Frayba’s statement on the 14th anniversary of the release of the perpetrators of the Acteal Massacre and the complicity of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice in the impunity that reigns in the country and the state of Chiapas.
“In Mexico, in addition to the structural challenges that have affected indigenous peoples, generating significant gaps regarding inequality, marginalization and access to their rights, indigenous peoples also face violence from different actors, including organized crime groups, who dispute the control of their territory. Leaders of these peoples are particularly exposed to reprisals or violent actions due to their visibility when defending their territory and way of life. Their assassinations or disappearances have a chilling effect on all indigenous people…”
Dehumanizing the other is a prior step to the violation of their human rights. The transformation of the immigrant experience into an abstract statistic, into a criminal act, into an excuse to manipulate or settle extraneous and extemporaneous political conflicts, are forms of this erasure of the human that entails violence. This is the current case of the migrant population, which has become a wild card in political struggles within the territory of the United States.
González Méndez vs. Mexico.
Hermann Bellinghausen, permanent envoy to Chiapas for La Jornada for over 20 years, testifies to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights about the responsibility of the State in the paramilitarization of Chiapas in those years which led to the forced disappearance of Antonio González Méndez, and so many others.
As a cartel war wages in Chiapas, largely for the control of migrant routes, the criminal organizations openly offer their services in human trafficking using social media platforms, presenting themselves as benevolent travel agencies. The trend has worsened since the end of Title 42 and is expected to increase as elections approach in the US.