By: Elio Henríquez
San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas
El Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) denounced that six families of the la organization Ikoltyañtyel Lak Lumal (The hope of our peoples, in the Chol language), which is organized in the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, its initials in Spanish), were forcibly displaced from the San José El Bascan community, municipality of Salto de Agua, located in northern Chiapas.
It explained in a communiqué that on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at approximately 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a group of people coming from the Tioquipan El Bascan ejido violently entered San José El Bascan community and provoked the displacement of 36 people.
The Frayba added that the aggressors destroyed homes, stole sheet metal from houses and obstructed water wells that supply the families with water and it pointed out that, according to the denunciation of those affected, threats exist against CNI delegates on the part of Artemio Álvaro Vázquez, who says he is the owner of the lands that campesino families recuperated in 1994.
It urged the Mexican State to guaranty the life, safety and personal integrity of the displaced families that are found in the municipality of Salto de Agua; to apply the guiding principles of internal displacements of the United Nations Organization and the Law for the Prevention and Attention of Internal Displacements in the state of Chiapas in order to assure respect for the human rights of the displaced population of San José El Bascan.
It also asked to attend to the conflict over the situation of dispossession of lands that have been recuperated since 1994 by the families of San José el Bascan that are members of the CNI.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee