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April 11, 2016

Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Reaches San Cristobal de Las Casas

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Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Reaches San Cristobal de Las Casas




The event in Plaza de la Paz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Photo @ SIPAZ

On April 7, the Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice reached Plaza de La Paz in San Cristobal de Las Casas, where it held a discussion with representatives of various civil organizations which expressed their accompaniment and solidarity. The Caravan is a broad initiative of families of victims of human rights violations, civil society organizations and social movements from different nations, which call for a “halt to the war on drugs.” On their journey, the Caravan has joined a group of some 35 people from seven countries.

It left Honduras on March 28 and will arrive in New York on April 18. According to Otros Mundos, “the route reflects the commitment to raise the voice of the victims and of the heroes of the war on drugs, and it turns out they are the same. From their pain, the victims are becoming in an organized way the people who struggle for peace and justice, for an exit from the war.”

On their way through Mexico, the Caravan entered through the border of Guatemala – Mexico at La Mesilla – Ciudad Cuauhtemoc on April 6. There they held an event in which they listened to the words and struggles in the region of the southern border of Mexico, “invaded by a growing militarization which worsens the human rights situation of the peoples in defense and care of the earth as well as migrants from Central America and Chiapas year after year.” The participants in the Caravan proposed a compilation of testimonies of violations of human rights committed combatting drugs with the aim of presenting it at the special session on narcotics at the General Assembly of the United Nations, to be held from April 19 – 21.

During the event in San Cristobal de Las Casas, some civil organizations, among them Otros Mundos, The Civil Society of Las Abejas of Acteal, and Mesoamerican Voices shared their words. They demanded “that justice be done for the killing of the coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations (COPINH), Berta Caceres, murdered on March 3 last in Honduras.” The Colombian Alex Serra, who coordinated the passage of the Caravan through Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala reiterated that, “one of our principal demands is that justice be done because she was part of the Caravan and with her murder, we are in mourning.” In commemoration of the Honduran leader, there was a minute of applause during the event. Las Abejas de Acteal underlined that if “there is insecurity for the life of the population of Honduras, migration and pillage of our mother earth, it is not only in Honduras, there is also a wave of violence and injustice here in Chiapas and in Mexico, the youth of Ayotzinapa being a clear example.” Marco Castillo of the Popular Assembly of Migrant Families and coordinator of the Caravan in Mexico, sustained that, “it would appear that the great gain of the war is not security but the control of territory, terrorism in the population, such that it is undeniable that the security policy has failed.”

The Caravan left at noon on the same day to Oaxaca, from where it will travel to Morelos to have a meeting with Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity. From there it will continue its way to the seat of the United Nations Organization (UNO) in New York to demand justice and dignity.



August 1, 2015

Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life, against violence and dispossession pronounces for the right to be peoples

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Pilgrimage for Peace, for Life, against violence and dispossession pronounces for the right to be peoples

July 30. Walking from their communities to Comitán de Domínguez, the peoples make a call for the defence of Mother Earth, the water, the forests and the jungles that they inhabit ancestrally and for their culture and their right to be Original Peoples.



July 29.  The indigenous peoples in the municipality of Las Margaritas in Chiapas, undertook ​​the Pilgrimage for Peace, for life against violence and dispossession.

The pilgrimage and the subsequent meeting were organized by the pueblo creyente, the pastoral team, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolabal mission, to express their dissatisfaction and to unite their forces to enable them to confront the violence they experience in their communities and the issues that come with the structural reforms.

Walking from their communities to Comitán de Domínguez, the peoples made a call for the defence of Mother Earth, the water, the forests and the jungles that they inhabit ancestrally and for their culture and their right to be Original Peoples.

They are calling for the prevention of transnational corporations from plundering their territories and Say No to mines, hydroelectric dams, oil exploration and maíz criollo.

The indigenous peoples of the Las Margaritas region demand “an end to all the violence that we experience every day, such as drug trafficking, corruption and impunity, threats and displacement by organizations which are controlled by the government with their political parties which divide and confront within the communities.”

The gathering of the peoples who participated in the pilgrimage agreed and asked others to consider and reflect on the reality of Mexico and continue organising from below.



July 2, 2014

Violence and Hope in Chiapas: Pedagogies by the Globally Oppressed

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Gustavo Esteva With Brad Evans – Violence and Hope in Chiapas: Pedagogies by the Globally Oppressed

By Brad Evans, Truthout

2014.7.1.Evans.MainTo what extent is it possible to write of entire populations as disposable? How might we think about mass violence is such terms? And how might we forge a truly trans-disciplinary pedagogy that connects the arts, humanities and social sciences such that we may reimagine peaceful cohabitation amongst the world of people? Bringing together some of the most celebrated critical scholars, public intellectuals and artists, this globally partnered initiative directly addresses these types of questions by interrogating the paradigm of “disposable life” to rethink the meaning of mass violence in the 21st century. The first phase of the project consists of a series of monthly, filmed reflections. The latest is provided by the renowned environmental activist Gustavo Esteva who looks at the real effects of disposability by drawing our attentions to the indigenous communities of Chiapas, Mexico.

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.



April 20, 2013


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San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico,

April 18, 2013

To national and international human rights organizations

To national and international media

To public opinion

Civil Mission for the Observation of Human Rights in San Marcos Avilés, Chilón municipality, Chiapas, by the Network for Peace

logo-red-por-la-paz-copy-300x58The members of the Network for Peace in Chiapas would like to inform you that on 21 and 22 April, 2013, we will be undertaking a Civil Mission of Observation and Documentation to the community of San Marcos Avilés, in the municipality of Chilón, in order to collect testimonies after the recent threats to forcibly displace the support bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN), made by the inhabitants of the same ejido belonging to different political parties. In this context, we also hope to meet with the municipal president of Chilón, Leonardo Rafael Guirao Aguilar, and the government delegate in the area, Nabor Orosco Ferrer. At the end of this visit, we will prepare a report which we will present afterwards.

The Network for Peace in Chiapas was set up in late 2000. It is a space for reflection and action composed of 10 civil society organizations, which maintains an ongoing analysis of the local and national context, along with specific actions such as statements about matters of gravity, observation missions or thematic gatherings (Encuentros) on Human Rights. We believe it is important to carry out this mission and the meetings with the authorities, in order to halt the escalation of threats and their possible realization, especially considering that 170 BAEZLN from the ejido San Marcos Avilés have already been displaced, between August and October 2010, and that today they are still living in a precarious situation, remaining displaced from the lands they work, and with their integrity and personal safety under constant threat.

To national and international human rights organizations, national and international media and public opinion, we ask you all to remain alert as to what might happen in the context of the mission and to circulate the contents of the report when it is made public.


The members of the Network for Peace:

Fray Pedro Lorenzo de Nada Human Rights Committee (CDHFP)

Centre for Indigenous Rights, A.C. (CEDIAC)

Services and Consultancy for Peace, A.C. (SERAPAZ)

Support Committee for Community Reconciliation and Unity, A.C. (CORECO)

Economic and Social Development of Indigenous Mexicans, A.C. (DESMI)

Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba)

Education for Peace, A.C. (EDUPAZ)

LINK, Communication and Training, A.C. (ENLACE CC)

International Service for Peace (SIPAZ)

Chiapas Centre for Women’s Rights, A.C. (CDMCH)



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