Chiapas: XV Anniversary of Melel Xojobal


On 2 February, the organization Melel Xojobal celebrated its 15th anniversary with the presentation of the report “Infancy counts in Mexico 2011, Use of public data to take decisions in favor of the rights of children and adolescents” as well as the essay regarding “Adolescents in Mexico: regional observations on their rights.”

Melel Xojobal was founded in 1997 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, and was born in the diocese before becoming a proper organization.  During its first years of existence, the work of the organization centered around educational programs for street children.  Later, its work evolved, broadening its scope so as to contribute more effectively to the observation of the rights of indigenous children and youth who are socially excluded.  The organization works with indigenous children and youth in the state of Chiapas to promote the defense and exercise of their rights by means of participatory processes aimed at improving their lives through cultural diversity.

For more information (in Spanish):

La infancia cuenta 2011

Melel Xojobal

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: “Violence and infancy in the state” (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: Fourteenth anniversary of Melel Xojobal, organization for the defense of the rights of children and adolescents (7 February 2011)

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