Chiapas: CAM, SADEC, and X’inich demand a home for ill residents of their communities

July 21, 2015

Presidencia municipal de Palenque @ Revista Poderes

Palenque City Hall @ Revista Poderes

The organizations Ixim Antsetic Women’s Home, Communal Health and Development (SADEC), and X’inich published an open letter to the Palenque mayor, Marcos Mayo, calling on him to “observe his electoral-campaign commitment that is of great importance to the people: the construction of a home for the relatives of the ill residents of our communities (we know it is very late, but the idea is that a budget will be assigned, and construction begun).”

The document recalls the primacy of the right to health, emphasizing the “problems that women face in pregnancy, labor, and the post-partum period, as many have nowhere to go after their children are born. They are told that it isn’t yet time for the child to be born, and so they are returned to their communities, and this has been the reason for major complications in labor or perinatal deaths.” Beyond this, they added that the Palenque hospital must attend to 400,000 residents from 9 neighboring municipalities, including Tila, Sabanilla, Salto de Agua, and Tumbalá, all of which have more than 90% indigenous populations with few resources. Additionally, Palenque itself has a 50% indigenous population.

For more information (in Spanish):

Casa de la Mujer Ixim Antsetic, SADEC y Xinich, Exige al Presidente Municipal de Palenque cumplimiento de promesas de campaña ante constantes violaciones a derechos de la salud y la vida (Casa de la Mujer Ixim Antsetic, )


Chiapas: mining reactivation is reported in the state

March 3, 2015
Demonstration against mining activities, Pantelho, February 2015 (@Espoir Chiapas)

Demonstration against mining activities, Pantelho, February 2015 (@Espoir Chiapas)

In a statement released on February 14, the Human Rights Committee Digna Ochoa in Chiapas affirmed that it had received a copy of a letter addressed to the priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Perez Perez, which was signed by Dr. Juan Carlos Salinas Prieto representative of the Mexican Geological Service and of the firm Geochemistry and Drilling Company SA de CV (GYMSA). In this letter, the priest was asked to intercede with the representations of the indigenous communities “to access their private and communal territories, and where, in a period of time of three months, he “has programmed to carry out geological mapping of the region comprised of the municipalities of Jitotol de Zaragoza, Pueblo Nuevo Solistahuacán, Bochil, San Andrés Duraznal, El Bosque, Simojovel, Huitipán, Tapilula, Rayon, Pantepec, Allende Esquipulas, Las Maravillas, Union Zaragoza, Carmen Zacatal,Álvaro Obregón, Rincon Chamula, Competition, El Bosque, Sabanilla, Tila, Tumbalá, Yajalón, Sitalá, San Juan Cancuc, Pantelhó and Chalchihuitán”.

The Committee Digna Ochoa expressed that it “confirms that the government of Chiapas and mining companies are going for more territories and municipalities in the Northern region and Highlands of Chiapas and that the threat of looting and plunder is at the door of peasants and indigenous territories’ lands. (…) A door is opened to legalize the dispossession of land and resources belonging to hundreds of communities and indigenous and peasants peoples without an effective tool of legal defense such as the community consultation supported by ILO Convention 169”.

On February 11, the Believing People of the parish of Santa Catarina Pantelho organized a demonstration in the county seat of this municipality to announce its total rejection of the company GYMSA arrival.

In the last three governments in Chiapas, 144 mining concessions for exploration or exploitation have been granted (some of them for up to 50 years). Recently, in the natural reserve “El Triunfo”, municipality, and after months of opposition, the landowners gave up some plots to a Chinese company it is said for three million pesos per hectare.

For more information (in Spanish):

Se reactiva amenaza minera en municipios del norte de Chiapas, denuncian (Chiapas Paralelo, 16 de febrero de 2015)

Pantelho se moviliza en contra de los proyectos de minas (Espoir Chiapas, 12 de febrero de 2015)

Amenaza la minería a Chiapas; más de un millón hectáreas concesionadas (Reporte Ciudadano, 10 de febrero de 2015)

Tras meses de oposición labriegos de Chiapas aceptan vender parcelas a una minera china (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2015)

Carlos Slim, empresarios extranjeros y presta nombres, los dueños de concesiones mineras en Chiapas (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de febrero de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: popular rejection of dams and mining projects in the Tapachula, Motozintla, Huixtla, and Huehuetán region (December 17, 2014)

Chiapas: 5 years since the murder of mining critic Mariano Abarca (December 15, 2014)

Chiapas: Third Forum for the Defense and Care of Mother Earth in Chicomuselo (December 6, 2014)



Chiapas: Denuncia PUDEE amenazas y hostigamiento de la CFE

April 8, 2013

pudee

On 23 March, representatives from communities in resistance and members of the People United for the Defense of Electricity (PUDEE) from the Tila, Sabanilla, Tumbala, and Salto de Agua municipalities released a communique in which they denounce “the climate of confrontation among communities being provoked by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in the communities of the northern zone of Chiapas.”  The communique mentions that, since the beginning of the year, the CFE has been visiting the communities of these municipalities toward the end of finding the authorities of the communities in resistance who refuse to pay for electricity prices, which in recent years been very high.  “[They call for] meetings in the communities to inform that starting this year, the indebted must pay for their consumption of electricity, and the CFE will install meters, so as supposedly to offer quality services.  They also offer a convention whereby users commit to paying their debts over the course of five years.  They are saying that they will be changing to digital meters and other technological equipment to control electrical services.  This is one of the means of controlling us and refusing us service.  In some communities, there are confrontations, because ejidal authorities and rural agents are accepting these tricks.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado PUDEE (23 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE (24 March 2012)

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)


Chiapas: report of the Mission for solidarity and documentation to Nuevo Poblado Comandante Abel

September 28, 2012

Nuevo Poblado Comandante Abel (@SIPAZ)

In a press conference held at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) on 24 September, members of different organizations presented the report of the Caravan for Solidarity and Documentation to Nuevo Poblado Comandante Abel, which was held from 18 to 20 of this month.

The Caravan held interviews in Nuevo Poblado Comandante Abel, San Marcos, and Zaquitel Ojo de Agua, all of which pertain to the autonomous municipality La Dignidad (official municipality of Sabanilla) in the northern zone of Chiapas; the latter two are places where Zapatista support-bases found refuge after the violent acts that affected the Comandante Abel community in recent days.  The report informed that due to aggressions on the part of the group Development, Peace, and Justice (Desarrollo, Paz y Justicia) over disputes regarding 147 hectares, 83 Zapatista support-bases have been forcibly displaced, living in precarious conditions since 8 September.

The mission “can confirm the existence of several bullet-holes in the walls of the Autonomous School and the Cooperative Stores, as well as in the foundations of trenches on the shore of the river located 200 meters from the community.”  Furthermore, “Zapatista support-bases mentioned that they identified the weapons used as R-15; they also report that during the night the aggressors install themselves in the trenches, training their weapons in the direction in which the Zapatistas are located.”  The Caravan observed that a Public Security post was established on 16 September some 400 meters from the entrance to the community. The Zapatista support-bases relate that on 18 September, members of the police discharged their firearms twice during the morning.

The members of the Caravan shared their “strong concern for the situation faced by the Zapatista support-bases,” and for the fact that “the Zapatista support-bases detailed the links that exist between the aggressors, some of them being identified as members of Paz y Justicia, and governmental officials of Chiapas, whether currently or formerly serving. Beyond this, we see as worrying the control-post installed by state Public Security at the entrance of Nuevo Poblado Comandante Abel, which has been the origin of shots fired into the air on at least one occasion, as testimony shows.”  The members and organizations also noted that “[t]he increase in aggressions has now been warned about in the denunciations published during the past two months by the Good-Government Councils of Oventik,Realidad, Morelia, and Garrucha.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe completo de la Misión de Observación y Solidaridad (24 de septiembre de 2012)

Actualización de la Acción Urgente del CDHFBC: Desplazamiento forzado de 83 Bases de Apoyo del EZLN en dos comunidades (24 de septiembre de 2012)

– Retorna caravana de solidaridad (Cuarto Poder, 25 de septiembre de 2012)

– Los Otros, que no son Ellos, ni nosotros (La Jornada, 25 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Attacks, forced displacements, and disappearances of Zapatistas in the Comandate Abel community (21 September 2012)

Chiapas: Roberto Barrios JBG denounces attack on Comandante Abel community (19 September 2012)

Chiapas: visit by governor to San Patricio, northern zone; challenge to official strategy by OSC (4 November 2011)

Chiapas: Update regarding the situation in San Patricio, northern zone (27 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on hunger strike, and Zapatistas (10 de octubre de 2011)

Chiapas: harassment and risk of forced displacement in autonomous community of San Patricio in the northern zone (26 September 2011)


Chiapas: Roberto Barrios JBG denounces attack on Comandante Abel community

September 19, 2012

Photo @SIPAZ, October 2011

The Roberto Barrios Good-Government Council (JBG) has denounced the situation lived in the new community of Comandante Abel, which previously had been known as the San Patricio Zapatista Rebel autonomous municipality of Dignity (official municipality of Sabanilla), where on 6 September PRI militants from Sabanilla invaded lands pertaining to the Zapatistas.  In a communiqué, the JBG indicated that the attackers forcibly removed the residents of this space with the intent of taking over the land and property.

The invaders stole green corn and destroyed pastures, among other crimes.  The number of “invaders” reached 150, according to the denunciation, who at different times opened fire with guns.  In light of the threat that the presence of this group represents, the JBG found President Felipe Calderón, governor Juan Sabines, Sabanilla mayor Genaro Vázquez Pérez, and Tila mayor Sandra Cruz all responsible for whatever it is that might happen in the days to come.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de la JBG de Roberto Barrios. 12 de septiembre de 2011

Invaden paramilitares terrenos de JGB zapatista Roberto Barrios (La Jornada, 9 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: visit by governor to San Patricio, northern zone; challenge to official strategy by OSC (4 November 2011)

Chiapas: Update regarding the situation in San Patricio, northern zone (27 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on hunger strike, and Zapatistas (10 de octubre de 2011)

Chiapas: harassment and risk of forced displacement in autonomous community of San Patricio in the northern zone (26 September 2011)


Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment and electricity cut-off by CFE

March 24, 2012

cartel del PUDEE @ SIPAZ

In a public denunciation released on 8 March, the organization People United in Defense of Electrical Energy (PUDEE) warned of harassment and electricity cut-offs directed toward members of its organization in several communities.  With presence in the Sabanilla, Salto de Agua, Tila, and Yajalón municipalities, the adherents to Other Campaign reported that on 8 March, personnel from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), accompanied by the rural agent, cut off electricity to the 25 families organized with PUDEE in the Jol-Ako community, in the zone below the Tila municipality.  Furthermore, they threatened to install digital meters, which the communities in resistance reject, a situation that has been seen since the beginning of the year also in Nicolás Bravo, Belisario Domínguez, Jolnopa Guadalupe, and Cantioc, from the same municipality.  In the denunciation, they also reported that PUDEE members have been harassed by members of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM), whom they indicate as being members of the “Paz y Justicia” paramilitary group.  It should be remembered that members of this organization have been investigated for their presumed responsibility for murders and forced disappearances during the years 1996-2011.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia del PUDEE del 8 de marzo (1a parte)

Denuncia del PUDEE del 8 de marzo (2a parte)

Denuncian chiapanecos agresiones de CFE y manipulación política en favor de PRI y PVEM (La Jornada, 11 de marzo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: PUDEE denounces harassment by the CFE (25 February 2011)


Chiapas: visit by the governor to San Patricio, northern zone; challenge to official strategy by OSC

November 4, 2011

Visit by the governor to San Patricio (@ state government)

A press-release from the Chiapas state-government that was published in different local media the following day has reported that governor Juan Sabines Guerrero visited the La Lámpara stretch of land belonging to the community of San Patricio in the Sabanilla municipality on 23 October so as to take account of “the reconciliation work that Chiapas authorities have undertaken,” given the “good results [that have been seen] thanks to the efforts of the interested.”  It should be recalled that since 10 September there have been denounced death-threats, robbery, injuries, and looting against residents of the community of San Patricio, autonomous municipality of La Dignidad (official municipality of Sabanilla) in the northern zone of Chiapas.

At the site, the governor noted that “We are here to endorse and hand over this document so as to newly give you the juridical certainty of possession of this land and these homes, given that the invading group was not only removed from these lands–taken to another municipality far from here, so that they no longer bother you, so that they no longer disturb the peace of this community–if someone else were to do so, we are ready to listen to denunciations and act in accordance with right to protect the human rights of the residents.”  Noé Castañón, secretary of governance, detailed that 19 trusteeships were handed over, including some for seven persons who are a part of the “autonomous group.”

However, approximately 60 organizations and collectives as well as hundreds of people acting personally distributed a public letter on 24 October that was directed to Felipe Calderón and Juan Sabines Guerrero.  In this they question the strategy of both levels of government regarding the management of the conflict in different communities of the state of Chiapas.  In their words: “worry and rejection that these observed tendencies as governmental policies [continue], among the most recurring ones: omission of multiple denunciations and requests for intervention made, as they know; their complicity in destroying the social fabric of communities with the polarization of conflicts; the generation of emergency food and health conditions in communities that are besieged; the political administration of justice which flagrantly violates the human rights of indigenous peoples in Chiapas.”

They stressed moreover that “the official discourse of the Chiapas state-government has been converted with regard to human rights to a public slogan that favors the the perpetuation of grave faults that hurt the population in general.  The use in media of language has not only costed millions to the state budget, which is in fact increasingly indebted, but the highest cost is that of hundreds of lives and communities that are condemned to the abandonment, marginalization, and structural injustice in which the state of Chiapas has been mired since time immemorial.”

They concluded by alerting that “today, as always, we note the fragility in which the weak conditions of ‘peace’ are arranged amidst this context of war.  Finally we warn that under this scenario the autonomous communities in resistance whose populations comprise Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (BAEZLN) are those who are in the focus of a possible confrontation and indeed a reactivation of hostilities like those which we keep within the collective memory of our besieged Mexico.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Autoridades chiapanecas dan solución al problema de San Patricio (La Crónica de Hoy, 25 October 2011)

Acude Juan Sabines a la restitución del predio “La Lámpara” en la comunidad San Patricio(Boletín de prensa, gobierno del estado de Chiapas, 23 October 2011)

Noticia: Carta Pública a Felipe Calderón (presidente de México) y Juan Sabines Guerrero (gobernador de Chiapas) (OSC, 24 October 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Update regarding the situation in San Patricio, northern zone (27 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on hunger strike, and Zapatistas (10 de octubre de 2011)

Chiapas: harassment and risk of forced displacement in autonomous community of San Patricio in the northern zone (26 September 2011)