Oaxaca: provisional measures are requested for those displaced from San Juan Copalá, and MULT demands the clarification of the death of Pazos Ortiz

On Tuesday 26 October, the Center for Human Rights and Assessment of Indigenous Peoples (CEDHAPI) and the Bartolomé Carrasco Center for Human Rights (Barca) “urgently” requested before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the granting of provisional measures for the displaced 135 residents of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copalá, located in the northwestern Triqui region of the state of Oaxaca, who had previously received precautionary measures from the IACHR on 7 October.  In their petition to the IACHR, CEDHAPI and Barca noted that Omeheira López Reyna, director of the Institution for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights from the Secretary for Governance, had not to date responded to the requests sent by both organizations.  They demanded that a meeting be held to discuss the implementation of the precautionary measures; it is precisely in light of the ignoring of such demands that CEDHAPI and Barca requested the provision of provisional measures, which would, according to them, represent “measures of protection for cases of extreme gravity and urgency, when it is necessary to avoid irreparable damage to people.”

In other news, members of the Movement for Triqui Unification and Struggle (MULT) have continued participating in road-blocks in several municipalities in the state of Oaxaca following the murder of their leader Heriberto Pazos Ortiz in Oaxaca de Juárez on 23 October.  In a press conference last week, members of MULT’s political commission demanded the clarification of the circumstances surrounding the killing of Pazos Ortiz, noting that “the State has undertaken a dirty war against social organizations and MULT; it seeks to destabilize the Triqui region to justify its militarization of it.” They added that soldiers had arrived to the Triqui communities of San Miguel Copala and Llano Aguacate, sympathetic to MULT, on Saturday 30 October.

For more information (in Spanish):

NGOs request intervention of the IACHR in the case of San Juan Copala (Proceso, 26 October)

Provisional measures for 135 persons from San Juan Copala (CIMAC, 2 November)

CEDHAPI-Barca petition to the IACHR

The Triqui movement will intensify its protests in Oaxaca and Mexico City starting today (La Jornada, 4 November)

MULT demands the clarification of the death of its leader (La Jornada, 29 October)

Ombudsman from Oaxaca has not yet opened file on killings of Triquis (La Jornada, 5 November)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Heriberto Pazos Ortiz, leader and founder of MULT, is killed (26 October)

Oaxaca: new ambush in Triqui region against individuals who had been granted precautionary measures by the IACHR (20 October)

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