From October 18 to 20, 2018, in the three centers of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, in the municipality of Chilón (Ahlan Sac Hun, Ch’ich ‘and Bachajón), the presentation and dissemination of the Internal Regulation of said Ejido was carried out ( RIE). This document is the result of two years of work in which the Center for Indigenous Rights AC (CEDIAC), the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center and the Center for Women’s Rights of Chiapas (CDMCH) collaborated. After being approved by the majority, it was registered before the National Agrarian Registry (RAN) in July 2018.
The regulation was consolidated taking into account “the common interest for the care of Mother Earth and for the control of the territory.” For this reason, it includes protection for natural resources “that can not be sold, seized, mortgaged or given in guarantee for a debt” (Article 80 of the regulation). In a communique, they stressed that “we reject any program that seeks to strip us of the wealth of our territories and sell them to the highest bidder. Thus we defend the social property of our Ejido, which is part of our identity as Indigenous Peoples and for which we have fought since the time of our grandparents and grandmothers who preceded us »
Another notable point in the regulation is the prohibition of road blockades in its territory (Article 133), a problem that has been omnipresent in Chiapas in this last sexennium.
The presentation of the RIE (whose text is written in Spanish and Tseltal) ends with the following words: “Our last words are for the new generations because we want to offer this exercise of community agreements for the strengthening of our teltal institutions, so that respecting it, it will help us to renew our identity, to deepen our roots and to ensure the future of our people ».
For more information (in Spanish):
Boletín de prensa (Ejido de San Sebastián Bachajón, 20 de octubre de 2018)
Autoridades Ejidales Bachajon prohíben en su nuevo reglamento los bloqueos carreteros . (Periodistas San Cristóbal, 19 de octubre de 2018)
Piden alto a los bloqueos y asaltos carreteros (Revista Mark, 10 de octubre de 2018)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: a forum on Free Determination is held in Bachajón August 9, 2018
Chiapas: MOVEDITE Announcement on Early Political Campaigns August 29, 2017