Organizations of the Montaña, Costa Chica and Central regions of the state of Guerrero, will mobilize on March 21, to demand the application of preferential rates on lighting, in Guerrero, from the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE). Leaders of the group reported that its motion is seeking that federal and local deputies undertake a bill for the application of the preferential rates, which would take into account socio-economic factors in stead of climatological ones, as has happened in states such as Chiapas and Tabasco.

Lastly, during the Fifth Day for Life, Liberty, Justice and Citizen Rights, on Monday, March 14, the director of the Workshop of Community Development (TADECO), Javier Monroy, denounced that in the last four years, the TADECO and the Committee of Family and Friends of the Kidknapped, Disappeared and Murdered in Guerrero, registered “1,289 murders, 289 disappeared and 25 kidknapped” with no connection to organized crime. The event was held on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of Jorge Gabriel Cerón Silva, leader of TADECO.

For more information:

Centro Prodh entrega amicus al Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Guerrero en el caso de indígenas defensores de DH de Xochistlahuaca (16 March)

Ante la falta de resultados en la CFE, indígenas se movilizarán para bajar tarifas (Sur Acapulco, 15 March)

En cuatro años, más de mil asesinatos de ciudadanos ajenos al crimen, insiste Tadeco (Sur Acapulco, 15 March)

For more information from SIPAZ:

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