Chiapas: 14 years after the forced disappearance of Minerva Pérez Torres by paramilitaries of Paz y Justicia

On June 20, 1996, Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres became a victim of forced disappearance. While she was originally from Masojá Shucjá in the municipality of Tila, the offense was carried out by 30 members of the paramilitary group Paz y Justicia in the community of German Miguel. 14 years later, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (CDHFBC)  has recalled this and other disappearances, noting that the State has not complied with the obligation to handle these as crimes against humanity as defined by the International Criminal Court.

According to a bulletin from CDHFBC, “despite its obligations, the state has not complied and continues to deny the existence of paramilitary groups in Chiapas, which contradicts the contents of the report on Criminal and Subversive Groups in Chiapas, headed by General of Chiapas state government, dated May 27, 2009, where there appears a  descriptive file on the paramilitary group Paz y Justicia, their links to the state through the Mexican army, and their financing via public resources from Campo and Desarrollo Social de Chiapas. The report shows why it is believed that these groups had relationships with state political operatives who have participated in and continue to participate with this policy against the indigenous peoples ¹.”

¹Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, Derechos Humanos en Chiapas, Frayba, Balance Anual 2009, véase en: http://www.frayba.org.mx/archivo/informes/100609_balance_anual_2009_digital.pdf

For more information (in Spanish):

Complete CDHFBC bulletin (pdf) (23/06/2010)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: memorial in Masojá Shucjá for the victims of the Paz y Justicia paramilitary group (07/09/2009)

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