Press conference, 31 March 2014 (@CDHFBC)
On 31 March there was held a press conference which featured the displaced from Banavil (Tenejapa municipality) and from the Aurora Ermita ejido (Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacán municipality), as well as representatives from the Coordination Table for the Defense of Human Rights. They denounced the conditions of displacement which they currently suffer, and in light of the lack of responses from the authorities, they reported that on 4 April 2014 they would hold a march in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to demand their rights.
In the Banavil case, they denounced that “nearly a month after Alonso Guzmán López was imprisoned, the PRI is threatening relatives of the displaced by fabricating crimes so as to return them to prison because they supposedly have contact with governmental officials who sell themselves to incarcerate innocent persons. Meanwhile, ten arrest orders have yet to completed against the aggressors of 4 December 2011.” In the case of the Aurora Ermita ejido, they noted that “there are nine arrest-orders against the aggressors; two are imprisoned, so seven are left.”
They called on the government to soon return the displaced from Banavil and Aurora Ermita; to apply justice against those who have arrest-orders against them; to guarantee their security upon their return, so that these acts not recur; to clarify the disappearance of Alonso López Luna, an EZLN sympathizer from Banavil; and to comprehensively compensate the two groups of displaced, as mandated by the United Nations.
For more information (in Spanish):
Crean en Chiapas ONG en defensa de desplazados (La Jornada, 1ero de abril de 2014)
Video de la conferencia de prensa (Koman Ilel, 31 de marzo de 2014)
Audio de la conferencia de prensa (Radio Pozol, 31 de marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Public denunciation from those displaced from Banavil (16 September 2013)
Chiapas: CDHFBC published more information on the Banavil case, Tenejapa (9 February 2012)