Chiapas: Regional Forum for the Defense of Human Rights

Press conference @ SIPAZ

Following the Regional Forum for the Defense of Human Rights carried out in San Cristóbal de Las Casas on 8 and 9 December, rights-defenders who participated released a pronunciation calling attention to campesino and indigenous communities, given that in their view these face several threats in light of the deterioration and looting of their lands and natural resources, a process that generates more poverty and destruction of the social fabric which is then translated into increased migration and unhappiness.

They expressed their concern regarding the potential reactivation of the mine in Chicomuselo.  The operation of this mine has affected the environment of neighboring communities and has not respected the right of consultation on the part of residents, and for this reason “we join the local organizations that demand the cancellation of the permits for exploitation.”

In the document that was put together following a day of work with five tables regarding questions relevant to Chiapas, the assembled pronounced themselves against “the continuation of the policy of construction of rural cities, as this affects the traditional forms of production and modes of life of local populations, in addition to not presenting possibilities for improvements in access to services, as has been the pretext.”  They indicated that this policy of relocation that is done with rural cities “is merely a masked form of forced displacement in favor of economic interests that are foreign to the communities.”

Regarding migration, their diagnosis is that “the restrictive policies of migration generate on our southern and northern borders conditions of grave violations to fundamental rights, attempts on life and the physical integrity and liberty of migrant persons on the part of state agents or criminal groups supported by the state.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento del Foro Regional por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (9 December 2011)

Gobiernos de Chiapas y federal amagan la integridad de pueblos indígenas: ONG (La Jornada, 12 December 2011)

Foro Regional de Derechos Humanos. Iniciativas para la Identidad y la Inclusión AC (Escrutinio Público, 9 December 2011)

Piden atención a pueblos indígenas y campesinos (Cuarto Poder, 11 December 2011)

Señalan amenazas a formas de vida (Cuarto Poder, 10 December 2011)

Lanzan pronunciamiento tras Foro (Cuarto Poder, 10 December 2011)

Audio:

Pronunciamiento del Foro Regional por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Radio Zapatista, 9 December 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Forum for the defense of rights-defenders (18 October 2011)

Mexico: Growing insecurity for the work of human-rights defenders–denunciations from Washington, Brussels, and Chiapas (31 March 2011)

México: Pronunciations and actions as regards the situation of human-rights defenders in the country and southeastern Mexico (25 March 2011)

Chiapas: 3 human-rights defenders from the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights released from El Amate (8 March 2011)

Mexico: Accord to establish a Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders; campaign “Declare yourself” is launched (20 July 2011)

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