Guerrero: NGOs denounce grave negligence in the investigation of the killing of 2 Mixteco leaders

January 13, 2010

Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo

On the 28th of December 2009, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) published a recommendation to various authorities of the state of Guerrero regarding the case of two leaders of the Organization for the Future of the Mixteco People (OFPM), Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas, who were originally abducted in February 2009 and later discovered to be dead.  When found, their bodies indicated severe physical abuse.

In a joint letter, the widows of these Mixteco leaders together with several human-rights organizations from Guerrero and Mexico City denounced the glaring omissions and general negligence of the Public Ministry and municipal and state governments in the case:  first for failing seriously to have investigated the whereabouts of Raúl and Manuel in the first few days of their disappearance, and also for not adequately pursuing those responsible for their deaths.

In addition, the letter’s authors reproach the CNDH’s publication on the matter, stating that it “at no point discloses that Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas in fact were human-rights defenders or that their murders likely resulted from their very promotion of these rights.”

To read the communiqué in full (in Spanish):

The government of Guerrero was negligent in its investigation of the extrajudicial executions of Raúl and Manuel (All Rights for All, 04/01/10)

To read the CNDH’s recommendation on the case (in Spanish):

Recommendation 078/2009

For more information (in Spanish):

The CNDH releases a recommendation to the government of Guerrero (article, Milenio Online, 04/01/10)

The CNDH requests historical truth in the killing of Mixtecos (article, El Sur de Acapulco, 04/01/10)

Silenced: violence against human-rights defenders in southern Mexico (PBI-Mexico report, May 2009)

For more information on SIPAZ:

Guerrero: the bodies of two mixteco leaders, reported disappeared since February 13, are found (SIPAZ blog, 02/24/09)

Guerrero: National and international organizations demand an investigation into the killing of the two human rights defenders (SIPAZ blog, 03/02/09)

Guerrero: The IACHR grants precautionary measures to 107 human rights defenders in Guerrero (SIPAZ blog, 04/05/09)

Presentation by OPIM and OPFM (SIPAZ document, in Spanish)