The Mexican State will assume responsibility for the Acteal Massacre

Abejas de Acteal outside the National Palace

Alejandro Encinas, assistant Secretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Interior Ministry (Secretaria de Gobernación), reported that he would assume responsibility for the Acteal Massacre, which happened on December 22, 1997, which left 45 people dead, among them 4 babies.

Encinas reported that he reached an agreement with representatives of Civil Society Las Abejas of Acteal, and that after months of talks were able to finalize agreements, among them a friendly solution and reparation of the damage.

After almost 22 years, the federal government will investigate and guaranty no repetition, with adherence to the standards of the Inter-American System of Human Rights.

It’s appropriate to point out, the Interior Ministry clarified that the agreements reached with this group, do not affect those of the other group of Acteal victims who have resorted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for resolution of the case.

The Commission admitted the case on November 1, 2010, in its report Number 146/10, the victorias considered that with all the evidence they have presented in the case, they have left sufficient evidence to point to the Mexican State as responsible for the Acteal Massacre and that it will fulfill its obligation for the violations committed in Acteal.

Therefore, they asked that, as soon as possible, they deliver the in depth report on Case 12.790 Manuel Sántiz Culebra and others (Acteal Massacre), to stop the impunity.

Las Abejas pointed to a paramilitary group created with the implementation of the counterinsurgency strategy, for the purpose of attacking the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN, its initials in Spanish), based on the document named: “Chiapas 94 Campaign Plan,” designed by the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA) in 1994 and that went into effect starting in 1995, opened fire on December 22, 1997 on a church in the Acteal community, occasioning the death of 45 people and 4 babies.

Finally, Juan Vázquez Luna, president of Las Abejas of Acteal, denounced the destruction of three homes of members of the organization in the barrio Río Jordán, in the Miguel Utrilla district of Los Chorros, in Chenalhó, Chiapas.

According to the denunciation, at approximately 4:54 pm on August 11, a group of 200 people from the Miguel Utrilla district, headed by their authorities, sympathizers of the Green Ecologist Party of Mexico (PVEM, its initials in Spanish) “violently attacked” four families and “destroyed their houses.”


Originally Published in Spanish by Chiapas Paralelo

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee




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