On 20 June, 17 years passed since the forced disappearance of Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres, a Ch’ol indigenous woman from the Tila municipality in northern Chiapas. On this occasion, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a bulletin informing that “in light of the lack of justice in Mexico, Minerva’s relatives together with relatives of other victims of this region in 2004 presented a petition against the Mexican State before the IACHR (Inter-American Court on Human Rights).” The IACHR, in turn, released in March 2013 a report indicating that the Mexican State is presumed to be responsible for human-rights violations in this case, as in 7 others.
In the initial petition, the CDHFBC handed over “information regarding the forced disappearance of 32 men and 5 women, as well as the execution of 7 women and 78 men, all of them Ch’ol indigenous persons, as a significant demonstration of the depth of the low-intensity warfare implemented in the northern zone of Chiapas between 1995 and 2000. This legacy continues today to have psycho-social effects on the indigenous of this region. Of the 122 cases documented by this Human Rights Center, eight comprise the petition before the IACHR.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Boletín del CDHFBC a 17 años de la desaparición forzqada de Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres (CDHFBC, 20 de junio de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: commemoration of the victims of Paz y Justicia in Masojá Shucjá (3 September 2009)