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April 2, 2017

Civil Observation and Solidarity Caravan in Los Chimalapas

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Civil Observation and Solidarity Caravan in Los Chimalapas

Chimalapas.pngCivil Observation and Solidarity Caravan to Los Chimalapas (@NVI Noticias)

On March 18 and 19, a motorized Civil Observation Caravan in solidarity with Nuevo San Andres visited the village in the Chimalapas region where, on 24 February last, nine villagers suffered attacks, illegal deprivation of liberty and violence from the so-called “Chamula Army”. About 20 people, including community members from Santa Maria Chimalapa, civil and social organizations as well as members of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the People of Oaxaca (DDHPO in its Spanish acronym) participated in this caravan.

About 100 people from 20 Tsotsil families from the Chiapas Highlands form the community of Nuevo San Andres, founded six years ago. Since the February aggression, they are practically living under siege for fear of being attacked again. Echoing their testimonies, the Caravan denounced the lack of actions by the federal and state governments to address the problems that endanger these families from Chiapas but installed in Oaxacan communal territory. 

Miguel Angel Garcia Aguirre, representative of the caravan, said that for more than 60 years indigenous communities have been confronted in this region of the Isthmus by border conflicts between Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz. The regional coordinator of the Committee for the Defense and Conservation of Chimalapa said that “we can not allow them to continue to live violence, we regret that the government of Oaxaca has not granted precautionary measures, we are waiting for the resolution of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), it is urgent that this case be addressed.”



April 11, 2016

Anti-Drug War Caravan Arrives in Mexico City en route to New York City

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Anti-Drug War Caravan Arrives in Mexico City en route to New York City


caravan2.jpg_1718483346Activists on the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice en route to New York City hold signs reading “Stop the War Against Drugs!”  Photo: PazVidaJusticia via Facebook


U.S. prohibitionist drug policies have failed and a new global discussion around drugs is needed, say the caravan of human rights workers.

Hundreds of people gathered in Mexico City’s central square Sunday to welcome the Caravan of Peace, Life and Justice, a group whose main goal is to end the war on drugs.

The group took off from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on March 28 and intend to arrive in New York City by April 18 when the United Nations will hold a special general assembly on the world drug problem.

The caravan has already travelled through Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and much of Mexico, countries that now have some of the highest murder and violence rates in the world, which are largely due to failed policies in those regions meant to attack drug trafficking.

Along its route to New York, one of the caravan’s objectives is to recover testimonies from people who have been affected by violence generated from the drug war and present this to the heads of state at the U.N. assembly, which will take place from April 19-21.

One of the caravan’s main goals is “not only to point out the failure of the war on drugs, but also to denounce the violence, which increases the need to migrate to the US, and the dangers on the road for those forced to leave their countries,” said Ted Lewis, general coordinator of the caravan and director of Global Exchange, to the press upon their departure in March.

According to Lewis, one of the major issues is the prohibitionist anti-drug policies in the U.S., which have “failed.”

“The prohibitionist strategy against this problem will not solve anything, with such a massive consumer market in the U.S. that need tons of illegal drugs and is creating an unsustainable situation in the U.S.,” said Lewis.

The attempt to control consumption has also been used as a pretext to assert military control in Latin America and has led to the overpopulation of prisons, where “more than 2.2 million people are trapped in the prison industry, where nearly half are imprisoned for pure drug possession,” added Lewis.

Lewis suggests the legalization of drugs so that citizens are not so easily criminalized. With this, “there is a possibility for a future of peace in our regions and not a violent solution.”

The Caravan of Peace, Life and Justice seeks to encourage a new conversation around drug policies and new approaches to the issue, and not to politicize the fight against drugs for partisan purposes, they say.




Indigenous and Campesinos Rally in Mexico Against Canadian Miners

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Indigenous and Campesinos Rally in Mexico Against Canadian Miners


indigenous-mexico.jpg_1718483346Mexican Indigenous want the government to stop giving Canadian mining companies permission to extract resources in their lands. | Photo: Reuters


Indigenous and campesinos from six southern Mexican states are due to arrive in Mexico City tomorrow to protest against mining companies.

A massive Indigenous rally is on its way to Mexico City to protest against mining concesions that the Mexican government is handing out primarily to Canadian companies, La Jornada reported.

About 12 days ago caravans of Indigenous activists, campesinos and supporters departed from six southern Mexican states towards Mexico City to protest against the environmental damage and other unfair practices and procedures that mining companies put in place affecting a huge population of Indigenous and campesinos.

The caravans are from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Puebla, Veracruz and Tlaxcala, La Jornada added.

The six groups will arrive this Sunday and join the encampments already in place outside the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico City, Francisco Jimenez, leader of the Plan of Ayala National Movement, said.

He said that to date, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio has “refused” to meet with an Indigenous and Campesino Front of Mexico commission to begin talks and seek solutions to the problems they face because of unregulated mining practices that affect them and their lands directly. “We call on the Ministry of the Interior to not act with authoritarianism,” and to accept talks with the Indigenous and campesino movements.



Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Reaches San Cristobal de Las Casas

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Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Reaches San Cristobal de Las Casas




The event in Plaza de la Paz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Photo @ SIPAZ

On April 7, the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice reached Plaza de La Paz in San Cristobal de Las Casas, where it held a discussion with representatives of various civil organizations which expressed their accompaniment and solidarity. The Caravan is a broad initiative of families of victims of human rights violations, civil society organizations and social movements from different nations, which call for a “halt to the war on drugs.” On their journey, the Caravan has joined a group of some 35 people from seven countries.

It left Honduras on March 28 and will arrive in New York on April 18. According to Otros Mundos, “the route reflects the commitment to raise the voice of the victims and of the heroes of the war on drugs, and it turns out they are the same. From their pain, the victims are becoming in an organized way the people who struggle for peace and justice, for an exit from the war.”

On their way through Mexico, the Caravan entered through the border of Guatemala – Mexico at La Mesilla – Ciudad Cuauhtemoc on April 6. There they held an event in which they listened to the words and struggles in the region of the southern border of Mexico, “invaded by a growing militarization which worsens the human rights situation of the peoples in defense and care of the earth as well as migrants from Central America and Chiapas year after year.” The participants in the Caravan proposed a compilation of testimonies of violations of human rights committed combatting drugs with the aim of presenting it at the special session on narcotics at the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be held from April 19 – 21.

During the event in San Cristobal de Las Casas, some civil organizations, among them Otros Mundos, The Civil Society of Las Abejas of Acteal, and Mesoamerican Voices shared their words. They demanded “that justice be done for the killing of the coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), Berta Caceres, murdered on March 3 last in Honduras.” The Colombian Alex Serra, who coordinated the passage of the Caravan through Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala reiterated that, “one of our principal demands is that justice be done because she was part of the Caravan and with her murder, we are in mourning.” In commemoration of the Honduran leader, there was a minute of applause during the event. Las Abejas de Acteal underlined that if “there is insecurity for the life of the population of Honduras, migration and pillage of our mother earth, it is not only in Honduras, there is also a wave of violence and injustice here in Chiapas and in Mexico, the youth of Ayotzinapa being a clear example.” Marco Castillo of the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families and coordinator of the Caravan in Mexico, sustained that, “it would appear that the great gain of the war is not security but the control of territory, terrorism in the population, such that it is undeniable that the security policy has failed.”

The Caravan left at noon on the same day to Oaxaca, from where it will travel to Morelos to have a meeting with Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. From there it will continue its way to the seat of the United Nations Organization (UNO) in New York to demand justice and dignity.



June 20, 2015

Meeting between family members of the normal school students from Ayotzinapa and communities of the CNI in Chiapas, in San Sebastian Bachajón

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Meeting between family members of the normal school students from Ayotzinapa and communities of the CNI in Chiapas, in San Sebastian Bachajón


On 17th June the caravan of family and friends of the disappeared and murdered normal school students of Ayotzinapa arrived for their second meeting with the organized indigenous communities of the Indigenous National Congress (CNI), at the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón for a meeting at Cumbre Nachoj, the headquarters of the adherents to the Sixth from Bachajón.

“Nine months without returning home, looking for my son,” mother of Ayotzinapa.

San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, June 17. “I have spent nine months without returning home, looking for my son,” shared Mrs. Cristina Bautista, mother of Benjamín Ascencio Bautista, a student at the normal school in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, disappeared by the police along with 42 of his compañeros last September.

“I never imagined I would get here, being with you gives us strength,” said doña Cristina to the communities of the Indigenous National Congress, adherents to the Sixth from northern Chiapas, meeting in Cumbre Nachoj, headquarters of the ejido in resistance San Sebastian Bachajón, in the municipality of Chilón. “The state has to accept that it was the one that disappeared our children,” stressed the mother of Benjamin, a few days after the judge Ulices Bernabé García from Iguala, Guerrero, now in exile, contradicted the official version of the facts that absolved the federal government from blame.

“In Tixtla, Guerrero, we thought it was just us, but all of us in one way or another have been hit by the government,” said doña Bertha Nava, mother of Julio Cesar Ramírez Nava, one of the students killed by the police. Together with her husband Tomás Ramírez, she denounced that in the last days of the electoral process, Tixtla was surrounded by police and soldiers, who did not allow them to move freely. “It is not a crime to look for our children, it is a right,” reiterated doña Bertha.

Meanwhile the student Omar Garcia recalled that these meetings with the communities of Chiapas, are with the agreement of the National Indigenous Congress, “to learn about how to build self-management and autonomy.” “Elections do not serve us anything,” stressed Omar who is also a spokesperson for the Ayotzinapa normal school.

The meeting was attended by members of the Ejido Bachajón, Ejido Tila and the organisation of the Pueblos Unidos por la Defensa de la Energía Eléctrica (PUDEE) from Sabanilla and Tila, adherents to the Sixth.

Audios of the meeting can be found at:

The words 0f the Ayotzinapa families can be found here:



May 17, 2015

Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defence of water arrives in San Cristóbal

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Caravan from Yaqui Nation in defence of water arrives in San Cristóbal


 On 12 May the National Caravan for the Defence of Water, Land, Work, and Life arrived in San Cristóbal de las Casas Chiapas, having been organized by the Yaqui people of Sonora, Mexico.  Via three different routes (northern, north-western, and southern), Yaqui have been touring the country to raise awareness about their struggle against megaprojects.

About 50 members of the Southern Caravan marched in San Cristóbal de las Casas, together with constituent members of other social processes in favour of the right to water, neighbours from Cuxtitali, defenders of wetlands, and female members of the Movement in Defence of Land and Territory, which struggles for the participation of women and their recognition within decision-making processes, among other goals.

It should be stressed that the indigenous Yaqui people, who have for 3 centuries striven to defend their autonomy, territory, and right to water, have two of its members politically imprisoned: Mario Luna and Fernando Jiménez, both of whom are charged with kidnapping and robbery during the protests against the Independence Aqueduct, which transfers water from the Yaqui River to Hermosillo.  This outcome was based on the violation of the indigenous peoples’ right to prior consultation.

The three routes of the caravan will continue their paths toward the Mexican capital, where they plan to arrive on 22 May in a joint concluding action.



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