Urgent: We demand that the four students from the University of Coahuila who are currently missing are found alive!


Saltillo, Coahuila, April 16th, 2013

Through social networks and the media we have heard of the disappearance of four students from the School of Accounting and Administration of the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAC) on Thursday April 11th, 2013   in the city of Monclova, Coahuila. United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila (FUUNDEC) and the Diocesan Centre for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios demand that these students, Cecilia Picazo, Marlyn Peña, Cynthia Rivera and Carlos Nuñez are found alive and safe.

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Press release FUUNDEC. FUUNDEC’s bimonthly meeting with federal and state authorities.

Saltillo, Coahuila, April 8th, 2013. The previous weekend, the United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila (FUUNDEC) held its bimonthly meetings with senior officials of the Federation and representatives of the Congress, convened by the Governor of the state of Coahuila. Additionally, the Governor took the time to attend and listen to the tracking of the cases, between the Public Prosecution Office and FUUNDEC.  In this context, The Diocesan Centre for Human Rights and Fray Juan de Larios and the Human Rights Centre Juan Gerardi made the following considerations:

  1. After recognition of list of more than 27 thousand disappearances during the past six years, we finally have taken the first steps necessary to begin solving the humanitarian tragedy that means one of the most painful passages in the national history: recognizing the magnitude of the situation.
  2. In the first quarter of this year, FUUNDEC/FUNDEM and supporting organizations held meetings directly with the Secretary of the Interior, the Attorney General, human rights commissions of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, the Federal National Police and various national and international bodies, in order to bring national attention to the fate and whereabouts of the disappeared.
  3. In the latter event, the authorities agreed on the criteria to address all disappearances. Also, there is a commitment to organize an International Forum on Disappearances in Mexico organized by FUUNDEC/FUNDEM and the Government of the State of Coahuila, on June 5, 6 and 7, 2013 in Law School of the University of Coahuila.
  4. Additionally, following a request from FUUNDEC, the Governor and his cabinet witnessed the development of the investigations, in which the Public Prosecution Office informed the families of the current status of their case. Thus, policy makers of Coahuila, listened with attention and respect in circumstances of extreme pain to understand the shortcomings of the search for the disappeared.

We acknowledge the attention paid by these authorities.  The Governor and his cabinet are now fully informed of the facts.  This dialogue has not occurred in other states in our knowledge. The responsibility of the state government of Coahuila therefore is to promote with their counterparts in the National Commission of State Governors the need to have a comprehensive approach to disappearances with the federal government in order to have coordinated actions nationwide. The road is long, but these authorities are taking the first steps. Families are in a hurry to find their relatives. They also demand state actions determined by the consensus of the families with substantive results.

“Searching for our relatives restlessly”

United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila│Diosecan Centre for Human Rights “Fray Juan de Larios” AC│Human Rights Centre “Juan Gerardi” AC

CADHAC in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington DC

On Thursday 14 March, 2013, representatives of Mexican civil society organizations, including Ana Luna of the legal Area of CADHAC, participated in two hearings in the 147 ° session of the Inter-American Commission of Human rights (IACHR) in Washington, D.C.. The first, requested by the Mexican State was on the “Priorities in the field of human rights and legislative harmonization in Mexico”; and second, requested by organizations of civil society was on the “Challenges in the field of human rights in Mexico”. At both hearings, the Mexican Government delegation was headed by the Undersecretary of Legal Affairs and Human rights, Lia Limon.

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Alberto Patishtán and Solidarity with the Voice of el Amate, a Cry for Justice PDF Print E-mail

Written by Alma Sánchez, Translation by Nelida Montes de Oca   
Monday, 25 March 2013 12:36

Source: Desinformemonos

“We are governed by injustice”:  Alberto Patishtán Gomez, Prison No. 5 San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

 Now that hope of a just intervention by the Mexican courts has disappeared, due to the refusal of the Supreme Court to take Patishtán’s case, national and international solidarity remains as an alternative.

 On March 6th, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) decided not to resume [its jurisdiction] in the case of Alberto Patishtán Gomez – by three votes against, from the Ministers José Ramón Cossío, Jorge Pardo and Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena, and two in favour, from Olga Sanchez Cordero and Arturo Zaldivar -. They refused to hear the case which was raised with them by Strategic Defence of Human Rights team, which consists of Leonel Rivero and Sandino Rivero. The SCJN has delegated the case to the Tribunal Court in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, which has already ruled against the release of the political prisoner previously.

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Repression on December 1st, 2012 in Mexico City

On December 1st, 2012, the new President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, took power. At the same time, hundreds of protesters were outside the National Palace to denounce the corruption that surrounded the victory of the Institutionalized Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate in the 2012 presidential elections. According to public authorities and the student movement #yosoy132, there were agents provocateurs that gave the police an excuse to repress peaceful protesters and pedestrians that happened to walk in the area. Is this the return of PRI-style state repression?

Letter to former President Felipe Calderon from FUNDEM (United Forces for Our Disappeared in Mexico) Mexico City, 25 November 2012

Are you leaving with a clear conscience?

The members of FUNDEM wish to express our anger, outrage and boredom against Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, who caused the tragedy that left hundreds of thousands of orphans, maimed mothers, families torn apart and the latent pain for the next generations. FELIPE DE JESUS CALDERON HINOJOSA: The nation will remember you as the cruelest, the most bloodthirsty and inept President in the history of Mexico. Our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are not collateral damage of your war; they are innocent victims of your ambition, your political myopia, enormous ego and lust for power.  Our relatives have names; they are not a number of a preliminary investigation or a lengthy Act. They have dreams, stories of life, and above all, a family that loves them and will look for them every moment of their lives. Continue reading

Refusal of National Human Rights Commission to create independent forensic Commission

Saltillo, Coahuila (30 October 2012) – The National Commission of Human rights (CNDH) responded to the communication sent on October 10, 2012 by various movements of the relatives of the disappeared and organizations of human rights.  In this document, these movements and organization expressed their concern for the lack of attention by the Commission. Continue reading