Chiapas: State Congress asks the government to address the issue of forced displacement; displaced people from Colonia Puebla return to San Cristóbal de Las Casas


Coordinator of displaces people in Chiapas (@Kuuntik)

In the ordinary session of October 25, the deputies of the Congress of Chiapas approved the point of agreement proposed by the deputy Juan Salvador Camacho Velasco of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) for the attention of people in situations of forced displacement in the state. They urged the Government to advance in the preparation of the State Program for the Prevention and Attention to Internal Displacement and requested the installation of the State Council of Integral Attention to Internal Displacement. They urged that actions should be carried out and that the necessary and adequate measures should be taken for guarantee the life and integrity of displaced persons in the municipalities of Chalchihuitán, Aldama, Ocosingo, Zinacantán and Chenalhó. The petition was extended to all the displaced people of Chiapas so that a return in dignified and safe conditions to their communities of origin might be guaranteed.

On the other hand, after spending 18 days in an indefinite sit-in in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the 254 displaced persons from Colonia Puebla, municipality of Chenalhó, decided to return to a shelter in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (a former chicken farm), “while we try to find a peaceful and comprehensive solution to their current situation”, informed the General Secretary of the Government, Mario Carlos Culebro Velasco. He affirmed that “these actions are complying with the agreements reached with the representatives of these families, but above all, with each of the recommendations issued by human rights organizations, because it is the conviction of the state authority to address the victims and ensure respect for human rights. “

Javier Hernández, representative of the displaced, stated in the media that a minute of agreements was signed with the current government and the elected governor Rutilio Escandón Cadenas so that, in the first days of his administration, Escandón Cadenas will take the case and seek a definitive solution to their displacement which is due to a conflict that was generated in 2016 after political problems in the municipality of Chenalhó.

For more information (in Spanish):

Desplazados, tema central en el Congreso del Estado (Ultimatum, 26 de octubre de 2018)

Solicita Congreso a Velasco atención a desplazados (Meganoticias, 26 de octubre de 2018)

Demandan al gobierno de Chiapas resolver desplazamientos internos (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 25 de octubre de 2018)

Familias desplazadas de ejido Puebla reciben ayuda humanitaria (Síntesis, 25 de octubre de 2018)

Desplazados de Chenalhó retornan a San Cristóbal (Prensa Libre, 25 de octubre de 2018)

Fore more information from SIPAZ:

National: 20,390 Forcibly Displaced in 2017 – Over 329,900 in the Last 12 Years, May 11, 2018

Chiapas: Violent Eviction of Road Block Protest by Chenalho Displaced, March 31, 2017

Chiapas: Conflict between Parties Unleashes Violence in Chenalho, March 29, 2017

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