Chiapas: “Sepulchral Silence” of Governments on Violence against Indigenous: Frayba


Within the framework of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), issued a bulletin in which it maintains that the Mexican State “has a historical debt with the original peoples, it still does not fully recognize their collective rights, in the midst of racism and structural discrimination that trigger various forms of violence against them.”

Historically, indigenous communities in Mexico have been in a constant struggle for the defense of land, water and autonomy within their ancestral territories and due to the wealth they possess in terms of natural resources they are persecuted by legal institutions that seek to dispossess them of their space through population control. An example of this is the constant harassment against the residents of Nuevo San Gregorio in Chiapas, who are intimidated into abandoning their lands recovered in 1994.

In addition to this, Frayba maintains that “the aim is to generate a policy of assimilation and integration of the Indigenous Peoples through a new indigenism whose central element is extermination and its pillars are exploitation, dispossession, contempt and repression. The Mexican State has also trivialized its right to decide on its territory.”

Finally Frayba greets the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and the World who, from their different forms of Autonomy, Self-determination and Resistance, persist in the construction of Peace and Dignified Life. “Today as never before they are our compass for the defense of human rights”, they stated.

For more information in Spanish:

“Sepulcral silencio” de gobiernos frente violencias contra indígenas en Chiapas: Frayba (Educa, 09 de agosto de 2022)

Preocupa la violencia contra defensores de derechos civiles en Chiapas: Frayba (La Jornada, 09 de agosto de 2022)

Gobierno mexicano tiene pendiente el respeto y reconocimiento del Derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas (09 de agosto de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: IACHR and ALDEA Request Reform To Allow Indigenous Peoples To Exercise their Rights (June 5, 2022)
Chiapas: Demand for Halt to Violence against BAEZLN in Nuevo San Gregorio (May 18, 2022)
Chiapas: International NGOs Express Concern over Wave of Violence against Indigenous Peoples (January 18, 2022)

Chiapas: Se otorga amparo para proteger la vida, la integridad y la seguridad de comunidades desplazadas del pueblo maya Tzotzil en Aldama. (April 29, 2020)

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