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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

 

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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.

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

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April 8, 2016

Four Years and Five Months of Forced Displacement of the Banavil Families

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:26 pm

 

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Four Years and Five Months of Forced Displacement of the Banavil Families

 

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 4th April 2016

To the Councils of Good Government (JBG) of the EZLN

To the Indigenous National Congress (CNI)

To the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle

To the independent and honest human rights centres

To the Network Against Repression (RvsR)

To the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD)

To the international collectives

To National and International Civil Society

To the Free Media

To the Pueblo Creyente of Chiapas

To the compañeras and compañeros of the original peoples of Chiapas, Mexico and the world

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After 4 years and 5 months

On 4th December, 2011, we were assaulted with firearms by members of the PRI from the same community of Banavil, Chiapas. Thirteen people were displaced, mostly women and children, and our father Alonso López was forcibly disappeared by people from Banavil, members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Four years and five months have passed since this grave violation of human rights. As the family of Alonso López Luna, we continue in the search for truth and justice. But we also remember the obligation of the Mexican State to investigate the whereabouts of Alonso in order to find him. There are thousands of cases of disappearances in Mexico and the families continue in struggle, raising their voices, like our sisters and brothers, parents of the families of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero.

With the help of social organizations, international collectives, and civil society, we can reach true justice, like our demand that we have made for more than four years for justice, trial, and punishment of those responsible for the forced disappearance and forced displacement.

We would like to invite you to the presentation of a video and a photo-exhibition about the displaced of Banavil and a video about the displaced of Primero de Agosto. The event will be held on 8th April at 6:00 pm in Certificados 6, Colonia Alamos, Delegación Benito Juárez Mexico City at Café Zapata, and on 11th April at the same time in Radio Zapote at ENAH, periférico Sur y Zapote s/n. Colonia Isidro Fabela, delegación Tlalpán, Mexico City.

 

We take this opportunity to express our solidarity with the activities convened by the Committee for the Defence of Indigenous Freedoms CDLI Xinich’ and the Holy Trinity Mission (La Arena), on their pilgrimage from 3rd to 10h April.

 

Considering all this, we demand:

  • the truth about the disappearance of our father Alonso López, and the punishment of those responsible
  • that the orders of apprehension are carried out against those responsible of the forced disappearance of Alonso
  • immediate and definitive return for our families that are displaced
  • cancellation of the two orders of apprehension against Antonio and Pedro López Girón
  • reparations for the damages done to our homes in Banavil

 

We also demand:

  • the return alive of the 43 students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero

 

TRUTH AND JUSTICE FOR ALONSO LÓPEZ LUNA!

MAY ALONSO LÓPEZ LUNA BE FOUND!

ENOUGH OF FORCED DISAPPEARANCES IN MEXICO AND THE WORLD

ENOUGH OF FORCED DISPLACEMENT IN CHIAPAS

 

We thank the international organizations once again for their support, especially collectives in the Basque country for the activities they have carried out in their places of origin and other collectives in solidarity with our families. We continue to invite national and international collectives to continue in solidarity with our displaced families of Banavil.

 

Sincerely

The displaced families from Banavil, municipality of Tenejapa, Chiapas, Mexico


Miguel López Girón Lorenzo López Girón

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Fotos:  20 ventanas al desplazamiento forzado. Exposición fotográfica

http://www.rostrosdeldespojo.org/20-ventanas-al-desplazamiento-forzado-en-chiapas/

 

Adapted from a translation by Palabras Rebeldes

http://chiapasdenuncia.blogspot.mx/2016/04/p-margin-bottom-0cm-direction-ltr-color.html

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March 9, 2016

Displaced families continue to demand justice

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:47 pm

 

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Displaced families continue to demand justice

 

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During the commemoration in Banavil, Tenejapa, Chiapas. Photo @ SIPAZ

February 21 last marked one year since the death of Antonia Lopez Mendez, a Tseltal girl who died in a situation of forced displacement and without medical attention. Her family returned for two days to the community of Banavil in the municipality of Tenejapa to remember Antonia in accordance with their customs. In front of the tomb of the girl, her family recalled the suffering that they experience in forced displacement. Her mother, Maria Mendez, said, “Antonia left displaced and she became ill in San Cristobal de Las Casas. We have nowhere to live, no land, and she became ill for this reason and she couldn’t receive proper medical attention. She also sought our return and for this we remember her.” A caravan of some 90 people from social organizations, of human rights observers and free media, accompanied the displaced families on their return to their lands. This is the fourth time they returned provisionally having been displaced on December 4, 2011 by an attack by armed members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). It is also worth remembering that since that date, Alonso Lopez Luna has been missing.

Likewise, February 23 marked one year since the forced displacement of 60 Tojolabales from the village of Primero de Agosto in the municipality of Las Margaritas. For one year, “when the ‘ejidatarios’ of Miguel Hidalgo forcefully displaced us from our village”, they have been living in a camp 15 minutes from their place of origin in precarious conditions. In the communiqué on the first anniversary of their displacement, they pointed out that, “as villagers we have put up with death threats, kidnapping, humiliation, harassment, one year of living under pieces of plastic, sleeping on wet ground, facing illnesses when our women and children are ill, a year of pain, a long year asking the federal, state, and municipal governments for a return to our village and for justice for those responsible for those criminal acts, who to date continue with impunity […] This year we have shared our pain with the world, we have walked to make new paths of peace and justice with dignity, and as campesinos we need land to be able to live and work because the land belongs to those who work it.” It is worth highlighting that on February 7 last, Marisa Fernandez Mendez Perez, a four-month-old baby dies due to the vulnerability of the conditions in which she was born. Apart from the displaced, various civil organizations, among them the Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) have asked “energetically that the State of Chiapas fulfils its agreements to bring about the conditions to resolve this situation of displacement.”

It is worth mentioning that at the end of 2014, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (CDHFBC, also known as Frayba) launched a campaign, “Faces of Dispossession” with the objective of giving visibility to the problem of forced displacement in Chiapas, and which is included in what they refer to as “within the government strategies which systematically eliminate community culture and denies the full recognition of the collective rights of indigenous peoples.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/chiapas-displaced-families-continue-to-demand-justice/

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December 27, 2015

Four years of impunity for those displaced from Banavil

Filed under: Displacement, Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:31 pm

 

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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.

Filed under: Displacement — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:02 pm

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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.

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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

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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

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.

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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.

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

Filed under: Displacement — Tags: , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:02 pm

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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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