translated from Spanish: Sicily dialogues with Segob, but this does not ensure that AMLO will receive it at Palacio

Channels of communication have been opened between Javier Sicilia and the federal government, but there is no certainty that the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will receive the poet on January 26th, when the march called for the “truth, justice and peace” he promotes, from the Angel of Peace of Cuernavaca to the National Palace, concludes.
This is the summary of what Sicily itself, the activist Marie Claire Acosta and the secretary of the Governorate, Olga Sánchez Cordero, after the two had a meeting of more than an hour.
“In the Governorship there is goodwill. But this is a matter that goes beyond it, it is a matter of the whole nation and that the president has to convene and take on this agenda,” Sicily said at the end of the meeting. The activist advocates a transitional justice agenda that includes issues such as drug policy, victim care, access to justice, or the search for missing persons.
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“I have the instruction of the president to serve all Mexicans and Mexicans, especially if they are people like Javier Sicilia and as is Marie Claire Acosta, defenders of human rights, and who have a very important leadership within civil society,” said Sánchez Cordero, who assured that “demonstrations are welcome, all ideologies, all people who want to demonstrate peacefully, in an orderly and peaceful manner.”
What Sánchez Cordero did not want to confirm is whether López Obrador will agree to meet Sicily when the march reaches the National Palace. Despite being questioned on several occasions, the Secretary of the Interior evaded giving an answer and focused on defending “plurality” and “peaceful” demonstrations.
So far, López Obrador has been very reluctant to hold this meeting with the poet, whose son was murdered in 2011. In late 2019, after a first public letter from Sicily, the president considered that meeting would involve “sitting on the defendants’ bench” and “making the fat broth” to “the conservatives.” At the same time, he went so far as to ensure that seeing the poet gave him “slack”. However, the former leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity insists on being received by the representative.
That’s why, he said, he’ll arrive on January 26 with “two messages,” each suitable for whether or not it is received, but both in “unity” code. Sicily explained that in the meeting with Sánchez Cordero they addressed issues on transitional justice and related to the safety of the march.
On the first issue, Marie Claire Acosta explained that two documents were delivered: one prepared by activists, collectives and victims, and that it was already handed over to the Ministry of the Interior in January 2019, and another prepared by academics and presented by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) in December 2018.
On the second, Sicily hoped that the march would run smoothly, and indicated that it is coordinating with various authorities to ensure safety.
The march will begin on Thursday, January 23, from the Angel of Peace in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Sicily said that it has already achieved the accession of various civil society groups and groups, although it did not give further details.
The 25th is scheduled to reach Mexico City, although some of the sections will be carried out by van because of the weather and safety conditions. On the 26th, the marchers will head for the National Palace. There the last word will be López Obrador, who will have to decide whether to receive Sicily or leave him in the Zocalo without being attended.
In the absence of knowing the names of those who will march alongside Sicily, the LeBarón family and Marie Claire Acosta, among others, José Miguel Vivanco, director of the division for the Americas of Human Rights Watch, showed his understanding and support for the initiative.
During the presentation of his annual report, which took place at a hotel in Mexico City, Vivanco said that “this initiative is a symptom of discontent, a symptom of disappointment, a symptom of frustration and the distance between promises, commitments made and reality.”
“We believe that these initiatives of civil society are perfectly justified, because this is the role of civil society, to serve as a counterweight and to contrast the government, the state, the powerful,” he said.
And he warned that this counterweight work must be carried out outside the ideologies of those in power. “Today the responsibility for human rights is not on the shoulders of Peña Nieto or Felipe Calderón, it is on the shoulders of the current government, which is led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” he concluded.
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