Chiapas: Abejas de Acteal Receive Mariano Abarca Prize

@Otros Mundos AC

On Saturday, November 27th, twelve years after the assassination of environmentalist Mariano Abarca, a ceremony was held to present the award that bears his name.

On this occasion, the 35 organizations, movements and national and international groups that endorse it, decided that it would be delivered to the organization Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society in recognition of their peaceful struggle in defense of the land, territory and life that they have continued despite the violence in the region.

The ceremony for the delivery of the III “Mariano Abarca” Environmental Defense Award was held in the Acteal community in Chenalho municipality. There the Abarca family made the delivery to the 24 communities of the three municipalities that belong to this organization.

During the ceremony, they remembered Jose Simon, one of their leaders who was recently assassinated, and demanded justice in his case and in that of Mariano Abarca.

In their speech they mentioned that “due to their position in favor of human rights and against injustice, its members have been constantly persecuted, harassed and threatened, but despite this they have not ceased to be, at the same time, a space for refuge for families and groups that suffer persecution, regardless of their religion or political affiliation.”

Similarly, they invited the organizations that accompanied them to continue walking together in this fight for justice and the care and protection of their land and territory.

For more information in Spanish:

Nuestro corazón está contento: Abejas de Acteal reciben el III Premio a la Defensa Ambiental “Mariano Abarca” (Chiapas Paralero 29 de Noviembre de 2021) 

Entregan a Las Abejas de Acteal Premio a la Defensa Ambiental (La Jornada 28 de noviembre de 2021)

Premian a Las Abejas de Acteal por defender la tierra, pese a la violencia (La Jornada 29 de noviembre de 2021) 

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Las Abejas de Acteal – The Struggle for Justice Continues (November 25, 2021)

Chiapas: 99 Days after Murder of Simon Pedro, las Abejas de Acteal Denounce “Negligence and Zero Willingness” of Attorney General (October 17, 2021)

Chiapas: Las Abejas Repeat Request for IACHR Report on Acteal Massacre (May 25, 2021)

Chiapas: After 8,491 Days of Impunity in the Acteal Massacre, Our Struggle Continues to Blossom: Las Abejas de Acteal (March 28, 2021)

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