Chiapas: the Internal Regulation of the Ejido (RIE) is presented in San Sebastián Bachajón

November 1, 2018

Presentation of the Internal Regulation of the Ejido of San Sebastiń Bachajón (@SIPAZ)

From October 18 to 20, 2018, in the three centers of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, in the municipality of Chilón (Ahlan Sac Hun, Ch’ich ‘and Bachajón), the presentation and dissemination of the Internal Regulation of said Ejido was carried out ( RIE). This document is the result of two years of work in which the Center for Indigenous Rights AC (CEDIAC), the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center and the Center for Women’s Rights of Chiapas (CDMCH) collaborated. After being approved by the majority, it was registered before the National Agrarian Registry (RAN) in July 2018.

The regulation was consolidated taking into account “the common interest for the care of Mother Earth and for the control of the territory.” For this reason, it includes protection for natural resources “that can not be sold, seized, mortgaged or given in guarantee for a debt” (Article 80 of the regulation). In a communique, they stressed that “we reject any program that seeks to strip us of the wealth of our territories and sell them to the highest bidder. Thus we defend the social property of our Ejido, which is part of our identity as Indigenous Peoples and for which we have fought since the time of our grandparents and grandmothers who preceded us »

Another notable point in the regulation is the prohibition of road blockades in its territory (Article 133), a problem that has been omnipresent in Chiapas in this last sexennium.

The presentation of the RIE (whose text is written in Spanish and Tseltal) ends with the following words: “Our last words are for the new generations because we want to offer this exercise of community agreements for the strengthening of our teltal institutions, so that respecting it, it will help us to renew our identity, to deepen our roots and to ensure the future of our people ».

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa (Ejido de San Sebastián Bachajón, 20 de octubre de 2018)

Autoridades Ejidales Bachajon prohíben en su nuevo reglamento los bloqueos carreteros . (Periodistas San Cristóbal, 19 de octubre de 2018)

Piden alto a los bloqueos y asaltos carreteros (Revista Mark, 10 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: a forum on Free Determination is held in Bachajón August 9, 2018

Chiapas: The Councils of the Community Government from the Municipalities of Chilón and Sitalá are presented publicy May 30, 2018

Chiapas: MODEVITE Mobilizes in Defense of Mother Earth and Self-Determination November 24, 2017

Chiapas: MOVEDITE Announcement on Early Political Campaigns August 29, 2017

Chiapas: Denunciation of torture for 3 arrested members of the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido

October 1, 2014

Conferencia de prensa, 24 septiembre 2014 @ SIPAZ

Press conference, 24 September 2014 @ SIPAZ

On 16 September, three indigenous persons from the Virgen de Dolores community located within the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido were arrested by municipal police of Chilón, being adherents to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.  Those arrested denounced having suffered torture and cruel and inhumane treatment toward the end of having them confess under compulsion to the crimes with which they had been charged.

The indigenous persons of Bachajón indicated that the operation was a revenge attack, given that one of the police who arrested the three Tseltales is a close friend of Sebastián Méndez Hernández, who is imprisoned in the El Amate jail for having participated in the murder of the indigenous man Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano on 21 March 2014.  On this occasion, the residents of Virgen de Dolores captured the murderous police officer and handed him over to the authorities, such that they claim that this fabrication of crimes (torture and kidnapping) is in reality vengeance from the municipal police.  Beyond this, one of the arrested is a brother to Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano.

In the end, a judge from Ocosingo assigned a bail of 300,000 pesos to each of the detainees.  This is an amount that is impossible to cover, given the economic situation of those arrested.

For more information (in Spanish):

Información urgente de Comunidad Virgen de Dolores‏ (Blog Viva Bachajón, 20 de septiembre de 2014)

Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (Enlace Zapatista, 29 de septiembre de 2014)

Boletín: Tortura a indígenas tseltales Adherentes a la Sexta Declaración de la Selva Lacandona (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 24 de septiembre de 2014)

Denuncian tortura tres prozapatistas presos en Chilón (Proceso, 19 de septiembre de 2014)

Denuncian captura y desaparición de tres tseltales en Chilón (Chiapas Paralelo, 17 de septiembre de 2014)

Fijan fianza de $300mil pesos a detenidos de La Sexta Bachajón (Koman Ilel, 18 de septiembre de 2014)

Denuncian agresión de policías a tres ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (La Jornada, 18 de septiembre de 2014)

Torturan a los tres indígenas tzeltales reportados como desaparecidos en Chilón, Chiapas (Somos el Medio, 20 de septiembre de 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón denounce the Ejidal Commissioner for promoting forced dispossession from their communal land

June 14, 2014
Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

Women from the San Sebastián ejido (@Viva Bachajón)

On June 10, the ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón denounced the “officialist” Ejidal Commissioner, Alejandro Moreno Gómez, for trying to “hand over [the land] to the bad government,” by organizing an “illegal” assembly in order to convince the courts that the Assembly agrees with the plundering of the communal lands.

They denounced: “On June 11, 2014 the officialist ejidal commissioner is organizing an illegal assembly to illegally collect signatures to request withdrawal of the petition for motion and land claim before the tribunals, and to pretend that the general assembly of ejidatarios are in agreement with the dispossession; so we denounce these corruptions because we energetically reject these crimes being committed by the ejidal commissioner to the detriment of the people of San Sebastián Bachajón.  As an authority he should respect his people, but he is a mere puppet of the bad government because he has no dignity.”

The indigenous Tzeltales from the ejido also agreed to continue defending their land by legal means, invoking the amparo (constitutional protection demand) 274/2011. They commented however that this corrupt judge, who already has an agreement with the bad government, has respected neither the law nor human rights, […] saying that he will not proceed to study the case because we have no right to defend our land, and he falsely says that the ejidal assembly consented to the government staying permanently in our lands.”

At the same time, the ejidatarios filed a complaint against the ejidal Commissioner before a Land Court “for the illegal assembly in which Alejandro Moreno Gómez and his supporters were imposed as ejidal commissioners. They committed many irregularities with the support of the Agrarian Court of Ocosingo”. They stressed that on June 5, they were “intimidating and harassing compañeros of our organization by taking pictures and videos with their cellphones.”

Finally, they asked the “compañeros who fight for a world in which many worlds fit” to remain vigilant, because the bad government increasingly seeks to put an end to our organization to dispossess our people of their territory.”

For more information (in Spanish):


Denuncia del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón (Enlace Zapatista, 11 de junio de 2014)

Denuncian que ejidatarios opositores en Bachajón buscan legitimar despojo (La Jornada, 11 de junio de 2014)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón denuncian al comisariado ejidal Alejandro Moreno Gómez por querer entregar la tierra al mal gobierno (Pozol Colectivo, 11 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Homage to the “fallen in defense of their people and land” in San Sebastián Bachajón (May 3, 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón regarding maneuvers to formalize looting of ejidal territory for touristic ends (March 15, 2014)

Chiapas: Adherent to the Sixth Declaration shot to death in Chilón

March 30, 2014


On 21 March, Carlos Gómez Silvano, a Tsotsil indigenous man of 22 years of age and an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, was ambushed and murdered on a dirt road in the Chilón municipality.  His body showed 23 gunshot wounds from firearms of different calibers.  Gómez Silvano formed part of the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle who maintain possession of the land known as Virgen de Dolores.  The Public Ministry was prevented from confirming the acts and taking the body of the deceased, given that his comrades decided to take him to the place of his origin for burial.

“Shortly after a year since the murder of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, the bad government sends its hitmen to harm our Virgen de Dolores community which has been born with much effort and sacrifice,” noted a communique from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido.  It should be stressed that several murders have been observed in the Chilón municipality that to date have not been clarified.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón sobre asesinato del compañero Juan Carlos Gómez Silvano (Koman Ilel, 23 de marzo de 2014)

Emboscan y acribillan de 23 tiros a indígena prozapatista en Chiapas (Proceso, 21 de marzo de 2014)

Emboscan a líder tseltal (Cuarto Poder, 22 de marzo de 2014)

Acribillan a dirigente zapatista en Chiapas (Milenio, 22 de marzo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Close of global campaign “¡Juan Vázquez Guzmán lives, the struggle of Bachajón continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)


Chiapas: Federal court resolves motion in favor of ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón

December 8, 2013


Agua Azul waterfals. Photo

A federal court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez has resolved a motion in favor of the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón against the occupation of a part of the ejidal territory by the federal and state governments since February 2011, toward the end of “imposing a world-class touristic project,” as the affected indigenous persons have indicated.  In the sentence published on Monday 25 November, the federal tribunal “revoked the sentence of 22 July 2013 as illegal […] which had struck down the constitutional motion interposed by the Tseltal campesinos, adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle, in defense of their lands,” noted Ricardo Lagunes Gasca, the legal counsel for the indigenous grouping.  The tribunal “gave reason to the indigenous of the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido […] who defend their lands from the federal and state governments’ looting, as perpetrated since 2 February 2011, toward the end of controlling the territory to impose a tourist project.”  The lands whose devolution the campesinos desire include also the road access to the Agua Azul waterfalls, a natural lagoon that is visited annually by hundreds of thousands of tourists.

For more information (in Spanish):

Tribunal federal resuelve amparo a favor de ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (La Jornada, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Threat to displace residents of Bachajón (14 November 2013)

Chiapas: Close of Global Campaign “Juan Vázquez Lives, the Struggle Continues!” (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)