Chiapas: Provisional return of displaced families from Banavil for Day of the Dead

November 19, 2015

Tumba de Antonia López Méndez.  Foto: @Sipaz

Gravesite for Antonia López Méndez. Photo: @Sipaz

From 30 October to 3 November, the four families displaced from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, returned provisionally to their homes. During these days, they visited the gravesite of Antonia López Méndez, the daughter of one of the families, who died on 21 February 2015, 11 years of age.

It bears recalling that the families were displaced at the beginning of December 2011, following an attack carried out by militants from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) carrying firearms. During the events, Alonso López Luna was forcibly disappeared and, to date, his whereabouts remain unknown. In this way, the attack also cuased the death of Pedro Méndez López, while six others were injured. Beyond this, Lorenzo López Girón, the son of the disappeared, was arrested, as was Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN). Both of these have since been released.

In a communique, the displaced families affirmed that “we returned well during our provisional return, though the bad governments (federal, state, and municipal) did not guarantee our security.” The displaced continue to hold the three levels of government responsable for the aggression that provoked the displacement, and they have demanded the revelation of the fate of Alonso López Luna, the carrying-out of ten arrest-orders against those responsible for the displacement and forcible disappearance, the return of families, the cancellation of two arrest-orders, the compensation of losses incurred, and the presentation with life of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Familias tseltales en retorno provisional regresan a su desplazamiento forzado (Chiapas denuncia pública, 4 de noviembre de 2015)

“Nuestras exigencias al Estado mexicano: VERDAD, JUSTICIA, RETORNO Y PAZ”, tzeltales desplazados de Banavil Chiapas. (Pozol Colectivo, 4 de noviembre de 2015)

“No muere nuestra memoria aunque el mal gobierno lo quiere acabar nuestras raíces”, indígenas desplazados de Banavil, Chiapas. (Pozol Colectivo, 3 de noviembre de 2015)

[FOTOS][VIDEO]Retorno provisional de familias desplazadas de Banavil, Chiapas.

(Koman Ilel, 5 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Displaced families from Banavil complete 3 years and 7 months of forcible displacement (July 21, 2015)

Chiapas: Death of Antonia, a displaced girl from the Banavil community, Tenejapa (March 8, 2015)

Chiapas: 3 years since the forcible displacement of the families from Banavil (December 16, 2014)

 


Chiapas: “Two years after the attack in Banavil, displacement and forced disappearance live on,” CDHFBC

December 9, 2013

Conferencia de prensa Caso Banavil(@CDHFBC)

Press-conference in the Banavil case(@CDHFBC)

In a press conference held on 5 December, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced that “two years after the armed attack which took place in Banavil, Tenejapa, as perpetrated by a group of members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which resulted in death, a forced disappearance, arbitrary arrests, and forced displacements, the situation continues without resolution.”  The CDHFBC noted that “the four families (14 persons) who sympathize with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) continue to be displaced, living in inhuman conditions in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.”

The displaced and the CDHFBC demanded among other things that the conditions be provided which would facilitate the return of the four displaced families to their community, in addition to the release of arrest-orders against the 13 persons accused of forcibly disappearing Alonso López Luna and injuring Lorenzo López Girón.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: A dos años de la agresión en Banavil, continúa el desplazamiento y la desaparición forzada (CDHFBC, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

Indígenas desplazados de Banavil, simpatizantes del EZLN, exigen condiciones para su retorno (Chiapas Paralelo, 6 de diciembre de 2013)

Denuncian a fiscal especializado indígena de Chiapas por incumplir aprehensiones (La Jornada, 7 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Public denunciation from those displaced from Banavil (16 September 2013)

Chiapas: The displaced of Banavil, Tenejapa in “precarious and inhumane conditions” (8 April 2013)

Chiapas: CDHFBC published more information on the Banavil case, Tenejapa (9 February 2012)