On July 8th, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), presented the document “Preserving Life, Open Letter: Stop Violence in Forced Displaced Communities in Chiapas” in a live broadcast that included the participation of Pedro Faro, director of Frayba and Ofelia Medina, actress and defender.
The letter, written by Frayba and the Trust for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico A.C. (FISANIM – Fideo), was read by Ofelia Medina. It expresses “high concern about the acts of violence and the urgency in which people in situations of forced internal displacement live in the municipalities of Aldama, Chalchihuitan and Chenalho, Chiapas.”
It reports that during the month of June and the early days of July, the Permanent Commission of the 115 Communards and Displaced Persons of Aldama reported 74 armed attacks in San Pedro Cotsilnam, Yeton, Tabak, KoKo’, Xuxch’en, Tselepotobtic, Chivit and the municipal seat of Aldama. This municipality currently has a total of 2,036 people who are victims of forced displacement, the letter explains.
It also states that several of the situations of forced displacement in Chiapas, such as Chalchihuitan, Aldama and Los Chorros, have recommendations and/or precautionary measures issued by different state, national and international Human Rights commissions.
They claims there is non-compliance by the State Council for Comprehensive Attention to Internal Displacement of the state: “As human rights organizations we see the need for the State Executive Commission for Attention to Victims for the State of Chiapas, to carry out urgent work to attend to the victims of forced displacement in Chiapas.” On the contrary, officials from the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Migration and Population have visited the area and have held meetings with municipal and state authorities, with the representatives of the displaced and with Frayba, but without changing the underlying situation.
At the end of the letter, addressed to the President of the Republic and to the federal and state government, the two organizations demanded “a halt to paramilitary violence in Chiapas; the food emergency suffered by people in forced internal displacement in the communities of Aldama, Chalchihuitan, Los Chorros, Chenalho, be recognized and addressed urgently and as a priority …” They also asked for attention to critical situations in various communities in the municipalities of Chilon, Palenque, Ocosingo, Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacan, San Andres Duraznal, and Tenejapa.
They stressed that, at present, there are a total of 10,113 victims of forced displacement in the state of Chiapas.
More information in Spanish:
Carta pública: Alto a la violencia a comunidades desplazadas forzadas en Chiapas. (Frayba, 8 de julio)
Reportan 74 agresiones armadas hacia familias desplazadas de Aldama, Chalchihuitán y Chenalhó(ChiapasParalelo, 8 de julio)
More information from SIAPZ:
Chiapas: Injunction Granted to Protect Life, Integrity and Security of Displaced Tsotsil Communities in Aldama (May 4, 2020)