Rally in support of Oaxaca’s teachers in Vancouver, June 21

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On Tuesday, June 21, about thirty people, including Mexicans, Guatemalans, Canadians, Chileans and Ecuadorians, expressed their support for the CNTE in front of the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone present declared their rejection of the brutal repression ordered by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto against against the teachers in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, which left 9 dead and hundreds injured.

At the gathering, a call was made for the community to organize globally and locally, in order to move beyond protest and put on activities and actions that truly put pressure on the Mexican government. Attendees agreed to meet on Saturday June 25 at the office of the Dignidad Migrante organization, to collectively design a plan of action.

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Police Violence in Nochixtlan

Sunday (June 19, 2016) we received a call from our compañera Doña Vicky, who is in Nochixtlan, near Oaxaca City, in the midst of protests against the government’s educational reform that, at the time of the phone call, were being met with violence. At least eight people have died in the protests so far.

Doña Vicky has come to Canada several times with CIPO-VAN to speak about her Mixtec Indigenous culture and the struggle for human rights of the people of Oaxaca. As she spoke on the phone we could hear police helicopters flying overhead and the sound of shouts and people running. Continue reading Police Violence in Nochixtlan

Hunger Strike for Pablo Lopez Alavez

Hunger Strike in EtlaMembers of the CIPO-RFM have begun a hunger strike in support of Pablo Lopez Alavez, the environmental defender from San Isidro Aloapam.  Taking place at the prison in Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico, the strike is to demand Pablo’s immediate release. Pablo has been held injustly on trumped up charges for over five years.

Please read more in the CIPO-RFM press release:

Press Release
Oaxaca, Oax, 10 December 2015

On the International Day of Human Rights, Indigenous Zapotec, Triqui, Chinantec, Mixe, and Mixtec people are holding a fast to demand liberty for the Indigenous ecologist Pablo López Alavez.

On 9 December 2015, Pablo López Alavez, in company of his wife, the defender of Indigenous rights Yolanda Pérez Cruz, began a fast. They protest against the unjust process through which Pablo has been illegally kept in Etla prison for five years.

Today we have confirmed that the government of Gabino Cué is not concerned with combatting corruption and punishing public servants who violate human rights and the collective rights of communities. Therefore, in the context of the International Day of Human Rights, we ask the legislative power, and, in particular, the commission for the administration of justice, not to become an accomplice of an executive branch that violates human rights.

In his fifth government report, Gabino Cué alludes to his government’s respect for human rights, but that is only publicity by which he tries to convince the public that he acts on the issue of human rights. This is not only a lie, but a mockery and insult to Indigenous people in light of the case of the Indigenous ecologist Pablo López Alaves who remains a prisoner in spite of the recommendation 11/2015 of the Human Rights Office of the People of Oaxaca. The recommendation points out grave violations on the part of the authorities and asks for the immediate freedom of our comrade. Nevertheless, the order of this specialized public office has not been fulfilled to this day.

In the face of the obstinance of the governor, we – Zapotec, Triqui, Chinantec, Mixe, and Mixtec Indigenous people – found ourselves obliged to hold a fast in the Etla penitentiary and in front of the government palace. In case the recommendation of the Human Rights Office will not be met in the sense of freeing the Zapotec activist Pablo López Alavez, there will be a hunger strike.

We also inform that the Sub-Secretary for Social Prevention and Reintegration, with the backing of the Secretary for Public Security of Oaxaca, Jorge Ruiz Martínez, without argument and in a despotic and arrogant manner expelled the human-rights personnel who assisted the beginning of Pablo’s fast in the penitentiary. In the same manner, Ruiz Martínez prevented the visit of journalists, friends and brothers of Pablo López Alavez, even though there is no juridical prohibition for journalists to listen to the words of a political prisoner inside a prison. In the face of the repeated violations of our rights by the government of Oaxaca, we demand the immediate intervention of the National Commission for Human Rights.

Lastly, we call on all human-rights organizations to remain informed about our security, because the bad governments, instead of doing justice, persecute, intimidate, beat, kidnap, imprison, and assassinate those who dare protest against the grave violations of our constitutional rights.
Liberty for Pablo López Alavez!!

Respect for the cautionary measures for members of the CIPO-RFM!!
Return of the exiled Raúl Gatica!!

Indigenous Popular Council of Oaxaca-Ricardo Flores Magón (CIPO-RFM)


Police officers threaten CIPO-RFM community house

The complete letter is available for download:  Letter police intimidation Jan 2015.Web.

On Friday, 23 January 2015, two men who identified themselves as police officers demanded to enter the organization’s house in Santa Lucía del Camino, refusing, however, to state the objective of their visit. When they were denied entry by those inside the house they yelled and kicked the door of the property. Last month, on 13 December 2014, members of CIPO-RFM were stopped by police forces while traveling in their car and detained for two hours until they were able to receive help from the Oaxacan Human Rights Commission. Continue reading Police officers threaten CIPO-RFM community house