Chiapas: Authorities in Santa Martha and Aldama Denounce New Attacks

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In recent days, authorities of Aldama and Santa Martha denounced the resumption of attacks among residents, which have their origin in an old conflict over the dispute of 60 hectares of land in the border area between the two villages.

The municipal president of Aldama, Adolfo Lopez Gomez, and the Fray Bartolome de Las Centere for Casas Human Rights (Frayba) reported on “attacks with firearms from armed civilian paramilitary-type groups in the communities of Santa Martha, Chenalho” against inhabitants of the municipality of Aldama, with the result that “many families flee [again] to the mountains” where they are sheltered in existing camps from previous forced displacements that derive from the same problem. Frayba reported that, although on June 4th, in Tuxtla Gutierrez, constitutional and traditional authorities of Aldama and Chenalho, accompanied by Governor Rutilio Escandon Cadenas and the federal undersecretary of Human Rights, Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez, signed a non-aggression, attacks against residents of Aldama “have not stopped throughout 2019 and so far in 2020, given the complicity of federal and state governments.”

Meanwhile, according to information from Proceso, “Efrain Alvarez Velasco, president of the Commission, and Miguel Alvarez Lopez, municipal rural agent of Saclum, Santa Martha, accused their neighbors in Aldama of being the ones who initiated the shooting. Today in the morning, when three community members of Santa Martha were cutting coffee on their plots, located in the place known as Tulhuitz, one of them was injured by a gun at knee level, a person who responds to the name of Lorenzo Ruiz Hernandez, originally from the Saclum community.”

For more information in Spanish:

Pobladores de Aldama denuncian ataques armados de sus vecinos de Chenalhó (Proceso, 3 de marzo de 2020)

Hieren a indígena en Chiapas por disputa de tierras (La Jornada, 4 de marzo de 2020)

Alto riesgo a la vida e integridad de familias tsotsiles (Frayba, 4 de marzo de 2020)

Incursión armada obliga a comunidad de Chiapas a desplazarse (El Universal, 4 de marzo de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: CNDH emite recomendación al gobierno del estado en caso de Aldama/Chenalhó (10 de octubre de 2019)

Chiapas: Sigue la violencia entre Aldama y Chenalhó a pesar de pacto de no agresión. (8 de junio de 2019)

Chiapas: Firman pacto de no agresión autoridades de Aldama y Chenalhó (5 de junio de 2019)

Chiapas: encuentran cuerpo del síndico de Aldama quien fungía como alcalde de dicho municipio (6 de mayo de 2019)

Chiapas: JBG de Oventik responsabiliza a gobierno de situación de violencia entre Aldama y Chenalhó (6 de febrero de 2019)

Chiapas: Ejército instala base militar para patrullar los municipios en conflicto de Aldama y Chenalhó (25 de enero de 2019)

Chiapas: One Dead and Two Wounded in Latest Confrontation in Aldama – Chenalho Conflict (January 29, 2019)

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