dorset chiapas solidarity

August 9, 2014

Death threats, harassment with guns, forced displacement and attacks on Zapatista support bases

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:47 pm

 

Death threats, harassment with guns, forced displacement and attacks on Zapatista support bases

 

Solidaridad-EZLN-

 

To the free independent, autonomous, community media

To the national and international press

To civil society

Frayba expresses its concern about the threat to the life, integrity and personal security faced by the BAEZLN communities of El Rosario, Kexil and Egipto in the Municipality of San Manuel, as the threats and harassment have increased in recent days, including the shooting of firearms.

We call on national and international solidarity to show its support to the threatened BAEZLN.

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre

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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas

August 7, 2014

Urgent Action No. 03

 

Death threats, harassment with guns, forced displacement and attacks on Zapatista support bases

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) has documented death threats, harassment with firearms and aggressions against support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) from the Autonomous Communities El Rosario and Kexil in the Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipality (MAREZ) of San Manuel (official municipality of Ocosingo), belonging to the Good Government Council (JBG) “The Way of the Future”, Caracol III, La Garrucha, Selva Tzeltal Zone, Chiapas.

On Monday, 4th August, in the Autonomous Community of El Rosario, at 6 am, a horse of a BAEZLN was killed by wound in the abdomen. The same day, another BAEZLN went to get his firewood and on the way he met Enrique Sánchez Martínez, from the El Rosario community and a member of the Regional Organization of Autonomous Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO), who said to him: “Take care of yourself; I am going to kill you.”

On August 6, at 7.30 am, two Nissan vehicles arrived from the direction of Pojcol, municipality of Chilón, at the Autonomous Community of El Rosario, with people who were carrying guns, and bringing a chainsaw, who went to the land for regional collective work of the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, where 15 people remained behind. The Nissan pickup trucks returned toward the ejido Pojcol; when leaving the Autonomous Community of El Rosario the drivers were detained briefly by members of the ORCAO with whom they had a talk and then continued on their way.

At 9.15 am, the 15 people who were in the land for regional collective work of the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, began cutting trees and fired several shots into the air. At 10.40 am they began to gather the wood which had been cut.

Later, at 2.18 pm, the two Nissan trucks returned to the Autonomous Community of El Rosario, the 15 people got off, and going through the house of a BAEZLN fired ​​five shots. At 2.51 pm while crossing the community of Kexil they fired two shots above the roof of the home of a BAEZLN of that community. The trucks continued toward the ejido Pojcol.

In view of this situation, Frayba expresses its concern about the threat to the life, integrity and personal security faced by the BAEZLN communities of El Rosario, Kexil and Egipto in the Municipality of San Manuel, as the threats and harassment have increased in recent days, including the shooting of firearms.

This Human Rights Centre states:

The responsibility of the state through omission, since government authorities have not acted to ensure the integrity and personal safety of the BAEZLN in spite of the requests for  intervention which we have made.

And it demands:

An end to the death threats, harassment, assaults, damage and attempted dispossession against the BAEZLN;

Protect and guarantee the life, integrity and personal safety of the BAEZLN in respect of their process of autonomy which they are constructing under the right to self-determination of the peoples, referred to in the San Andrés Accords, and established in international treaties such as Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Finally we call on national and international solidarity to show its support to threatened BAEZLN.

Background

On 1st August, at 11.30 pm, a group of armed people from the ejido Pojcol went into the land used for regional collective work of the Autonomous Municipality of San Manuel, recovered by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). In this territory, adjacent to the Autonomous Communities of El Rosario and Egipto, the armed people killed a young bull and gunshots were fired. While the group from Ejido Pojcol were carrying out acts of occupation and armed harassment, members of the Egipto Autonomous Community realised that several individuals, with lamps in their hands, were heading towards their village. For this reason, and to avoid a possible attack, on 2nd August, at 12.30 am, 32 people (women, children, and old people) were forcibly displaced, walking throughout the early hours of the morning to reach another Zapatista village where they are currently taking refuge.

Sign the Urgent Action: http://redtdt.org.mx/d_acciones/d_visual.php?id_accion=358

We thank you for, in solidarity, sending your appeals to:

Enrique Peña Nieto                                                                                                                                     Presidente de la República

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos
Casa Miguel Alemán
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, México DF
Tel: (52.55) 2789.1100 Fax: (52.55) 5277.2376

Lic. Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
Secretario de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. Piso, Col. Juárez,
Del. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06600 México D.F.
Fax: (52 55) 50933414;
Correo: secretario@segob.gob.mx

Lic. Jesús Murillo Karam
Procuraduría General de la República
Av. Paseo de la Reforma #211-213 Col. Cuauhtémoc, Deleg. Cuauhtémoc
Distrito Federal CP. 06500,
Teléfono: 5346-0000 ext. 0108 Fax: 5346-0000 ext. 0908

Lic. Raul Plascencia Villanueva
Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos
Periférico Sur 3469, Col. San jerónimo Lidice,
Delegación Magdalena Contreras, C.P. 10200, México D.F.
Teléfonos: (55) 56 81 81 25 y (55) 54 90 74 00
Lada sin costo 01800 715 2000
E-mail: correo@cndh.org.mx

Lic. Manuel Velasco Coello
Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, 1er Piso
Av. Central y Primera Oriente, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México
Fax: +52 961 61 88088 – + 52 961 6188056; Extensión 21120. 21122;
Correo: secparticular@chiapas.gob.mx

Lic. Oscar Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar
Secretario General de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
Palacio de Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas, 2do Piso
Av. Central y Primera Oriente, Colonia Centro, C.P. 29009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México
Conmutador: + 52 (961) 61 2-90-47, 61 8-74-60; Extensión: 20003;
Correo: secretario@secgobierno.chiapas.gob.mx

Lic. Raciel López Salazar
Procuraduría General de Justicia de Chiapas
Libramiento Norte Y Rosa Del Oriente, No. 2010, Col. El Bosque
C.P. 29049 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Conmutador: 01 (961) 6-17-23-00. Teléfono: + 52 (961) 61 6-53-74, 61 6-53-76, 61 6-57-24.
Correo: raciel.lopez@pgje.chiapas.gob.mx

Lic. Octavio Elías Albores Cruz
Presidente Municipal de Ocosingo
Domicilio Conocido , Centro C.P. 29950 Ocosingo, Chiapas.
Teléfono: (919) 67 3-05-06, 67 3-00-15, 67-3-05-00 Fax: 67-3-00-15

Lic. Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar
Presidente Municipal de Chilón
Domicilio Conocido S/N, Presidencia Municipal C.P. 29943 Chilón, Chiapas.
Teléfono: (01 919) 6710115, 6710230, 6710116, 6710030, Fax: 6710034

Send a copy to:
Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, A.C.
Calle Brasil 14, Barrio Méxicanos,
29240 San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México
Tel: 967 6787395, 967 6787396, Fax: 967 6783548
Correo: accionesurgentes@frayba.org.mx

 

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Translated and posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 9/08/2014

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