Chiapas: burial of Don Samuel Ruiz and presentation of the Jtatic Samuel Jcanan Lum Award

On Wednesday 26 January, Don Samuel Ruiz, bishop emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, was buried.  Since the arrival of his body to the city on the 25th, this key actor in the peace-talks between the EZLN and the federal government following the armed insurrection of 1994, indigenous individuals, human-rights defenders, social and political activists, and members of society in general have rendering him homage.  His body will be buried behind the altar of the San Cristóbal cathedral.

In homage to Don Samuel, and in keeping with his will as previously expresssed, the presentation of the Jtatic Samuel Jcanan Lum Award was not cancelled but rather changed in time to 4:30pm in the installations of the Diocesan Coordination of Women (CODIMUJ) in Avenue Yaxchilán No. 1, María Auxiliadora, San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Rights-defenders recognize work of the bishop (La Jornada, 25 January)

Farewell to defender of the indigenous (El Universal, 25 January)

“Whom did you defend?”: the question at the end of life (La Jornada, 25 January)

Samuel Ruiz will be commemorated by his indigenous today (La Jornada, 25 January)

The “Tatic” dedicated his life to defend the indigenous (El Universal, 25 January)

Without Ruiz, Chiapas might well have been bathed in blood (La Jornada, 25 January)

“He was tormented by many things” (El Universal, 25 January)

Extolment and delay in farewell to Samuel Ruiz (Milenio, 25 January)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia dies (26 January 2011)

Chiapas: Call announced for the 2011 “ jTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Honor (2 August 2010)

Chiapas: Presentation of the “JTatic Samuel JCanan Lum” Honor (26 January 2010)

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