San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, October 12th, 2017.
International accompaniment and observation of human rights
The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, (Frayba) and the International Peace Service (SIPAZ) report that they will be accompanying the caravan organized in the framework of the tour of the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Council of Government, which will take place from October 13th to 19th of this year in the state of Chiapas according to the following announced program:
Friday, October 13th, 2017.- Start of caravan to Las Margaritas.
Saturday, October 14th, 2017.- Village of Guadalupe Tepeyac.
Sunday, October 15th, 2017.- Morelia Caracol.
Monday, October 16th, 2017.- La Garrucha Caracol.
Tuesday October 17th, 2017 .- Roberto Barrios Caracol.
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017.- Palenque.
Thursday October 19th, 2017.- Oventik Caracol.
The objective of the accompaniment will be to provide a presence for observation and documentation for the respect of human rights in the course of the caravan and in the planned events. Regrettably, in the face of the denunciations made by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) in recent months, which have included threats, attacks and aggressions, we see this deterrent presence as necessary. We consider it important that these activities be carried out with peace of mind, as part of a peaceful organizational effort aimed at defending the rights of indigenous peoples in the country.
The present communiqué is to inform the Mexican authorities and international human rights bodies, so that in their area of competence, they provide guarantees of protection to the caravan, which we reiterate, is a civil and peaceful action.
In the same way, we ask for guarantees of respect and protection of the integrity and safety of the members of the caravan, the right to life, and individual and collective rights and freedoms, guaranteeing in the immediate future the necessary conditions to carry out the caravan, without police accompaniment being considered in the activities.
The members of SIPAZ will be present in the activities wearing vests with the organization logo and the text ‘international observer’.
The members of the Frayba will be accompanying the Caravan as human rights observers.
We call for permanent accompaniment by international human rights organizations.
We call for national and international solidarity to demand the Mexican State in its three levels of government:
1.- Guarantee the work of human rights defenders in Mexico.
2.- Immediately adopt appropriate measures to guarantee the safety and physical integrity of the members of the Caravan of the National Indigenous Congress as well as the Indigenous Council of Government.
3.- Ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 9th, 1998.
4.- In general, ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with international human rights standards ratified by Mexico.
We declare that we will be attentive at all points of the tour, with the aim of ensuring respect for human rights and documenting any security incident.
This communiqué has been sent to the authorities of the Mexican State, as well as to international human rights bodies.
For more information:
Este sábado se registra Marichuy, la aspirante presidencial zapatista (El Proceso, 6 de octubre de 2017)
La aspirante indígena a la presidencia de México rechaza dinero público para su campaña (El País, 9 de octubre de 2017)
Para más información en ingles:
Mexico’s Indigenous Congress: Decolonising politics (Al Jazeera, 27 de septiembre de 2017)
Zapatista-Backed Indigenous Woman Registers to Run for Mexican Presidency (teleSUR, 7 de octubre de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas/Nacional : Candidata presidencial “no es decisión de una persona” (Subcomandante Moíses) (15 de noviembre de 2016)