Chiapas: Wave of Violence Continues in the State

February 15, 2018

ChiapasChilon Municipality @ Chiapas

On January 27th, two men were found executed and two vehicles burned in the municipality of Chilon. Several newspapers mentioned that it was the result of a confrontation between alleged self-defense groups and an organized crime gang. They also reported that one of the victims could be related to the gang “Pesthoneros, a group that is dedicated to kidnapping, murder among other criminal acts.”

The events occurred at the conclusion of the tour of the pre-candidate of the PRI to the governor, Roberto Albores Gleason.

It should be remembered that in the municipality of Chilon there is a post-electoral conflict since 2015, which has left at least 12 dead, according to Universal.

For more information in Spanish:

Chiapas: Dos ejecutados tras mitin de precandidato del PRI-PVEM a gubernatura (Regeneración, 28 de enero de 2018)

Matan a dos hombres en Chilón (( Imágenes fuertes )) (Alerta Chiapas, 28 de enero de 2018)

Mueren 2 en ataque tras mitin de precandidato priista al gobierno de Chiapas (SDP Noticias, 28 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Enfrentamiento en Oxchuc (26 de enero de 2018)

Chiapas : sin condiciones de seguridad regresan a casa más de 4000 desplazados en Chalchihuitán (4 de enero de 2018)

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Nuevos incidentes post electorales en Oxchuc. (4 de abril de 2017)


National: CNI Denounces Attack on CIG Caravan

February 8, 2018

MarichuyMarichuy in Oventik, Chiapas @ SIPAZ

On January 21st, the National Indigenous Congress (CNI in its Spanish acronym) denounced that the caravan of the independent candidate, Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, Marichuy, was attacked in the Tierra Caliente region while traveling to the coastal municipality of Aquila, Michoacan.

The CNI said that the caravan was attacked on a stretch between the roads of Buenavista and Tepalcatepec: “heavily armed individuals in two vans stopped, threatened and took cell phones and photographic equipment from journalists accompanying the route.”

After the attack, the CNI demanded “security guarantees for the caravan and our spokesperson. We ask that you be alert for the safety of our colleagues.”

The State Government, through the Ministry of Public Security (SSP in its Spanish acronym) reported on Twitter that, “there was no armed attack on the caravan of the independent pre-candidate to the Presidency of the Republic, Marichuy.” According to El Heraldo, the authorities “handle the report of robbery of journalists who went to cover the activities of the pre-candidate, of which there has been no formal complaint; The Investigation Folder was opened based on the public complaint until tonight.”

It should be remembered that the region where the attack took place is one of the most violent in Michoacán, where criminal gangs have had a strong presence for decades. There, the Michoacan Family, the Knights Templar, Los Viagras, H3 gained strength and therefore self-defense processes emerged five years ago. Today the territory is disputed between the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel and the aforementioned gangs, according to information from Proceso.

For more information in Spanish:

Denuncian asalto a caravana de Marichuy en Michoacán (El Financiero, 21 de enero de 2018)

Grupo armado ataca a caravana de “Marichuy” en Michoacán (Proceso, 21 de enero de 2018)

Gobierno del estado de Michoacán desmiente ataque a caravana de Marichuy (El Heraldo de Chihuahua, 22 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Choles del Ejido Tila celebraron el segundo aniversario de su autonomía y auto gobierno con María de Jesús (20 de diciembre de 2017)

Nacional: Marichuy critica trampas del INE a su candidatura (26 de octubre de 2018)

Nacional: Marychuy se registra como candidata independiente a la Presidencia de la República (18 de octubre de 2017)

Nacional / Chiapas: El CNI conforma su Concejo Indígena de Gobierno y elige a su vocera. (31 de mayo de 2017)

Chiapas: 4000 Displaced Return Home in Insecure Conditions n Chalchihuitan

January 22, 2018

ChenalhoDisplaced Chalchihuitan (@Sin Embargo)

On December 2nd, nearly four thousand indigenous people from Chalchihuitan returned to their communities of origin after almost two months of forced displacement, despite not having secure conditions to do so due to the presence of groups that have not been disarmed, so they blamed the state and federal governments for what might happen to their families. 1,165 people refused to leave Kanalumtik camp where they are located for the same reason.

According to the parish priest of Chalchuitan, those who returned did so because of the conditions of forced displacement that caused the death of 11 people due to hunger and cold in this region of the Highlands of Chiapas.

Municipal, state and federal authorities met in this framework and agreed to continue with humanitarian aid, maintain close public security with the participation of state and federal forces, and continue to seek lasting solutions that guarantee peace in the region.

It should be recalled that there has been an agrarian conflict over boundaries between the two municipalities of Chalchihuitan and Chenalho since 1973, as a result of the works of recognition and titling of communal property by the extinct Secretariat of Agrarian Reform. They have resulted in a dispute over more than 900 hectares located between the two places.

For more information in Spanish:

Segob establece tres acuerdos con representantes de desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Aristegui Noticias, 4 de enero de 2018)

Peligroso retorno a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Segob refuerza ayuda en el regreso de desplazados a Chalchihuitán (La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2018)

Retornan a sus comunidades casi 4 mil indígenas desplazados de Chalchihuitán (Proceso, 2 de enero de 2018)

Sin condiciones de seguridad, desplazados en Chiapas retornan a sus casas (Regeneración, 2 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

SIPAZ: BOLETÍN URGENTE – Reactivación del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán : violencia generalizada e impunidad (16 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas : Conflicto agrario: fallo en favor del municipio de Chenalhóc(13 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: últimos acontecimientos del conflicto agrario entre Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (8 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Urge ayuda humanitaria para personas desplazadas (29 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Otra vez resurgió el conflicto agrario entre los municipios de Chenalhó y Chalchihuitán (14 de noviembre de 2017)

Chiapas: Second Meeting of “ConSciences for Humanity” Organized by EZLN

January 14, 2018

EZLN.pngSecond sciences encounter “ConSciencias for Humanity” Photo @ SIPAZ

The second edition of the science festival “ConSciences for Humanity”, organized by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), took place from December 27th to 30th. The activities were carried out in the facilities of the CIDECI-UniTierra, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas.

During those four days, scientists from different locations shared their knowledge and reflected with the 200 Zapatista students under the theme “Science Against the Wall” on subjects as diverse as agroecology, technology, genetics, education, beekeeping, mathematics, ancestral knowledge, women in science and the importance of the nixtamalization of corn.

The reflections focused on how a science can be used for the benefit of life in contrast to current science that is at the service of profit and power. The role of academics was discussed and strong criticisms were made of Mexican public policies that do not grant sufficient budgets or freedom for scientific research that is sustainable and for the benefit of the people.

Each day ended with the participation of the Sixth Commission, which convened the first international, political, artistic, sports and cultural meeting of women who fight from March 7th to 11th, 2018.

For more information in Spanish:

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 1 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 2 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 3 (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

ConCiencias por la Humanidad 2017 – Día 4 (audios, fotos, texto) (Seminarios CIDECI-Unitierra, 31 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 27 de diciembre de 2017 en el ConCiencias por la Humanidad. SupGaleano. Depende (Enlace zapatista, 27 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta del día 28 de diciembre de 2017 en

el ConCiencias por la Humanidad


SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 28 de diciembre de 2017)

Convocatoria al primer encuentro internacional, político, artístico, deportivo y cultural de mujeres que luchan (Enlace zapatista, 29 de diciembre de 2017)

Participación de la Comisión Sexta en la Clausura del ConCiencias por la Humanidad


SupGaleano (Enlace zapatista, 30 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIAPZ:

Chiapas: inicio del el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad” y segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (29 de diciembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Se acabó el Encuentro “L@s Zapatistas y las ConCiencias por la Humanidad”, y la segunda etapa del V Congreso Nacional Indígena (12 de enero de 2017)

Chiapas: Twentieth Anniversary of Acteal Massacre

January 14, 2018

Acteal.pngTwentieth anniversary of Acteal Massacre (@SIPAZ)


On December 22nd, 20 years had passed since the massacre of 45 indigenous people in Acteal, municipality of Chenalho, which as stated by the Network All Rights for All “is still a pending account of justice by the Mexican State.” In this framework, a series of activities were organized from December 20th to 22nd.

In a statement read on the 22nd, Las Abejas Civil Society, to which the victims belonged, recalled that “the massacre committed here in Acteal, was against the Tsotsil, peaceful and organized people, the Mexican State through its paramilitaries wanted to exterminate us, to end the seed of our culture of peace and autonomy.” It stated that, “despite the pain and impunity, Acteal became Sacred Land. Acteal, is memory. Acteal, is a dignified word before the world. Acteal, is comfort and healing. Acteal, is dignity and greatness. Acteal is the path of truth, because it never thinks of revenge. Acteal, is Justice. Acteal, is conscience.” It also reaffirmed that “after twenty years of impunity, we do not tire of denouncing what happened and that justice be done”.

The Civil Society Las Abejas denounced on the other hand that, “the Mexican justice system has already expired” so “we have proposed to build a dignified and lasting justice. On the other hand, we hope that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will pronounce itself on the responsibility of the Mexican State regarding this crime against humanity.”

Finally it reaffirmed “that our struggle will continue to be peaceful and committed in defense of life and of Mother Earth, knowing that we are not alone”.

For more information in Spanish:

A veinte años de impunidad, emitimos sentencia condenatoria con la palabra “CULPABLE” a los autores intelectuales de la Masacre de Acteal. (Sociedad Civil Las Abejas, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

La masacre de Acteal, culminación de una política de Estado contra indígenas (La Jornada, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal nuestra casa de la memoria (CDHFBC, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

La otra verdad de Acteal, a 20 años de la masacre (Animal Político, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal: el día en que México avergonzó a la humanidad (Animal Político, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

Acteal, una cuenta pendiente del Estado: Red TDT al exigir protección a las comunidades en Chiapas (Proceso, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

A 20 años de la masacre de Acteal, no olvidamos: Alto a la violencia de Estado en Chiapas (Red Todos los Derechos para todas y todos, 22 de diciembre de 2017)

En México no hay justicia: Acteal, herida abierta (CDHFBC, 21 de diciembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Celebran 25 años de resistencia Las Abejas de Acteal (15 de diciembre de 2017)

Chiapas: lanzamiento de la campaña Acteal: Raíz, Memoria y Esperanza (27 de marzo de 2017)

Chiapas: Conmemoración de los 19 años de la masacre de Acteal (24 de diciembre de 2016)


Chiapas: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination

November 24, 2017

MODEVITEAuthorities from La Candelaria, Municipality of San Cristobal de Las Casas. Photo @: SIPAZ

On November 20th, thousands of indigenous people grouped in the Movement in Defense of Life and the Territory (Modevite in its Spanish acronym) mobilized in 11 municipalities and an ejido of Chiapas in defense of Mother Earth, for a dignified life and to demand respect for the free self-determination of indigenous peoples. In a statement, they explained: “We are one people who today want to express ourselves in each of the 12 fronts where we are. We denounce the constant threat of transnational extractive megaprojects and demand our right to the self-determination of peoples, in order to change the outdated and oppressive system that governs us.”

The event was called on 107 years of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, and stressed that “the marginalization and misery of our peoples persist; violence is the daily bread and insecurity is what is breathed in the environment. Coupled with this, the colorful circus of political parties divides us, and they take advantage of our poverty” while governments at all levels “are accomplices of dispossession, abuses, violence and injustice.”

For this reason they propose “creating another system that promotes the community rather than individuality, that looks at the earth as a Mother and not as merchandise, that embraces the cultural diversity rooted in the spirituality of our ancestors to make way for the reconstruction of the fabric of social community”. They intend to promote “community governments that renew social relations among indigenous peoples, mestizos, diverse religions, adults and youth; community governments that renew politics by exercising the right to elect the authorities according to the indigenous normative systems of each people, to combat corruption and division of bad governments and thus ensure the defense of our Mother Earth and community harmony.”

More specifically, they asked the authorities to respond positively to the requests presented by the Community Government Commissions of the municipalities of Chilon and Sitala to the Electoral and Citizen Participation Institute (IEPC in tis Spanish acronym) of Chiapas, on November 17th for that they can govern themselves according to their own indigenous normative system.

For more information in Spanish:

Indígenas de Chiapas denuncian amenaza constante de megaproyectos y ambición de trasnacionales (Proceso 20 de noviembre de 2017)

MODEVITE se expresa en sus 12 frentes y afirma su apoyo a los municipios de Chilón y Sitalá en su búsqueda del gobierno comunitario (MODEVITE 20 de noviembre de 2017)

Pronunciamiento de las Comisiones de Gobierno Comunitario de Chilón y Sitalá (Boletín de prensa del MODEVITE 18 de noviembre de 2017)

Comisiones de Sitalá y Chilón exigen al IEPC respetar su derecho al Gobierno Comunitario, sin partidos políticos (Anuncio de Conferencia de prensa del MODEVITE 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Pronunciamiento de MOVEDITE ante las campañas políticas anticipadas (22 de agosto de 2017)

Chiapas : Culmina peregrinación de 12 días del Movimiento de Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio en San Cristóbal de Las Casas (29 de noviembre de 2016)

National/International: Visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Mexico Ends

November 23, 2017

UNPhoto: @frayba

From November 5th to 17th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, indigenous leader of the Philippines, made an official visit to Mexico, which included the capitals of the states of Guerrero, Chiapas and Chihuahua. She met with more than 200 representatives of 23 indigenous peoples, civil organizations defending their rights and officials at all levels.

At the end of his visit, she declared that “the current inadequate legal recognition of indigenous peoples as holders of rights, together with structural discrimination, are at the basis of all the issues and concerns” in the areas “lands and territories; autonomy, self-determination and political participation; self-ascription of indigenous peoples; access to justice; violence and impunity; the right to determine their development priorities; consultation and free, prior and informed consent; economic, social and cultural rights, and the particular situation of specific sectors of indigenous peoples.” While acknowledging “Mexico’s support for advancing the indigenous agenda in international forums,” “this commitment must be coherent and should be reflected in the application of these standards in Mexico.”

On the controversial issue of the consultation, she said that “even in the absence of national legislation on this issue, Mexico already has the obligation to consult indigenous peoples on any activity or legislative or administrative measures that could affect them according to the standards of the ILO Convention 169, the Inter-American jurisprudence and the UN Declaration. The adoption of specific legislation is not the only mechanism to apply the right to consultation and the fact that there is no single model for consultation should also be taken into account, since each indigenous people has its own authorities and decision-making processes.”

The rapporteur also stressed that “the initiatives of indigenous peoples in the area of ​​autonomy and self-government should enjoy greater recognition, and be recognized and incorporated into the overall political structure of the country. In addition to self-government, indigenous peoples have the right to participate fully, if they so wish, in the political life of the country. I have seen some positive developments that could facilitate the political participation of indigenous peoples in this area, such as the possibility of registering independent candidacies.”

For more information in Spanish:

Relatora de la ONU constata violaciones a derechos de indígenas en Chiapas (Proceso, 15 de noviembre de 2017)

Declaración de cierre de Misión a México (Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, ONU, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Discriminación indígena persiste por falta de voluntad política: ONU (La Jornada, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Indígenas no son consultados sobre megaproyectos que afectan su territorio en México: ONU (Aristegui Noticias, 17 de noviembre de 2017)

Relatora Especial sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas de la ONU visita Guerrero (Boletín de prensa, Tlachinollan, Guerrero, 14 de noviembre de 2017)

Pueblos indígenas presentan recomendaciones ante ONU (Boletín de prensa, Chiapas,15 de noviembre de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional – México: Visita de la Relatora especial de la ONU sobre derechos de los pueblos indígenas (8 de noviembre de 2017)