On 4 December, 4 years since the forcible displacement from their community, the families from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, once again raised their voices to demand that the Chiapas state government compensate their losses, cancel the two arrest-orders against Antonio and Pedro López Girón, and carry out the ten arrest-orders against those responsible for the forcible disappearance of Alonso López Luna and of the forcible displacement they experience.
In a press-conference which involved the participation of the displaced, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) indicated that “the Mexican State is responsible for the forcible disappearance of Alonso due to its omissions and complicity with the perpetrators. According to testimony from the family, they had presented denunciations before the appropriate authorities due to death-threats, harassment, plundering, physical attacks, and denial of the right to education, without an adequate response from the governmental institutions, thus allowing the perpetrators to feel they were protected, in turn leading to further human-rights violations.” The CDHFBC indicated as well that there has been no “search and corresponding investigations that conform with the basic standards of judicial investigation, such that impunity and complicity with the attackers dominates […].” The CDHFBC added that the only person who had been arrested in the case, Alonso Guzmán López, was released in October 2013.
For more information (in Spanish):
Denuncia de las y los desplazados de Banavil, municipio de Tenajapa (4 de diciembre de 2015)
Boletín completo del CDHFBC, 4 de diciembre de 2015
El desplazamiento como estrategia para acabar con el zapatismo: Banavil (regeneracionradio.org, 5 de diciembre de 2015)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Retorno provisional de las familias desplazadas de Banavil para Día de Muertos (9 de noviembre de 2015)