Human Rights

Data on Violence against Zapatista Communities

Since the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) on January 1, 1994, thousands of hectares of land usurped by landowners were recovered by their legitimate owners: the original peoples. From there, the 1994 War began, and has continued with a counterinsurgency strategy, designed and implemented in an integral manner through different ways in order to wear down and disarticulate the Zapatista families, communities and peoples. The government of AMLO and the “Fourth Transformation” continues the counterinsurgency model; human rights continue to be violated, using a supposed electoral legitimacy to do the same criminal work of the previous governments of the PRI, PAN and PRD, thus dispossessing the land and common goods to convert them into merchandise.

Indigenous Territory in Latin America Increases In Small Steps

As Latin American economies continue to be based on an extractivist model, recovery and control of territory by indigenous is gradually slowing down. This not only has dire consequences for the indigenous peoples directly affected themselves, but also for the entire planet, as the territories which are inhabited by these peoples are better conserved and have the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet.

Urgent Action Needed for Displaced Children and Adolescents

The recent spate of violence in Chiapas has left at least two youths dead as well as others injured. It has also resulted in the forced displacement of families and trauma experienced by girls, boys and adolescents who are trapped in the midst of this violence. It is estimated that some 7,000 children have been displaced since 2010 to date. REDIAS, an umbrella group for seven collectives that work with minors across the state of Chiapas, has made a call for urgent action for the latest victims to receive proper attention.

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