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August 29, 2015

Displaced families of Banavil return temporarily to their community

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Displaced families of Banavil return temporarily to their community

Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

Photo: SIPAZ Banavil

On August 3rd, the forcibly displaced families from the community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, returned temporarily to work their lands for a period of 15 days “without a guarantee of minimum safety conditions from the Mexican State”, affirmed the Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas.

Before this temporary return, representatives of the displaced families made it clear in a press conference that they are returning “not because their denouncements are resolved, or because the authorities have offered full guarantee that the aggressions will not be repeated”, but because they want to work their land to be able to sustain their families. “Our temporary return is to check up on our houses, clean the adjoining properties of our parcels and it is a temporary return without justice”, they mentioned.

From their part, the Human Rights Centre Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas denounced that “Since months ago the authorities told us they could return”, but it was not until the last meeting held with officials, hours before going to Banavil, when they were warned that there were no safety conditions. “Those were the exact words of Edgar Alonso, legal adviser of the authorities in Banavil, who were responsible for the attacks.” He told the government to say that there is no security, remarked the CDHFBC.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-displaced-famailies-of-banavil-return-temporarily-to-their-community/

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August 15, 2015

“The children and women have become ill of cough and fever” report Tseltal victims of forced displacement in Chiapas.

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:14 pm

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“The children and women have become ill of cough and fever” report Tseltal victims of forced displacement in Chiapas.

The photo shows Antonia Lopez Mendez who died of cerebral oedema, earlier this year as a direct result of her family's displacement

The photo shows Antonia Lopez Mendez who died of cerebral oedema, earlier this year as a direct result of her family’s displacement

To the Good Government Juntas of the EZLN
To the Indigenous National Congress
To the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle
To the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity
To the honest and independent human rights centres
To the Network Against Repression
To the National and International Civil Society
To the international solidarity collectives
To the free media
To the Pueblo Creyente in Chiapas

Compañeros, compañeras, we are going to share with you what we have suffered during our provisional return to our community of Banavil. Before the caravan left, on August 3rd, we were informed that representatives of the government such as the Specialized Prosecutor for Indigenous Justice, the delegate of Tenejapa, the Secretary of Indigenous Peoples of Los Altos and others came to say to us that there was no security for our temporary return and how is it that when we were at a meeting in Tuxtla Gutierrez they told us that we can return to Banavil.

IMG-20150807-WA0004Last Monday, we arrived here in Banavil where our lands and houses are abandoned and looted, and that day we had no water, it had been cut by the inhabitants of Banavil, we went to fix the water which had been cut and found it covered with a stick, then we saw that the water hose had a lot of pressure, ten minutes later we were going to turn on the water and there was no longer any water and the inhabitants of Banavil had closed it off. And we had to suffer without water for food, to bathe and wash our clothes, up until now we still have no water.

And where our lands are in Santa Rosa Township, Tenejapa, we started working the adjacent land and found four of our trees cut down, two trees removed to use as fence posts; and they have cut the wire fence in different parts of our lands. And in other lands, in Santa Rosa we found two trees and two sections of wire had been cut, Also when we started working the edges of our land in Banavil we found the boundaries have been moved, they are invading our land in Banavil.

Also the children are sick with the cough and fever and the women have also become ill during our provisonal return.

The government has left unpunished the disappearance of our father Alonso López Luna and the displacement. In our lands we are in conditions of insecurity and the government has not been willing to take their responsibility for our displacement and the disappearance of our father Alonso.

We thank the organizations that joined us in the caravan on August 3 and those who have supported us demanding justice, truth and return from the federal and state government.

Again we invite them to send letters of support to our displaced families Banavil Tenejapa.

Therefore we demand truth about the disappearance of our father Alonso López Luna; and punishment of those responsible; and a definitive safe return for our family.

Lorenzo López Girón
Miguel López Girón

Displaced indigenous community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas.

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August 10, 2015

Dispossession: Justice, Truth and Return for the families of Banavil, Mexico

Filed under: Displacement, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:00 pm

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Dispossession: Justice, Truth and Return for the families of Banavil, Mexico

In a context of counterinsurgency war in Mexico, families sympathizing with the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation) were attacked on 4 December 2011 in Banavil, Municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas (Mexico).

Alonso López was kidnapped and disappeared. The rest of the family was forcibly displaced.

Currently, they live in San Cristóbal de Las Casas without access to their rights to land, health care, education and food.

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August 9, 2015

Chiapas government denies protection for the displaced people from Banavil

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:13 pm

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Chiapas government denies protection for the displaced people from Banavil

The state government of Chiapas has left the 19 people displaced from Banavil, who have decided to return to their community three years and eight months after they were expelled by shock groups of local caciques, without protection or security.

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Editorial: Desinformémonos

August 4, 2015, – Without protection or security, this is how the state government of Chiapas has left the 19 people displaced from Banavil, who decided to return to their community three years and eight months after they were expelled by shock groups of the local caciques.

Accompanied by 100 people, including human rights observers and independent media, the displaced returned to their old homes to clean them and look after the land. At 6 pm, the caravan arrived in Banavil without incident.

This is the second time that the displaced have returned. The first was a few months ago when they took Antonia López, 11, who died of cerebral oedema, to be buried there.

“Months ago the authorities told us they could return,” explained the Frayba Human Rights Centre. It was not until the last meeting they had with officials, hours before going to Banavil, that they were warned that it was not safe. “Those were the exact words of Edgar Alonso, the legal adviser of the Banavil authorities, who were responsible for the attacks. He spoke to the government to say that there is no security,” said Frayba.

Manuel Velasco’s government does not recognize the families exiled from Banavil as displaced, nor does it recognise the term itself.  This contradicts the guiding principles of internal displacement, recognized by Mexican law. Given this stance, it is the observers and activists are those who look after giving shelter and basic food requirements food to the recent returnees.

The displacement of the families took place on 4th December, 2011, when 30 armed people surrounded several houses. The outcome, one dead, one missing and several injured. Those responsible for this attack remain free, with positions in the community, living in Banavil with impunity.

Despite adversity, the four displaced families have returned and have not abandoned their demands for the punishment of those responsible and the cancellation of the arrest warrants against two of their compañeros, among other things.
http://desinformemonos.org.mx/2015/08/niega-gobierno-de-chiapas-proteccion-para-los-desplazados-de-banavil/

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August 5, 2015

The displaced people from Banavil return to their lands for 15 days, but fear attacks

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:44 pm

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The displaced people from Banavil return to their lands for 15 days, but fear attacks

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August 3. Desinformémonos. The displaced people have returned to Banavil, just for 15 days, to check the condition of their lands and their homes, many of which were ransacked after their expulsion in 2011. They now fear what might happen to them, so Frayba demands security measures for these Tzeltal community members.

DESINFORMÉMONOS

Miguel Delgado has been living with 18 other family members in San Cristobal de las Casas since December 4, 2011, when several residents of the community of Banavil in the municipality of Tenejapa killed one of his relatives and disappeared another, forcing them to flee their community.

On Monday, August 3, Delgado and his family returned to set foot in their community accompanied by the Faces of Dispossession caravan organized by the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba) and other partner organizations. The displaced will return to Banavil for just 15 days to check the condition of their lands and their homes, many of them ransacked after their expulsion in 2011. They now fear what might happen to them, so Frayba demands security measures for these Tzeltal community members.

Their crime, being Zapatistas

A Zapatista support base was established in Banavil in 1996, just two years after the uprising in Chiapas. But it was not until 2011, when the government introduced plans for housing and aid to the countryside, that these began to divide the community. “We started thinking what paths we were going to take. Some got out and grabbed the projects. Our family was struggling and they started to harass us,” Delgado says.

On December 4, 2011, a group of about 30 men, led by local cacique Alonso López Ramírez, went into several houses in Banavil with guns and surrounded them. During the attack Pedro Méndez López died, Alonso López Luna wasmdisappeared – later they found just his arm – and six others were injured.

Temporary Return

During these four years Miguel Delgado and his family left their life in the countryside, where they grew corn and beans, to live in a city like San Cristobal. There, they survived by working as labourers for a mason and a laundry. “We are happy to be able to see our lands once more, but we fear that the events of 2011 will be repeated. We trust in the hand of God so that there will be no more conflicts.”

Frayba and the displaced people call for national and international solidarity to make the displacement visible and to prevent future attacks. They have also challenged the authorities to ensure the safety of the members of the caravan who are to accompany the returnees for 15 days.

No end to the displacement

Frayba estimate that in Chiapas from 1994 to 1999 more than 15 thousand indigenous were forcibly displaced due to the counterinsurgency strategy of the federal government and also as a result of environmental and agrarian conflicts. From 1999 until the present, this human rights centre has monitored and disseminated information about 15 other similar stories.

The Faces of Dispossession campaign has focused on documenting and analyzing in depth three cases in Chiapas, which are those of Banavil, San Marcos Avilés and Viejo Velasco, in the latter case four people were killed and another four were disappeared.

http://desinformemonos.org.mx/2015/08/retornan-hoy-desplazados-de-banavil-a-sus-tierras-durante-15-dias-pero-temen-agresiones/

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August 1, 2015

Families forcibly displaced from Banavil in the municipality of Tenejapa return temporarily to work their land.

Filed under: Displacement — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:55 pm

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Families forcibly displaced from Banavil in the municipality of Tenejapa return temporarily to work their land.

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There will be a press conference on Monday August 3, 2015 at 11:00 am in the offices of Frayba (Brazil 14, Barrio de Mexicanos, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas)

Streaming by: http://komanilel.org/  and http://www.kehuelga.org/

After the press conference, the displaced will return to their communities where they will remain for 15 days. We invite you to join us.

Truth, Justice and Return
No to forced displacement

On December 4, 2011, in the community of Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, Chiapas, members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) attacked with firearms families supporting the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). This event caused the forced displacement of 13 people, who lost everything and were prevented by threats from returning to their community.

The attack caused the murder of Pedro Méndez López, the wounding of six other people and the forced disappearance of Alonso López Luna. In addition there were two arbitrary detentions: Lorenzo López Girón who was wounded by gunfire and charged with aggravated assault; and Francisco Santiz Lopez, EZLN support base, who was in a different place to that where the events occurred. Subsequently both gained their freedom, in the case of Francisco this was achieved thanks to the efforts of a special campaign with actions of international solidarity.

Because of these serious human rights violations, justice and punishment are still being demanded for those responsible for the attacks. It is necessary to clarify the truth about the disappearance of Mr. Alonso López Luna demand his live appearance.

http://www.rostrosdeldespojo.org/casos/banavil/

Words of the Banavil families during the pilgrimage from Las Margaritas to Comitan, 29th July: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/07/desplazados-de-banavil-en-solidaridad.html

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July 29, 2015

Indigenous peoples in Chiapas are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession.

Filed under: Frayba, Indigenous — Tags: , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:18 pm

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Indigenous peoples in Chiapas are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession.

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Las Margaritas, Chiapas. 28th July. Tojolabal, Tseltal, Tsotsil and mestizo peoples are in favour of life and peace and against violence and dispossession of the original peoples in Chiapas.

By means of a pilgrimage, which started from the Ignacio Zaragoza community, heading to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, indigenous from Los Altos and the Jungle-Border area demonstrated their support to families who have experienced “forced displacement and who resist dispossession and destruction of their land and territory.”

The parishioners, from different communities of Chiapas, especially expressed their solidarity with the families of the village “Primero de Agosto” who were displaced from their community last February 23 by members of the Independent Central of Agricultural and Campesino Workers-Historic CIOAC, the same organization which in May 2014 killed the Zapatista teacher José Luis Solís “Galeano”.

The pilgrimage was a long journey, between landscapes of mountains and small villages, where the faces of the people watching reflected their surprise to see many people shouting slogans in favour of justice and peace. About four thousand people filled the roads with singing.

Upon arrival at the municipal headquarters of las Margaritas the sharing of the word began in the central square, with a Mass and communications from civil society.

“The path is made in community, if there is no justice we must walk making it,” shared the parish priest of las Margaritas, José de Jesús Landín García, in the central square in front of the indigenous and mestizo communities who participated in the pilgrimage. “What is necessary is a proposal for a new life, with respect, organization, discipline, dialogue and agreements, not the vices of the system,” said the priest who is also member of the board of directors of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre.

For their part, the Network for Peace gave evidence that the case of the displaced families from Primero de Agosto is not an isolated one, while they reinforced their solidarity with the evicted Tojolabal families. “It is a privilege to go on pilgrimage with you,” they added.

From the highlands of Chiapas the civil organization Las Abejas of Acteal also joined in, with their word and their walk, they reiterated their support both for the displaced families of Primero de Agosto, and those from the community of Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, for the believing people from the municipality of Simojovel and for communities from the jungle border area who “resist against the imposition of megaprojects.”

Tomorrow, July 29, it is planned to continue the journey towards the city of Comitan, where a meeting will take place at the barrio of San Sebastian.

http://www.pozol.org/?p=11039

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July 22, 2015

Displaced families from Banavil complete 3 years and 7 months of forcible displacement

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Displaced families from Banavil complete 3 years and 7 months of forcible displacement

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On 4 July, the Tseltal families from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, completed 3 years and 7 months “since the armed aggression that took place on 4 December 2011,”which left several families displaced, and Alonso Lopéz Luna disappeared.

The families share that, to date, “the government has done nothing. To date, we continue displaced, and we have not been able to return to our lands where our homes are, and we continue living in inhuman conditions.” Further, “the Mexican State is protecting the PRI members who displaced us from Banavil and disappeared our father Alonso Lopez Luna.

In light of this failure of justice, the families have convened to ‘demand justice, truth, and peace for those other indigenous peoples who have been forcibly disappeared in Chiapas, particularly in the cases of Primero de Agosto, Las Margaritas.” They also expressed their solidarity with Manuel López Pérez, the member from the Las Abejas Civil Society who was killed on 23 June, as well as with the Simojovel municipality amidst the “high-risk situation and […] the threats against our brothers from the Believing People and the priest Marcelo Pérez Pérez.”

The displaced closed their denunciation by noting that“this is what is happening in our communities in other communities and municipalities of Chiapas, because in Chiapas there is no justice. The law is made only for the rich against the poor.” They hold the three levels of the Mexican government repsonsible “for our forcible displacement and the forcible disappearance of Alonso Lopez Luna.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/chiapas-displaced-families-from-banavil-complete-3-years-and-7-months-of-forcible-displacement/

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March 16, 2015

Global tribute to Antonia Lopez Mendez

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:20 pm

 

Global tribute to Antonia Lopez Mendez

 

Global tribute to Antonia López Méndez, aged eleven, who was one if 13 people forcibly displaced from Banavil, Chiapas in 2011, and who died over three years later of cerebral oedema, as she struggled to return to her family’s home and lands. Her death was as a result of the conditions in which she was forced to live, with poor nutrition and inadequate healthcare and all the consequences of forced displacement. The authorities did nothing.

There are 2000 children living in similar conditions of forced displacement in the northern and highland zones of Chiapas.

See the Faces of Dispossession campaign:

http://www.rostrosdeldespojo.org/cases/banavil/

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March 10, 2015

“Faces of Dispossession” – Campaign in Solidarity with the Displaced from Viejo Velasco, Banavil, and San Marcos Avilés, Chiapas

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“Faces of Dispossession” – Campaign in Solidarity with the Displaced from Viejo Velasco, Banavil, and San Marcos Avilés, Chiapas

“What we want is to return. Because our lands and homes are there; all of our belongings are still there.” Petrona López Girón, displaced from Banavil

“I can see that the government has no desire to resolve our problems, and that’s why we will demand justice. We will not give up; we will continue the struggle.” Miguel López Girón, displaced from Banavil

On 13 November 2014, more than 600 people observed the eighth anniversary of the Viejo Velasco massacre by engaging in a pilgrimage in Palenque, Chiapas. On this same day in 2006, 40 civilians from the Lacandon community and sub-communards from Nueva Palestina, as well as a group of approximately 300 armed members of the former State Sectorial Police, entered the Viejo Velasco community in the municipality of Ocosingo. It became clear to the residents that they would have to flee from their homes and lands. The attack resulted in the death of four indigenous people, the disappearance of another four, and the displacement of thirty-six individuals. Among the disappeared, two were later found dead, while the whereabouts of Mariano Pérez Guzmán and Antonio Peñate López continue to be unknown. During the march, Beyond calling for the disappeared persons to be returned alive, the protestors also demanded an end to impunity. The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) has reported that, “the line of investigation from the Chiapas State Attorney General has been ineffective.”

Launch of the “Faces of Pillage” Campaign, Palenque, November 2014 © SIPAZ

Launch of the “Faces of Pillage” Campaign, Palenque, November 2014 © SIPAZ

This pilgrimage also marked the beginning of the “Faces of Dispossession” campaign, organized by 12 Mexican organizations, in conjunction with international groups from Spain, Germany, the United States, and Russia. In discussing the Viejo Velasco case alongside two others, the campaign seeks to generate a movement of national and international solidarity to make human-rights violations visible in Chiapas, to exercise pressure, and demand the observance of the obligations of the Mexican State. At the website http://www.rostrosdeldespojo.org information is provided regarding news, updates, video documentaries, and a petition presenting the aforementioned demands addressed to the appropriate authorities. Beyond this, it calls for local events that would give voice to “Faces of Dispossession,” as well as action-days for international solidarity. The second such day will begin on 8 March, International Women’s Day, to call attention to the especially vulnerable situation of displaced women and children.

The other examples that are considered in the campaign are the forcible displacements in Banavil and San Marcos Avilés. On 4 December 2011 in the Banavil community, Tenejapa municipality, members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) attacked families which sympathize with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) using firearms. The assault resulted in the death of Pedro Méndez López and the forcible disappearance of Alonso López Luna, whose arm was later recovered. Six other people were injured and two arbitrarily arrested. Thirteen others are still among the displaced in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, robbed of their lands, their means of their economic survival, and their cultural lives.

San Marcos Avilés, Chilón municipality, was founded after the Zapatista uprising in 1994. In 2010, the Zapatista support bases (BAEZLN) agreed to build an autonomous school for their children, but they soon faced a confrontation with a group from the same community that has been identified as “partisan.” In September 2010, the threats became so intense that they resulted in the displacement of the Zapatista group for more than a month. In October, they were allowed to return to their homes, but since then, they have not been able to work their lands, due to persistent harassment on the part of their aggressors.

These three cases share several features: territorial plundering and systematic impunity. According to data presented in the book Internal Displacement Induced by Violence, there were more than 25,000 people displaced in Chiapas in 2014, 70% of them displaced either directly or indirectly by the ongoing armed conflict in the state. The root of the conflict in Viejo Velasco has to do with the presidential decision of 1972 that provided 614,000 hectares of the jungle to 66 Lacandon families, this without taking into account the thousands of people of other ethnicities who had also been living in this region and who have lived under the constant threat of being displaced during the past four decades. In the case of those displaced from Banavil, it should be stressed that this community is located on the path that has been outlined for the highway between San Cristóbal and Palenque, a project based in state and federal investment to improve the tourist infrastructure in Chiapas. “That would mean that they would destroy our lands, and we cannot defend them,” denounced women who were expelled from the community.

The wealth of biodiversity and natural resources in Chiapas attracts many projects and investment schemes that generally do not correspond with the interests and traditions of the state’s indigenous residents. In its report “Human Rights Debate: Between Official Cynicism and the Dignity of the People,” the CDHFBC denounces that “The federal and state governments have demonstrated term after term their disparagement of indigenous peoples in Mexico. At present they expand their policies of plundering toward the end of cleansing the land and for the implementation of strategic plans that would lead to the disappearance of the social, political, and cultural forms of organization among communities and peoples that are the very spirit of human diversity.” In this sense, the displacement does not only mean territorial plundering and economic suffering for those affected, but also destruction of their cultures, traditions, and ideologies.

http://www.sipaz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=503:article-faces-of-pillage-campaign-in-solidarity-with-the-displaced-from-viejo-velasco-banavil-and-san-marcos-aviles-chiapas&catid=124:informe-sipaz-vol-xx-no-1-febrero-de-2015&Itemid=54&lang=en

 

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March 5, 2015

Displaced Families of Banavil hold the government responsible for the death of Antonia

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:04 pm

 

Displaced Families of Banavil hold the government responsible for the death of Antonia

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas

March 3, 2015

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Indigenous National Congress

To the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle

To the Honest and Independent Human Rights Centres

To the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity

To National and International Civil Society

To the Independent Media

To the Network against Repression

Antonia3We denounce that on Wednesday February 18, 2015, the displaced Antonia Lopez Mendez, 11 years of age, was admitted to the Hospital of Cultures in San Cristobal de Las Casas, and died on Saturday February 21, 2015; according to the doctors she died of cerebral oedema and her death is a consequence of the conditions of forced displacement from Banavil and of poor health and nutrition; the girl Antonia Lopez has been displaced for three years and three months, Antonia’s death is the government’s fault, and that of Governor Manuel Velasco Coello and of all his people who do nothing, we are all sick now, and we have no medicines.

We also denounce that there is no authority in Tenejapa, no person from the municipality accompanied us, when we came to leave a letter about burying Antonia the municipal commander Pedro Girón Gómez refused to receive the letter from Frayba, no one was working at the City Hall, it was to ask for security for the transfer for the Christian burial of Antonia López Méndez and for entering Banavil.

We, her family, could not bury Antonia as is our custom, which is watching over our dead in the grave for three days and three nights, having no security we only went to bury her.

150225_rezo_antonia2Tomorrow March 4, 2015, marks three years and three months since the armed aggression when 19 people sympathetic to the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), were displaced on December 4, 2011.

Finally, we thank the organizations from different municipalities who accompanied us at the funeral of Antonia, such as the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre, International Observers, the church of San Juan Dieguito, Simojovel, and the Coordination Committee for the Defence of Human Rights which is formed by different organizations in different municipalities of Chiapas.

We hold the federal, state and municipal government responsible for the death of the displaced Antonia López Méndez, the forced disappearance of Alonso López Luna and the forced displacement from Banavil

For all these reasons, we demand the truth about the disappearance of our father Alonso López Luna and the punishment of those responsible for his disappearance, and immediate attention to the six points which is our demand as displaced people.

We demand the presentation alive of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

150225_rezo_antonia3We also let you know, so you can accompany us, that we will make a pilgrimage from Simojovel to Tuxtla Gutierrez on 23, 24, 25 and 26 March, 2015, during four days we will walk to demand justice, along with Father Marcelo from the Parish of Simojovel and other parishes, because here in Chiapas we do not find justice.

We invite you to continue signing the campaign Faces of Dispossession, started by Frayba, for the displaced peoples.

Attentively

The displaced from Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, EZLN sympathisersers

Lorenzo Lopez Giron

Miguel Lopez Giron

Petrona Lopez Giron

Maria Mendez Lopez
http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/03/responsabilizamos-al-gobierno-de-la.html

Photos: In San Cristobal de Las Casas, prayer for Antonia Lopez, in forced displacement.

 

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February 26, 2015

Antonia, young girl displaced by violence in Tenejapa, Chiapas, dies in exile

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:39 pm

 


Antonia, young girl displaced by violence in Tenejapa, Chiapas, dies in exile

By Angeles Mariscal

Chiapas Paralelo, February 24, 2015

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Antonia Lopez Mendez spent three of her 11 years in forced displacement. Her life was consumed in exile. To the poor health, nutrition and education which she experienced away from her community were added the stress of seeing her family threatened and expelled.

On Saturday the blood vessels in her brain collapsed. When she died, with severe headaches, the public hospital where she was admitted diagnosed “cerebral oedema”.

Only once she was dead was Antonia López Méndez able to return to her place of origin; the authorities of Banavil, Tenejapa, they could not deny her that right. On Monday, her body was buried along with her two sisters. Then her family returned into exile.

More than 2000 children are displaced

Antonia’s last three years were similar to those lived through by more than 2000 children in the northern zone and highlands of Chiapas, who as a result of violence have been displaced from their communities.

The situation of violence and displacement against children is a situation which has been very little known, said the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), which today declared the impunity and indifference of the government authorities of Chiapas.

“This Centre has sent formal communications addressed to the governor and government secretary of Chiapas demanding that they take the necessary measures to ensure the funeral ceremony of the young indigenous Tzeltal Antonia Lopez Mendez”.  Accompanied only by a patrol and police convoy, Antonia and her family were able to enter Banavil. They were met with closed houses, cold and fog. Nobody from the community wanted to accompany them.

Rights denied

Antonia López Méndez was one of 13 people (4 families) who were forcibly displaced from the community of Banavil, Municipality of Tenejapa, on 4th December, 2011.

During her last three days of life, she started having pains in the neck and leg, accompanied by loss of speech which led to her being admitted to hospital. When she died, her relatives decided to take her to Banavil, “the place from which they were forcibly displaced by a group of members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who, to date, have enjoyed total impunity, as the existing arrest warrants against the aggressors are not being executed,” said Frayba.

They requested the intervention of the mayor of Tenejapa, who did not respond. By telephone, the Municipal Secretary José Alfredo Girón Luna, said there was no agreement to bury her there. He recommended that they bury the child in the municipal seat of Tenejapa “because people in Banavil are very angry about the outstanding arrest warrants, and bringing Antonia to be buried there in Banavil would cause problems.”

“For more than three years we have been demanding justice, return and truth for the displaced families of Banavil, Tenejapa; the impunity and indifference of the authorities of the government of Chiapas only confirms their complicity in protecting groups who are among the perpetrators of serious violence in the Tseltal region of the Altos de Chiapas. We also believe that the appalling or non-existent conditions of healthcare, food and education, have as a consequence resulted in unfortunate incidents like the death of the child Antonia Lopez  Mendez. The State Government has failed in its duty to guarantee these rights,” denounced the Fray Bartolomé Centre.

After burying Antonia, the displaced returned to their exile.

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2015/02/antonia-nina-desplazada-por-la-violencia-en-tenejapa-chiapas-muere-en-el-exilio/

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February 1, 2015

Call for screenings of New Documentary – Forced Displacement: Justice, Truth and Return for the Families of Banavil

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:09 am

 Call for screenings of New Documentary – Forced Displacement: Justice, Truth and Return for the Families of Banavil

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Saludos compas,

As part of the Faces of Dispossession campaign, which focuses on forced displacement in indigenous communities in Chiapas, the displaced families of Banavil are asking people to organize screenings of this new video made by Koman Ilel and Promedios. It is mainly in Tseltal, and is available with good clear Spanish or English subtitles. It is 27 minutes long.

In a context of counterinsurgency war, the López Girón families, EZLN supporters, were attacked on December 4, 2011 in the hamlet of Banavil, Tenejapa Municipality, Chiapas. Alonso López Luna was kidnapped and disappeared, and the rest of his family were forcibly displaced. They are currently living in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, without access to their rights to land, health, education and food. This video portrays, through moving interviews, their experiences during and after the forced displacement.

The Spanish version is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBoO43tBrOA&feature=youtu.be&a

To organize a screening, please contact:

solidaridad@frayba.org.mx

*The Faces of Dispossession Campaign enables the indigenous peoples of Chiapas to speak out against the different Faces of Dispossession they experience on a daily basis. It also identifies and makes visible those responsible for human rights violations in order to demand that the Mexican state comply with its human rights obligations. For more information, please look at the campaign site:

http://www.rostrosdeldespojo.org/

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December 8, 2014

Three years without land and without justice, for those displaced from Banavil

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:21 pm

 


Three years without land and without justice, for those displaced from Banavil

By Angeles Mariscal

Chiapas Paralelo, December 5, 2014

 

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During these last three years, living in misery and suffering has taught us new learning, new faces, new places. Photo: Frayba

 

 

*From January they will participate in the campaign “Faces of dispossession”

The families displaced from Banavil are living without rights to land, health, education or food, explain those affected, three years after they were expelled from their home and place of origin in a violent action during which the father of the family, Alonso López Luna, was forcibly disappeared.

In a press conference held at the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), they recalled that on December 4, 2011, they were attacked with firearms by members of the PRI from the settlement at Banavil, backed by Tenejapa Municipal City Council and state officials.

“After three years of being away from our homes, we have learned that the government plans to build the highway to Palenque, the PRI authorities of Banavil have already signed authorizing the lands to be destroyed to enable the road to pass through, there we see that, instead of acting well, the government wants to see us trampled on, destroying the few lands that we, the indigenous have” said Lorenzo, Miguel, Petrona and Anita Lopez Giron, daughters and sons of Alonso López.

They added that in this period and in their struggle for justice, all they have managed to achieve is that Alonso Guzmán López, of the PRI, and one of those responsible for the disappearance of Alonso Lopez Luna, was imprisoned for a few months.

“He was released by the First Court of San Cristobal de Las Casas, for lack of evidence, this makes it clear that with this government one cannot find justice. Our Father Alonso continues missing without a search for his body, although the government say he is dead in the criminal file, we ask where is the body?” explained his children.

They accused the government of Chiapas of inviting them to hearings and leaving them waiting; and of having no political will to find their father, or for their return.

Support for Banavil. Photo: Frayba

Support for Banavil. Photo: Frayba

“During these three years, we have been in misery and suffering, which has taught us new learning, new faces, new places. On the way we met with the People of Simojovel, with the Adherents to the Sixth of Las Brisas, with the victims of Viejo Velasco, with those imprisoned unjustly, in the CNI, in the TPP, with students who were with the disappeared normal schools of Ayotzinapa, with women, with the movement for life in defence of the land along the highway to Palenque, and with others. Through them we share what we feel “.

Therefore, they said that they are entering into another process of struggle and of demanding justice, so that from January they will participate in the campaign “Faces of Dispossession” through various actions.

“We demand again that the state and federal governments fulfil their work: we demand the live appearance of Alonso Lopez Luna and the 43 normal school students missing in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.”

 

Translated by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

http://www.chiapasparalelo.com/noticias/chiapas/2014/12/sin-tierra-y-sin-justicia-viven-desplazados-de-banavil/

 

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