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January 15, 2016

Ejido Tila denounces “paramilitary cell and government lies”

Filed under: Autonomy, Indigenous, Paramilitary — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 12:23 pm

 

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Ejido Tila denounces “paramilitary cell and government lies”

 

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@La Otra Ejido Tila

 

In a public statement on January 5, 2016, the Tila ejido, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, reported the names and surnames of those who form “a small cell of paramilitary groups who have been organizing inside” their ejido. They also claimed that, “the political landscape is full of lies” on the part of the “current mayor of Tila, Chiapas Prof. Edgar Leopoldo Gómez Gutiérrez,” and that “on a number of occasions the removal of the town council had been requested and this request had not been heeded.” As a result, on December 16, 2015, they noted that, “the general assembly that makes the agreements has tired of so many problems that the town hall brings us, and decision making was being done by the assembly, which was working peacefully, formed by thousands of ejidatarios (communal landholders). The ejidatarios also publically denounced “Oscar Sánchez Alpuche, government undersecretary […] as being one of those responsible for reorganizing and regrouping the paramilitary groups to attack the social organizations that struggle in defence of land and territory […] jailing and disappearing as a strategy to subdue social campaigners.”

In spite of the difficulties within their ejido, they assured that they will continue to demand respect and we will not tire, because here is an ejido community and head of the non-municipal Ch’ol people of Tila, it [the town hall] does not certify its legal possession so to find a solution it must respect our rights because we have all our documentation. Our highest authority, which is the general assembly of the ejidatarios as a people, expelled the town hall council and it was not the decision of the Commissioner for Communal Lands as the bad government is saying, let that be clear.” They asked that, “the various non-government organizations and defenders of human rights be alert to what is happening in the Tila ejido.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/chiapas-tila-ejido-denounces-paramilitary-cell-and-government-lies/

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December 27, 2015

SIPAZ event – 20 years accompanying lights of hope

Filed under: Human rights, sipaz, Women — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:21 pm

 

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SIPAZ event – 20 years accompanying lights of hope

 

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SIPAZ Forum “20 years Accompanying Lights of Hope” Photo @SIPAZ

 

On 27 and 28 November the Forum “20 years Accompanying Lights of Hope” was held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ). Those participating in the event included women and men from communities, organizations, human-rights centers, the academy, as well as activists, both from Mexico and other countries. By means of panels, the invited speakers shared reflections regarding their experiences, situating them also within an historical analysis incorporating the principal tendencies, challenges, and obstacles. The event stressed concern for the present situation in the country, given that participants agreed that we are in a war situation.

Two media based in the lessons learned through SIPAZ’s years of work in Mexico were presented at the event. One was a documentary, entitled “That the Heart Not Break. Non-Violent Struggles for Justice and Defense of Land,” produced in collaboration with the Koman Ilel community media collective. The video was presented with the participation of the involved communities and organizations: communities displaced below Tila and the Las Abejas Civil Society, based in Chiapas, along with the Council of Peoples United in Defense of the Green River (COPUDEVER), from Oaxaca. In parallel, the book Struggle with a Woman’s Heart: The Situation and Participation of Women in Chiapas (1995-2015), was presented and discussed. This volume brings together the major experiences and lessons from women’s struggle to participate and for gender equality.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/12/26/chiapas-sipaz-event-20-years-accompanying-lights-of-hope/

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October 10, 2015

A year since the “unjust” incarceration of communal defender from Salto de Agua: Chiapas Denuncia Pública

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

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A year since the “unjust” incarceration of communal defender from Salto de Agua: Chiapas Denuncia Pública

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Press conference @ChiapasDenunciaPública

Press conference @ChiapasDenunciaPública

At a press conference held on 14 September, families, catechists, and human rights defenders from the local diocese demanded the release of the Ch’ol indigenous man, Salomón Vázquez Sánchez, who has been imprisoned for more than a year, accused of the crime of kidnapping a federal police officer. At the press-conference, held at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights (Frayba), those assembled said that the “unjust” incarceration took place eight years after the events took place in 2006, when Salomón was working as a rural municipal agent from the Suclumpa ejido, municipality of Salto de Agua.

Nicolás Méndez Arcos, coordinator of the Valle Tulijá Communal Committee for Human Rights, affiliated with the Salto de Agua parish, affirmed that “we as promoters of human rights affirm that there was no crime, because the behaviour of Salomón conformed with the communal law as deliberated internally within the ejido, in accordance with the uses and customs that prohibit the carrying of firearms, as well as the Organic Municipal Law.” He also expressed that Salomón, who is being held in the El Amate prison, located in the Cintalapa municipality, “is accused of being responsible for the five thousand pesos that were charged [the police officer] for his rescue, but this is not true, as this was in conformity with a fine based on the uses and customs that sanction the firing of weapons within the community.” Isabel López Sánchez, the prisoner’s wife, demanded his release because “he did not commit any crime,” and she said that her six children “have suspended their studies due to the lack of economic resources, given that our only familial income was what my husband made.” The catechist Agustín Peñate Jiménez expressed that “from the word of God we see that the incarceration of brother Salomón is unjust, because the crime of which he is accused is totally false.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/chiapas-a-year-since-the-unjust-incarceration-of-communal-defender-from-salto-de-agua-chiapas-denuncia-publica/

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September 13, 2015

Death-threats and physical attacks against BAEZLN in the Tzakukum community

Filed under: Frayba, Paramilitary, Zapatistas — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 7:36 pm

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Death-threats and physical attacks against BAEZLN in the Tzakukum community

@ Enlace Civil A.C.

@ Enlace Civil A.C.

The support-bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) in the Tzakukum community, official municipality of Chalchihuitán, have been threatened with death for months and have incurred physical aggressions. On 9 September, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights A.C. (Frayba) documented the threats and harassment against the BAEZLN. The information was provided by the Good-Government Council of Oventik, Central Heart of the Zapatistas before the World (Oventik JBG), which pertains to Caracol II, Resistance and Rebellion for Humanity.

According to testimony, the BAEZLN reported having been threatened with death on multiple occasions. On 10 August 2015, the BAEZLN Aurelio Gómez Girón was threatened with death by machete by a woman and man from the PRI, who then cut the water-hose supplying Mariano García Núñez, another BAEZLN, who in turn was threatened with death by machete. On 14 August Librado Pérez Núñez, BAEZLN, was insulted and attacked on the path by a PRI leader who told him, “You are murderers. Little Zapatista, what are you doing here?” On 26 July a group of party militants detained four BAEZLN, threatening to burn them with gasoline. Beyond this, the bulletin mentions more examples that underline the urgency of the situation. The victims indicated that a group of approximately 25 people harassed and threatened them. In light of these acts, Frayba noted that “We are concerned that the authorities of the state of Chiapas encourage human-rights violations by being absent when attacks are directed against the BAEZLN.” The bulletin stresses that “these human-rights violations in Tzakukum take place within a context of counterinsurgency that is implemented by the Mexican State against Zapatista autonomy.”

It bears recalling that there were antecedents of this conflict in the same community in July 2015, when members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) began to build a school on common lands without consulting the BAEZLN, who insisted that the agreements on land be respected. In this sense, Frayba intervened with the aim of having the denounced acts be attended to. It is feared that for this reason the PRI members were angered and struck out, after having had to abandon the project on common lands.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/chiapas-death-threats-and-physical-attacks-against-baezln-in-the-tzakukum-community/

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Prisoner from San Cristóbal, Roberto Paciencia, denounces that his charges were fabricated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:22 am

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Prisoner from San Cristóbal, Roberto Paciencia, denounces that his charges were fabricated

Photo of Cereso 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga Santiago

Photo of Cereso 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga Santiago

On 7 August, the prisoner Roberto Paciencia Cruz, held in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, denounced that he has been imprisoned unjustly for 2 years. He asserted that there were witnesses who saw him working on 18 May 2013, when the crime for which he is being held was committed, “but the corresponding authorities did not take into account the testimony of these witnesses.” In a public communique, Paciencia expressed “due to the unjust incarcerations that we continue to suffer each day, we grow isolated from our families. Many people are being held in different prisoners throughout the state and country for not knowing how to speak Spanish and not having resources to hire an adequate lawyer, as happened with me two years ago. I have spent this time imprisoned for a crime that was fabricated.” At the end of his declaration, Paciencia noted that “it is for this reason that I make this public denunciation. I request that the judges review my case, because it is unjust that they would hold me like this. They must release me as soon as possible, because my family is suffering.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/chiapas-prisoner-from-san-cristobal-roberto-paciencia-denounces-that-his-charges-were-fabricated/

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Xochicuautla announces “counter-decree of reappropriation”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:15 am

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Xochicuautla announces “counter-decree of reappropriation

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On 8 August, some 40 persons participated in a caravan in solidarity with the Otomí-ñatho community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Lerma municipality, Mexico State.  With this action, they expressed their disagreement with the expropriatory decree that seeks to plunder the community of more than 37 hectares of its sacred forest for the construction of the Toluca-Naucalpan highway.  The community was never consulted before this decree was announced, thus violating its rights as an indigenous community.  Besides this, the act would threaten to destroy the “water lung for the Toluca and Mexico valleys.”

The spokesperson for Xochicuautla, José Luis Fernández, has denounced that personnel from the construction company and government agents have been invading their forests, this despite the precautionary measures released by the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH).  These ended on 10 August, thus leading to the expression of concern for the well-being of the residents of the community amidst the possibility that the expropriation be carried out.  “We do not doubt that in the next few days, despite the precautionary measures, police will prepare their invasion,” he added.  The spokesperson further noted that there are rumours that the Army will invade to occupy the land, such that he called on civil society to be attentive to what might happen in the next few days.

Beyond this, it was announced that on 30 August the traditional authorities will release a “counter-decree of reappropriation” that would symbolically invalidate the expropriatory decree released by the federal government.  According to Antonio Lara, from the Zeferino Ladrillero Centre for Human Rights (CDHZL), the idea is to counterpose the ancestral vision of rights before the Western concept.  “The public interest is not above any right.  Rights are violated for business.”  Other indigenous peoples are invited to the ceremony, such as the Nahua of Ostula, the Yaquis from Sonora, and San Salvador Atenco, besides intellectuals and the bishop Raúl Vera.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/national-xochicuautla-announces-counter-decree-of-reappropriation/

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March in solidarity with the San Francisco Xochicuautla community

 (@Sin Embargo)

(@Sin Embargo)

Residents of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Lerma municipality, Mexico State, mobilized themselves on 28 July in Mexico City of defend their sacred forest Otomí. The action was organized to protest the expropriatory decree imposed by the federal government that removes part of their territory from their control in favour of the construction of the Toluca-Naucalpan highway.

Present at the march were many representatives from other social processes, including from the Nahua community of Ostula, Michoacán; Ayotzinapa, Guerrero; and San Salvador Atenco, Mexico State, among others.  The march expressed its solidarity with the Santa María Ostula community, which is struggling to exercise its right to autonomy as an indigenous population, and who have recently suffered an attack on the part of the Army that killed a girl and left ten others injured.  There were also demonstrations of solidarity with the demand for justice for Ayotzinapa.

It should be recalled that San Francisco Xochicuautla is an Otomí-ñatho community that for eight years has resisted the planned construction of the highway in question.  Recently, the central government published a decree expropriating 37 hectares to carry out the project, which would plunder the locals’ land.  The concession for the construction and maintenance of the highway was made in 2009 by the former Mexico State governor and current president, Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN), to a firm associated with the Higa group.  The clear links between the head of state and this corporation have been made clear, as the firm has carried out projects involving millions of pesos during EPN’s administration in Mexico City.  In this way have been clarified its links with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), for it also built the polemical “White House” in the Chapultepec hills in Mexico City.

The expressions of support for the community of San Francisco Xochicuautla have been forthcoming through pronunciations and events.  In San Cristóbal de Las Casas there was planned an event to raise awareness and express solidarity to include projections of videos and talks about the attacks on the Xochicuautla and Ostula communities, as well as against the Autonomous Rebel Zapatista Municipalities (MAREZ).  As organized by adherents to the Sixth Declaration, it was to take place on 31 July in El Paliacate Espacio Cultural, starting at 5pm.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/chiapasnational-marcha-in-solidarity-with-the-san-francisco-xochicuautla-community/

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September 12, 2015

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas ejido from Palenque denounces police invasion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:08 pm

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 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas ejido from Palenque denounces police invasion

Photo of northern zone of Chiapas @ SIPAZ archive

Photo of northern zone of Chiapas @ SIPAZ archive

The ejidatarios from Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community, Palenque municipality, denounced that on 2 August two municipal police trucks arrived to the community.  “Of these patrols, 6 municipal police came out and approached the Ejidal House, where an extraordinary communal assembly was being celebrated with the three organization SERPAJ (Services for Peace and Justice-Morelos), the Ixim Antsetic Women’s House, and two coordinators from the Xi’nich organization.  These police did not identify themselves or provide any documentation even though we requested this of them,” noted the public denunciation.  The police expressed that they had received an emergency call from the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, affirming the existence of injured and burned persons due to a confrontation between Catholics and Evangelicals in the Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas community.

The ejidatarios indicated that “this is not the first time that police have arrived without identifying themselves in our community.  On other occasions they have arrived on the pretext that there were confrontations in the community.  In April they arrived saying that they came to protect 4 families, and that they would be conducting patrols due to a supposed threat of displacement.”  “We grow weary of these lies.  The police come to intimidate and provoke due to the internal conflict that has existed for the past 5 years, of which all the governmental institutions are well-aware.  They use the lie that it is a religious conflict as a pretext to continue manipulating and terrorizing the organized community in defence of our Mother Earth, whom we will continue to defend,” they added in the document.

For their part, the organizations Ixim Antsetic Women’s House of Palenque, SERPAJ-Morelos, Xi’nich, Communal Health and Development (SADEC), the Centre for Women’s Rights in Chiapas, and the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Centre for Human Rights demonstrated their concern for “this type of intimidation on the part of the government.  We know that it is a means of provocation that seeks to terrorize the community and lead it to give up its struggle for Mother Earth and life.  It is for this reason that we will continue to accompany this process that demands justice and respect for the rights to autonomy of indigenous peoples.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/chiapas-cuauhtemoc-cardenas-ejido-from-palenque-denounces-police-invasion/

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Meeting of CNI communities in Chiapas with adherents to the Sixth Declaration

Filed under: La Sexta — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 5:55 pm

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Meeting of CNI communities in Chiapas with adherents to the Sixth Declaration

(@Pozol Colectivo)

(@Pozol Colectivo)

On 27 July communities pertaining to the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) from Chiapas met with adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, written by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).  The meeting was held in the community of Cruztón, Venustiano Carranza municipality, Chiapas, where the communities of the CNI-Chiapas discussed the problems they confront.

Present at the meeting were the Las Abejas Civil Society, the ejidatarios from Tila, and constituent groups of the Semilla Digna (“Dignified Seed”) organization.  In a joint pronunciation, they expressed solidarity with the communities of San Francisco Xochicuautla, Mexico State, for the plundering of their lands; Santa María Ostula, Michoacán, where the Army killed a girl of 12 years of age and arrested a commander of the communal police; and with the communities pertaining to the La Garrucha caracol that live on lands appropriated by the EZLN and have faced several attacks by paramilitaries.  In the communique, the CNI affiliates declared themselves in favor of autonomy, the defense of Mother Earth, and resistance gainst megaprojects.  In this way, they also demanded the release of the spokesperson for the Yaqui nation, Mario Luna, and the appearance with life of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/chiapas-meeting-of-cni-communities-in-chiapas-with-adherents-to-the-sixth-declaration/

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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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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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Original peoples make pilgrimage for peace, for life, against violence and dispossession

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On July 28th and 29th, a pilgrimage was carried out,organized by the pastoral staff, deacons and coordinators of the Tojolab’al Mission where close to 5,000 tojolab’ales, tseltales, tsotsiles and mestizos were brought together. They expressed and showed their solidarity with the pueblo of Simojovel and denounced the forced displacement of people from Banavil and particularily drew attention to the case of the Poblado Primero de Agosto, where 57 people were forcibly displaced from their lands by members of the ejido Miguel Hidalgo, also members of the Independent Central of Agricultural Workers and Campesinos – Historic (CIOAC-H). The walk started from Ignacio Zaragoza, to the municipal capital of Las Margaritas, ending at the parish of San Sebastian in Comitan de Domínguez.

The gospel teaches us not to remain silent before cases such as Acteal; Simojovel, the forced displacement of Banavil and Primero de Agosto; before cases of the destruction of nature from mining and mega projects and in cases such as alcoholism and drug addiction in our communities,” shared Marcelo Perez Perez, pastor of Simojovel. From their part, the Network for Peace (Red por la Paz) Chiapas, demonstrated that the case of the displaced families of Primero de Agosto is not an isolated case, and at the same time reiterated their solidarity with them, “It is a privilege to pilgrim and walk with you. We will continue walking ts’omanotik (together)” they added. In a pronouncement, The Believing Peoples and the different communities and social organizations that participated in the pilgrimage, expressed that they are organizing, uniting, and transforming their consciousness, “to confront the violence that we live in our communities and the problems that come with structural reforms: such as education, health, labour, and energy”.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/chiapas-native-peoples-pilgrim-for-peace-for-life-against-violence-and-dispossession/

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August 19, 2015

NEW BURGLARY IN THE OFFICE OF SIPAZ

Filed under: Human rights — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:22 pm

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URGENT RELEASE

San Cristóbal de Las Casas

August 18, 2015

NEW BURGLARY IN THE OFFICE OF SIPAZ

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On the night of August 17 and 18, 2015, the office of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) was broken into again. The envelope that contained 210 pesos, that was left the day before, (see history) is missing, and another small amount of money in coins, located in another part of the office, is also missing.

We are greatly concerned the reason for these signals is to imply that there is direct access to our offices. Our hypothesis is that this is not common crime. Soon, we will give our denouncement in the Public Ministry. We ask you to be vigilant and attentive, and to disseminate this information, as we fear for our safety and security and that of the people and defence processes we accompany.

History:

Between Friday, August 14 and the midnight of August 17, 2015, the office of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), located in Avenida Chilón #8 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, was trespassed. A working desk had evidence of disorder, where a team member had left money from an outing that had not yet been recorded. Of that money, 4,196 pesos are missing and 210 pesos were left on the desk in different places. Subsequently, a note was found among the papers that reads “be careful white girl” (see photo). The doors were not forced, nor were the windows, and there is no lack of material value, including computers.

SIPAZ is an organization of international observation and accompaniment. Since 1995, SIPAZ has developed as a permanent program in Chiapas that serves the role of dissuasion and prevention of socio-political violence in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero, to contribute from the perspective of nonviolence in the construction of positive peace in these states. SIPAZ consists of a coalition of 47 international organizations, and a board of directors from Europe and America.
Given the seriousness of the events, we express our grave concern regarding our safety and security, as well as the people and defence processes we accompany. It should be recalled that under the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1998, in relation to Article 1: “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels.

Sincerely
Marina Pagès
SIPAZ Coordinator

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/urgent-release-new-burglary-in-the-office-of-sipaz/

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August 18, 2015

A TRESPASS IN THE OFFICE OF SIPAZ, LEAVING INTIMIDATORY NOTE

Filed under: Human rights — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:36 pm

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URGENT RELEASE

San Cristóbal de Las Casas

August 17, 2015

A TRESPASS IN THE OFFICE OF SIPAZ,

LEAVING INTIMIDATORY NOTE

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Between Friday, August 14 and the midnight of August 17, 2015, the office of the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), located in Avenida Chilón #8 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, was trespassed. A working desk had evidence of disorder, where a team member had left money from an outing that had not yet been recorded. Of that money, 4,196 pesos are missing and 210 pesos were left on the desk in different places. Subsequently, a note was found among the papers that reads “be careful white girl” (see photo). The doors were not forced, nor were the windows, and there is no lack of material value, including computers.

SIPAZ is an organization of international observation and accompaniment. Since 1995, SIPAZ has developed as a permanent programme in Chiapas that serves the role of dissuasion and prevention of socio-political violence in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero, to contribute from the perspective of nonviolence in the construction of positive peace in these states. SIPAZ consists of a coalition of 47 international organizations, and a board of directors from Europe and America.

dscf5558Given the seriousness of the events, we express our grave concern regarding our safety and security, as well as the people and defence processes we accompany. It should be recalled that under the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9, 1998, in relation to Article 1: “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels.

Sincerely
Marina Pagès
SIPAZ Coordinator

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/urgent-release-a-trespass-in-the-office-of-sipaz-leaving-intimidatory-note/

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August 17, 2015

Despite conflicts amongst parties, PVEM and PRI gain the majority of votes in election

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Despite conflicts amongst parties, PVEM and PRI gain the majority of votes in election

August 16, 2015

@eleccionesChiapas

@eleccionesChiapas

On July 19th, more than three million people from Chiapas voted to elect 122 majors and their staff members and 41 local deputies. Of the planned six thousand voting booths, 97% were installed.

The Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won in 91 of the 122 towns of Chiapas, according to the Program of Preliminary Electoral Results (PREP). The PVEM and the PRI are maintaining the same number of towns that they govern at the present time. United Chiapas and Move Chiapas, sponsored by the local governments, will administer 18 towns. The MORENA Party did not win anywhere, according to the PREP.

The Institution of Elections and Citizen Participation (IEPC) reported on the burning and robbery of four voting booths in the town of Las Margaritas and on the robbery of two voting booths located in the section La Hacienda in the capital city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. In two communities of Tila the voting booths could not be installed due to fighting during the last few days. In Pueblo Nuevo Solistahaucan an armed group stole the ballots of 4 voting booths and filled them with artificially marked ballots. The conselors of IEPC confirmed that in Chenalhó, the electoral process was temporarily suspended because the ballots were not completed. According to the executive direct of the IEPC Jesus Moscoso Lorenca, in Ocosingo five voting booths were not installed for security reasons. In Venustiano Carranza the District Counsel had been taken and the protestors threatened to burn the building down. In Suchiate a voting booth had to be closed down because the people that had been registered there were migrants that received their birth certificates from the Civil Registry that had to be closed down for selling birth certificates.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/08/16/chiapas-despite-conflicts-amongst-parties-pvem-and-pri-gain-the-majority-of-votes-in-election/

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July 22, 2015

Global Days of Solidarity with Zapatista communities

Filed under: Paramilitary, Zapatista — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:07 pm

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Global Days of Solidarity with Zapatista communities

(@Network against Repression and for Solidarity)

(@Network against Repression and for Solidarity)

Following the attacks denounced by the La Garrucha Good-Government Council (JBG) on 25 June, several letters of rejection and demonstrating solidarity with the Zapatista communities were released. These letters originated from different parts of Mexico, and beyond: Aguascalientes, Baja California, Chiapas, Colima, Distrito Federal, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Michoacán, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Zacatecas, and Germany, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Catalunya, Colombia, Spain, USA, France, the UK, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

In this way, the Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR) organized the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and the students of the Escuelita Zapatista as well as social and political organizations to participate in a global day of action,“THE ZAPATISTAS ARE NOT ALONE!” The same action was organized to carry out decentralized actions between 12 and 19 July 2015, and actions were taken in places including Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tampico. Whatever action that may be taken can be communicated to the following e-mail addresses: comunicacion@redcontralarepresion.org and redcontralarepresion@gmail.com.

It should be mentioned that on 19 July, elections were held for the mayorships of Chiapas. The RvsR declared itself on alert for whatever act of provocation could take place within the electoral context that could in turn “worsen the climate of harassment against the Zapatista communities.”  

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/chiapasnational-global-day-of-solidarity-with-zapatista-communities/

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