March of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Mexico

Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico. And the mothers of the disappeared continue with their struggle to find their loved ones. This is the media advisory from the families to invite you to join them in solidarity.

Fifth March for National Dignity in Mexico

 “Mothers searching for their Sons, Daughters, Truth and Justice

 CARTEL FINAL_redes.jpgThe disappeared continue to challenge state and criminal power every time they are remembered in a public event. It is a struggle without rest.

(Historia de la Desaparición. History of Disappearances. Roberto González Villarreal)

Dear national and international civil society, all churches, religions and spiritual beliefs, international media, international organizations. Dear women and men that search for justice and build peace,

For the fifth consecutive year, we, the parents of the disappeared, will go to the streets to express not only our pain but also our discontent with state authorities who do not search for our missing ones.

Our struggle will not stop. We will continue demanding state authorities to search for our loved ones. We will not let authorities distance themselves from the responsibility of guaranteeing the return of our disappeared. We want to let state authorities know that   our search and fight will not end until we find our loved ones.

The march will take place on May 10th, 2016, Mexico’s Mother’s Day. Please show your solidarity by signing Amnesty International’s petition online

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=33148

or send a message of hope to the mothers and fathers of the disappeared through the Butterfly Campaign http://www.amnesty.ca/butterflies

 Alive they were taken, Alive we want them back!

 WE mothers no longer cry, now we fight!

Sincerely

Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México (FUNDEM): Integrada por FUNDEM-Centro, FUNDEC-M-Laguna, FUUNDEC-M Saltillo; Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Nuevo León (FUNDENL) y Colectivo de Familias de Guanajuato; RED VERDAD Y JUSTICIA: COFAMIPRO Honduras, COFAMIDE El Salvador; Colectivo de Familias de Guatemala; Desaparecidos Justicia Querétaro; HIJOS MÉXICO; Red de Madres Buscando a sus Hijos; Familias Unidas en Búsqueda y Localización de Personas Desaparecidas; Campaña Nacional contra la Desaparición Forzada en México; Comité de Familiares Detenidos Desaparecidos “Hasta Encontrarlos”; Fundación Lucero de América; Justicia para Nuestras Hijas; Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en México; AFADEM –FEDEFAM; Enlaces Nacionales; Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho; Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres Chihuahua; Centro de Derechos Humanos Victoria Diez en Guanajuato; Centro de Derechos Humanos Juan Gerardi en Torreón; Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios en Saltillo; Casa del Migrante Saltillo; Diócesis de Saltillo; Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte en Ciudad Juárez.

 

 

Idle No More in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa

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On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College, in Iguala, went missing after they were attacked by state police and gunmen. Three students were killed and forty three “disappeared.” The bodies of the disappeared students have never been found and the Mexican government has not undertaken a credible investigation into the disappearance. The families keep struggling to find out what happened to the students.

This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried out through alliances between elements of the Mexican state and organized crime. The search for the students has uncovered more than 15 mass graves in neighbouring areas of the state of Guerrero, none of them containing the bodies of the students. In response, a national movement of resistance has emerged.

Idle No More organizers stand in solidarity with the missing 43 students and their families and the Caravan to Ottawa delegation travelling to share their story of resistance and hope. Their struggle and search for their loved one’s resonates with us as we seek justice for the murdered and missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits in Canada. The murder of Indigenous people’s across the Americas is at epidemic proportions and it’s time for governments to take action to protect Indigenous lives.

Canada plays a critical role in supporting the Mexican state’s responsibility for the disappearances. In 2012, two way trade between Mexico and Canada totalled $20 billion. As a signatory to NAFTA, Mexico is Canada’s 5th largest export destination. Despite the human rights crisis in Mexico, Canada’s refugee system has deemed it a ‘safe country.’

Grand Chief Philip Stewart, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs calls out Canada’s involvement: “I call onThomas Mulcair, the leader of the official opposition to raise this issue in the house. I call on the Conservative government to make a statement about the situation in Mexico and cut off relations with Mexico until human rights are respected.”

Join Idle No More at the Public Forum With Leaders of Mexican Social Uprising – Ayotzinapa to Toronto as we join the delegation and lift our voices together and speak out against state violence.

April 29, 7pm: Public Forum With Leaders of Mexican Social Uprising – Ayotzinapa to Toronto at Ryerson University – 350 Victoria Street (@ Gould), Library Lecture Theatre, Room 72

– For further information about the caravan to Ottawa visit this page

For media requests contact:
– Raul Burbano, Common Frontiers, (416) 522-8615, burbano@rogers.com

Witnesses from Mexico will testify today to Parliament’s International Human Rights Subcommittee about the missing students of Ayotzinapa, and call for overdue Canadian action

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(Ottawa, April 28, 2015) The mother of one of 46 students from a teacher-training college in the Mexican community of Ayotzinapa who were killed or forcibly disappeared during a September 2014 attack by Mexican police and gunmen will testify before Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights this afternoon, along with a surviving student and a lawyer for the families of the victims.

Their goal is to make visible a disturbing pattern of grave abuses perpetrated by state security forces, and call for attention to serious failures on the part of government authorities to protect human rights in Mexico, a country that Canada has designated a so-called “safe country”.

The members of the Mexican delegation who will testify to Canadian MPs are:

  • Hilda Legideño Vargas, whose son Jorge Antonio was forcibly disappeared in the September 2014 attack;
  • Jorge Luis Clemente Balbuena, a student leader at the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college;
  • Isidoro Vicario Aguilar, a Me’phaa indigenous lawyer with the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre, an award-winning NGO that represents families affected by the September 2014 attack and a prior attack in December 2011, in which two other Ayotzinapa students were killed.

The three witnesses will testify to members of the MP Sub-committee on International Human Rights from 1 to 2 PM on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Their appearance before the Subcommittee follows a tour through BC, Ontario, and Quebec to raise awareness about the attack on the Ayotzinapa students and an ongoing climate of danger for those who speak up about human rights violations in Mexico.  The tour is supported by more than 50 organizations in Canada.

On March 24, 2015, people in Argentina remembered the military coup d’etat and the Ayotzinapa students