Court confirms definitive suspension of the Maya Train on three sections


From the Editors of Desinformémonos

Mexico City | Desinformémonos

A collegiate court confirmed the definitive suspension of sections 1, 2 an d 3 of the federal Maya Train megaproject, granted in March 2021 by the Fourth District Court, the Múuch’ Xíinbal Assembly of Defenders of Maya Territory reported.

The suspension is the result of the amparo [1] that Múuch’ Xíinbal filed on January 20, 2021 against the megaproject for violations of the right to a healthy environment and to their rights as Maya peoples, and determines that the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA, its initials in Spanish) and the work on sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Maya Train “must remain paralyzed.”

The Múuch’ Xíinbal defenders criticized that despite the resolution in favor of the Maya communities, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) insists that the Maya Train will not stop,” which “evidences an authoritarian tendency that violates the separation of powers and violates the rule of law.”

They added that the permanent disqualifications that AMLO has made against those who oppose the megaproject “represent a violation of the defense of human rights, putting those who live in the affected indigenous communities at risk, given the context of high vulnerability in which the defenders of territorial and environmental rights in Mexico find themselves.

The definitive suspension of work on the Maya Train was confirmed by the Collegiate Court on Labor and Administrative Matters of the Fourteenth Circuit, with which violations of the rights of the Maya peoples with the imposition of the megaproject are once again recognized, such as the right to obtain information and to participate in decisions that can affect their territory and natural resources.

The complete communiqué from Múuch’ Xíinbal is attached to this article in Desinformémonos and can be read in Spanish here.

[1] An amparo is a legal action to stop, suspend or prevent an action from taking place. It is similar to an injunction in the US legal system.


Originally Published in Spanish by Desinformémonos, Thursday, March 10, 2022:

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee

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