Chiapas/National: INM and National Guard Continue Harassment of Migrant Caravan 

@Isain Mandujano

At dawn on Sunday, August 5th, members of the migrant caravan were attacked by some 200 uniformed members of the National Guard (GN) and the National Migration Institute (INM) in the town of Huixtla, Chiapas, where they had spent the night. .

The GN and INM patrols entered violently, causing the migrants to flee to rural roads, nearby streets, the river or the hills. This caused the separation of several families.

The action was witnessed by members of civil organizations that make up the Collective for the Observation and Monitoring of Human Rights in Southeast Mexico, who documented arbitrary detentions, without adherence to basic protocols, and particularly the systematic detention of accompanied children and the separation of families as a strategy of coercion towards mothers and fathers. In addition, they indicated that the detainees in Huixtla were expelled immediately and without following procedures to Tecun Uman in Guatemala.

For their part, the migrants stated that INM personnel took away their documents and belongings during the operation.

Faced with this situation, the Collective filed a complaint, folio 2021/81670, before the National Human Rights Commission, and an injunction to demand federal protection against acts depriving the liberty and physical integrity of the people who are in movement.

Now the migrants move in small groups along the roads. In response, the INM and the GN patrol the highway that leads from Huixtla to Escuintla trying to find the stragglers to stop them.

For his part, the head of the Diocese of Tapachula, Monsignor Jaime Calderon Calderon said that “the different levels of government came together to initiate a real manhunt, scaring, ambushing and dismantling the caravans, through the excessive use of force. With great, indiscriminate and unnecessary violence, they have knocked down and intimidated migrant brothers, especially women and children.”

For more information in Spanish:

INM y Guardia Nacional disuelven cuarta caravana; migrantes se dispersan por caminos (Animal Político, 5 de septiembre, 2021)

Guardia Nacional y Migración se despliegan en Huixtla para detener migrantes(La Jornada, 5 de septiembre, 2021)

Guardia Nacional disuelve caravana migrante en Huixtla, Chiapas (Proceso, 5 de septiembre, 2021)

Nueva caravana migrante parte de Tapachula, Chiapas; Guardia Nacional hace operativos nocturnos (Animal Político, 4 de septiembre, 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/National: Migrant Caravan – Desperate Action against Inaction (August 31, 2021)

Chiapas/International: Thousands of Haitians Stuck in Tapachula Demand Facilitation of Migration Process (August 25, 2021)

Chiapas/National/International: INM and Officials Denounced for Harassment of Migrant Defenders (May 3, 2021)

National: Claim that CNDH Ignores Information on Cases of Migrant Human Rights Violations(February 10, 2021)

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