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March 24, 2017

IACHR finds the State responsible for death of Tzeltal

Filed under: Autonomy, Indigenous, Uncategorized, Zapatistas — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:33 pm


IACHR finds the State responsible for death of Tzeltal

By: José Antonio Román

flag-map_of_zapatista_chiapasThe Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) concluded that the Mexican State is responsible for violating the right to life of the Tzeltal Gilberto Jiménez Hernández, executed at the hands of members of the Army in Altamirano, Chiapas, on February 20, 1995, inside the so- called Chiapas 94 Campaign Plan, with which it [the army] sought to retake the territory in which the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) had operated.

The IACHR points out that after 22 years the Mexican State has not complied with any of the recommendations issued to repair the damage and to guarantee that the acts are not repeated. They also committed offences and crimes against relatives of the victim and the villagers.

The acts occurred in the La Grandeza ejido in Altamirano municipality, when Army officials extra-judicially executed Jiménez Hernández while he was fleeing with his family and some 70 other residents. There were allegedly investigations in ordinary federal and state agencies, as well as military, but impunity prevailed.

The State’s version is that his death resulted from a confrontation between members of the EZLN, the group to which the victim belonged, and members of the Army.

These acts occurred after February 9, 1995, when then President Ernesto Zedillo launched the Army against the EZLN, betraying his offer of dialogue. That same day, the Attorney General of the Republic announced that members of the Zapatista leadership had been accused of the use of weapons for the Army’s exclusive use and also terrorism.

According to the testimonies of villagers, the soldiers “opened continuous fire” against the people that had taken shelter in an improvised encampment on the hill after being warned that the soldiers were coming. They also said that the Army destroyed the interior of the houses in the empty community.

The villagers fled after the shooting on February 20. Gilberto Jiménez attempted to hide, but he couldn’t because he was carrying his 2-year old daughter “tied to his back with a shawl.” Abner García Torres, a soldier, found him and in Spanish ordered him to stop.

Gilberto obeyed and was extended on the ground, but the soldier, “without any warning or motive, shot him without considering that he was carrying his daughter on his back.” One of the bullets penetrated his right eye and caused his immediate death. His wife and several of his ten children with whom he was fleeing were witnesses to the execution.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee






October 9, 2015

UN: Over 150,000 People Murdered in Mexico since December 2006

Filed under: Human rights — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:25 pm


UN: Over 150,000 People Murdered in Mexico since December 2006


The U.N.’s human rights commissioner said Mexico has a 98 percent impunity rate, while most crimes aren’t even investigated.

More than 151,230 have been murdered in Mexico since December 2006, a figure that includes thousands of Central American migrants making the dangerous trek through the country toward the United States, denounced the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein.

The U.N. official met on Wednesday with President Enrique Peña Nieto, after which he delivered a press conference, noting that in Mexico there is a 98 percent rate of impunity, that most cases remain unresolved, and that many more are not investigated.

“Impunity in Mexico is a generalized practice,” he reiterated, while saying there is an urgent need in Mexico to protect women, who are being killed and sexually abused in the thousands.

He also highlighted the grim fact that in Mexico it is very dangerous to be a journalist or a human rights defender.

“I urgently call on authorities in Mexico to offer more and improved protection to human rights defenders, to those who are journalists, and to those who have suffered a terrible series of murders, threats, beatings and other forms of intimidation,” he said.

Al-Hussein also asked the Mexican government to strengthen prosecutors’ offices at all levels and the functions of all security forces, to make sure that all human rights violations be investigated.

The human rights defender particularly asked Mexican authorities to adopt a chronogram for the removal of armed forces from all public safety functions and operations.

There is a “strong convergence of eyes” on Mexico due to the seriously poor situation of human rights, he said, referring to the strong criticism that has surfaced against the Latin American country.

Regarding Ayotzinapa, Al Hussein said Mexican authorities should allow international investigators to interview soldiers who may have witnessed the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers last year; an idea the Mexican Ministry of Defence had strongly rejected.

The enforced disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, and subsequent investigation into the attack, has prompted very harsh criticism of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto for its inability to solve the case.

Al-Hussein suggested that Mexico’s top military brass should allow a panel of experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to interview soldiers.

“It is important that the government acts decisively on the recommendations of the (IACHR panel), including its insistence that authorities reverse their decision to not allow the experts to interview members of the 27th Battalion,” said Al-Hussein.

On Monday, however, Mexican Defence Minister Salvador Cienfuegos said he would not permit the panel to interrogate his troops, and rejected any suggestion they may have been involved.

A panel of international investigators last month rejected official accounts, pointing to suspicions of forced confessions and possible collusion by federal and state security forces, including the military.

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August 29, 2015

EZLN denounces the release of the murderers of Zapatista teacher Galeano

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EZLN denounces the release of the murderers of Zapatista teacher Galeano


“It is once again made clear that truth and justice will never, ever come from above. From above the only thing we can expect is pretence, deceit, impunity, and cynicism.

The criminal above will always receive absolution and reward, because the one who judges him is the same one who pays him. They are the same, criminals and judges. They are poisonous heads of the same Hydra.”

The Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) denounced in a communique signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés and SCI Galeano (previously Marcos) on August 18th that the two people accused of the murder of the Zapatista teacher Galeano were freed. Galeano, José Luis Solís López, was murdered on May 2, 2014 en La Realidad, municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas.

In the communique, they informed that on August 12th, the self-proclaimed judge declared innocent the two intellectual authors of the murder, “despite that fact that they and their accomplices in the CIOAC-Histórica know that they are guilty of organizing the crime. They aren’t the only ones responsible, but they are guilty”. They further stated: “fat and happy, to their homes in the village of La Realidad. They were supposedly being held prisoner for the murder of our teacher and compañero. We already know that they have been declared innocent of this crime by the same people who financed and supported them: the federal and Chiapas state governments.



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