Preaudience of the TPP in Acteal @ SIPAZ
On 16 April, the Las Abejas Civil Society held a preaudience of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (TPP) in Acteal, Chenalhó, Chiapas. The TPP has indicated the 1997 Acteal massacre to be one of the emblematic cases of processes involving state violence, in addition to structural and systemic violence, from within their treatment of the subjects of migration, refugeeism, forced displacement, and dirty war, impunity, and state violence.
Acteal photo @ J. Marquardt
This audience was presided over by a honorary jury that included Fray Raúl Vera López, bishop of Saltillo, representing the Council for Guarantees of the Mexican chapter of the TPP, as well as Fray Tomás González from the Usumacinta Committee for Human Rights and director of the Refuge-Home for Migrant Persons “72” in Tenosique, Tabasco. Also present were representatives of the Regional Office in Mexico of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation of Germany. The event formed part of the 15-year commemoration of this massacre that shocked Mexico and the world on 22 December, with a total of 49 killed (4 of them unborn), 33 of them being women (19) and girls (14), all of them displaced indigenous persons pertaining to the Las Abejas Civil Society.
The TPP was founded in Rome, Italy in 1979. It is the longest-standing ethical and conscious tribunal that is recognized globally.
For more information (in Spanish):
Preaudiencia Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos en Acteal (Audios de la Preaudiencia TPP, Koman Ilel, 18 de abril 2012)
EL TRIBUNAL PERMANENTE DE LOS PUEBLOS (TPP) INICIA JUICIO DE CASO DE LA MASACRE DE ACTEAL CON LA PARTICIPACIÓN DE DON RAÚL VERA
16 Abril en Acteal: Preaudiencia Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos(Sitio Web de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas de Acteal)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Pre-audience of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (22 March 2012)
Permanent Tribunal of the Peoples – Mexico Chapter (14 November 2011)