Mexican judge orders officials provide medical attention for elderly man

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Universal.com.

A federal judge issued an injunction to benefit an elderly man and ordered different authorities in the health sector of Nuevo León to authorize medical attention and medicines for his illnesses.

The measure was ordered by the Second District Judge for Administrative Matters in the state of Nuevo León, Juan Dávila Rangel, upon determining that the position adopted by the state authorities is contrary to the human right of health and what is required by the Constitution and in international treaties of which Mexico is a party.

With this judgment, the authorities are obligated to provide medicines and treatment consistent with the illnesses from which the 82 year old person suffers, which treatments were denied by the Doctor Bernardo Sepúlveda Metropolitan Hospital, in spite of his deteriorating physical condition and many petitions for specialized medical care.

“In his resolution, Judge Dávila Rangel warned the responsible authorities did not provide the maximum human rights protections recognized in Article 4, paragraph 4 of the Constitution, which guarantees that such right be exercised without any discrimination and that measures be adopted for full realization thereof. The complainant received a diagnosis determining an illness, but here is no proof showing the administration of specific medicines or treatments,” explained the Council of the Federal Judiciary.

In addition, the judge stressed that every person has the right to enjoy the highest level of physical and mental health, and it the immediate obligation of competent authorities to assure an essential level of that right, and progressively comply with this, consistent with using all appropriate means to the maximum of the resources available.

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La Llorona

La Llorona (“The Weeping Woman”) is a widespread legend throughout the region of Hispanic America. It is occasionally referred to by its translation into English, or by “The Weeping Woman.” There is a legend saying the weeping woman lost her children and cries as she looks for them near a lake.

Although several variations exist, the most basic story tells of a beautiful woman by the name of Maria who drowns her children in the Mexican river as a means of revenge because her husband left her for a younger woman. She soon realizes that her children are dead, so she drowns herself in a river in Mexico City.

Challenged at the gates of Heaven as to the whereabouts of her children, she is not permitted to enter the afterlife until she has found them. Maria is forced to wander the Earth for all eternity, searching in vain for her drowned offsprings, with her constant weeping giving her the name “La Llorona”. She is trapped in between the living world and the spirit world.

Parents often use this story to prevent their children from wandering out at night. In some versions of this tale and legend, La Llorona will kidnap wandering children who resemble her missing children, asking her children for forgiveness and drowning these other children to take their place, but they never forgive her and she keeps trying. People who claim to have seen her say she appears at night or in the late evenings from rivers or lakes in Mexico. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death.

Here are the Spanish lyrics, with Fulano’s translation:

La Llorona

Todos me dicen el negro, llorona,
negro pero cariñoso.
Todos me dicen el negro, llorona,
negro pero cariñoso.
Yo soy como el chile verde, llorona
picante pero sabroso.
Yo soy como el chile verde, llorona
picante pero sabroso.

Dicen que no tengo duelo, llorona
porque no me ven llorar.
Dicen que no tengo duelo, llorona
porque no me ven llorar.
Hay muertos que no hacen ruido, llorona
y es mas grande su penar.
Hay muertos que no hacen ruido, llorona
y es mas grande su penar.

Ay de mi, llorona, llorona,
Llévame al río.
Ay de mi, llorona, llorona,
Llévame al río.
Tápame con tu rebozo, llorona
Porque me muero de frío.
Tápame con tu rebozo, llorona
Porque me muero de frío.

The Weeping Woman

They all call me the somber one, weeping woman,
Somber, yet tender hearted.
They all call me the somber one, weeping woman,
Somber, yet tender hearted.
I am like the green pepper, weeping woman,
Spicy but tasty.
I am like the green pepper, weeping woman,
Spicy but tasty.

They say I don’t feel the pain, weeping woman,
Because they don’t see me weep.
They say I don’t feel the pain, weeping woman,
Because they don’t see me weep.
There are dead who make no noise, weeping woman,
And their pain is greater than mine.
There are dead who make no noise, weeping woman,
And their pain is greater than mine.

Oh my, weeping woman, weeping woman,
Take me to the river.
Oh my, weeping woman, weeping woman,
Take me to the river.
Cover me with your shawl, weeping woman,
Because I’m dying from the cold.
Cover me with your shawl, weeping woman,
Because I’m dying from the cold.

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Two men accused of kidnapping lynched in Ajalpan, Mexico

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Universal.

Lynching

Scores of townsfolk from the municipality of Ajalpan lynched two people. One of them was burned and second one died from beatings and machete blows. They were identified as being kidnappers and rapists.

The more than 300 inhabitants also took over the city hall, looted the building and set fire to it, as well as the municipal police patrol vehicles and private vehicles.

The first police reports said that around 7PM the mob attacked two people in the community in the mountains of Puebla.

One of the persons lynched was beaten, gasoline was tossed on him and set afire, meanwhile the second was beaten with fists and machetes until dead.

At the location of the lynching, an elderly woman appeared who said she was the grandmother of one of the victims, and said she was a pollster originally from the municipality of Tlacotepec de Mejía.

The reports indicate that the mob also tired to attack her and some voices called for her to be set afire, however the woman was unhurt.

The inhabitants of the locale are holding captive the community councilmen, and last night state police were standing by at the entrance to the municipal seat of government awaiting orders to reestablish order.

According to one account, in the last 12 months there were 19 attempted lynching and two were in the municipalities of Cohuecán and Tehuacán, where three people died.

In Cohuecán, two people were lynched last September 26. Just like the incident yesterday, they were accused of kidnappings.

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Survey shows crime has increased in Baja California

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.

TIJUANA BC, October 18, 2015 – On average, seven out of every 10 residents of Baja California think the city they live in is unsafe, according to the results of a poll carried out by the firm IMERK.

According to the demographic study, in 2014 only half of the people in Baja California (50.8%) had this opinion over where they lived and just one year later, citizen’s perception that where they lived was unsafe had increased to 69.7%.

In the same way, the survey revealed that 60% of those persons interviewed believe the intervention of the Mexican army in the streets is indispensable. As they had felt in 2008, the study showed that this appreciation for the Mexican army increased in Tijuana, which was rated as the most unsafe city in Baja California.

The Director of IMERK, Manuel Lugo, stressed that in cities like Tecate the sense of a lack of safety remains high (where 7 out every 10 residents believe it has increased). However, in the case of Rosarito, three out of ten residents think crime has decreased.

“To determine how safe the people of Baja California feel, in light of the increase in crime, but moreover as to where, the survey asked about which are the least safe locales and the results were interesting,” he said.

According to the survey, he added, seven out of 10 people feel unsafe on a public street, a proportion which is held in Ensenada, but which increases to eight out of 10 in the rest of the municipalities. Five out of 10 feel unsafe at home, increasing in to six out of 10 in Mexicali; meanwhile four out of 10 fear being victims of crime while at work, mainly in Tijuana.

“At this time, five out of 10 people feel vulnerable or have a fear of becoming victims of some crime, which goes up to six in Mexicali and seven in Tecate. Of every 10 people who believe they are vulnerable, five fear being robbed in the streets, three fear a home robbery, and one fears a kidnapping. It should be pointed out that the uncertainty about being robbed on the street goes up to six out of 10 in Tijuana. Worry of a home robbery is four out of 10 in Rosarito and kidnapping is two out of 10 in Tecate,” he said.

As of now, more than half of Baja California families were the victims of at least one crime so far in 2015. Six out of 10 families had received an extortion or fraud telephone call, mainly in Ensenada. Three out of 10 have suffered a home robbery, with the most in Mexicali.

Those who had an automobile stolen increased to three out of 10 in Mexicali. Two out of 10 were robbed on the street, with higher rates in Tijuana.

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Baja California official punished for reporting corruption

Translated by Fulano from an article in Frontera.info.

MEXICALI, Baja California – A presumed diversion of around 2 million pesos (US$120,000) belonging the the Beca Progreso Programa was reported by deputies in the State Congress and confirmed by personnel with the State Education System.

Three state official are immersed in this probable embezzlement: Alexander García Luna, Román Ernesto Rivera Padilla and Jesús de la Rosa Anaya.

The latter man is the brother of the state secretary of Public Security, Daniel de la Rosa, and former federal deputy Andrés de la Rosa Anaya.

LA CRONICA has in its possession copies of the checks which were used by those implicated to divert public funds.

In addition, the newspaper spoke with an employee of the State Education System, who preferred to remain anonymous, and who told how the coordinator of the program, Lucía Villareal Camarena, was fired.

According to the employee, the presumed diversion of funds had been investigated since the beginning of 2015, as a review of the public account for 2014 showed some irregularities.

The Ministry of Planning and Finance detected a difference in several checks which were cashed in the 2014 balances, which resulted in a review by the Secretary of a payroll.

The informant said that these cashed checks appeared as being cancelled in Beca Progreso records. The person in charge of the checks, Jesús de la Rosa Anaya, was called to explain the situation, but he refused to respond and asked to be reassigned within the State Education System.

The informant said that the fired coordinator, Villarreal Camarena asked for an internal control audit of the official, but this was never done.

In spite of that, personnel with Beca Progreso did a review and called in the school directors who appeared to have cashed the checks. The teachers said they were not their signatures on these checks.

Personnel at Beca Progreso, and Villarreal Camarena, asked for copies of the bank reconciliations from the Secretary of Planning and Finance, and again called in the school directors to show them the checks were endorsed and cashed, but these teachers denied they had signed the checks and cashed them.

The personnel from Beca Progresso called upon Silvia Lara Sánchez, Director of Revenues, for a copy of the endorsed checks. It was not until September 21 when they were provided, and the checks were endorsed with the names, signatures and a copies of the ID’s of Jesús de la Rosa Aanaya, Alexander García Luna and Román Ernesto Rivera Padilla.

The very next day, September 22, Villarreal Camarena filed a compliant with the State Attorney General. The State Secretary of Education, Mario Herrera Zárate was informed of the compliant. On September 23, 2015 the State Controller started an audit of the offices of the Programa Beca Progreso.

On Thursday, October 15, at 9AM, the auditors went to Villarreal Camarena’s offices and told her she was temporarily suspended from her duties, and she was told to leave the offices and could not remove her belongings.

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Mexico is the most crime ridden country in the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development

Translated by Fulano from an article in Milenio.com.

Guadalajara – Mexico is in second place in crime among the countries which comprise the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OCDE), according to the  study “How is life? 2015,” which was presented yesterday at the Fifth World Forum of the OCDE, in Guadalajara.

The homicide rate in our country is 23.4 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the most recent information from the OCDE, a figure much greater than the average of 4.0 per 100,000 and the highest in the OCDE. That homicide rate is only surpassed by Brazil, where there are 25.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

“In Mexico it is more probable that men will be victims of murder than women, as the homicide rate for men is 44.5 per 100,000, compared to 4.8 for women,” said the document. Regarding the perception crime, in spite of the fact that men run greater risks of being robbery victims and violent crime, women say they feel less secure. “This could be explained by a greater fear of sexual attacks, and the sense they also must protect their children and the worry they could be held partially responsible,” the report added.

According to the study, in Mexico 12.8% of the people report they were victims of a robbery in the last 12 months, a figure far larger that the average of OCDE countries of 3.9%. In addition to also being the highest percentage among the member countries. This fact was reinforced by the last Survey of Victimization and Safety Perception from INEGI, which reported that one-fifth of the Mexican population was a victim of some crime.

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American kills his Mexican girlfriend in Tijuana then commits suicide

Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.

TIJUANA – An American veteran killed his girlfriend because she refused to have sex with him.

After committing the murder, the foreigner committed suicide in the hotel room he had rented at Hotel Javaloyas, in downtown Tijuana.

Around 9:30PM on Monday there was a report of a crime and suicide at the property located on calle Aria Bernal, at the corner of calle Segunda.

The American citizen, originally from the Philippines, was Kunanan Yu Rivera, 54 years old, and he had arrived that afternoon to rent room 105.

He was with an American friend named Patrick Gordon, 48 years old.

According to the first investigations by the Homicide Unit, a white and green taxi libre came to the hotel.

The taxi parked inside the hotel property. In the front right seat of the taxi was Marcela Martínez Bárcenas, 35 years old, and the girlfriend of the Filipino.

Kunanan approached the taxi and without saying a word shot her nine times with a .40 caliber weapon, then ran to his room on the first floor and shot himself in the head.

The coordinator at the deputy prosecutor for special investigations, a part of the state Attorney General, Miguel Guerrero Castro, explained that according to the testimony of Patrick Gordon and and taxi driver, Marcela and Yu Rivera had constant fights since they became boyfriend and girlfriend.

The motive for the crime is because she refused to have sex with him, said the prosecutor.

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United Nations condemns torture by Mexican soldiers in Baja California

Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.info.

MEXICO CITY,  October 9, 2015 – The committee of the United Nations against torture, condemned Mexico for the tortures committed against four men by Mexican soldiers in Baja California in 2009.

Through a press report, the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, the World Organization Against Torture, and the Northwest Citizens Commission on Human Rights, highlighted via the press release that this is the first decision on an individual case against Mexico issued by that body.

The UN Committee determined that Mexico is responsible for committing torture against four victims, as well as for not taking effective measures to impede acts of torture during their arrest and imprisonment in military installations.

The document warned that Mexico failed to carry out an official, immediate and impartial investigation of the acts of torture, and has not paid reparations to the victims and their relatives for the damages it caused by imprisoning them based upon confessions obtained by torture.

This involves the case of Ramiro Ramírez Martínez,  Rodrigo Ramírez Martínez, Orlando Santaolaya Villarreal and Ramiro López Vázquez, who were arrested on June 16, 2009 without an arrest warrant in Playas de Rosarito as the main suspects in a kidnapping, as reported in the press release.

During the arrest, transfer and imprisonment of the men in the 28 Infantry Battalion military installations, located in Tijuana, they were repeatedly tortured and mistreated, including beatings, electric shocks, simulated drownings with plastic bags, pulling out fingernails and death threats, all to force them to confess to the crimes of kidnapping and possession of firearms, according to the report.

As of now, the four victims are in the Penitentiary No. 4 “Northwest” in the municipality of Tepic, Nayarit with serious health consequences from the torture and lack of adequate medical care, it was reported.

“The tip of the iceberg”

According to the human rights defense associations, this is “the tip of the iceberg” on the use of torture in Mexico.

“This decision is emblematic and evidences the collection of bad practices which have been the breeding ground for the endemic, generalized and systematic use of torture in Mexico for many years,” said the document from the Committee Against Torture.

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