Last Saturday, after deciding in an assembly to return to their homes after 15 days on permanent guard at the community building, some compañeros who live far away from the center were received by members of the Army of God; they were beaten, attacked with knifes, and had to be taken to the Red Cross.(Descarga aquí)
In the last weeks, violence against organized communities that defend their territories against multinational projects in Chiapas and against human rights defenders have increased dramatically. In this program, we interview adherents to the Other Campaign in Bachajón and Mitzitón and a lawyer from the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center. (Subscribe to the podcast of Noticias de la Otra here.)(Descarga aquí)
Given the alarming increase in repression and violence in Chiapas and the political prisoners, we interviewed today:
Representative from the community of San Sebastián Bachajón, who spoke about the events on Feb 2 and 3 and the current situation of political prisoners.(Descarga aquí)
Lawyer from the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center, who spoke on the events on the coast of Chiapas and the situation of the three prisoners from that center.(Descarga aquí)
Member of the community of Mitzitón, who spoke on the situation currently lived by the community after the new attack by members of the paramlitary organization Army of God. For more than two weeks, 219 men, 302 women, and many children are living in the church and the community building, fearing new attacks.(Descarga aquí)
Monthly report by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (in English). In this report the Frayba shares with its listeners the worrisome situation of conflict between Tzeltal indigenous peoples from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón in the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, the underlying economic interests, and the struggle for control of the tourism resort of Agua Azul and natural resources. We listen to a communiqué by the adherents to the Other Campaign from Bachajón.
Monthly report by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (in Spanish). In this report the Frayba shares with its listeners the worrisome situation of conflict between Tzeltal indigenous peoples from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón in the northern zone of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, the underlying economic interests, and the struggle for control of the tourism resort of Agua Azul and natural resources. We listen to a communiqué by the adherents to the Other Campaign from Bachajón.
On Feb 2, prisoners in solidarity with the organization La Voz del Amate began a hunger strike to demand their freedom. The next day, prisoners in Cereso 5, members and supporters of La Voz del Amate and adherents to the Other Campaign began a fast and prayer for 36 hours, renewed on Feb 9. On Feb 3, 117 adherents to the other campaign from San Sebastián Bachajón were detained; two days later 107 were freed, remaining 10 prisoners of conscience.
In this program we interviewed relatives of political prisoners from Voz del Amate and in solidarity and adherents to the Other Campaign, in addition to interviews to compañeros from Bachajón and from Mitzitón during the road blocks to demand freedom for political prisoners. (More info below.)(Descarga aquí)
Representatives from Ejido Tila and members of Frayba gave a press conference on 8 Feb 2011 to share the current situtation on the defense of their land and territory. The dispossession of 130 hectares of ejido Tila, by the Chiapas state governor, the Congress of the State, Registro público de la propiedad y del comercio and the municipal government of Tila, will be analyzed by the Mexican Supreme Court. Because of this, the authorities of Tila will have an audience with the Minister Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero on 8 Feb 2011 to argue on the importance of protecting the indigenous Ch’ol territory of Tila.