The director of the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), Dora Lilia Roblero, together with the coordinator of international solidarity, Ruben Moreno, announced the decision to temporarily suspend the Civil Observation Brigades (BriCO) installed in the Zapatista community of Nuevo San Gregorio due to the death threats received by national and international observers present there.
The observers, from different geographies, have carried out documentation work on the threats, intimidation, harassment and other forms of violence against the five BAEZLN families. However, the opposing group has directed these threats against the observers.
At a press conference, Dora Roblero said that “in 28 years of work by the BriCOs, observation camps have only had to be suspended on a few occasions due to threats and the serious life-threatening situation of the observers.” Frayba also reported that the embassies of the citizens present in the community, as well as the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons were informed of the situation. None of the three levels of government in Mexico has pronounced on the matter.
Despite the decision to withdraw the BriCOs, Frayba will continue with its documentation and denunciation work demanding respect for the human rights of the BAEZLN.
For more information in Spanish:
Alertan sobre amenazas de muerte contra observadores de derechos humanos en Chiapas (Educa Oaxaca, 30 de junio de 2022)
Frayba suspende brigadas de observación en comunidad zapatista por amenazas (Desinformémonos, 30 de junio de 2022)
Frayba anuncia retiro de brigadas de Nuevo San Gregorio (La Jornada, 29 de junio de 2022)
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