Human Rights

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.

Executions, Recruitment and Forced Displacement on the Southern Border of Chiapas

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas May 28, 2023 Urgent Action No. 2 Permissiveness by the Mexican State of grave human rights violations The municipality of Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas, is experiencing a profound crisis due to the spiral of violence experienced in the region and which has intensified in recent days, violating the right to life and personal integrity of communities and towns, as a result of the territorial dispute between armed groups belonging to criminal groups under the auspices and observance of the municipal, state and federal governments. According to information this Human Rights Center has received, it is …

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Volunteering with Frayba in Acteal, Chiapas

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, we are currently recruiting civil observers for placement in Acteal. Today we bring you a first-hand account of life as a volunteer in that community.

Five Tseltal Defenders in Chiapas Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

The Judiciary of the State of Chiapas sentenced to 25 years in prison the Tseltal defenders Manuel Sántiz Cruz, Juan Velasco Aguilar, Agustín Pérez Velasco, Martín Pérez Domínguez and Agustín Pérez Domínguez, who were arbitrarily detained for defending their territory in 2022.The sentence was issued by the Chiapas judge despite the fact that last May 3 three of the five Tseltales declared that, after their arbitrary detention at the hands of the San Juan Cancuc municipal police, the National Guard and the army on May 29, 2022, they were handed over to the Indigenous Justice Prosecutor’s Office, “who first fabricated the crime of drug possession and then involved them in the homicide for which they were sentenced,” explained the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba).

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