(@Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas)
On 22 April 2013, in observance of the monthly commemoration of the Acteal massacre of December 1997, members of the Las Abejas Civil Society denounced the “impunity and lack of justice” exercised by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) in the case, as newly illustrated with its liberation of 15 Tsotsil individuals who had been imprisoned for participating in the massacre on 10 April.
Las Abejas affirmed that “as survivors of the massacre we clearly know that they were participants; we know their faces, and we clearly know their first and last names. Although the mass media denies that they have returned to their communities of origin, we ourselves have seen them with our own eyes.” They noted, “They are liberating the paramilitaries, and so: who is it who massacred our brothers?” It should be recalled that a total of 73 indigenous persons have now been released where previously they had been incarcerated for the massacre–not because they are innocent, but because there were violations to due process. Now there remain just six people in prison for the crime.
Las Abejas concluded that they would not demand justice from the SCJN or the authorities from the three levels of government, affirming instead that “Our hope is with international human-rights organizations.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado completo de la Sociedad Civil Las Abejas (22 de abril de 2013)
Reclama Las Abejas a la Corte impunidad en caso Acteal (Proceso, 22 de abril de 2013)
Libres por orden de la Corte, otros 15 indígenas implicados en el caso Acteal (La Jornada, 11 de abril de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: New communique from Las Abejas de Acteal (24 January 2013)
Chiapas: Survivor of Acteal massacre dies (16 November 2012)