Chiapas Support Committee

Category: Indigenous Rights


The “national security” declaration for the Maya Train favors the violation of human rights

The “national security” declaration for the Maya Train [1] “has the potential to allow that human rights abuses” are maintained, and “also undermines the purpose of inclusive and sustainable social and economic development,” said the chair of the UN Working…

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The wetlands in San Cristóbal, Chiapas, are worth more than a billion pesos and a city’s water

By: Ángeles Mariscal The La Kisst and María Eugenia Mountain wetlands, located in the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, are at risk of disappearing. To assess the cost of the loss to the ecosystem services it now…

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It’s not drought, it’s dispossession

By: Raúl Romero The water crisis that shakes Monterrey, in the state of Nuevo León, generated constant social expressions of discontent throughout this year. In June, marches and other forms of protest in the northern state became the focus of…

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The Incessant Militarization of Indigenous Communities

Daliri Oropeza brings us an account of the ongoing process of militarization of indigenous communities, the effects it has on peoples and organized resistance to stop it. By: Daliri Oropeza There is a history of militarization of indigenous peoples in…

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Zapatistas do cleaning and maintenance on Huitepec Reserve

The sign also reads: “We struggle to defend Mother Earth. We are born in her, we grow up and we die in her. Natural protected area. EZLN, Zona Altos de Chiapas (Chiapas Highlands Zone). By: Chiapas Paralelo Support bases of…

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Luis Villoro, the sentinel

By: Raúl Romero* The events take place in 1996. After being introduced by Zapatista Comandante David, Don Luis Villoro Toranzo takes the floor. He speaks in the name of the group of advisors to the EZLN, in the Dialogue for…

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Indigenous peoples continue struggling for their rights and survival

By: Carolina Gómez Mena, Fernando Camacho and Jessica Xantomila After 530 years since the arrival of the Europeans on the American continent, the struggle of the indigenous peoples for their territories and their survival continues, in an atmosphere where the…

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Chiapas and the Zapatistas face a dramatic increase in violence II

By: Mary Ann Tenuto-Sánchez | Part 2 of 2 Part 1 of this article began to expose factors that contribute to the dramatic increase in violence in Chiapas: 1) counterinsurgency (the government’s “low-intensity war” against the Zapatistas) and 2) two…

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Threat of mining activities without prior consultation in Chicomuselo, Chiapas

By: Chiapas Paralelo The Movement in Defense of Life and Territory (Modevite), expresses its concern faced with the context of insecurity and violence given the latent threat of reactivating mining activities in the municipality of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, originating from the…

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Ejido Candelaria reiterates its demand for the right to self-determination and autonomy

BY: Yessica Morales Communities from the municipalities of Salto de Agua, Palenque, Yajalón, Sitalá, Chilón, Altamirano, Ocosingo, Oxchuc, Tenejapa, Cancúc, Huixtán, Chicomuselo and the Candelaria Ejido of San Cristóbal de Las Casas municipality have demanded respect for their forms of self-government…

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