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April 2, 2017

Chiapas: Launch of Acteal Campaign: Roots, Memory and Hope

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Chiapas: Launch of Acteal Campaign: Roots, Memory and Hope

Acteal.pngLaunch of the Acteal Campaign: Roots, Memory and Hope. Photo@: Sipaz

 On 23 March, the Acteal Campaign: Roots, Memory and Hope was launched from the offices of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center (CDHFBC) in San Cristobal de Las Casas. The campaign will take place within the framework of the XX anniversary of the Acteal Massacre and the 25th anniversary of the founding of Las Abejas Civil Society to “highlight our path as survivors and victims of the Acteal Massacre and as members of Las Abejas Civil Society of Acteal, […] exchange and share experiences with men and women from towns and cities who also fight for the same cause as us” and to “point out the material and intellectual authors of the Acteal Massacre so that the Mexican State recognizes its responsibility that Acteal is a state crime, a crime against humanity. And denounce that the Mexican State has so far been unable to ensure the non-repetition of events such as that of Acteal” (sic). They affirmed that, “it is the path of the search for truth and true justice. But, it is also memory, because we will be remembering, reporting and denouncing.”

The campaign will last nine months with cultural, political and religious activities. It will culminate with the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the massacre on December 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2017, in Acteal, House of Memory and Hope.

During the launch, Gonzalo Ituarte, Secretary of the Board of Directors of CDHFBC and Vicar of Justice and Peace of the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, shared his testimony. On the day of the massacre he reported receiving two calls from Chenalho informing him of the approach of an armed group shooting. He indicated that he had twice called the government secretary to address this situation. However, no aid was sent for which Gonzalo Ituarte denounced “the way the government had deceived us and how it had allowed, that is to say, how it had caused that massacre. The government that could stop all this did not do it and I am convinced that it did not because it was part of their plan, they wanted to kill, they wanted to destroy the heart of civil society, which sought just causes and a solution to the problem. They wanted to kill and they killed them consciously and this causes indignation and this is a crime unpunished today.”

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March 10, 2017

“Torture and Mistreatment Continue to Be Widespread in Mexico”, Juan E. Mendez

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Journalists, Repression, sipaz, Sustainable rural cities, Uncategorized, Zapatistas — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:02 am

 

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“Torture and Mistreatment Continue to Be Widespread in Mexico”, Juan E. Mendez

tortureAmnesty International campaign against torture in Mexico

 

On 24 February, the current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, presented the follow-up report on the mission carried out by his predecessor Juan E. Mendez in Mexico on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The report pointed out that “torture continues to be widespread on the part of security forces and investigators”; that suffocation, sexual violence, electric shocks, death threats, beatings, and psychological torture are “commonly used for obtaining information, confessions or as a method of punishment. To this is added a context of serious impunity, where the lack of investigation into these facts is the rule.”

In his assessment of the situation, the rapporteur stated that “organized crime is a challenge for the authorities and the population.” He commented that since 2006 and under the so-called “war against drug trafficking”, “militarization of public security remains as strategy.” He expressed concern about the “extremely vulnerability” of migrants by stating that “the detention of migrants by state agents is often violent and includes insults, threats and humiliations.”

 The Rapporteur regretted to conclude in his report that since his visit two years ago the situation “has not changed”, that “torture and mistreatment are still widespread in Mexico.” He noted that the “elimination of this practice is a fundamental challenge and that is why it is important to enact the General Law on Torture, with provisions that comply with the highest international standards […] so that torture, enforced disappearances, the persecution of victims and defenders of human rights and impunity cease to be part of everyday life. “ He further requested from Mexico that there be no “exceptions to the rule of exclusion of evidence obtained through torture” in that law.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/nationalinternational-torture-and-mistreatment-continue-to-be-widespread-in-mexico-juan-e-mendez/

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December 29, 2016

Frayba Presents its Annual Report “Paths of Resistance”

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, sipaz, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:54 am

 

 

Frayba Presents its Annual Report “Paths of Resistance”

 

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On December 19, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBC) presented its “Annual Report: Paths of Resistance”, in an event attended by Marina Pages, coordinator of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ); Ana Valadez Ortega, member of the Centre for Studies for Change in the Mexican Field (CECCAM); Rafael Landerreche Morin, member of the Pastoral Team of Chenalho; Marcelo Perez Perez, parish priest of Simojovel and coordinator of the Social Pastoral of the Chiapas Province, as well as Pedro Faro Navarro, director of CDHFBC.

 The objective of the book is to “make visible the men and women, people and communities organized in the construction of dreams and hopes that crack the system, generate life and dignity, ways of resistance to this cruel and bloodthirsty reality that we live in Mexico.”

It has five chapters: “Detention and Megaprojects, Impacts on Human Rights”, “Forced Displacement in a War Context”, “From Discredit to Repression” (focused on human rights defenders), “From Internal Armed Conflict to Widespread Violence”, and “In the Midst of the Whistling of the Mountains, the Call to Truth and Justice ” (on historical memory and the “Other Justice “).

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/chiapas-frayba-presents-its-annual-report-paths-of-resistance/

 

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December 17, 2016

“Forum on Defence of the Earth, Life and Territory” Declares itself against Presence of Environmental Gendarmerie in Lacandon Jungle

 

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 “Forum on Defence of the Earth, Life and Territory” Declares itself against Presence of Environmental Gendarmerie in Lacandon Jungle

 

forumForum in Amador Hernandez (Photo@Noe Pineda)

 

On December 5, the “Forum on Defence of the Earth, Life and Territory” was held in the ejido of Amador Hernandez, in the Municipality of Ocosingo, Lacandon Jungle. About 1,000 people from communities in the region analysed the problems they are experiencing, including several agrarian conflicts.

In their final declaration, they said: “We are against the introduction of the Environmental Gendarmerie and their entry into our territory. From now on we state that in the case that the corresponding authorities do not take our disagreement into account … we will carry out more actions against the introduction of the Environmental Gendarmerie until we are heard.”

They questioned whether the presence of the Environmental Gendarmerie “for the supposed care and conservation of the environment” responds to other objectives: “We know that the true objective of this security force is a strategy for the destruction of our communities, our cultures and our organizations, it represents the violation of our rights and that its true intention is to guarantee the entry of transnational corporations dedicated to the extraction of natural resources for the benefit of big capital.”

According to the authorities, the Environmental Gendarmerie will “have the mission of preventing administrative crimes and faults in environmental matters, due to its security and police operational model.” It is envisaged that it will be installed in 61 points of the country, among others, the Lacandon Jungle, Montes Azules and the monarch butterfly reserves, Pico de Orizaba, Nevado de Toluca and Tulum.

It should be noted that on the same day, President Enrique Peña Nieto was in the Lacandon Jungle in the framework of an activity, which was part of the COP (Conferences of the Parties) 13 under the heading “Integrating Biodiversity for Wellbeing”. In that context, he instructed the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development to prevent the regularization of irregular settlements; and the Secretariats of Energy and Economy, to ensure that there are no hydrocarbon or mining explorations or holdings in the region.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/12/16/chiapas-forum-on-defense-of-the-earth-life-and-territory-declares-itself-against-presence-of-environmental-gendarmerie-in-lacandon-jungle/

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November 9, 2016

La Sexta in San Sebastian Bachajon Receive New Threats

Filed under: Bachajon, Displacement, Indigenous, La Sexta, Political prisoners, Repression, sipaz, Uncategorized — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:00 am

 

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 La Sexta in San Sebastian Bachajon Receive New Threats

 

bachajonEjidatarios from San Sebastian Bachajon at a press conference in El Paliacate, October 27, 2016. Photo@SIPAZ

At a press conference on October 27 last, ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, denounced the threats that its authorities have recently been receiving, “including compañero Domingo Perez Alvaro, human rights promoter of La Sexta, ejido Bachajón, and other authorities.” They explained that there are threats of arrest or abduction by the ejidal commissariat C. Manuel Guzman Alvaro’s people, and were informed by third aprties that, “compañero Domingo Perez Alvaro is first on the list of threats and then the other authorities of La Sexta”.

The San Sebastian Bachajon ejidatarios blamed the ejidal commissariat Manuel Guzman Alvaro for these threats. They pointed out that while Guzman Alvaro, as a candidate, had announced that he would defend the village lands and would respect the organization of  La Sexta in Bachajón, “so far [he] has not fulfilled and respected his word, because his actions are the complete opposite.”

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 8/11/2016

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/chiapas-la-sexta-in-san-sebastian-bachajon-receive-new-threats/

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October 31, 2016

National Women’s Strike

Filed under: sipaz, Women — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:36 am

 

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National Women’s Strike

 

mujeres1Event against violence against women, San Cristobal de Las Casas, October, 2016 @SIPAZ

 

On October 19, demonstrations were held in different countries of Latin America to protest against femicide and violence against women. In San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, the event brought together about 200 people.

The trigger for these demonstrations were several recent femicides in various locations: the young Argentinan Lucia Perez, 16 years old, who was drugged, raped and murdered in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The case of Paola, a transsexual woman, which occurred on September 30 in Buenavista colony, Mexico City; the attack on the house of Itzel Duran, which resulted in the murder of the 19-year-old in Comitan, Chiapas, on October 8, and the femicide of the member of the Youth Network Trans, Alessa Flores, activist and sex worker, found dead in a hotel at Calzada de Tlalpan in Mexico City on the 13th. From Argentina, the brother of Lucia Perez states: “This time it was Lucia … but next time it can happen to you, or the person you love most in the world.”

The call for a women’s strike was spread regionally, promoted by networks encouraging the taking of public spaces in marches or demonstrations involving men and women.

In the demonstration in Naucalpan, Mexico State, women participating in the event were suppressed: according to Radio Zapote, a municipal police patrol car arrived at the town hall, where two uniformed policemen got out and arrested two women who were demonstrating against sexist violence at gunpoint.

According to the Citizens’ National Observatory of Femicide (OCNF), there are seven murders of women a day in Mexico and of “3,892 cases documented by the OCNF between 2012 and 2013, only 613 (15.75%) were investigated as femicide.”

 

mujeres2Photo@SIPAZ

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/chiapasnationalinternational-national-womens-strike/

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October 24, 2016

CNI and EZLN to Hold Consultation to Appoint Female Indigenous Candidate for 2018 Presidential Elections

Filed under: CNI, Indigenous, sipaz, Women, Zapatistas — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:32 pm

 

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CNI and EZLN to Hold Consultation to Appoint Female Indigenous Candidate for 2018 Presidential Elections

 

ez1CNI at Oventik Caracol (@SIPAZ)

 

From October 9 to 13, within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the “Fifth National Indigenous Congress” was held at CIDECI-Unitierra in San Cristobal de Las Casas. About 500 delegates from 32 nations, peoples and indigenous tribes of Mexico, as well as members and support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and other guests participated. It worked in thematic working groups around the following themes: dispossession and repression; our resistances and rebellions; a review of the CNI; proposals for strengthening the CNI. On October 12, Columbus Day, a political-cultural event in Oventik Caracol was also held.

 

ez2Zapatista militia on the arrival of the CNI at Oventik, October 12, 2016 (@SIPAZ)

 

On closing the event, the CNI and the EZLN published a statement entitled “May the Earth Tremble at its Core” (paraphrasing the national anthem), in which they reported 27 grievances dispossessions indigenous peoples in the country are facing. What created the biggest stir was the announcement of the start of a consultation to examine the convenience of appointing an indigenous council of government and inviting an indigenous woman to participate in the upcoming presidential elections to be held in 2018. The statement says: “Given all of the above, we declare ourselves in permanent assembly and we will consult in each of our geographies, territories and directions the agreement of the Fifth CNI to appoint an indigenous council of government whose word will be materialized by an indigenous woman, a delegate of the CNI as an independent candidate who contends on behalf of the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in the 2018 election for the presidency of this country.”

The statement says that “It’s time to attack, to go on the offensive” and clarified that “our struggle is not for power, we do not seek that; but we will call on indigenous peoples and civil society to organize to stop this destruction, to strengthen us in our resistance and rebellion” the Zapatistas said in a statement in which they made a call to organize “from below.”

The joint statement ends by emphasizing “It is time for rebel dignity, to build a new nation for all people, to strengthen the power from below and the anti-capitalist left, and for those who are to blame for the pain of the people of this multicolor Mexico to pay.”

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/chiapasnational-cni-and-ezln-to-hold-consultation-to-appoint-female-indigenous-candidate-for-2018-presidential-elections/

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Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz Denounces the Denial of Visits for Second Time

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:14 am

 

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Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz Denounces the Denial of Visits for Second Time

 

pacienciaPilgrimage of the youth of Chenalho in support of the unjustly imprisoned. Photo @SIPAZ

 

On October 14, unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Tsotsil indigenous, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, held in CERESO No. 5 of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, again suffered unfair treatment. In a letter, he publicly denounced that the prison director, Jorge Antonio Utrilla Muñoa, along with his guard, Ernesto Guzman Lopez, denied entry to his visits “although the director had authorized permission the day before so they could go inside the prison”. Roberto reported threats and intimidation on the part of the prison director in order to deny the inmates their right of expression and to [make them] suffer in silence the ill-treatment both to prisoners and their visitors “[…] he tells us, if we complain to some dependency he can move us to another CERESO (sic.)”. It is the second time in less than two months that Roberto has been denied his “sacred visits” arbitrarily. In his letter, Roberto declares that, “the injustices, humiliations, threats, psychological torture, is the daily bread that the authorities give us in different jails of the state (sic.)”.

It should be recalled that despite the numerous pieces of evidence of his innocence, more than three years after his detention Roberto Paciencia Cruz has still not had his sentence delivered, given that the prosecution has not presented [its case], although it has been called several times to testify before the judge.

According to the NIV News Group, the current director of CERESO No. 5, Jorge Antonio Muñoa Utrilla, had already been denounced by guards and custodians for mistreatment and abuse of authority while he was director of CERESO No. 8. Through a letter they sent to local media, the complainants claimed that Utrilla “behaves in a despotic and rude manner with the staff of the prison and the families of inmates”, that, under threat of dismissal or being moved to another prison if orders are not carried out, he makes guards do personal work of the direction, neglecting the security of the jail, that he uses “the prison vehicle for emergency transfers of inmates as if it were his personal bus” so that they have had to “bring the inmate in private cars to hospital, a situation that puts the safety of the transfer at risk .” According to the complainants, the worst is that Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa “blames them for mistakes that he deliberately causes.” On February 22, 2015 in CERESO No. 8, “several inmates went on hunger strike and sewed their mouths to denounce Utrilla Jorge Antonio Muñoa’s abuse.” According to the NIV News Group, during Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa’s term as head of CERSS Comitan No. 10 “there was evidence of corruption and drug trafficking.”

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/chiapas-unjustly-imprisoned-roberto-paciencia-cruz-denounces-the-denial-of-visits-for-second-time/

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August 28, 2016

Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre Asks for Precautionary Measures for Woman Prisoner Who Was Tortured

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, sipaz — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:15 pm

 

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Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre Asks for Precautionary Measures for Woman Prisoner Who Was Tortured

 

patriciaPatricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez (@PGJE)

In a bulletin on August 16, 2016, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre (CDHFBC) reported that it had requested precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (CIDH) for Patricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez, a woman prisoner since April 2014, whose life is in danger after the torture she was subjected to when arrested.

Within three months of entering prison she was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a chronic degenerative disease. The CDHFBC said that given the inadequate and insufficient medical care by the prison authorities, “there is no metabolic control and a persistence of psychiatric symptoms that adversely affect” her general state of health which represents an imminent threat to Patricia’s life and physical and psychological integrity, “because she can fall into a diabetic coma and / or die at any time.”

In the background to the case, the CDHFBC mentioned that, in April 2014, Margarito Benjamin Zolano Gonzalez was arrested in the municipal capital of Teopisca along with Patricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez and Maria del Rosario Zolano Gonzalez without an arrest warrant. The three people were tortured and accused of the death of Manuel Velazquez Hernandez, leader of the National Organization of People’s Power (ONPP), whose body was found in Teopisca municipal dump in February 2014.

 

Note: Since this was written, Patricia has been transferred to the prison of El Amate, far from her family. Previously she was imprisoned with her mother and her aunt who were able to give her some help with her psychological needs and her daily insulin treatment.

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 28/08/2016

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/chiapas-fray-bartolome-de-las-casas-human-rights-center-asks-for-precautionary-measures-for-woman-prisoner-who-was-tortured/

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August 18, 2016

CompARTE Festival Closes

Filed under: sipaz, Uncategorized, Zapatistas — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:47 pm

 

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CompARTE Festival Closes

 

comparteCompARTE, Oventik Caracol, July 29, 2016

 

In a communiqué on July 26, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced that something will always be presented “in different calendars and geographies, something of artistic creation that the Zapatistas prepare to show you” in all of the Zapatista Caracoles. Since July, the EZLN reported to have registered 1,127 national artists and 318 from other countries; as well as 1,819 Zapatista artists and 1,566 ‘eyes and ears’ (escuchas-videntes) from the Zapatista support bases for the CompARTE Festival. The event was partially cancelled when they opted to give all the supplies collected for the festival to the striking teachers, before being re-scheduled under a different format.

After an inauguration in CIDECI-Unitierra, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, CompARTE moved on through the Caracoles of Oventik, La Realidad, La Garrucha, Morelia, and Roberto Barrios between July 29 and August 12, coinciding in Morelia with the 13th anniversary of the foundation of the Zapatista Caracoles. The Zapatistas shared their path from the 70s to the present with us through theatre, poetry, music, paintings, and photos.

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 18/08/2016

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/nationalchiapas-comparte-festival-closes/

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July 19, 2016

Head of Special Economic Zones Appointed

Filed under: Corporations, sipaz, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:26 am

 

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Head of Special Economic Zones Appointed

 

sezMap of zones affected by SEZ. Photo: @EDUCA Oaxaca

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On July 8, “while public attention was focused on the teachers’ problem and its political and social consequences, Enrique Peña Nieto openly confirmed the intention to privatize much of the ‘backward’ south when he appointed Gerardo Gutierrez Candiani head of the Federal Authority for the Development of Special Economic zones (AFDZEE).”

The new official presided over the Confederation of Employers of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex) from 2009 to 2011 and the Business Coordinating Council (CCE) from 2012 to 2015. Julio Hernández López ffom La Jornada said that Gutierrez Candiani “ran a pre-campaign for the title citizen seeking Los Pinos [the presidency] and that the PRI made him candidate for governor of his native Oaxaca (which failed)”. He also said that “the handing over of the delicate project of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to a representative of businessmen means an open conflict of interest and a threat to the legitimate interest of the nation, especially if you take into account that the plan may make domestic and foreign businesses virtual executive authorities in certain regions, politically above state and municipal governments.”

Gustavo Castro, from Otros Mundos, Chiapas, explains in an interview the workings of the so-called of SEZ, which are “like a country within a country, breaking and crumbling national sovereignty”. The purpose of the SEZ, according to Castro, is “to ensure the transnationals have everything they need for extraction; for example, from Mexico, a special visa will be required to enter the SEZ, they will have their own structure, their own laws, their own autonomy.”

 

 

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https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/national-head-of-special-economic-zones-appointed/

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Human Rights Organizations Present Report on Repression in Nochixtlan

Filed under: Human rights, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:18 am

 

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 Human Rights Organizations Present Report on Repression in Nochixtlan

 

nochixtlanHuman Rights Defenders. Photo: @CentroProDH

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On July 8, various civil society organizations, including the Gobixha Committee for Integral Defence of Human Rights (CODE DH) and Fundar, presented the “Preliminary Report on Violations of Human Rights on June 19 in Oaxaca”. It is based on research and documentation by those organizations, who interviewed witnesses and victims of the repressive events that occurred on June 19, confrontations arising from political decisions of the state and federal governments, to send in an operation to clear the roads. According to the report, “it responds to the need to publicize the chronology of events and human rights violations that occurred in Nochixtlán, and close to the city of Oaxaca in places like Hacienda Blanca, Viguera, San Pablo Huitzo and San Francisco Telixtlahuaca, some of them carried simultaneously.” For the safety of the people who shared their testimonies, their personal details were omitted. Beginning with an introduction to the context, chapters follow on the events in those places near the city of Oaxaca, and then there a list of human rights violations and urgent recommendations.

One day after the publication of the report, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Commission of Authorities of various municipalities met at the “Teachers and Popular Meeting” on Saturday July 9, along with agricultural authorities, unions and social organizations to “provide a context for the information on the situation of the teachers and popular movement, operate the agreements last meeting of the authorities held in Nochixtlán, and build an agenda of the peoples against structural reforms”. One of the agreements that came out is to have a caravan to Mexico City on Sunday July 17 to get there on July 19, one month after “the Nochixtlán massacre”.

 

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/oaxaca-human-rights-organizations-present-report-on-repression-in-nochixtlan/

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July 15, 2016

Chiapas: Opening of Photographic Exhibition of Banavil Displaced Families

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:26 am

 

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 Chiapas: Opening of Photographic Exhibition of Banavil Displaced Families

 

banavilPhoto from the exhibition (retaken from Faces of Dispossession)

 

July 5 saw the opening of the photo exhibition “20 Windows on Forced Displacement in Chiapas” in the Paliacate cultural centre in San Cristobal de Las Casas. They invited the Banavil displaced families, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) and Melel Xojobal. The exhibition is the result of an action of the Faces of Dispossession campaign and the four displaced Banavil families, who were expelled from their land after an attack by a group of members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) carrying firearms the December 4, 2011 in the municipality of Tenejapa. The exhibition contains 20 photos, 20 photographic windows that are “our memory that will not break and will never be broken”, the families at the event said. The photos represent a selection made and titled by the families themselves in “an exercise in self-recognition and a return of the solidarity received from those who also have provided security in the three provisional returns in 2015 and to those who have walked with them for more than four years”. The photographs are mostly anonymous, born of the lens of international observation and free media accompaniment.

In the audio-visual event, visitors were actually included in the exhibition. Through an activity where testimonies and descriptions for each photo were told, people better understood the value of each photo. Looking for the story of each of the photos, one participant said that, “due to the testimonies, I felt a closer relationship to the photos and the story that is behind all that.” One example is the testimony of Maria, where she speaks about how they support their families: “We were embroidering the cloth, that’s how we started working. It was not the work we did before when we were in Banavil. This is very different, the work that is done. Now we embroider cloth to get money to keep our daughters and sons too … It is to survive in this displacement we are in right now, that’s the work we do, the women” (see photo on this post). The documentary “Justice, Truth and Return for Banavil Displaced Families” (2015) from the Koman Ilel collective was also shown. At times, recordings of the voices of members of families in Tzotzil were heard, telling stories of everyday life and the daily challenges they face in their temporary homes where they live since their displacement four years and seven months ago.

Faces of dispossession analyses that “forced displacement in a context of counterinsurgency warfare to eliminate experiences of autonomous organization in Chiapas is a daily violation of human rights”. These are the same families in forced displacement, and their support networks, who do not cease in their path of dignity to demand return, justice and truth so that the human rights violations committed against them do not go unpunished and the events are not repeated. The Banavil families also sympathize with other displaced families in Chiapas such as in Shulvo, Zinacantán and Primero de Agosto in the Municipality of Margaritas.

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/chiapas-opening-of-photographic-exhibition-of-banavil-displaced-families/

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July 8, 2016

Thousands of Faithful Hold Pilgrimages in Support of Teachers’ Movement

Filed under: sipaz — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:13 pm

 

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Thousands of Faithful Hold Pilgrimages in Support of Teachers’ Movement

 

 profesDuring the pilgrimage in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Photo:@SIPAZ

 

On July 1, people from more than 15 parishes from the south-eastern region of the diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas marched with their parish priests to show their support for the teachers’ movement which has been on strike since May 15 to demand the repeal of the educational reform bill and for the Government Secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, to open a negotiating table with the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE).

It was called by pastoral agents and the south-eastern team of Believing People and parish priests and faithful from Tuxtla, Tapachula, San Cristobal, Chicomuselo, La Trinitaria, La Independencia, Comitan, Las Margaritas, Simojovel, Pueblo Nuevo, San Fernando and others took part, amounting to more than 15 parishes. The pilgrimage took place in Tuxtla Gutierrez, beginning at the eastern entrance of the state capital and marched several kilometres to the central square where a rally was held. The Catholics were met with applause by hundreds of teachers, thanking them for their solidarity with the movement. Several parishes and civil organizations spoke at the rally. One of them, Father Marcelo Perez Perez, said that “they will take to the streets as often as it is necessary to demand that the government withdraws the educational reform and all those reforms that attack the rights of Mexican workers.” Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization also expressed their solidarity with the teachers and said in a statement that, “we cannot stay on the sidelines of this system, we cannot remain with our arms folded. […] Brutal death, repression and violence have been the daily bread for us as Mexicans. Because of all the initiatives and structural reforms that the Federal Government has proposed. It is a project of death that does not benefit Mexican society (sic).”

At the same time, the acting general secretary of Section Seven of the National Union of Education Workers, Manuel de Jesus Mendoza Vazquez, stated that, “by agreement of the permanent state assembly, the highway blockades at various points of the state will be maintained to prevent the passage of delivery trucks of transnational companies.” He sustained that the blockades will be permanent until the Federal Government responds to their demand for the repeal of the educational reform bill.

 

Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/chiapas-thousands-of-faithful-hold-pilgrimage-in-support-of-teachers-movement/

 

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