Chiapas: Attacks Continue in Aldama and Leave One Wounded

@ Prensa Libre de Chiapas

Armed attacks in Aldama in the Highlands of Chiapas are not new, they have been going on for years. But they have increased since the beginning of 2020 and to date, causing the forced displacement of thousands of people, injured people and more than 20 deaths. Now, 2022 also begins with armed attacks that have just left at least one seriously injured.

As reported by the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), 36 armed attacks were reported in 72 hours in the communities of Chivit, Stzelejpotobtik, Yeton, Xuxchen, Tabac, Juxton, Coco and Aldama. At approximately 8:00 a.m. on January 9th, 2022, Javier Hernandez de la Torre received a firearm wound while he and his family went to work in the fields. Due to the severity of his injury (a gunshot wound to the level of the left ear) he was transferred to the Hospital de Las Culturas in San Cristobal de Las Casas where he is undergoing treatment.

The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights made “an urgent call to the Mexican State to comply with the prevention and protection actions for the inhabitants of the municipality of Aldama, as indicated in the precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), because risk factors that endanger life do not cease.”

For more information in Spanish:

Hieren en ataque armado a indígena tsotsil, habitante de Aldama (Frayba, 9 de enero de 2022)

Hieren de un balazo a campesino de Aldama (Prensa Libre de Chiapas, 9 de enero de 2022)

Exigen desde Europa un alto a la violencia en Aldama (Chiapas Paralelo, 3 de enero de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Halt to Violence in Aldama Demanded from Europe (January 7, 2022)

Chiapas/International: IACHR Requests Verification of Implementation of Cautionary Measures in The Highlands (December 28, 2021)

Chiapas: Another Wounded Person Reported in Aldama (May 25, 2021)

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