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Added: Mar. 7, 2010
Jean Succar Kuri (left) is escorted in a straight jacket by federal
PRD, PRI, PAN y PT unen fuerzas para que no se beneficie al pederasta Succar
“Esta Cámara no tolera a los malditos pedófilos; para ellos mano dura”, afirma
The Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Institutional
Revolutionary party, the National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT)
Unite to Prevent Pedophile [Kingpin] Jean Succar Kuri From Benefiting From the
Deputy Leticia Quezada:
"The Chamber of Deputies will not tolerate
these evil pedophile; throw the book at them."
La Cámara de Diputados aprobó un exhorto al Poder Judicial para revertir la
decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz de trasladar a una cárcel de
Cancún al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, y que en caso de cumplirse su cambio de
prisión se ejerza una vigilancia especial para evitar que escape.
En la sesión de ayer, diputados de todos los partidos lamentaron que Succar
Kuri, sentenciado por abuso a menores de edad en Cancún, Quintana Roo, sea
enviado a una prisión de mínima seguridad, aun cuando fue catalogado en el
proceso judicial como reo de alta peligrosidad.
En todos los tonos, legisladores de los partidos Revolucionario Institucional
(PRI), Acción Nacional (PAN), de la Revolución Democrática (PRD) y del Trabajo
(PT) reprocharon las facilidades que el juez García Lanz concede a Succar
The Chamber of Deputies have passed a non-binding resolution that calls upon he
Judiciary to reverse a decision by Judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz that will
permit the transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] pedophile Jean Succar
Kuri to a minimum security prison in the city of Cancún. The resolution also
call for extreme vigilance to be used in the case that Succar Kuri is
transferred, so that he is not allowed to escape.
In a plenary session of the Chamber, all of Mexico’s political lamented the fact
that Succar Kuri, who was convicted and sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse
of children in Cancún, is scheduled to be transferred to a minimum security jail
when he had previously been categorized during the judicial process as a
dangerous prisoner. The Party of the Democratic
Revolution(PRD), the Institutional Revolutionary Party(PRI), the National Action
Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) all denounced the special access that Judge
García Lanz is permitting Succar Kuri to have.
From the podium of the Chamber, PRI deputy Pedro Ávila Nevárez decried “the evil
intentions that this man [Succar Kuri] had against Mexican children. If
possible, the Army should pick this individual up, but don’t allow him to be
taken to Cancun as if he had just won a prize. Send him instead to the
Marias Islands or some other place that he can’t escape from!”
PAN deputy Guillermo Zavaleta stated that the crime committed by Succar Kuri
should be punished by the death sentence. “He doesn’t deserve to see even the
light of day tomorrow” stated Deputy Zavaleta from the podium. “Nonetheless, the
political system guarantees him that he will be allowed to live.”
PRD legislator Emilio Serrano also spoke, saying that the transfer of Succar
Kuri involves an attempt to allow his escape. “What can we say, now, to the
‘precious gover’ [a nickname used by Succar Kuri accomplice Kamel Nacif, heard
in secretly recorded phone calls, where he refers to Governor Mario Marín of
Puebla state by this term]? That he take Succar Kuri to Puebla, because he would
be protected there – a place where Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa Patrón,
and other [wanted] men hide, men who are in the same business and have the same
tastes as Sucar Kuri?”
Labor Party deputy Gerardo Rodolfo Fernández stood to propose an end to the
sheltering of pedophiles. “Often special privileges are offered to those who are
rich and influential, those who have the protection of politicians, such as in
the case of this person, Jean Succar Kuri. That is what the cases of Succar
Kuri, Miguel Ángel Yunes and Emilio Gamboa have in common, that they are gravely
serious and related cases of impunity.
The Party of the Democratic Revolution’s spokesperson in the Chamber, Leticia
Quezada Contreras, upon voting for the resolution stated: “This Chamber will not
tolerate these perverted pedophiles who want to hide between the gaps in the
law. Throw the book at them!”
The Chamber also approved a proposal by Labor party deputy César González Yáñez,
that Deputy Rosi Orozco, in her role as Chair of the newly created Special
Commission to Fight Human Trafficking, personally present the resolution to the
Judiciary, and specifically to Judge García Lanz.
Enrique Méndez and Roberto Garduño
Periódico La Jornada
March 05, 2010
National Action Party
Zavaleta speaks from the
podium in the Chamber of Deputies to
denounce judicial favoritism
shown to child porn kingpin Jean
La Cámara Baja Exige al Poder Judicial Combatir Eficazmente la Pederastia
El pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó por unanimidad, un punto de acuerdo
para exhortar al Poder Judicial, a la PGR y a las procuradurías de Justicia de
todo el país a combatir con eficacia la pornografía infantil y el abuso sexual a
Diputados de todas las fracciones parlamentarias coincidieron en que se trata de
delitos cada vez con mayor incidencia en México.
La propuesta fue presentada por la legisladora panista Rosi Orozco...
Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution
Requesting That the Attorney General's Office and State Prosecutors Across
Mexico Effectively Combat Child Pornography and the Sexual Abuse of Children.
Daniel Blancas Madrigal
March 05, 2010
Added: Mar. 7, 2010
Avala Pleno de Diputados Punto de Acuerdo para que la SSP Evite Traslado de
Chamber of Deputies Passes Non-binding Resolution
Requesting that the Secretariat of Public Security Not Transfer [Millionaire
Child Pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancún that
is known as one of the most insecure facilities in the nation.
México, D. F. Palacio Legislativo.- El Pleno de la Cámara de Diputados aprobó un
punto de acuerdo de urgente y obvia resolución para exhortar a la Secretaría de
Seguridad Pública (SSP) para que a través de la Dirección General de Traslado de
Reos y Seguridad Penitenciaria se tomen todas las medidas de seguridad
necesarias para evitar el traslado de Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún,
Quintana Roo. Lo anterior porque es procesado por un delito sumamente ofensivo
para la sociedad –pederastia y pornografía infantil- y se pretende trasladarlo
del penal de máxima seguridad del Altiplano, de Almoloya de Juárez, al centro
penitenciario municipal de Cancún, el cual ha sido catalogado como uno de los
más inseguros del país...
Piden Partidos Políticos Evitar Traslado de Succar Kuri a Cancún
México, DF.- Llaman partidos políticos en San Lázaro a la Secretaría de
Seguridad Pública (SSP) a que tome las medidas necesarias para evitar el
traslado del pedrastra Jean Succar Kuri a una prisión de Cancún, Quintana Roo,
al tiempo que exhortaron a procuradurías a redoblar esfuerzos contra la
Durante la sesión de la Cámara de Diputados de este jueves fue aprobada una
iniciativa para integrar un banco de datos sobre la trata de personas.
Al respecto, fue ampliamente criticada la decisión del juez Alfonso Gabriel
García Lanz, de trasladar de un penal de máxima seguridad del Estado de México,
a una cárcel de mínima seguridad, al pederasta Succar Kuri, quien fue catalogado
en el proceso judicial como un reo de alta peligrosidad.
Legislators Ask That Jean Succar Kuri Not Be Transferred
Mexico City - Legislators from across Mexico's political parties have asked the
Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) to take all necessary measures to avoid the
transfer of [millionaire child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri to a jail in
Cancún, in Quintana Roo state. They also called for prosecutors to redouble
their efforts against sexual exploitation.
During the March 4th session of the Chamber of Deputies [lower house of
Congress], a bill was passed that will create a national
human trafficking database.
During the session, judge Alfonso Gabriel García Lanz was widely criticized for
his decision to allow child pornographer Succar Kuri to be transferred
from a maximum security prison in Mexico state to a minimum security jail in
Cancún. A pervious assessment of Succar Kuri during the judicial
process had identified him as a dangerous, high risk
CIMAC Women's News Agency
March 05, 2010
Imprisoned child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri
photo-graphed with one of his 200 child victims (Now older, the victim was
interviewed for a documentary on the repression of journalist Lydia Cacho by
associates of Succar Kuri.)
Piden operativo para evitar fuga de Jean Succar Kuri
México.- Por unanimidad el pleno de la Cámara de Diputados exhortó a las
procuradurías General de la República y General de Justicia del Estado de
Quintana Roo a implementar un operativo de seguridad para evitar la fuga del
pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, cuando éste sea trasladado al centro penitenciario
La Cámara de Diputados también solicitó la intervención de la Secretaría de
Seguridad Pública, para que a través de la dirección general de traslados de
reos y seguridad penitenciaria adopte las medidas necesarias para impedir que el
pederasta pudiera ser liberado durante el viaje a la prisión local…
Lower Chamber of Congress Unanimously Calls for
Special Security Measures to Prevent Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri's
Escape from Prison
Mexico City - The Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of Congress has unanimously
passed a non-binding resolution that requests that the Attorney General of the
state of Quintana Roo mount a security operation to insure that convicted
millionaire child pornographer Jean Succar Kuri does not escape during his
upcoming transfer from a maximum security prison to a minimum security jail in
The Chamber of Deputies also requested the intervention of the federal Secretary
of Public Security, through its directorate for prisoner transfers and security,
asking that they take all possible precautions to prevent any escape attempt by
The vote on the non-binding resolution was held with a sense of urgency and
obvious determination. It was supported by all political parties. The resolution
was presented by National Action Party (PAN) congressional deputy Rosi Orozco,
who is Chair of the newly formed Special Commission to Fight Human Trafficking
in the Chamber of Deputies.
The resolution also calls upon federal agencies and state governments to
redouble their efforts to eradicate and prevent child sexual exploitation, and
asks that they find and prosecute more cases like that of pedophile Jean Succar
From the Chamber of Deputies all of Mexico's political parties attacked
pedophilia and stood in favor of defending the rights of Mexican children.
Nonetheless, Emilio Serrano, a deputy from the Party of the Democratic
Revolution (PRD) asked the Chamber why they were 'tearing their clothes up'
about this issue, given that the same institution, Congress, had previously
protected pedophiles and human rights violators. He recalled the case of Puebla
state governor Mario Marín, and his collusion with millionaire businessman Kamel
Nacif, who himself is linked to Succar Kuri.
[See the below link to the Lydia Cacho case for
additional context to this statement. - LL]
March 04, 2010
Deputy Rosi Orozco
Es peligroso trasladar a Succar Kuri al penal de Cancún, advierten diputados
La Comisión Especial de Lucha Contra la Trata de Personas de la Cámara de
Diputados presentará este jueves un punto de acuerdo ante el pleno legislativo,
con la finalidad de exhortar al juez federal Gabriel García Lanz “para que
entienda” que tener al pederasta Jean Succar Kuri, El Johnny, en el penal
municipal de Cancún, Quintana Roo “es sumamente peligroso”, no sólo porque
podría fugarse, sino “fundamentalmente porque las niñas, niños y jóvenes que
fueron sus víctimas recibirían un golpe emocional y sicológico terrible,
irreparable, al saber que su victimario estaría otra vez tan cerca de ellos”.
La diputada federal y presidenta de esa comisión, Rosi Orozco, buscó este
miércoles a La Jornada para informar, directamente, que “esta comisión especial
que presido ha decidido de último minuto presentar un punto de acuerdo,
exhortando al juez (García Lanz) para que reconsidere su decisión”.
También “exhortaremos a la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública (SSP) federal para
que si ya no queda otra cosa más que trasladar a esta persona a Cancún, las
autoridades garanticen que no se fugue durante o después del traslado, y que
cuiden que (Succar) no atente contra la seguridad de sus víctimas”.
Congressional Leaders: Transferring Imprisoned Millionaire
Child Pornographer Jean Succar Kuri to Cancun is Dangerous
On Thursday, March 4, 2010, the
to Fight Human Trafficking of the Chamber of Deputies in Congress will present a
non-binding resolution before the Chamber, with the objective of calling upon
Gabriel García Lanz "so that he will understand" that the
pending transfer of Jean Succar Kuri, "El Johnny," from a maximum security
prison to a minimum security jail in Cancún is "an extremely dangerous move." It
is a danger not only because of the risk that Succar Kuri may flee [he is a
millionaire based in Cancún], but because his transfer will subject the 
children and underage youth in Cancún who were his victims to an irreparable
psychological blow from knowing that their victimizer has been moved back to
Deputy Rosi Orozco, Chair of the Commission, noted that the resolution also asks
that the head of the federal security secretariat assure that, in the case that
Succar Kuri is transferred, he is not allowed to escape during the transfer
Periódico La Jornada
March 4, 2010
Added: Mar. 3, 2010
Vigilen a Esos Jueces
Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos ejemplares
que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados de este país
Las y los diputados del PRD, PAN y PT, se pronunciaron en el Congreso para
solicitar una supervisión detallada de las actuaciones de jueces que estén a
cargo de casos de pornografía y explotación sexual de menores de edad. Llamó la
atención el silencio del PRI y del Verde. Está claro que éste es un tema que
indigna y enoja a cualquiera que sea incapaz de disfrutar con los abusos de
infantes. Justo por eso resulta vital recordar que México ha avanzado en este
tema y debe seguir haciéndolo. Las y los legisladores expusieron dos casos
ejemplares que nos permiten entender lo que en realidad sucede en los juzgados
de este país.
Watch Those Judges
Members of Congress have proposed a closer look at two
cases that allow us to understand exactly what goes on in our nation's
Congressional deputies from the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), the
National Action Party (PAN) and the Labor Party (PT) have called for a detailed
review of the actions of judges in two cases involving child pornography and the
sexual exploitation of children. The absence of the Institutional Revolutionary
Party (PRI) and the Ecological Green Party (Verde) in this announcement was
It is clear that these topics outrage all who are incapable of abusing children.
For that very fact it is important to note that Mexico is making progress in
regard to this issues, and it should continue its efforts to change.
The criminal case against Father Rafael Muñiz demonstrated how the public
prosecutor's office in Veracruz state engaged in a mediocre effort to formulate
charges against the priest. Later, a federal judge asked the Veracruz court to
improve its legal arguments. But the local court ignored the law and allowed
Father Muñiz to be freed on bail. Two days after his recent release from jail,
he was making crosses from ashes to celebrate his freedom.
Although the truth is that Father Muñiz is only free on bond and his case is
being reviewed, he is enjoying the fruits of a judicial decision that has
resulted from ignorance, fumbling and pressure from the Archdiocese of Veracruz.
Judge Martín has taken no specialized training in child sexual exploitation. He
therefore continues to make judicial decisions as if this were the year 2000,
when Mexico didn't have the precise legal instruments and judicial arguments
that exist today, which permit serious sentences to be handed down.
In the case of [millionaire accused child pornographer] Jean Succar Kuri, the
self-confessed "pedophile of Cancun," he was never charged with child sex
trafficking, because he was extradited from the United States on charges of
child pornography and the corruption of minors. It has been six years since
Succar Kuri was arrested in Arizona. His many attorneys, despite not having done
a spectacular job in defending him, have won a victory recently in the fact that
Succar Kuri will be transferred from a [maximum security] federal prison to a
local [minimum security] jail in his home town city of Cancún. According to
authorities, Succar Kuri was one of the planners of a prisoner escape by 103
inmates in 2006.
The magistrate in the case made it clear that federal prosecutors had a
responsibility to submit a request for revocation of the judicial order that
will send Kuri to a local jail in Cancún, and instead, the prosecutors had
submitted an appeal of the judge's order. This is equivalent to saying that a
given person went to the hospital for a kidney translation and was offered a
liver transplant. As yet we don't know if the prosecutor in this case made an
intentional error. It is incompre-hensible that such an error could occur when
this case is being scrutinized by the U.S. Justice Department, which had
extradited Succar Kuri under an agreement that President Calderón's government
would bring him to justice.
Succar Kuri will arrive in Cancún this week. His return to this city will be
watched by many.
Judge Martin is also being closely watched. This week we will find out whether
Father Muñiz received special treatment. It is clear that there is an urgent
need in Mexico to train judges and prosecutors on the law as it applies to sex
To feel outrage at these developments is essential, but it is not a sufficient
response. Only through professional training and oversight of the judiciary will
we be able to eliminate the ignorant excuses and the faulty interpretations of
the law that allow corruption into the process.
The message that we send out to the millions of boys and girls who are exploited
each year must be clear: child pornography is a crime, and the judiciary will
March 01, 2010
Mexico, New York, USA
Lydia Cacho at Syracuse University
Photo: Dr. Alejandro Garcia
Tully Award to Mexican Journalist: Lydia Cacho Exposes Child Trafficking
Syracuse, New York - ...Last Monday [the] El Tropical [restaurant] was the scene
of a two-and-a-half hour lunch hosted by La Casita, the Syracuse University [SU]
project to strengthen ties with the city’s Latino community, for Mexican
journalist and writer Lydia Cacho. Cacho was in town to receive the Tully Award
for Free Speech on Tuesday evening at SU’s Newhouse School of Public
Communi-cation. Cacho, 45, is an investigative print reporter, with a background
in radio and TV, who wrote a series of articles for the newspaper “Por Esto” in
Cancún about child trafficking, sexual tourism and the political protection
afforded to organized crime in that upscale resort.
After Random House Mexico asked her to write a book, she published these
findings in 2005 as “Los Demonios del Edén” (Demons of Eden: The Power that
Protects Child Pornography). In particular Cacho focused on the fates of some
200 children at the hands of Jean Succar Kuri, the wealthy Lebanese owner of the
Sol y Mar [Sun and Sea] Villas resort, and his cohort, international textile
magnate Kamel Nacif. Nacif had a well-established relationship with Mario Marín,
governor of the state of Puebla, where some of his plants were located. Eight
months [after publication of Cacho's book], at Marín’s orders – Nacif was suing
her for defamation, then a criminal charge that could put her in prison – Cacho
was arrested, driven across Mexico and on the way tortured in an unsuccessful
attempt to force her to recant her work. Last Monday, Cacho was clear that her
captors would simply have killed her in the end – she recounted in chilling
detail a cell phone call and the terse phrase “change of plans” that interrupted
their stop at a dark beach – had not a network of callers from Amnesty
International, PEN International and other groups bombarded both Marín and the
media... ...One friendly state senator showed up at the Puebla jail holding
“I always talk about the threats,” said Cacho on Monday. “And journalists often
really don’t do that. They often don’t prepare. I sat down with my team and we
planned what they would do if I were killed or arrested, who they would call.
And because there are cameras outside on the street too, they knew who had taken
me. We had it on tape.”
...Cacho’s experience in founding shelters for battered women and for persons
with HIV as well as reporting on human rights issues may have provided extra
lessons in the value of security and preparation. By 2005, Cacho’s team
comprised the staff and volunteers at CIAM (Centro Integral de Atención a la
Mujer / Comprehensive Center for Women’s Care), of which Cacho is president.
Reflecting on Kamel Nacif’s furious indignation at Cacho’s interference with
what he called “my rights,” she has said elsewhere, “He’s like any other man at
CIAM. We have seventy cases a month.” ...
“I was offered money too,” Cacho said Monday, who said she’d originally moved to
Cancún from her native Mexico City, having studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and
speaking four languages, to write poetry and cultural commentary. “They didn’t
know what to do with me. I didn’t want money. I didn’t want to move out of my
little apartment. I was offered a political office. I didn’t want to run for
office. I was offered a spot on national TV. I didn’t want that. They couldn’t
figure out what I wanted.” ...
Tere Paniagua’s students are also seeing the excellent 2007 film about Cacho’s
work and the “narco-pederasty” trade made by veteran Mexican documentary
filmmaker Alejandra Islas, which bears the same title as Cacho’s book, “Los
Demonios del Edén.” While the 73-minute film hasn’t had official release in the
US, it has screened at many festivals in the Americas, and the US-compatible DVD
has English subtitles...
The Islas film makes use of that security camera footage of Cacho’s arrest by
Puebla state police in the street outside CIAM, and follows her year-long
defamation trial and her own counter-suit to Mexico’s Supreme Court. (On Monday
Cacho added the postscript that she is currently taking her suit to the
Inter-American Court, so the traffickers might stand trial.) The Islas film also
provides considerable context to Cacho’s situation and that of her antagonists,
detailing for example the labor practices, working conditions, graft and
environmental damage generated by Kamel Nacif’s far-flung textile empire...
Additionally, the Islas film examines the matter of the dozen tape-recorded
phone conversations anonymously delivered to the Mexico City daily “La Jornada”
and major radio stations, beginning on Valentine’s Day 2006. Sometimes
punctuated by crude laughter and in one case by preening about how he looked on
TV, these exchanges document Nacif speaking with Puebla governor Marín and
others about arresting Cacho and “setting a national precedent” that will help
control journalists. “My precious governor!” says Nacif to Marín at one point,
and promises to send him some fine cognac for arranging this favor. The tape
revelations sparked protest marches of as many as 40,000 people, a rash of
satirical performances and cartoons, and... demands for impeachment. (Cacho
talked about the tapes on Monday and said Marín “couldn’t go anywhere for a
while without people mobbing him and sending him cognac bottles – empty, of
course.”) Marin wasn’t impeached, but Mexico did de-criminalize defamation as a
result of this case. What Cacho calls more important is the tape in which Nacif
and Kuri discussed the price of young virgins brought to Cancún from Florida,
because that established a business venture above and beyond a personal taste
[Cacho,] “I do believe we can change the world.” “Mainstream media is show
business and spectacle. Journalism is about contact with human beings, about
respect for all people and showing compassion. We live in a very tiny world and
we are destroying it because we don’t know how to live together.”
[The linked page contains a video
excerpt of the film by Alejandra
Islas - in Spanish]
Nancy Keefe Rhodes
Feb. 21, 2010
Lydia Cacho's top says, "No
Pedophiles; No Corruption; No
Lydia Cacho Asegura que el Gobierno de Veracruz Protege a Pederastas
En su artículo semanal, la periodista Lydia Cacho, acusa que el gobierno de
Veracruz encabezado por Fidel Herrera, así como la jerarquía católica, se
confabularon para lograr la libertad del padre Rafael Muñiz López, acusado de
pertenecer a una red de pederastas.
Dice: "Los altos jerarcas de la Iglesia católica y el gobierno de Veracruz,
acompañados de una sospechosa ayuda del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del
Distrito Federal, dejarán en libertad al líder de una red de pornografía
infantil que fue arrestado luego de una impresionante y exitosa investigación de
la policía cibernética"...
Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, front, far right, is
presented by authorities to the press with
pornography ring members, at the time of their arrest.
The other accused suspects, except Father Muñiz Lopez's brother, remain in
Lydia Cacho Accuses the State Government of Veracruz of
In her weekly newspaper column, journalist Lydia Cacho has
accused the government of Veracruz state, headed by governor
Fidel Herrera, as well as the state’s Catholic hierarchy of
collusion to achieve the recent release of Father Rafael Muñiz
Lopez, who had been accused of belonging to a child pornography
Cacho declared that, “The high officials of the Catholic Church
and the Government of Veracruz, together with the suspicious
involvement of the Superior Tribunal of Justice of the Federal
District, freed the leader of a child pornography network who
had been arrested after an impressive and exhaustive
investigation by cyber [Internet and computer] crimes police.”
Cacho, the author of books on child sex trafficking, noted that
Father Muñiz Lopez used the online alias of "Lobo Siberiano"
[Siberian wolf] to sell and transmit child pornography from his
office computer at the San Pedro Apóstol [Saint Peter the
Apostle] parish in the capitol of Veracruz, the city of Xalapa.
Cacho went on to say that the child pornography ring involved
[other] suspects, who were also arrested. The ring operated in
Mexico City, and in the states of Hidalgo, Puebla,
Aguascalientes, Veracruz and Yucatan.
Cacho says that [authorities have] documented the fact that
Father Muñiz Lopez emailed child pornography to ciber-pedophiles
in the United States, Russia, Spain, Chile and Colombia.
Nonetheless, Cacho says, the lawyers for the Archdiocese were
able to convince the judge in charge of the case to allow Father
Muñiz Lopez to [escape justice], because his acts of
distributing child pornography were not ruled to be an act
“against public morals,” because Father Muñiz Lopez only
distributed the illegal photographs within a “closed circle of
Cacho indicated that the Archbishop of the city of Xalapa,
Hipólito Reyes Larios, intervened with the Veracruz state
government to prevent further prosecutorial investigation in the
Cacho, “It is not by accident that the
laws against child pornography [in Veracruz] don’t protect
children. But these laws do protect cyber-pedophiles, as is the
case on other states. Priests and judges constitute an infamous
alliance that works to shelter impunity, and, therefore, the
repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands in
horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police
agents become trained to address the threat, and with one
signature from a judge’s pen, they destroy our collective
efforts to establish the rule of law.
Cacho: “Until when?”
Feb. 16, 2010
Jueces, Pedófilos y Sacerdotes
...La impunidad en México no es abstracta, tiene nombres y
apellidos. En este caso hallamos que los cómplices concretos son
los jueces, quienes ignoran las leyes de la mano de los líderes
del clero, capaces de ejercer todo el poder político y dinero
para liberar a sus pedófilos. No es culpa de la Iglesia que
algunos de sus miembros cometan delitos, particularmente
pederastia, pero ciertamente los que están libres de culpa
podrían hacer algo más para prevenirla y evitarla. Lo
inexplicable es la protección cómplice que otorga a este tipo de
criminales, pese a que sus delitos atentan contra todo aquello
que defiende la doctrina cristiana. Curas y jueces constituyen
una alianza infame que prohíja la impunidad y, por ende, la
repetición de crímenes contra la infancia. El país se horroriza
y exige, las y los legisladores aprueban leyes, las policías se
capacitan e investigan, llegan los jueces y de un plumazo
destruyen los esfuerzos colectivos por restablecer un estado de
derecho. ¿Hasta cuándo? ...
Judges, Pedophiles and Priests
A further excerpt from Lydia Cacho's
original opinion column on the release of
Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez
...Impunity in Mexico is not
abstract, it has first and last names. In this case we have found that the
definitive accomplices are the judges, who ignore the law at the behest of
Church powers who are willing to exercise all of their political power, and
their money, to free their pedophiles. It is not the Church’s fault that some of
its members commit crimes, and especially pedophilia. But certainly those who
are not guilty could do something more to prevent and avoid these acts.
What is inexplicable is the
Church’s complicity in protecting these types of criminals, given that their
crimes attempt to violate everything that Christian Doctrine defends. Priests
and judges constitute an infamous alliance that shelters impunity, and
therefore, allows the repetition of crimes against children. The nation stands
in horror and demands action, legislators approve laws, police agents become
trained to address the threat, and with one signature from a judge’s pen, they
destroy our collective efforts to establish the rule of law.
Cacho: “Until when?”
Weekly Column of Lydia Cacho
Feb. 15, 2010
National Action Party legislators
Rosi Orozco and
Demanda Acción Nacional cero tolerancia para pederastas
legisladores panistas consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio
del poder Judicial federal y local en este sentidoDiputados del
PAN demandaron aplicar "todo el peso de la ley a los
pederastas", independientemente de su poder político y
económico, y que ante todo se garanticen los derechos humanos de
Al hablar sobre
la decisión judicial de trasladar a Jean Succar Kuri de un penal
de máxima seguridad a una cárcel municipal de Cancún, al
considerar que el procesado por pederastia no representa ningún
peligro, consideraron que es muy laxo el criterio del poder
Judicial federal y local...
Party legislators demand zero-tolerance for pedophiles
Party (PAN) congressional deputies Agustín Castilla and Rosi
Orozco have announced that they consider the current federal and
state judicial criteria used to punish the sexual abusers of
children to be too lenient. Therefore, they say, they are
calling for the full weight of the law to be applied to
pedophiles, regardless of their economic and political power,
and state that above all, children’s human rights must be
highlighted as an example of this laxity the current case of
Jean Succar Kuri [a millionaire who was identified in journalist
/ activist Lydia Cacho’s 2005 book Demons of Eden as being a
major child sex trafficker], and the recent decision by
authorities to move him from a maximum security prison to a
municipal jail in [his home city of] Cancun because, supposedly,
Succar Kuri does not represent a threat.
Castilla and Orozco also talked about the recent freeing of
Father Rafael Muñiz Lopez, who was caught in the possession of
child pornography. The case of a pimp in Oaxaca state who
exploited an underage girl was also mentioned.
Orozco, who are members of the [recently formed] Special
Commission for the Fight Against Human Trafficking [in the House
of Deputies – the lower house of Congress], demanded a
congressional review of these cases to assure that the rule of
law is being followed, and that those who are guilty pay for
Castilla, “We needed to send a very clear message of zero
tolerance of child sexual abuse, child prostitution, child
pornography and [other forms of] child sexual abuse.
added, “We will not allow these messages
from the Judicial branch, which are of course terrifying,
because it appears that [judges] are saying that [pedophiles]
have a large space of impunity [to work in].”
Orozco [head of the newly formed anti-trafficking commission]
called upon judges to be sensible and to educate themselves so
that they know the law in regard pedophiles, so as to achieve a
uniform application of the law.
Feb. 16, 2010
Víctimas apelan reubicación de Kuri
dirección de la cárcel de Cancún informó que Jean Succar Kuri,
procesado por encabezar una red de pornografía y explotación
sexual infantil, podría regresar en breve a esa prisión de baja
seguridad por orden del Juzgado Segundo de Distrito en esta
Succar Kuri’s Relocation to a Minimum Security Jail in Cancun
The city of
Cancun in Quintana Roo state – The administrators of the Cancun
municipal jail have announced that Jean Succar Kuri, who have
been prosecuted for heading-up a child pornography ring and
engaging in child sexual exploitation, may be relocated from a
high security prison to this minimum security prison, as a
result of orders from the Second District Court in this city.
lawyer Xavier Olea, who has worked for several of Succar Kuri’s
child victims, denied the possibility that the transfer would
take place, and said that the judge’s decision has been appealed
to the Unitary Tribunal of the state of Quintana Roo.
Olea: “We will
offer the necessary proof to confirm that Succar Kuri in a
dangerous person, that the transfer is not appropriate, and
because Succar Kuri has the economic means [he is a millionaire
hotelier] to buy-off the authorities.
Judge Gabriel García Lanz decided that Succar Kuri is not a
danger, and ordered him transferred from the El Altiplano
maximum security prison in Mexico State, to the municipal jail
in Cancun. The transfer could occur as early as tomorrow.
A Lebanese born
immigrant, Succar Kuri fled Cancun at the end of 2003 to evade
an arrest warrant issued against him. At the start of 2004, he
was arrested in Chandler, Arizona. On July 16, 2006 he was
extradited to Mexico, when Judge García Lanz ordered him jailed
for the crime of child pornography.
Kuri was taken to the Center for Social Re-adaptation (CERESO)
in Chetumal. Upon discovering that he was receiving special
privileges, he was returned to prison in Cancun. In November
2006, he was ordered transferred to the maximum security prison
of El Altiplano, based on psychological assessments performed by
personnel of the federal Office of the Attorney General.
announcement of the return to prison of Cancun came four years
after the detention of writer and journalist Lydia Cacho, author
of book The Demons of Eden, which exposed the activities of a
Cacho, who was
arrested in Cancun in December 2005 and taken to Puebla state
under a criminal charge of defamation, considers that there is a
very high probability that, once in Cancun, Succar Kuri will use
his influence to live a comfortable life, and will escape and
exact revenge against his victims.
Kuri promised that he would return to Cancun to get revenge on
girls who denounced him and, of course, to take revenge on me."
Feb. 16, 2010
Horror Story: Lydia Cacho's Exposé of
Pedophilia Has Her Critics Up in Arms
Cancun, Mexico - The bodyguards linger in the
steakhouse foyer, conspicuous with their handguns in lumpy fanny
packs. The bulletproof SUV sits in quick-getaway position
And now Lydia Cacho Ribeiro's cellphone rings.
"Yes, I got in okay," Cacho says from an
out-of-the-way table. "I'm fine."
Cacho sets the phone down, a weary smile forming
beneath high cheekbones and dark, deep-set eyes.
"He was worried," she says of her longtime
partner, the prominent Mexican editor and columnist Jorge Zepeda
Patterson. "This is my life."
A crusade against pedophiles has made Cacho, who
will be in Washington tomorrow and Tuesday to be honored by
Amnesty International, one of Mexico's most celebrated and
imperiled journalists. She is a target in a country where at
least 17 journalists have been killed in the past five years and
that trailed only Iraq in media deaths during 2006. Do-gooders
and victims want to meet her, want to share their stories. Bad
guys -- well, they want her in a coffin.
In the spring of 2005, Cacho published a searing
exposé of the child abuse and pornography rings flourishing amid
the $500-a-night resorts and sugar-white beaches of Cancun. Her
book "The Demons of Eden: The Power That Protects Child
Pornography" chronicles in cringe-inducing detail the alleged
habits of wealthy men whose sexual tastes run to 4-year-old
...Seven months after her book was published,
Cacho says, police officers from the far-off state of Puebla
shoved her into a van outside the women's center she runs on a
crumbling side street well removed from Cancun's gaudy hotel
strip. They drove her 950 miles across Mexico, she says, jamming
gun barrels into her face and taunting her for 20 hours with
threats that she would be drowned, raped or murdered. The police
have disputed her version of events, saying she was treated
Cacho found herself in police custody because
Mexico's "Denim King," the textile magnate Kamel Nacif, had
accused her of defamation, which at the time was a criminal
offense under Mexican law. (Inspired by Cacho's case, the
Mexican Congress recently passed a law decriminalizing
defamation.) Cacho had written that Nacif used his influence to
protect a suspected child molester, Cancun hotel owner Jean
Succar Kuri, and that one of Succar's alleged victims was
certain Nacif also abused underage girls...
Washington Post Foreign Service
April 1, 2007
sex trafficking activist, journalist,
author and women's center director Lydia
Muertes por violencia en México podrían ser plan de
limpieza social: Cacho
Especialistas indagan si asesinatos vinculados con el crimen son una estrategia
del Estado, dijo.
Madrid. Las muertes por
violencia en México en los últimos años, 15 mil en los últimos tres años,
podrían formar parte de un plan de "limpieza social por parte del Estado
mexicano", declaró este lunes en Madrid la periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho….
from violence in Mexico could be the results of social cleansing: Lydia Cacho
Specialists are investigating whether murders are state strategy, Cacho says.
Madrid. Deaths from violence in
Mexico in recent years, including 15,000 during the past three years, could form
part of a plan of "social cleansing by the Mexican State," declared Mexican
journalist Lydia Cacho in Madrid, Spain on Monday.
are beginning to investigate at this time in Mexico whether these
15,000 murders are linked to
intentional social cleansing by the Mexican State," Cacho said in a press
conference in which she denounced human rights violations and persecution of the
press in her country.
Since President Felipe Calderón
[became president] three years ago, we have been witnessing a growing
authoritarianism in Mexico "justified by the war " (on drugs), in which "
militari-zation, and harassment of journalists and human rights defenders is
increasing danger-ously," stated Cacho.
Cacho was kidnapped [by rogue
state police agents] and tortured in Mexico after divulging information about a
pedophile ring in which businessmen and politicians were involved.
Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) will determine in an upcoming
decision whether Mexican authorities violated the rights of the journalist in
The foundation that bears
Cacho's name, created in Madrid a year ago, is organizing a concert to raise
funds to help pay for her defense before the IACHR...
Cacho is the author of [the
child sex trafficking exposé] The Demons of Eden. In recent years she has
received several awards for her work on behalf of human rights carried out
through investigative journalism, including the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World
Press Freedom Award.
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Nov. 23, 2009
Mexican Government Part of Problem, Not Solution, Writer
Madrid - A muckraking Mexican journalist known for exposes of pedophile rings
and child prostitution said on Monday that President Felipe Calderon’s bloody
campaign against Mexico’s drug cartels is “not a battle for justice and social
Lydia Cacho, who has faced death threats and judicial persecution for her
writings, told a press conference in Madrid that
Mexico’s justice system is “impregnated with corruption
Accompanied by the head of the Lydia Cacho Foundation, Spanish screenwriter
Alicia Luna; and Madrid Press Association President Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja,
the author said the nearly three years since Calderon took office have seen
increased “authoritarianism” and harassment of journalists and human rights
period has also witnessed “15,000 documented killings,” Cacho said, exceeding
the carnage in Colombia at the height of that country’s drug wars.
“Specialists are beginning to investigate if those 15,000 killings are linked
with intentional social cleansing on the part of the Mexican state,” she said.
Calderon, she noted, “insists on saying that many of those deaths are collateral
effects and that the rest are criminals who kill one another.”
is a war among the powerful and not a battle for justice and social peace,” she
said of the military-led effort against drug cartels, which has drawn widespread
criticism for human rights abuses.
Cacho also lamented “self-censorship” in the highly concentrated Mexican media,
saying that many outlets color their reporting to avoid trouble with the
government and other powerful interests.
long-time newspaper columnist and crusader for women’s rights, Lydia Cacho
became famous thanks to the furor over her 2005 book “Los demonios del Eden”
(The Demons of Eden), which exposed wealthy pedophiles and their associates in
the Mexican establishment.
the book, she identified textile magnate Kamel Nacif as a friend and protector
of accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, who has since been sent back to Mexico
from the United States to face charges.
Nacif, whose business is based in the central state of Puebla, accused Cacho of
defamation - a criminal offense - in Mexico and arranged to have her arrested
for allegedly for ignoring a summons to appear in court for the case.
February 2006, Mexican dailies published transcripts of intercepted phone
conversations in which Nacif was heard conspiring with Puebla Governor Mario
Marin and other state officials to have Cacho taken into custody and then
assaulted behind bars.
transcripts indicated that Nacif, known as the “denim king” for his dominance of
the blue-jeans business, engineered the author’s arrest by bribing court
personnel not to send her the requisite summonses.
Cacho was subsequently released on bail and the case against her was ultimately
Nov. 24, 2009
Journalist / Activist
Railroaded by the
Legal Process for
Networks In Mexico
Perils of Plan Mexico: Going Beyond Security to Strengthen
Americas Program Commentary
Mexico is the United States' closest Latin American neighbor and yet most U.S.
citizens receive little reliable information about what is happening within the
country. Instead, Mexico and Mexicans are often demonized in the U.S. press. The
single biggest reason for this is the way that the entire binational
relationship has been recast in terms of security over the past few years...
militarization of Mexico has led to a steep increase in homicides related to the
drug war. It has led to rape and abuse of women by soldiers in communities
throughout the country. Human rights complaints against the armed forces have
these stark figures do not reflect the seriousness of what is happening in
Mexican society. Many abuses are not reported at all for the simple reason that
there is no assurance that justice will be done. The Mexican Armed Forces are
not subject to civilian justice systems, but to their own military tribunals.
These very rarely terminate in convictions. Of scores of reported torture cases,
for example, not a single case has been prosecuted by the army in recent years.
situation with the police and civilian court system is not much better.
Corruption is rampant due to the immense economic power of the drug cartels.
Local and state police, the political system, and the justice system are so
highly infiltrated and controlled by the cartels that in most cases it is
impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
militarization of Mexico has also led to what rights groups call "the
criminalization of protest." Peasant and indigenous leaders have been framed
under drug charges and communities harassed by the military with the pretext of
the drug war. In Operation Chihuahua, one of the first military operations to
replace local police forces and occupy whole towns, among the first people
picked up were grassroots leaders - not on drug charges but on three-year old
warrants for leading anti-NAFTA protests. Recently, grassroots organizations
opposing transnational mining operations in the Sierra Madre cited a sharp
increase in militarization that they link to the Merida Initiative and the
NAFTA-SPP [North American Free Trade Act - Security and Prosperity Partnership]
aimed at opening up natural resources to transnational investment.
this - the human rights abuses, impunity, corruption, criminalization of the
opposition - would be grave cause for concern under any conditions. What is
truly incomprehens-ible is that in addition to generating these costs to Mexican
society, the war on drugs doesn't work to achieve its own stated objectives...
Americas Program, Center for International Policy (CIP)
Nov. 23, 2009
The Numbers Don't Add Up in Mexico's Drug War
Drug Seizures are Down; Drug Production,
Executions, Disappearances, and Human Rights Abuses are Up
Just a week before Mexican president Felipe Calderon completes
half of his six-year term, [leading Mexico City newspaper] La Jornada reports
that 16,500 extrajudicial executions [summary murders outside of the law] have
occurred during his administration. 6,500 of those executions have occurred in
2009, according to La Jornada’s sources in Calderon’s cabinet...
While executions are on the rise, drug seizures are down, and
drug production is up, Mexico is also experiencing an alarming increase in human
rights abuses perpetrated by government agents - particularly the army - in
Calderon’s war on drugs. As Mexican human rights organizations have noted, human
rights violations committed by members of the armed forces have increased
six-fold over the past two years. This statistic is based on complaints received
by the Mexican government’s official National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).
No Mas Abusos (No More Abuses), a joint project of the Miguel
Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, the Fundar Center for Analysis and
Investigation, and Amnesty International’s Mexico Section, monitors human rights
abuses committed by soldiers, police, and other government agents.
Dec. 1, 2009
According to press reports from Mexico, the El Yunque secret society
is the dominant faction within the ruling National Action party
El Yunque holds the belief that all social activists, including
those who advocate for improving the lives of women, indigenous
people and the poor, are literally the children of Satan.
During the 1960s, El Yunque perpetrated political assassi-nations
and murders targeting their opponents. Although today they profess
to adhere to the political process to affect change, it is not a
stretch, given their violent history, to conclude that Lydia Cacho's
concern, that the federal government of Mexico may be engaging in
'social cleansing through "extrajudicial killings" (which is just a
fancy way to say state sanctioned murder of your opponents),
may be valid. Cacho is a credible first hand witness to the acts of
impunity which government officials use at-times to control free and
independent thinking in Mexico.
We have documented the steady deterioration of human rights
for women in Mexico for several years. Mexico is one of the very
hottest spots for the gender rights crisis in the Americas.
The systematic use by military personnel of rape with total
impunity, targeting especially indigenous women and girls, is one
example of the harshness of these conditions. The case of the
sexual assaults carried out by dozens of policemen against women
social protesters in the city of
Atenco, Mexico in 2006 is another
The Mérida Initiative, through
which the U.S. Government is funding Mexico's drug war to the tune
of $450 million over several years, is financing not only that war,
but it is also, apparently, strengthening the authoritarian rule of
the El Yunque dominated PAN political party.
El Yunque, which has been identified as being an anti women's
rights, anti-indigenous rights, anti-Semitic and anti-gay
'shadow government' in Mexico, does not deserve even one dollar of
Defeat the drug cartels?
Provide funding for El Yunque's quest to build empire in Mexico
while rolling-back women and indigenous people's basic human rights?
Dec. 4, 2009
About El Yunque
National Organization of the Anvil, or simply
El Yunque (The
is the name of a secret society... whose purpose,
according to the reporter Alvaro Delgado, "is to defend the
[ultra-conservative elements of the] Catholic religion and fight the
forces of Satan, whether through violence or murder "and establish"
the kingdom of God in the land that is subject to the Mexican
Government, to the mandates of the Catholic Church, through the
infiltration of all its members at the highest levels of political
Wealthy businessmen and politicians (mostly from
National Action Party) have been
named as alleged founders and members of The Anvil.
About El Yunque
Lydia Cacho with her new book
“Not With My Child” Photo:
Deborah Bonello / Los Angeles Times
Lydia Cacho publishes manual for parents on detecting child abuse
Lydia Cacho’s celebrity was apparent from the get-go last Thursday night in the
trendy Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, where the journalist launched her
new book “Not With My Child” (Con Mi Hij@ No).
...Her latest book [is] a manual for parents in Mexico to help them recognize if
their children are being abused and, if so, what they can do about it...
The sexual abuse of minors is a topic she has specialized in, and Cacho has been
the victim of harassment due to her investigations into the issue.
She was a relatively unknown journalist until she published a book in 2006 that
alleged the existence of a child sex ring in the southern [city] of Cancun,
after which she was illegally arrested and harassed by some of the powerful men
she implicated in “Los Demonios del Eden.”
She catapulted to fame when she challenged her aggressors by going public and
filing a legal action against them — although it was ultimately unsuccessful.
Since then, Cacho has become something of a symbol for the issue of the
repression of journalists and freedom of expression in Mexico. Her last book,
“Memories of a Disgrace (Memorias de una Infamia)” detailed the events that
unfolded after the publication of “Los Demonios del Eden.”
Speaking to a packed auditorium on Thursday, Cacho said that after “Los Demonios
del Eden” was published, she was inundated by more than 3,000 e-mails from
people who were worried their children were being abused, or who knew their
children had been abused and didn’t know what to do about it. That prompted her
to write “Not With My Child,” which she says is an effort to answer the
questions she received from her anxious public...
“Not With My Child” includes chapters on the history of pedophilia and the
sexual abuse of children, as well as how to negotiate Mexico’s ineffective
justice system. Cacho says that building strong social networks is one of the
most important means of detecting and putting a stop to child abuse in Mexico...
Jan. 26, 2009
Leticia Valdez Martell
Puebla y Oaxaca, historia de un país productor de pornografía infantil
Desde el poder político y judicial, los pedófilos se fortalecen
Puebla and Oaxaca states, the history of a
child pornography producing nation
Pedophiles are protected by the heads of political and judicial
Lydia Cacho - [This] is the story of the
nation of Mexico as a producer of child pornography, where the
kidnapping of children is, in many cases, linked to sexual
exploitation. It is the story of a nation where, from the seats of
political and judicial power, pedophiles are strengthened, a nation
where such men unite and celebrate their power.
Three months ago, the mother of a victim of a child
pornography network sought me out. Her daughter was abused at the age of 5 by a
crime network that was run by [millionaire businessmen] Succar Kuri and Kamel
Their criminal enterprise was protected by [Puebla state
governor] Mario Marin and Emilio Gamboa, among others...
Succar Kuri [now on trial] has... insisted that the daughter
return to court to retell her story for the umpteenth time.
The girl, now age fifteen, speaks of committing suicide if
she is forced to go to [the trial court in] the prison of La Palma
to confront her abuser once again, and if another judge dares to ask
her to narrate, again, her memories of childhood terror...
The victim’s mother is even less motivated to return to court
given that the Supreme Court of the Nation made a ruling that
effectively protected the child sex trafficking network of Kamel
Nacif and Governor Mario Marín.
The Court’s decision [in the Lydia Cacho case] shielded the
network of pedophiles and politicians, who protect each other's
shared personal and business interests and who engage in political
Like the families in the Succar Kuri case, Leticia Valdez
brings to court the videos of her young son’s abuse, and carries
photographs and medical evaluations that describe the damage caused
to her baby by pedophiles. And she talks and talks, seeking that her
country believe her…
Leticia Valdez… demands that the guilty pay for the crimes
that are clearly visible in the videos: acts of the rape of young
children carried out in a school.
While Valdez Martell dares to tell the truth,
Oaxaca state governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz gives orders
intended to silence any discussion of the case. According to a court
secretary in Oaxaca, there are clear orders from the governor for
the case to be prolonged, so as not to allow the further
accumulation of evidence to take place….
But Valdez Martell is not alone. She has already benefited
from the fact that the Attorney General of Oaxaca has provided her
with twelve files of similar cases involving the same suspects. In
addition, the names of state police agents from Veracruz and Oaxaca,
as well as PRI [Institutional Revolutionary Party] officials, and,
according to sources, a PRD [Party of the Democratic Revolution]
member, also appear.
None of these 12 cases has ever been follow-up on…
Meanwhile, the media evades getting to the root of the
Why have the mothers and fathers of the other
children who were raped and used to produce child pornography by the
same clan [at the San Felipe Institute] remained silent?
Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora
insist during a news interview with tv talking head
Carlos Loret de Mola, that human
rights violations reported by Amnesty International are [just]
Why have special prosecutors denied the
existence of pornography networks despite the fact that journalists
and the victims themselves have, time and again, demonstrated that
they do exist?
These networks of criminal impunity are not created in
silence, but in view of the entire country. They are woven together
beginning at the seats of power.
Pedophilia, Before the Supreme Court
Why did the Valdez case reach the Supreme Court?
…The case reached the Supreme Court because Ulises Ruiz, the
constitutional governor of Oaxaca, indirectly protects the network
of pedophiles that is involved in the case.
The case never came to court [in Oaxaca state] because one of
the lawyers for the [accused] pedophiles and their accomplices is
Jorge Franco Jimenez, who is the father of Jorge Franco Vargas, the
current president of the PRI political party in Oaxaca…
The state government of Oaxaca will [act to save their
friends]. Meanwhile the production of “home” child pornography, as
one INTERPOL agent has called it, continues to grow under the
protection of those in power.
Mexico’s Attorney General will find arguments to make this case,
like millions before it, into one of “individual acts” of human
rights violations, while ignoring the role of the use of state power
in the defense of criminals.
We know that the federal government of Mexico rejects the defense of
human rights, and they spit in the face of [president of the
National Human Rights Commission]
Jose Luis Soberanes, the Ombudsman who dreams of
presenting the Supreme Court with cases that the victim's [lawyers]
have prepared well...
The attacks against Leticia Valdez and her family will not
remain hidden. Society is watching Governor Ulises Ruiz and the
child pornography networks that he protects. One thing is clear:
Neither Leticia nor her family are alone. Millions of Mexican men
and women are on her side.
Full English Translation
Hace tres meses, me buscó la madre de una de las niñas que fuera utilizada, a
los 5 años, para fabricar pornografía infantil por la red de Succar Kuri,
protegido de Kamel Nacif, de Mario Marín y Emilio Gamboa, entre otros.
Con la mirada inundada de desesperanza, con la voz cansada, con la ira colgada
de su pecho, me dijo que luego de casi cuatro años de abogados, de juicios, de
amenazas de muerte, Succar otra vez quiere que su hija vaya a verlo y declare
por enésima vez.
Y la niña, ahora de quince años, habla de quitarse la vida si la fuerzan a ir al
penal de La Palma a ver a su abusador; si otro juez se atreve a pedirle que
narre sus recuerdos de terror infantil. Y la madre dice que si tiene que matar a
alguien, pues mata, pero a su hija no la vuelven a llevar a un juzgado.
Appearing in CIMAC Noticias
Jan. 21, 2009
Lydia Cacho Starts Foundation
In October, 2008 Lydia Cacho formed
the Lydia Cacho Foundation, based in Madrid, Spain.
Video excerpt from the 2007 film
Demons of Eden,
the campaign of retaliation against Lydia Cacho.
This film clip includes a short statement by a girl who was
trapped by the Jean Succar Kuri / Kamel Nacif child sex
trafficking network, and includes video of Kamel Nacif
confronting Lydia Cacho during legal proceedings. Also
included is a audio conversation recorded between Kamel
Nacif and Puebla governor Mario Marin, during which Nacif
admits that he took revenge (with Governor Marin's help)
against Lydia Cacho for exposing what Nacif states were his
"parties with children."
Despite this extensive audio evidence, the Supreme Court
(which can investigate cases of high-level state
corruption), denied that any violation of Lydia Cacho's
basic rights took place (and thus shielding the child sex
trafficking network from scrutiny).
(See the below listed video for the Mexican public's
reaction to this decision by the Court.)
TVCiudania (Citizen TV)
Presented on YouTube
Dec. 3, 2007
Leticia Valdez Martell speaks out at
rally for Lydia Cacho
Leticia Valdez Martell speaks at large rally
in front of Mexico's Supreme Court to protest the Court's
decision to reject a Court investigation of Puebla governor
Mario Marin and accused pedophile millionaire Kamel Nacif,
plotters in the kidnapping and torture of activist
journalist Lydia Cacho in revenge for publishing her exposé
against pedophile networks in Cancun: Demons of Eden.
Presented on YouTube
Dec. 3, 2007
Rogelio Mora-Tagle entrevista a la
periodista mexicana Lydia Cacho
Extensive TV news report on the the Lydia
Cacho case with Rogelio Mora-Tagle, including an interview
with Lydia Cacho in which she explains her arrest and
torture, the involvement of corrupt politicians and the
impunity that provides protection to accused child sex
traffickers in Mexico.
Ciudania (Citizen TV)
Presented on YouTube
Nov. 27, 2007
Cacho interview after receiving the 2007 CNN Hero of
the World award.
Presented on YouTube
Dec. 3, 2007
Lydia Cacho: tres años de lucha contra la impunidad
Su caso, en la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
Lydia Cacho: three
years of combating impunity
"My dear Spanish poet Angel Petisme wrote: It
is forbidden to mourn without learning. I have cried tears to wash away the
sadness for my violent and corrupt country. But I have learned ... tears healed
my pain ... they made me stronger ... "
This is an excerpt from a letter written by the journalist Lydia Cacho in
February 2006, two months after her arrest on December 16, 2005 by judicial
agents from Puebla state who went to Cancun, Quintana Roo, to execute an arrest
warrant [against Cacho].
In her letter Cacho defends the right to freedom of expression and the
importance that such work has for allowing her to show the legality [...only in
Mexico...] of journalism.
"I will prove my journalistic work was created to give a voice to victims, to
prove that I wrote this book [Demons in Eden] not hurt my accuser [Kamal Nacif],
because the damage he did was to commit illegal acts that created for him a
sinister history, which was already public information. He, like all of us, is
solely responsible for their actions. "
Three years after the fact [of offical state retaiation against her for exposing
a child sex trafficking ring run by millionaires in Cancun], Cacho Ribeiro's
hopes of obtaining justice have focused on the international arena., where no
later than next February she will submit her case, and the cases of other human
rights activists before the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Cacho is now at the end of her struggle for justice. She has had to go outside
of Mexico after having exhausted all of the legal avenues there.
"And when we win this trial, we will continue to complete two tasks: the
criminal decriminalization of journalism in Mexico and the demand for justice in
the case of Jean Succar Kuri the pedophile [a textile millionaire and the target
of Cacho's accusations in Demons of Eden].
"And then, sisters and friends, we will celebratrte the fact that none of us,
because we speak the truth, should have to live in situations of 'conditional
"And who wouldn't cry, with a little bit of joy, excitement, as the teacher
Petisme would say. We cry, because we have learned that in Mexico we are
millions who share the same dreams, and we demand the right to build them
together, together, because we are not alone."
Cacho's Case in the International Arena
These events are part of what is known in Mexico as the Cacho-Marin case,
referring to the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marin, who Cacho denounced to
on the federal Attorney General's office for influence peddling, abuse of
authority and torture.
Lydia Cacho has traveled around the world to present his case in forums,
meetings and talks, and to be honored for her fight against impunity.
On June 14, 2006 Cacho received the Yo Dona award for the best
humanitarian work, presented by the newspaper El Mundo in Spain through its
magazine Yo Dona.
In the same year also won the Francisco Ojeda award for journalistic valor and
the Sergio Mendez Arceo prize for defending human rights.
Also in honor of Cahco's journalistic work in the face of persecution, during
2007 she received the Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International, an award
from the International Foundation for Women in Media, the Courage in Journalism
Award, and the Hellman / Hammett fellowship from Human Rights Watch.
In May 2008 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) gave Cacho its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, for her
journalistic work against a network of child traffickers in Mexico.
This month the Union of Journalists of Valencia, awarded the International
Freedom of Expression 2008.
In November of this year Cacho received a Tucholsky scholarship from the hands
of Swedish Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn, with whom Cacho met to present,
before that forum, a paper on freedom of expression.
First Anniversary of the Resignation of Alicia Elena Perez Duarte
December, 2008 marks the one year anneversary o fthe resignation in protest of
the Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte, the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor
for Crimes of Violence Against Women (FEVIM). Pérez Duarte left her post after
the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation voted against recognizing the
persecution of Lydia Cacho as having constituted an act the violated her
'fundamental guarantees' [of freedom].
Although Cacho filed a formal complaint of
torture [while in state police detention] before a FEVIM panel chaired by Pérez
Duarte, at this point in time, three years later, the case has [disappeared]...
nobody knows what happened to the investigatory materials that were developed by
FEVIM, that could have helped in the prosecution of the agents from Puebla state
who tortured Cacho.
Neither the impeachment request against Mario Marin, nor the complaints
presented to the federal Attorney General's Special Prosecutor for Journalists
thrived. The state police agents who were sent to Cancun to arrest Cacho, and
later tortured her while she was being transported from Cancun to Puebla on a
journey of 30 hours, were acquitted by the second criminal court of Quintana Roo
Therefore, Lydia Cacho has put her last hope for 2009 in the international arena
in the form of legal cases that she will resent to the European Parliament and
to the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights.
“Mi querido poeta español Ángel Petisme escribió: Queda prohibido llorar sin
aprender. Sí he llorado y con las lágrimas lavé la tristeza por mi país violento
y corrupto. Pero he aprendido…las lágrimas sanaron mi dolor…me hicieron más
Este es un fragmento de una carta escrita por la periodista Lydia Cacho en
febrero de 2006, dos meses después de su detención realizada el 16 de diciembre
de 2005 por agentes judiciales de Puebla quienes se trasladaron hasta Cancún,
Quintana Roo, para ejecutar la orden de aprehensión.
En el texto defiende su derecho a la libertad de expresión y la importancia que
tiene para ella mostrar la legalidad de su trabajo periodístico.
“Voy a demostrar que mi trabajo periodístico tuvo como fin dar voz a las
víctimas, voy a demostrar que no escribí ese reportaje para hacerle daño a mi
acusador, porque el daño se lo hizo él mismo al cometer actos ilícitos que le
costaron un oscuro historial que ya era público. Él, como todas nosotras, es el
único responsable de sus actos”.
Lourdes Godínez Leal
Dec. 18, 2008
Cacho que premios "no blindan"
Receiving a Prize Does not “Shield Me”
Barcelona, Spain – Mexican
journalist Lydia Cacho today received the House
of Catalonia’s Freedom of Expression Award.
Accepting the prize,
Cacho declared that winning
honors is no protection from the death threats
she faces for denouncing pedophilia
[specifically child sex trafficking] and
corruption in Mexico.
don’t protect us, they are not bullet-proof
vests shielding us from the death threats, but
they do raise the ‘price’ a little for
those who would like to eliminate[murder] us."
Cacho was also recently
honored as the 2008 laureate of this year’s
UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize during a
ceremony in Mozambique.
These prizes honor a woman who
faced torture and jail at the hands of Mario
Marín, governor of the state of Puebla.
Her 2005 book “The Demons of
the Eden, The Power That Protects Child
Pornography” lead to a long series of acts of
retaliation against her by the [child sex]
trafficking network that she exposed.
This year, Cacho has published
“Memories of an Act of Infamy.” In an
intimate, diary-like tone, Cacho recounts, play
by play, the acts of persecution and defamation
that she suffered after publishing Demons of
For the past three years,
Cacho has traveled by bulletproof car,
accompanied by a permanent security detail.
Mexico - The World
Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro will be
given the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize for
her work exposing political corruption and
organized crime, the UN cultural body said
investigative journalism, she uncovered the
involvement of businessmen, politicians and drug
traffickers in prostitution and child
pornography” in Mexico, said UNESCO in a
statement announcing the award.
continued “in the face of death threats, an
attempt on her life and legal battles,” it
added, noting that she had also been the victim
of police harassment...
director-general will hand over the $25,000
(€16,000) prize to Cacho in a ceremony to be
held on World Press Freedom Day on May 3 in the
Mozambican capital Maputo...
came as media freedom campaigners Reporters
without Borders (RSF) condemned the killings
Monday of two young women working for a
community radio station in the south of the
RSF expressed its shock at the
fatal shootings Monday of Teresa Bautista
Flores, 24, and Felicitas Martinez, 20, at Putla
de Guerrero, in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Both women worked for La Voz que Rompe el
Silencio (The Voice that Breaks the Silence) a
community radio station serving the Trique
Mexico / The World
Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded
to Mexican reporter Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
April 9, 2008
Added March 14, 2008
apoya la pedophilia
Mexico's government aids and abets
The recent [February, 2008]
four-day visit to Mexico of Louise Arbour,
United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, resulted in inspired comments about
human rights conditions in the nation.
Among High Commissioner
1 - Arbour asked the
government of Mexico to apply the same level of
resources to dismantling child sex trafficking
networks, and protecting women's rights in
'femicide' plagued Ciudad Juarez, as it now
applies to its war against organized crime.
2 - During meetings with
families of women and girls murdered in Ciudad
Juarez, Arbour heard that none of them have
access to the criminal justice system...
[The article's author:]
This (the above list) is
our international image today.
Mexico protects the
operations of the cruelest international
pedophile [child sex trafficking] networks on
earth. This occurs despite the clearest proof
that this activity is occurring, such as in the
case of Puebla governor Mario Marin's
involvement in the abuse of journalist Lydia
Cacho. And in a shame of shames, the Supreme
court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) itself
acted in a sinister manner to justify these
We say to President
Felipe Calderon... that a great scandal would
follow if the Mexican government ignored High
Commissioner Arbour's recommendations.
|It is undeniable that
today, both federal institutions and big
business provide assistance to child sex
If such a denial of the
facts by the Calderon government lead to a
slowing of international investment in Mexico,
then that would cause [Calderon and big business
leaders] to tremble [but not the outrage of
allowing uncontested pedophile sex trafficking
and femicide to continue].
- Manú Dornbierer
El Siglo de Durango
Feb. 19, 2008
Added March 14, 2008
ONU: Pide a
periodista Lydia Cacho dejar México por
Mexico City - During her
most recent visit to Mexico, Louise Arbour, the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights, asked renowned journalist and human
rights activist Lydia Cacho to leave Mexico to
avoid additional violations of her basic human
After the Supreme Court
of Justice the Nation (SCJN) ruled that no grave
violations of Cacho's human rights occurred
[during her kidnapping and beating by corrupt
police under the orders of Puebla state governor
Mario Marín and accused millionaire child sex
trafficker Kamel Nacif], Cacho declared that she
had lost faith in Mexico's criminal justice
Cacho has announced that
she will present her case to the European
Tribunal in April, 2008.
During her Mexican visit
the UN's Arbour offered Cacho her complete
support to gain political asylum outside of
Mexico and mount a legal case before
international judicial bodies.
On February 13, 2008,
Journalists Without Borders reported that Mexico
had the highest number of murders of journalists
(as retaliation for their work) in the Americas.
During 2007 two journalists were murdered, three
other communications workers were killed and 3
journalists 'went missing.'
- El Semanario
Feb. 19, 2008
Guadalupe Morfín Otero
Morfín promete atender violencia contra mujeres
Mexico City - Guadalupe Morfín Otero,
the former head of the Commission to Prevent and
Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad
Juarez, has just taken charge of a new office
defending the rights of women created in
Mexico's department of the Attorney General of
the Republic (PGR).
The Special Prosecutor for Attention
to Crimes of Violence against Women and
Trafficking in Persons (FEDVCMTP) has been
created to replace the former office of the
Special Prosecutor for Attention to Crimes of
Violence against Women, headed by Alicia Elena
Pérez Duarte, who resigned in December, 2007.
The Citizen's Observatory on Femicide
(OCF), a coalition of 40 organizations and 17
"federated entities" demanded that the
Attorney General present a strategic plan and a
plan of accountability to govern the new office.
Toward that end, the OCF has
requested a meeting with the Commission for
Gender Equality and the the Femicide Commission
of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house of
Congress) and the Attorney General of the
Republic, Eduardo Medina Mora.
The feminists of the OCF insist that
the multiple government agencies set up to
address violence against women must be held
accountable for achieving the goals defined in
The newly created entity, FEDVCMTP,
expands the previous agency's role in fighting
violence against women, to include enforcement
of the new federal Law to Prevent and Punish
Human Trafficking, passed by Congress in
Morfín Otero stated that she will
work to reorganize FEDVCMTP to assure an
increase in the prosecution rates in regard to
crimes against women.
Morfín Otero noted that she laments
the fact that the Mexican government missed the
opportunity to use the Commission to Prevent and
Eradicate Violence Against Women in Ciudad
Juarez, which she headed, to effectively address
the issue of femicide in that city.
Next week Louise Arboure, the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will
- Carolina Velázquez
New for Women
Feb. 03, 2007
Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez
Duarte openly declares her "indignation and
disgust" at the Supreme Court's recent decision
in the Lydia Cacho case
Alicia Pérez Duarte
fiscal por vergüenza en resolución sobre Cacho
At midday on Friday, December 14th
Alicia Pérez-Duarte resigned her post as
director of the [federal] Attorney General's
office of the Special Prosecutor for Violent
Crimes Against Women [Fevim].
Pérez-Duarte's motive was
"indignation and disgust" at the [recent]
decision by the Supreme Court of Justice of the
Nation (SCJN) in the case of Lydia Cacho, in
which the Court decided that "no grave"
violations of Lydia Cacho's human rights had
In a meeting to announce her
resignation to her staff, Pérez-Duarte stated:
"If my voice breaks-up, you will understand why
after you read the content [of my resignation
letter]." One of her staff recounts that
during her statement, Pérez-Duarte declared
"I cannot work... where justices of the
[Supreme] Court won't bring justice in cases of
grave violations of human rights."|
Pérez-Duarte went on to harshly
criticize the fact that Mexico, despite being a
signatory to a number of international human
rights accords, does not live up to these
standards, and allows the trampling of human
rights in cases such as that of Lydia Cacho.
Witnesses stated that Pérez-Duarte
moved out of her office to the applause and
tears of her supporters.
Carlos Enrique Badillo, general
coordinator of the office, will be acting
special prosecutor until Guadalupe Morfín,
chosen to replace Pérez-Duarte, takes charge.
Morfín was the Special Commissioner to Prevent
and Eradicate Gender Violence in Ciudad Juárez
in Chihuahua state (starting in 2003), and had
been named head of the Human Rights Commission
of the state of Jalisco in 1997.
- Gabriela Gutiérrez M.
Dec. 15, 2007
Prosecutor for Crimes Against Women Alicia Pérez
Duarte resigns in reaction to the Mexican
Supreme Court's decision favoring Puebla's
Governor Marín and Pedophile Networks
Mexico's director of the special
prosecutor's office for violent crimes against
women (Fevim), Alicia Elena Pérez Duarte has
resigned her position in the federal office of
the Attorney General of the Republic.
During a recent interview with
Cimacnoticias, Pérez Duarte indicated that
several recent events [setbacks in women's legal
rights] lead to her decision. These included: 1)
the inability to prosecute police officers in
the city of Atenco, who raped 26 women
(according to the federal Human Rights
Commission) during action to control a street
protest in 2006; 2) the Attorney General's
decision to withdraw participation by her office
(Fevim) in the National System to Prevent,
Erradicate and Sanction Violence Against Women
(SNPASEVAW); and 3) the recent decision by the
Supreme Court in the case pedophile networks
denounced by journalist Lydia Cacho.
Pérez Duarte stated that "these are
very worrisome develop-ments that I could not
sit back and see develop while continuing to
earn a paycheck."
"I could not continue inside [of the
Attorney General's Office] and say nothing, and
pretend that I could defend women in the face of
these events. For that reason, I am leaving."
In the Atenco case, 13 of the 26
women raped by police over two days during
street protests in that city filed federal
criminal complaints based on a theory of
torture, as covered by the Istanbul Protocol.
Two of those cases did not meet the Istanbul
standard. The other 13 cases did not
qualify for federal prosecution.
Pérez Duarte said that indeed, the
victims had been tortured in this incident.
She has left a strong case for prosecution in
the hands of Attorney General Eduardo Medina
Pérez Duarte noted that last November
29th she was notified of a decision by the
Attorney General's office (the PGR), addressed
to the [federal] National Institute for Women,
which is charged with enforcing the recently
General Law to Provide Access for Women to a
Life Without Violence... that Fevim's
involvement had been halted. Pérez Duarte: "If,
within the PGR, there exists an entity (Fevim)
that has specialization in crimes against women,
which has been a catalyst to the SNPASEVAW, how
can the AG take that voice away from us from one
day to the next?"
In regard to the Supreme Court's
decision in the Lydia Cacho case, Pérez Duarte
state: "I am resigning because of my concern
with impunity. The gravest impact of the
Court's decision is that it has left the entire
world seeing the absolute defenselessness of
women and the absolute impunity which [criminal]
Pérez Duarte: "There will be time
enough for us to continue generating awareness,
to network, and to organize to fight against
- Lourdes Godínez Leal
Dec. 18, 2007
Dec. 08, 2007
The Demons of Impunity: Alive and Well in
demonios de la impunidad, vivitos en México
of legitimacy facing the three branches of
federal power in Mexico reached a new peak this
past November 29th, when the Supreme Court of
Justice of the Nation (SCJN) opted to exonerate
the governor of Puebla state, Mario Marín, of
the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which
governed Mexico between 1929 and 2000.
writes...: "Edith was the first victim to have
the strength to denounce Jean Succar Kuri for
rape, corruption of minors and child
pornography. I continue to consider her to be a
heroine. Thanks to her, other victims have dared
to come forward to stop this pedophile, who
opening declared in a secret tape recording made
by Edith and broadcast on television news, that
he liked to rape little girls as young as age
of Mexicans have heard... the conversation
recorded... between Governor Marín and [alleged
pedophile ring leader] Kamel Nacif. In that
recording, Marín informed his friend Nacif that:
"We have arrested that old bitch [Lydia Cacho]
and beaten her head." In the recording, Nacif
proceeded to thank Governor Marín, [and]
promised him two bottles of cognac...
Cacho: "I consider the decision of the Court to
be one that creates grave consequences for the
future." "The most notable event that occurred
during the Court session... was the smile, the
enjoyment, and the burst of laughter expressed
by the Court's president [chief justice]
(Guillermo) Ortiz Mayagoitia, just minutes after
giving his vote. The Court has shielded [the
network of] impunity and corruption between a
state governor and the protector of a network of
pedophiles and child pornographers..."
Dec. 5, 2007
Added Dec. 06, 2007
decisión del 29 de noviembre de la Suprema Corte
de Justicia de la Nación respecto al caso de
Lydia Cacho y Mario Marín produce dos efectos
mortales para un Estado de Derecho: alienta la
impunidad y abre la puerta al autoritarismo más
atroz en perjuicio del pueblo, afirma en un
comunicado Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, presidenta
de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos en el Senado.
December 5th, 2007 press release, Rosario
Ibarra de Piedra, president of the Human
Rights Commission of the Senate of the Republic,
declared that the recent decision by the Supreme
Court (SCJN) in the Cacho-Marín case had created
two fatal blows against the rule of law: first,
by giving a new breath of life to impunity; and
second, by opening the door to the most
atrocious form of authoritarianism possible, one
that works against the interests of the
Piedra, a social activist and former
presidential candidate asked:
|"How can these [six] justices show
their faces in public? How are they going to
explain that they preferred to leave in power a
ruler [Governor Marín] who had boasted about his
recently committed abuses?|
- CIMAC Noticias
Mexico City – The recent Supreme
Court decision in the Cacho-Marín case has
effectively shielded Governor Mario Marin [of
Puebla state]. As a result, neither the
Cacho case nor any future request to have the
Court address the issue of criminal child sex
trafficking networks in Mexico will ever be
In the aftermath, children’s rights
organizations, including the Red por los derechos de la infancia
(The Network for the Rights of Childhood in
Mexico), The Center For Social Communication (Cencos),
Catholics for Choice and Common Childhood… have
united to form a new campaign “We Simply Will
Not Accept It.”
...Alberto Athié, of
the Citizen’s Initiative for Democratic
Dialogue, said that the SCJN represented, until
its failure a few days ago, the “the last hope”
for access to justice for Mexicans. Athié said
that the Court has grown distant from citizens,
and noted that “State powers are in the service
of the mafia.”
agree that the Supreme Court has sent a clear
message that impunity remains intact, and those
who dare to denounce child sex trafficking
networks will face danger. The worst
aspect of the case, they noted, is that the
Court has left vulnerable girls and boys who are
at risk of exploitation.
- CIMAC Noticias
Added Dec. 01, 2007
Editorial de La
Jornada: Infamia en la Corte
exoneración de Marín se da, en primer lugar, a
contracorriente de una opinión pública
generalizada que, a más de año y medio de
conocer las ignominiosas conversaciones que el
mandatario poblano sostuvo con el empresario
Kamel Nacif, no ha cesado de condenar y de
clamar justicia por una conjura evidente, urdida
desde los altos círculos del poder político y
económico, para golpear a una periodista.
Editorial by major
Mexico City newspaper La Jornada:
- Infamy in the
The exoneration of Puebla state
governor Mario Marín runs against the general
current of public opinion.
For the last year and a half, since
the public airing of secretly recorded tapes in
which Puebla's governor conspired with [alleged
child sex trafficking kingpin] Kamel Nacif,
public sentiment has never ceased to clamor for
justice against this obvious plot, organized in
the highest circles of political and economic
power, to attack Lydia Cacho.
We cannot forget that the infamy
approved by the Supreme Court in this case has
at its base the ongoing exchange of favors
between [National Action Party-PAN] President Felipe Calderon,
weak since the beginning of his term due to
questions about his legitimacy and election
fraud.., the state party bosses of the the
Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and the
PRI leadership in Congress. From the last
year of the Vincente Fox administration to the
present, the PRI has been granted impunity in
its actions in exchange for accepting the
legitimacy of President Calderon.
[Note that accused Governor Mario
Marín of Puebla is one of the PRI's state party
We salute the valor of Supreme Court
justices Genaro Góngora, José Ramón Cossío, José
de Jesús Gudiño and especially Juan Silva Meza
[author of the investigatory commission report
recommending Marín's conviction], who honored
their commitment to uphold the law, even while
their fellow justices mocked them, and despite
their inability to block a decision in this case
that in fact and in regard to the Court's
credibility as a impartial arbiter of the law
is, simply, catastrophic.
Added Dec. 01, 2007
Governor cleared in rights violation case in
appalling outcome for press freedom and human
Reporters Without Borders today
voiced deep dismay after Mexico’s Supreme Court
of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ruled narrowly
that there was “no serious violation of the
individual rights” of freelance journalist Lydia
Cacho when she was arrested and held in December
2005 on the orders of governor of Pueblo state,
“Lydia was the target of constant
threats, attacks, and murder… ever since her
2004 exposure of the existence of a pedophile
network implicating top-level figures,” the
worldwide press freedom organization said.
“The SCJN has given a real boost to
impunity by clearing the governor of Puebla,
Mario Marín, on this point, despite overwhelming
evidence and daring to say, against all the
evidence, that Lydia Cacho’s constitutional
rights had not been trampled on,” said the
This decision goes against the report
submitted to the court by [Supreme Court] Judge
Juan Silva Meza on 26 November, in which he said
he believed that there was “an agreement between
the authorities of Puebla and Quintana Roo
[states] to violate journalist Lydia Cacho’s
individual rights.” The governor, the prosecutor
general, the president of the Puebla higher
court, four judges and several government
officials were all accused in the report.
Reporters Without Borders
Nov. 30, 2007
Added Nov. 30, 2007
Lydia Cacho Case - Pedophile
Impunity Remains Unchecked as Supreme Court
Finds Governor Marín Innocent of Conspiracy
Caso Lydia Cacho: No existe
violación grave de garantías individuales,
posturas encontradas, como en las sesiones
previas, las y los ministros de la Suprema Corte
de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) concluyeron hoy
que no existió violación grave de garantías
individuales de la periodista Lydia Cacho, con
lo que el gobernador de Puebla Mario Marín quedó
exonerado de haber “confabulado” en contra de
Nov. 29, 2007
Mexico City - Mexico’s Supreme
Court disappointed human rights groups Thursday
when it voted not to uphold an earlier decision
according to which activist Lydia Cacho was the
victim of trumped-up legal charges and human
rights abuses aimed at punishing her for
exposing an alleged child sex ring.
By six votes against four, the Court,
which was investigating the case at the request
of Congress, concluded that Governor Mario Marín
of the central Mexican state of Puebla as well
as a number of prosecutors and judges could not
be found guilty due to "lack of evidence."
The magistrates said they were unable
to use as evidence around a dozen telephone
calls that were taped without a legal order and
leaked to the press.
In the obscenity-laced
conver-sations, which were aired by the media
early last year, a voice identified as that of
Marín can be heard saying he got the police to
arrest Cacho for implicating businessmen close
to him in her 2005 book "Demons of Eden", about
a supposed child prostitution ring in the
southeastern resort town of Cancún.
"What the Court just did is
appalling," said Cacho, after hearing the news
of the resolution. "The message to Mexico is
that there is no chance for anyone who is a
victim of human rights violations."
guilty of protecting a network of pedophiles is
being declared innocent," the journalist said.
[Despite the Court's final
decision...] Supreme Court magistrate Juan Silva
Meza had released a report Monday stating that
at least 30 public officials, including Marín,
conspired in the abuse of power, peddling of
influence and violations of the rights of Cacho.
Nov. 28, 2007
We at Libertad Latina
find the decision by
Mexico's Supreme Court in the Cacho-Marín case
to be appalling. We note that reporting by
CIMAC Noticias indicates that a core block of
justices opposed accepting the charge to
investigate Puebla's Governor Mario Marín from
the very start. This same "block" of
justices voted to acquit Marín and his 30
co-conspirators who did the bidding of one of
the most powerful child sex trafficking cartels
Shame on them!
The whole world is watching!
Women and men around the world must
respond to this continuing outrage, as corrupt
officials convert the decency in Mexican society
from that of a democracy into a that of a
The June, 2007 comments of former PRD
legislator and women' rights advocate Rosa María
Avilés in regard to the Cacho-Marín case are
appropriate to consider again at this time.
Added June 29, 2007
Ex-Congresswoman accuses Mexico's Supreme Court
of Working to Protect Politicians and Business
Leaders Linked to Lucrative Child Sex
SCJN antepondrá intereses
económicos y políticos sobre la ley
Rosa María Avilés, a former PRD
(Party of the Democratic Revolution) legislator:
- Lourdes Loyal Godínez
- CIMAC Noticias
News for Women
Added Nov. 29, 2007
Corte debe incluir pederastia en caso Marín:
Commenting on a recent
decision by Mexico’s Supreme Court in the Lydia
Cacho case, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, ombudsman for
the Human Rights Commission of the Federal
District (Mexico City) declared that it is
imperative that the Court [change its opinion
and decide to] include an investigation of
pedophile rings and child sex trafficking and
pornography networks in its corruption
investigation against Puebla state governor
Alvarez Icaza stated that the Court’s
November 26, 2007 decision excluding
these issues from investigation in the case did
not send a very good message [to the public] in
regard to their desire to provide an integrated
approach to the problem, and that the
announce-ment could be interpreted as a
affirmation of [criminal] impunity.
Nov. 28, 2007
Added Nov. 28, 2007
Supreme Court rejects including
pedophile networks in investigation of
government attacks on Lydia Cacho's human rights
el caso Cacho-Marín, ministros no investigarán
second day of current deliberations in regard to
the case of Oaxaca state government involvement
in human rights abuses against journalist /
activist Lydia Cacho, a 6 vote majority of
Mexico's eleven member Supreme Court has decided
that it will exclude pedophile networks as a
line of investigation. The Court will
focus upon whether the governor and other
officials in Puebla state conspired to deny
journalist / activist Lydia Cacho her
fundamental human rights.
the Supreme Court set up its investigatory
commission into official corruption in January
of 2007 [at the request of the Congress of the
Republic], the Court had left open the
possibility that it would investigate child sex
trafficking networks [that moved state officials
into corrupt actions on their behalf].
Court is currently deciding whether secretly
recorded taped conversations between Puebla's
governor Mario Marín and alleged child sex
trafficker and millionaire Kamal Nacif [in which
they plot to have Cacho jailed, raped and
beaten], will be admissible as evidence.
SCJN - Details of deliberations in
the Cacho-Marín case. (In Spanish)
- The Supreme Court
of Justice of the Nation
Court of Mexico may, under the Constitution, be
called upon to set up investigations in major
cases of government corruption.
Journalist / activist Lydia Cacho
is railroaded by a corrupt legal
process for exposing child sex
trafficking networks In Mexico.
Added Nov. 28, 2007
Supreme Court seeks to charge
governor of Puebla state for illegal detention
of Lydia Cacho
Supreme Court yesterday examined a report
accusing Mario Marín, governor of Puebla state
in the southeast, of responsibility for the
illegal arrest of journalist Lydia Cacho, in
December 2005, after she brought out a book
exposing a pedophile network which operated with
the complicity of political leaders and
report, drawn up by the judge Juan Silva
implicates the governor, the prosecutor general,
president of the Puebla higher court, four
judges and several government officials, stating
that “there was an agreement between the
authorities in Puebla and Quintana Roo in the
east of the country to violate the individual
rights of the journalist Lydia Cacho”.
was arrested in Cancún, the state capital of
Quintana Roo, and taken by car to Puebla where
she was released on bail. The journalist said
she had been threatened and psychologically
tortured during the journey. Recordings of
telephone conversations between Mario Marín and
businessman Kamel Nacif, named in the pedophile
case, hear them apparently suggesting that the
journalist should be raped during the journey.
Journalists Without Borders
Added Nov. 28, 2007
Media Foundation Gives Lydia Cacho 2007 Courage
International Women's Media Foundation held its
annual Courage in Journalism events in
October, 2007, recognizing women journalists who
demonstrate exceptional bravery in reporting.
At ceremonies in New York on Oct. 23
and Los Angeles on Oct. 30, the IWMF honored
Lydia Cacho of Mexico [among others]...
From the IWMF...
A correspondent for CIMAC
news agency and a feature writer for Dia Siete
magazine, Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has
endured numerous death threats because of her
work reporting on domestic violence, organized
crime and pedophilia.
...In 2004, Cacho published
Los Demonios del Edén [The Demons of Eden], a
book based on her research on child pornography
among Mexican politicians and businessmen.
A year later, she was
arrested on libel charges and driven to a jail
20 hours from her home in Cancún, with officers
hinting that there was a plan to rape her...
...In February 2006, a
recording of a conversation between a
businessman and a Mexican governor discussing a
plan to have her arrested and raped was obtained
by the media. Several years earlier, in 1998,
Cacho was raped and beaten in the bathroom of a
bus station. She suspects the attack was related
to her work.
On May 8 , Cacho
alleged that her car was tampered with in an
attempt to cause an accident... The attack came
just days after Cacho testified at the trial of
accused pedophile Jean Succar Kuri, one of the
men she wrote about in her book... Kuri
complained that he was in jail because of Cacho
and that he would do away with her.
International Women's Media
Added Nov. 28, 2007
State court system
subjects women to double victimization
Chihuahua: Justicia hace víctimas a
mujeres que denuncian delitos sexuales
In Chihuahua state,
women [and underage girls] who report sexual
assault run the risk of being doubly victimized
due to the treatment they receive, and the
decisions made by judicial authorities.
Several cases show the ignorance of
judges in regard to the circle of violence which
many women face, and the fact that it is not
easy to escape from [constant contact with] your
assailant, notes Luz Estela Castro, head of the
Center for Women’s Human Rights (CDHM) in
Added Nov. 27, 2007
Supreme Court sends
result of investigation into Lydia Cacho case to
Concierto de autoridades para
perjudicar a Lydia acho: ministro Góngora
Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN)
justice Genaro Góngora Pimentel has announced
the results of the Court’s investigation into
Oaxaca state government involvement in the
arrest and harassment of child sexual
exploitation advocate and journalist Lydia
Minister Góngora Pimentel stated that the
Court’s investigatory commission has supported
the June 26, 2007 findings by SCJN Minister Juan
Silva Meza, which concluded that Lydia Cacho had
been subjected to serious violations of her
individual liberties. Minister Silva Meza
found that Lydia Cacho was in fact the victim of
psychological torture during her police
detention and transfer from her home in Cancun
Minister Góngora Pimentel also found that a
secretly recorded, damaging tape recordings of
Puebla state governor Mario Mario Marín and
accused child sex trafficker Kamel Nacif (in
which they conspired to have Cacho beaten and
raped in jail [events that did not occur]), may
be used in the investigation.
Minister Góngora Pimentel supported Minister
Silva Meza’s June 26, 2007 finding, in as much
as “there was a concerted effort by [state
government] authorities to do harm to Lydia
Cacho. These efforts directly involved the
governor of the state of Puebla.”
Added Nov. 24, 2007
historias de un pederasta
ante leyes anacrónicas
Pedophilia grows in the face of
Perla, one of the first young
victims of millionaire child sex trafficker Jean
Succar Kuri, was smart enough to pay back her
victimizer by secretly recording him in the act
of confessing his crimes against children.
In the video tape, Succar Kuri
admits his sexual appetite for very young girls.
He is shown insisting that, if Perla really
loved him, she would go out and entice more
young girls to be his victims.
Unfortunately for Succar Kuri,
Mexican journalist and women's rights activist
Lydia Cacho, in her book The Demons in Eden,
exposed the elaborate child sex trafficking
network set up by Succar Kuri and his
associates. The story gained widespread
international attention given that leading
politicians and business leaders were tied to
An investigation by the
Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) tracked
Succar Kuri's network from Mexico to Colombia,
Venezuela, Brazil and Spain.
Eight child victims have
recorded testimony in a current case against
Succar Kuri, and authorities are aware of
another 40 victims who do not dare to testify.
These testimonies detail how
Succar Kuri brought girls from poor families to
his luxury villas in Cancun, raped them, and
forced them to perform sex acts with each other
in front of him, his millionaire co-conspirator
Kamel Nacif, and, it is alleged, the executive
secretary of the National System of Public
Security, Miguel Ángel Yunes.
periodista y escritora Lydia Cacho Ribeiro
recibirá el premio “Valentía en el Periodismo”,
que cada año otorga la Fundación Internacional
de Mujeres en los Medios de Comunicación (IWMF,
por sus siglas en inglés) a mujeres periodistas
que han mostrado una fuerza de carácter e
integridad en el desempeño de su trabajo.
'The International Women in Media
Foundation will present award for journalistic
bravery to Mexican anti-exploitation activist
- CIMAC Noticias
News for Women
June 8, 2007
International Women in Media
Foundation Speaks Out for Mexican Journalist
Calderón: We are writing on behalf of the
International Women’s Media Foundation to
express our alarm concerning Mexican journalist
Cacho’s car was
sabotaged May 8. Cacho was also threatened
earlier this month when she testified at the
trial of Succar Kuri, a pedophile about whom she
has written and at whose trial she was
testifying. During the trial, Kuri’s lawyer
attacked Cacho for writing her book, The
Devils of Eden. Kuri complained that he was
in jail because of Cacho and that he would do
away with her.
Cacho’s advocacy work
and investigative journalism have drawn
attention to the rights of women and children in
Mexico. In particular, she is the founder and
director of the Centro Integral de Atencion a
las Mujeres in Cancun, a crisis center and
shelter for victims of sex crimes and
gender-based violence. In standing up for women,
Cacho has put her life on the line and has
endured death threats and rape.
International Women's Media Foundation
May 11, 2007
Mid February, 2006
Against The Terrorism Of Impunity
Continues To Heat Up!!
Leading Mexico City Paper Exposes 12 Tapes Of
Corrupt Plot To Silence And Rape Activist /
Journalist Lydia Cacho
one of Mexico City's leading papers,
presented the existence of secretly recorded
tapes implicating numerous officials and
businessmen in corrupt acts in a February 14,
2006 cover story.
NBC/Telemundo TV network's prime time news
program "Al Rojo Vivo" (Red Hot News),
and the NBC/Telemundo network's nightly news
broadcast on Feb. 14th, 2006 also covered this
will translate and present the full story in
English in the near future.
translated story excerpts below.
Feb. 14, 2006
Cacho Confronts Nacif Over Libel Charges
The accused journalist and the
Puebla business-man square off in a judicial
hearing on the allegation she damaged his
Cancún - A
muckraking journalist who wrote a book about the
sexual-tourism trade of Cancún involving minors
came face-to-face here in court with a textile
magnate known as "The Denim King" who accused
her of damaging his reputation for linking him
to the sordid trade.
trial against me is a subterfuge that defends
pedophile Jean Succar Kuri," writer Lydia Cacho
said in a court session here Wednesday.
- El Universal
May 26, 2006
Lydia Cacho Rebuffs Criminal Accusation By
Alleged Child Trafficking Kingpin Kamel Nacif
Activist faces her accuser in court session.
Cacho denounces the lack of impartiality in the
Cacho la demanda de Kamel Nacif.
Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, who exposed a
network of child sex traffickers in the book
"The demons in Paradise," stood face to face
against businessman Kamel Nacif in a court.
Nacif has accused Cacho of defamation [a
criminal offense in Mexico] in that case.
During the court session, Nacif ratified the
accusation by defamation against the journalist
and presented evidence in favor of his case.
Among these were statements by the alleged
victims of acts of child exploitation.