The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights and prisoner support group No Estamos Todxs are making a call for people of conscience to show their solidarity with political prisoners in Chiapas by writing letters of solidarity to them. The prisoners include EZLN Support Bases, Manuel Goméz and José Díaz, and the five environmental defenders from San Juan Cancuc, Manuel Santiz Cruz, Agustín Pérez Domínguez, Juan Velasco Aguilar, Martín Pérez Domínguez and Agustín Pérez Velasco. Please show your solidarity by participating in this action following the guidelines contained in the article. Thank you!
“Gathered around a traditional altar of the Cho’l people, in the Palenque region, in the state of Chiapas, women from different latitudes gathered to share the contexts of our communities and territories. We met again with joy, sharing tenderness and hope, in spite of the bleak panorama we are currently experiencing….”
Schools for Chiapas is honored to contribute to this gathering of women defenders of community and territory.
Since 2018, Melel Xojobal has recorded 2,144 cases of disappearances in Chiapas as opposed to the 1,476 reported by the State. Of the total cases, 40% have not been located. In 2022 Chiapas was in fourth place for the disappearance of children and adolescents. In the context of International Day of Victims of Forced Disappearance, Junax Ko’tatik, the Committee of United Families of Chiapas, Searching for Our Disappeared Migrants, released the following statement.