Posts Tagged ‘extrajudicial killings’

The double standard of the Mexican blue helmets

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

x pena nieto[Translation of an article from Proceso of Mexico City for September 24, 2014. See original here.]

by Jorge Carrasco Araizaga

Mexico City – The presidential announcement that the armed forces will participate in United Nations peace-keeping operations shatters the Mexican military’s traditional isolation in international questions. But basically it is a measure that contradicts the soldiers’ and marines’ activities inside the country.

If the army and the navy want to show the world that they are prepared to participate in humanitarian actions by joining the UN blue helmets, they would first have to demonstrate to Mexicans that they are capable of respecting human rights.

Just when the Mexican army is in the midst of a serious controversy over its probable responsibility for the summary execution of civilians in Tlatlaya, in the state of Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced before the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that Mexican civilian and military personnel will take part in humanitarian missions when requested by the UN and when the intervention has the consent of the country affected. (more…)

Haiti: Demonstration held at funeral for teacher killed by police

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

[Translation of an article from Alterpresse for October 22. See original article here and related article here.  Note that several variations of the teacher’s name have appeared in news stories.]

Port-au-Prince – The funeral for teacher Louis Jean Filbert, mortally wounded by the police, gave rise on Friday, October 22, to a demonstration in the capital by dozens of members of the Union Nationale des Normaliens Haïtiens (UNOH – National Union of Haitian College Teachers), close family members and friends of the deceased.

“Justice and compensation for Professor Jean Filbert Louis,” chanted the demonstrators, who made their way along several streets in Port-au-Prince. (more…)

Dominican National Police: A deadly tradition

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

by David Holmes Morris

Despite a national and international outcry, the Dominican National Police are continuing their tradition of violent repression of dissidents at a time when protests are becoming more common across the country. Some recent incidents in El Cibao, the agricultural and mining region in the north, have resulted in the arrests of many demonstrators, a number of injuries by tear gas and gunshot, and one death.

((Diario Libre photo))

A delegation from Amnesty International met with the Distrito Nacional prosecuting attorney as recently as early October seeking information on the large number of deaths of citizens at the hands of the National Police throughout the country and in the capital in particular. At least 226 unlawful killings by the police occurred in the country between January and August of 2009.  Thirty percent of the homicides in the Distrito Nacional during the same period were reportedly committed by the police.

In the most dramatic recent incident in El Cibao, a university student taking part in protests on October 12 against government neglect of poor neighborhoods in the area of Santiago de los Caballeros, the country’s second largest city, was shot to death when police fired into the crowd of demonstrators, and at least four others were injured. The demonstrators were demanding that roads be paved and reliable water and electrical power be provided. (more…)

Colombia: Hunting civilians

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Persecuted for more than a year, this electrician is just one of the Colombian government’s victims

Brasil de Fato photo

[Translation of an article from Brasil de Fato of São Paulo, Brazil, for October 6, 2010. See original article here.]

by Patrícia Benvenuti

Thirty-seven-year-old Colombian electrician Carlos Alirio Peña García no longer feels safe at home, in the municipality of Barbacoas, in the department of Nariño, in the south of the country, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is afraid that at any moment the police, who a year ago tried to make him pay for a crime he did not commit, will come back.

García’s case is just one example of the crimes the Colombian government perpetrates against the civilian population, who have to deal with the consequences of the alleged war against terrorism and narcotrafficking. (more…)

International team confirms mass grave in Colombia with at least 2,000 bodies

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Deaths attributed to army and paramilitaries

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for July 24, 2010,  based on dispatches from Agence France Presse and Notimex.]

Bogotá, July 23 –In a public hearing on Friday with residents of La Macarena, in the department of Meta, a delegation from the United States and Europe confirmed the existence of a mass grave containing some 2,000 unidentified bodies whose deaths they attribute to rightist paramilitaries and the Colombian army.

The delegation was headed by six Members of the European Parliament (MEP), who denounced that “the army is killing its own people.” Ana Gómez, an MEP in the Commission on Human Rights, said the grave is an abnormality she cannot understand, since the armed forces exist to protect the people and not to act against them.

“They’re not there to kill the people; there is a horrible perversion in these acts in which innocent youths, men and women, area taken by members of the armed forces who turn them into false positives and are rewarded for it,” she said in reference to civilians who are executed extrajudicially and displayed as guerrillas killed in battle. (more…)

Chaos and fear in Monterrey, Mexico after murders at the university

Monday, March 29th, 2010

“Sultan of the North” pays the price for inequality and oligarchy

[Translation of an article from the March 28, 2010,  La Jornada of Mexico City.]

by Sanjuana Martínez

During its three foundings, Monterrey survived the battle of the Indians, the batterings of the Inquisition and the rebellion of the natives, but never before in its recent history has it lived through an irregular urban war like that of the past few days. (more…)