Chiapas: 5 years after the Viejo Velasco massacre


On 13 November, 5 years passed since the Viejo Velasco massacre, which left four dead and four disappeared.  Viejo Velasco is located in the municipality of Ocosingo, close to the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the Lacandon Jungle.  The case has continued to date unpunished.

In these terms, there was held a pilgrimage in the city of Palenque to remember the event and commemorate the dead and disappeared and to demand justice and the avoidance of the repetition of the 2006 acts.  Civil organizations pronounced themselves in this respect, stressing “five years have passed since the Viejo Velasco massacre and the State continues to be negligent, investigations have not been effective in clarifying the events, let alone the precise location of those responsible for the event, beyond obstructing the work and process of the search for truth carried out by independent human rights organizations together with relatives who survived the massacre, working so that the crime does not go on unpunished.  For this situation has been  organized this march by communities and organizations, so as to remember the victims and demand justice.  In contrast, Juan José Sabines Guerrero, governor of the state, continues with his empty talk of promoting both internally and externally his image as a promoter and defender of human rights, signing commitments with international institutions, when in fact he systematically violates human rights, in favor of interests that do not respond to a model of life for the peoples who have resided in their territories since ancestral times.  This is a patent situation of impunity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa conjunto OSC (13 November 2011)

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas: Mexican government hides remains of Viejo Velasco massacre (25 de marzo de 2011)

Chiapas: The Viejo Velasco massacre three years later (19 November 2009)

Chiapas: Viejo Velasco, a year after the unjust detention of Diego Arcos Meneses (24 November 2007)

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