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December 27, 2015

Four years of impunity for those displaced from Banavil

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 Four years of impunity for those displaced from Banavil

 

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On 4 December, 4 years since the forcible displacement from their community, the families from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, once again raised their voices to demand that the Chiapas state government compensate their losses, cancel the two arrest-orders against Antonio and Pedro López Girón, and carry out the ten arrest-orders against those responsible for the forcible disappearance of Alonso López Luna and of the forcible displacement they experience.

In a press-conference which involved the participation of the displaced, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBC) indicated that “the Mexican State is responsible for the forcible disappearance of Alonso due to its omissions and its complicity with the perpetrators. According to testimony from the family, they had presented denunciations before the appropriate authorities due to death-threats, harassment, plundering, physical attacks, and denial of the right to education, without an adequate response from the governmental institutions, thus allowing the perpetrators to feel they were protected, in turn leading to further human-rights violations.” The CDHFBC indicated as well that there has been no “search and corresponding investigations that conform with the basic standards of judicial investigation, such that impunity and complicity with the attackers dominates […].” The CDHFBC added that the only person who had been arrested in the case, Alonso Guzmán López, was released in October 2013.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/chiapas-four-years-of-impunity-for-those-displaced-from-banavil/

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November 20, 2015

Provisional return of displaced families from Banavil for Day of the Dead

Filed under: Displacement, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:57 pm

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Provisional return of displaced families from Banavil for Day of the Dead

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Gravesite for Antonia López Méndez. Photo: @Sipaz

From 30 October to 3 November, the four families displaced from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, returned provisionally to their homes. During these days, they visited the gravesite of Antonia López Méndez, the daughter of one of the families, who died on 21 February 2015, 11 years of age.

It bears recalling that the families were displaced at the beginning of December 2011, following an attack carried out by militants from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) carrying firearms. During the events, Alonso López Luna was forcibly disappeared and, to date, his whereabouts remain unknown. In this way, the attack also caused the death of Pedro Méndez López, while six others were injured. Beyond this, Lorenzo López Girón, the son of the disappeared, was arrested, as was Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN). Both of these have since been released.

In a communique, the displaced families affirmed that “we returned well during our provisional return, though the bad governments (federal, state, and municipal) did not guarantee our security.” The displaced continue to hold the three levels of government responsible for the aggression that provoked the displacement, and they have demanded the revelation of the fate of Alonso López Luna, the carrying-out of ten arrest-orders against those responsible for the displacement and forcible disappearance, the return of families, the cancellation of two arrest-orders, the compensation of losses incurred, and the presentation with life of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

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November 1, 2015

Indigenous visit the tomb of the young girl Antonia López, a victim of forced displacement.

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Indigenous visit the tomb of the young girl Antonia López, a victim of forced displacement.

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Banavil Tenejapa, Chiapas. 30th October. Antonia López Méndez, who died at the age of eleven on 21st February 2015, is one of 19 people (4 families) of Zapatista supporters, who were forcibly displaced from the community of Banavil in the municipality of Tenejapa on 4th December, 2011.

11013463_1649074575350864_8953073906225566403_nAs the displaced families from Banavil had previously announced, on Friday they temporarily returned to their community together with a caravan of human rights observers, and national and international organizations and people in solidarity, to visit the young girl Antonia in these days of Todos Santos (All Saints). “We will give an offering to our dead in their graves, to remember them,” said the Tzeltal indigenous, and announced that despite the risks, they would stay there until 3rd November.

Miguel López Girón, spokesperson for the affected families, said that Antonia died in forced displacement, because the government has ignored their demands for justice and there are still no safe conditions established for the permanent return of the 19 people currently living in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

“We’re risking our lives here, and the local, national and international organizations and observers who have come with us are also risking their lives. The bad government is deaf and does not hear our words, we have repeatedly denounced the impunity for the injustices and asked what the bad government will do, and so far it has done nothing,” added López Girón.

12118870_1648979428693712_89604128932328630_nAfter more than three years of enduring the basic subsistence conditions of forced displacement, the young girl Antonia was admitted on 18th February last, to the ​​medical emergencies section in the Hospital of Cultures, San Cristobal de Las Casas. The testimony of her family indicates that she began to suffer pains in the neck and leg, in addition to loss of speech for which she was admitted to the hospital for evaluation. The doctors diagnosed Antonia as having “cerebral oedema.” For this reason, she was placed under specialist care, exhausting all the possibilities of saving her life, said the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas  Human Rights Centre (Frayba).

Frayba notes that for almost four years, the demand has been made for Justice and Truth for the displaced families of Banavil. “The impunity and indifference of the authorities of the Chiapas government only confirms their complicity in protecting groups which are among the perpetrators of serious violence in this Tzeltal region of los Altos de Chiapas,” stated the human rights body.

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Communiqué: http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2015/10/familias-desplazadas-de-banavil.html

http://www.pozol.org/?p=11455

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August 29, 2015

Displaced families of Banavil return temporarily to their community

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:17 pm

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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