Chiapas: IACHR Visits Communities affected by Violence in Aldama, Chalchihuitan and Chenalho


A delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arrived in Mexico on July 11th in order to monitor compliance with the precautionary measures granted to 22 communities in the municipalities of Aldama, Chalchihuitan and Chenalho.

Led by the commissioner and rapporteur for Mexico and Indigenous Peoples, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, and the executive secretary, Tania Reneaum Panszi, the delegation began its visit with a meeting with the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Ministry of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez, the General Director of Human Rights and Democracy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cristopher Ballinas Valdes, the Secretary General of the Government of Chiapas, Victoria Cecilia Flores Perez and other federal and state authorities.

On Tuesday, July 12th, already in Chiapas, their first tour was in the communities of the municipality of Aldama, where despite precautionary measures MC-274-18 being issued in April 2021 for security and displacement reasons, to date, more than 1,000 attacks with high-caliber weapons have been recorded, resulting in three deaths and several injured, including girls and boys; in addition to the forced displacement of at least 4,399 people.

Given this scenario and after listening to the testimonies of some residents, Commissioner Arosemena noted, “When one listens to the experiences of each person, the claim is in court. A response must be given to the violent acts in which people’s lives have been lost, so there is a need, and the authorities can work on this with the investigation, with the commitment to arrest those responsible for the acts, because they are facts that take people’s lives, and that is a right that must be protected, the right to life.”

On its second day of work in Chiapas, the delegation visited the municipality of Chalchihuitan, where groups of representatives of displaced persons asked the representatives of the IACHR to intervene with the Mexican State so that the groups that operate in that area are disarmed and, they stated that “there is a lack of interest from the authorities to try to solve the agrarian problem that worsened in 2017” for which they asked the rapporteur to “be their voice to demand that the government attend to their requests to create the security conditions to return to their places of origin and to work their land.”

The visit of the delegation of representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which takes place in a context of increased violence, proliferation of armed groups and organized crime, and criminalization of human rights defenders, continues in Chiapas until Friday the 15th, with visits during the remaining two days to communities in Chenalho and meetings with state and municipal authorities.

For more information in Spanish:

Inicia la CIDH visita a zonas de conflicto en Chiapas (La Jornada 12 de julio de 2022)

Comunicado de la visita de la CIDH en Aldama (Frayba 12 de julio de 2022)

CIDH supervisa la situación de violencia que viven 22 comunidades indígenas tsotsiles de Chiapas (Proceso 12 de julio de 2022)

Piden a CIDH que gobierno desarme a grupos en Chiapas (La Jornada 14 de julio de 2022)

CIDH pide al gobierno mexicano que identifique y sancione a responsables de la violencia en Aldama, Chiapas (Aristegui Noticias 13 de julio de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/Internacional: CIDH visitará comunidades indígenas a un año de otorgar medidas cautelares en Aldama (28 de abril de 2022)

Chiapas: Ataques en Aldama no cesan, tan solo en marzo se han registrado al menos 78 agresiones (11 de marzo de 2022)

Chiapas/Internacional: CIDH otorga medidas cautelares a favor de 12 comunidades en Aldama (28 de abril de 2021)

Oaxaca/Chiapas: De los estados con el mayor número de víctimas de desplazamiento forzado (22 de diciembre de 2021)

Chiapas/Internacional: CIDh pide verificar cumplimiento de medidas cautelares en los Altos (24 de diciembre de 2021)

CIDH pide al gobierno mexicano que identifique y sancione a responsables de la violencia en Aldama, Chiapas (Aristegui Noticias 13 de julio de 2022)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas/International: IACHR To Visit Indigenous Communities One Year after Granting of Precautionary Measures in Aldama (April 29, 2022)
Chiapas: No End to Attacks in Aldama – 78 Registered in March Alone (March 14, 2022)
Chiapas/International: IACHR Grants Cautionary Measures for 12 Communities in Aldama (April 29, 2022)
Oaxaca/Chiapas: Among States with Highest Number of Forced Displacement Victims(December 22, 2022)
Chiapas/International: IACHR Requests Verification of Implementation of Cautionary Measures in The Highlands (December 28, 2022)

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