Chiapas: New denunciation from San Sebastián Bachajón

July 10, 2012

In a communiqué published on 4 July, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón who are adherents to the Other Campaign strongly challenged the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH), accusing that “The only thing it does is legitimate the dirty work to impose a megaproject in our lands by means of public force, thus violating also the authority of the ejido.  The representatives of this organization are simply puppets of Juan Sabines who is now filling his pockets while the people are repressed, their lands taken from them.”

The ejidatarios denounced the pressure exercised by the CEDH when, as in February following a confrontation, “they were having us think that the solution to the conflict was to integrate us into the convention that the state government has elaborated, but they acted as though there had been no human-rights violations.”  They indicate in the same communiqué that on 19 June, hundreds of police “violently displaced ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign on the orders of the CEDH.”

Finally, they found responsible the CEDH together with the ‘officialist’ ejidatarios for any possible confrontations having to do with the dispute over the control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul cascades, noting that “Our organization is not responsible and we have demonstrated that on several occasions it is not we who provoke but rather the government in complicity with officialist authorities who seek to transfer our lands into the hands of the government, for its transnational projects.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón adherentes a la Otra Campaña (4 de julio de 2012)

Se crea disputa entre ejido Bachajón y CEDH (Cuarto Poder, 5 de julio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

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Chiapas: Release of one of the 5 of San Sebastián Bachajón

July 20, 2011

On 7 July, Mariano Demeza Silvano, a minor 17 years of age, one of the five adherents to the Other Campaign from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, municipality of Chilón, who was detained at the beginning of February on several charges following a confrontation regarding the control-point at the entrance of the Agua Azul waterfalls, was conditionally released.  He is to leave the juvenile-detention center of Villa Crisol and will be managed by the Chilón System for the Wholesome Development of the Family (DIF) to carry out community-service projects.

The other four adherents detained in March continue to be held in the State Center for the Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) number 17, in the Playas de Catazajá.  On 27 June, they published a communiqué denouncing abuses and discrimination on the part of prison authorities in Playas de Catazajá vis-a-vis prisoners’ relatives.  They denounce “energetically those persons and we demand more respect and more just treatment of the relatives of prisoners who want to enter to visit their family-members, given that they feel harassed and threatened in the way they are currently treaty.  The government should truly demonstrate its respect for human rights so that it does not in vain waste money paying the personnel of the State Council [on Human Rights].  The true reality is this: that the institution serves injustice and masks the government’s behvioar so it can better carry out its discriminatory acts.”

This same day, dozens of families of prisoners in this same prison also denounces sexual abuse and humiliation on the part of  prison authorities upon visiting.  The relatives found David Montero Montero, director, to be responsible, and they demand the intervention of the secretary of Citizens’ Protection and Security to remove Montero from office, given the abuses committed both inside the prison and with regard to relatives of the imprisoned.

In other news, in a new act that demonstrates that tensions continue in the zone of Bachajón, on 27 June, the ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign warned of an attempt to loot Alac Sac jun, part of the ejido, on the part of officialist groups.  They found the authorities responsible for anything that might take place in the vicinity of the terrain.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ordenan liberar a activista de Bachajón (La Jornada, 8 July)

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de Bachajón respecto a la liberación de Mariano Demeza (8 July)

Denuncian abusos en contra de internos y visitantes del penal de Catazajá, Chiapas (La Jornada, 6 July)

Alertan ejidatarios de Bachajón sobre intento de despojo en Alan Sac jun (La Jornada, 1 July)

San Sebastián Bachajón denuncian ex autoridades oficiales(Comunicado de los adherentes a La Otra Campaña de San Sebastián Bachajón, 27 June)

Denuncia de los presos de San Sebastián desde CERESO NUM. 17 PLAYAS DE CATAZAJÁ (27 June 2011)

Familiares de Internos de cárcel en Playas de catazajá en el Norte de Chiapas denuncian violencia sexual de funcionarios de dicha cárcel (27 June 2011)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Facing police repression, adherents to the Other Campaign from San Sebastián Bachajón abandon control-post they had taken the previous day (24 April 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: The Peace Network visits prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: detentions vis-a-vis blockade of road Tonala-Pijijiapan during action of the Other Campaign (26 February 2011)

Chiapas: Caravan of women to San Sebastian Bachajón (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: Agua Azul, new happenings and denunciations (17 February 2011)

Chiapas: update in the Agua Azul case (14 February 2011)

Chiapas: roadblocks and detention of militants in Mitzitón (10 February 2011)

Chiapas: confrontation over control point at Agua Azul leaves one dead and several injured (7 February 2011)


Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts

March 8, 2011

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights presented at a press-conference its special report “Government creates and administers conflicts for territorial control in Chiapas,” in which it carries out a documentary analysis that refers to that which occurred on 2 February 2011 in the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, municipality of Chilón.  The documentary denounces the strategy of the state government for generating conflict so as to take territorial control of areas rich in natural resources, as promoted by the federal government in its so-called Year of Tourism for 2011 that also coincides with the visit of Felipe Calderón to Chiapas some days before the events.  The report further claims the General Secretary of Governance in Chiapas, Noé Castañón León, to be the intellectual author of the operation for the control of the Agua Azul zone, with a clear counter-insurgent objective, ongoing since 1994.

The exhaustive report suggests that the events form part of an announced process of looting, as it presents a precise list of aggressions in the zone and denounces the rights-violations committed against the group of ejidatarios who are adherents to the Other Campaign–specifically, the 10 prisoners and the irregularities with their processing, as well as regarding the search for justice for the injured and dead on the “official” side.

For more information (in Spanish):

El Gobierno crea y administra conflictos para el control territorial en Chiapas, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, (3/03/2011)

Gobierno de Chiapas crea y administra conflictos por control territorial: Frayba; La Jornada (4/03/2011)

Presentación del Informe:  “Gobierno crea y administra conflictos para el control territorial en Chiapas”, (3/03/2011)

CDHFB habla sobre conflicto; Cuarto Poder (4/03/2011)

Audios:

Audios conferencia de prensa, Frayba  (3/03/2011)

Video:

Video conferencia de prensa I, Frayba(03/03/2011)

Video conferencia de prensa II, Frayba (3/03/2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: The Peace Network visits prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: detentions vis-a-vis blockade of road Tonala-Pijijiapan during action of the Other Campaign (26 February 2011)

Chiapas: Caravan of women to San Sebastian Bachajón (25 February 2011)

Chiapas: Agua Azul, new happenings and denunciations (17 February 2011)

Chiapas: update in the Agua Azul case (14 February 2011)

Chiapas: roadblocks and detention of militants in Mitzitón (10 February 2011)

Chiapas: confrontation over control point at Agua Azul leaves one dead and several injured (7 February 2011)


Chiapas: New threats against campesinos, adherents to the Other Campaign in Agua Azul; Urgent Action from CDH Frayba

August 19, 2008

Waterfalls at Agua Azul

As reported by the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (CDH Frayba) in an Urgent Action released on August 1, 2008, members of the Organization for the Defense of Indigenous and Campesino Rights (OPDDIC) have threatened members of the San Sebatián Bachajón ejido (adherentes to the Other Campaign) with assault and eviction.

 

Urgent Action from CDH Frayba