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Current IssueZapatistas Emerge from the Shadows, Announce Plan for 2018 Presidential Race
After keeping a low profile for the last few years, the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) returned to the public scene with an interesting proposal for the 2018 presidential election. In a press release issued jointly with the Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI) in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas state, the EZLN announced a plan to nominate an indigenous and female independent candidate to run for president of Mexico. The announcement came at the fifth gathering of the CNI in the form of a communiqué entitled “Que retiemble en sus centros la tierra” (Let the earth tremble at its core), a line taken from the Mexican national anthem. The Zapatistas and the CNI do not have any particular individual in mind, with the decision to come via a democratic process espoused by the EZLN and other indigenous groups. “We will conduct consultations in each of our geographical areas and territories, based on the agreement forged at the fifth CNI to form a governing council, which will pick an indigenous woman—a current CNI delegate—to represent us as an independent candidate in the 2018 presidential election,” said the announcement, which came on the 20th anniversary of the formation of the CNI.Human Rights Commission Resurrects Proposal to Create System of Anonymous Judges
Mexico’s semi-independent human rights commission (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, CNDH) has resurrected a proposal to create a system of anonymous judges (jueces sin rostro), particularly to make decisions on cases involving members of criminal organizations. CNDH president Luis Raúl González Pérez offered the suggestion shortly after the assassination of Judge Vicente Antonio Bermúdez Zacarías, who recently handled cases involving members of the Zetas, Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), and the Sinaloa cartel (including infamous leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán). Bermúdez Zacarías, who was the chief judge in the Fifth District Court (Juez Quinto de Distrito en Materias de Amparo y de Juicios Civiles Federales), was shot in the back in broad daylight as he jogged near his home in Metepec, which is just outside the city of Toluca in México state. At the time of his assassination, Bermúdez was presiding over a court that was reviewing 1,553 cases, most of which involved lower-profile individuals. However, over the course of his career, the judge had handled several high-profile cases, including Zetas leader Miguel Ángel Treviño, CJNG head Abigael González Valencia, and Guzmán.