Chiapas/Guerrero: Violence Triples Cases of Forced Displacement in 2021

@ Animal Politico

The number of cases of forced displacement in Mexico reached record numbers in 2021, registering 42 episodes of displacement and 28,943 people affected. This was reported by the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) in its latest report “Episodes of Forced Internal Displacement in Mexico 2021”.

The document details the episodes of displacement in at least nine states of the country, including Chiapas and Guerrero. In the case of Chiapas, second nationwide, there were nine episodes of displacement that affected 7,117 people and six municipalities, including Aldama, Chapultenango, Chenalho, Ocosingo, Pantelho, and Venustiano Carranza. However, the episodes with the largest number of people affected occurred in Pantelho and Chenalho, where around 3,205 Tsotsil and Tseltal indigenous people had to move as a result of clashes between armed groups. Other causes were political violence, social conflict and territorial conflicts.

In Guerrero, the situation was quite similar with seven episodes of displacement, 1,793 displaced people and at least six affected municipalities, led by Coyuca de Catalan. In this state it was the violence generated by armed groups (linked to drug trafficking) that caused these displacements.

For more information in Spanish:

La violencia desplazó en México a 28,943 personas en 2021, CMDPDH (Educa Oaxaca, 25 de enero de 2023)

En 2021, fueron desplazadas más de 7 mil personas en nueve episodios (Chiapas Paralelo, 25 de enero de 2023)

Presentación Informe “Episodios de desplazamiento interno forzado en México 2021” (Cmdpdh, 24 de enero de 2023)

Se triplicaron en 2021 casos de desplazamiento forzado (La Jornada, 25 de enero de 2023)

Desplazamiento forzado rompe récords: la violencia desplazó a 28 mil 943 personas en 2021, casi el triple que el año previo (Animal Político, 25 de enero de 2023)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Gives Recommendations to Mexican Government after Visit (September 14, 2022)
National/International: Laguna Larga, Five Years of Forced Displacement (June 7, 2022)
Oaxaca/Chiapas: Among States with Highest Number of Forced Displacement Victims (December 22, 2021)
National: “Forced Displacement in Mexico; Result of Impunity and Unsolved Problem” – Centro Prodh Press Conference (November 17, 2021)

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