International entities condemned the attack on the humanitarian aid brigade in Chiapas

Entities spoke out against the shooting attack suffered by the humanitarian aid brigade (Photo: Frayba.org)

Entities spoke out against the bullet attack suffered by the humanitarian aid brigade of Cáritas San Cristóbal de Las Casas and the Trust for the Health of Indigenous Children of Mexico (Fisanim). Both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rightss (IACHR) condemned the events such as the Embassy of Canada in Mexico.

The IACHR reminded the Mexican state that it is its duty to guarantee the life and integrity of indigenous peoples. This is linked to the use and enjoyment of their traditional property, and to preventing threats to said rights by adopting concrete measures for their protection.

“The #CIDH calls on the Mexican State to take urgent measures against the knowledge of possible risks to the life and personal integrity of the inhabitants of Tzotzil communities, as well as avoiding their displacement and promoting a peaceful solution to the intercommunal conflict, “they wrote on their Twitter account.

While the Canadian embassy spoke the same morning of the attack, and asked that there be no more armed violence in this region of Chiapas.

The Canadian Embassy in Mexico asked that the violence stop (Screenshot)
The Canadian Embassy in Mexico asked that the violence stop (Screenshot)

“We condemn the attack this morning in the Highlands of Chiapas, against a humanitarian aid brigade, who were shot while delivering food to displaced families in the community of Tabak, Aldama. During the attack, the religious María Isabel Hernández Rea was shot. We join the call for the cessation of armed attacks in the region and the request for protection of the affected communities”, They shared through Facebook.

For his part the Chiapas Women’s Rights Center also showed its solidarity with the caravan. They made a call to generate spaces for reflection, solidarity and dissemination actions “to build spaces for life and organization where non-violence, autonomy and dignity are the seed of hope for what is lacking.”

For its part, Isabel Hernández was discharged this Saturday to continue her recovery at home, according to what sources from the local diocese shared to the newspaper The Day.

Humanitarian aid interrupted

Last Wednesday, an armed group attacked the Fisanim humanitarian aid brigade. This while distributing food to families in the Tabak community, Aldama, Chiapas.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) reported in a statement that the attack occurred on the morning of November 18. Around 12:39 p.m., the nun María Isabel Hernández Rea was injured in the right leg.

The Fisanim humanitarian aid brigade was attacked while distributing food to families in the Tabak community (Photo: Frayba.org)
The Fisanim humanitarian aid brigade was attacked while distributing food to families in the Tabak community (Photo: Frayba.org)

According to Frayba, a paramilitary civil armed group from the Santa Martha Sector, Chenalhó was responsible for the attack.

The Frayba received urgent and serious information from the Permanent Commission of the 115 Communards and Displaced Persons of Aldama about the shooting in the Tabak community, from 8:34 a.m., from the points of Tojtik, Telesecundaria and Telemax, in Chenalho.

This is a criminal action, we had not been able to approach to bring them so much needed foodThe people are in a food emergency situation because the bullets are daily in this community and in all of Aldama. We must join forces and indignation so that this situation stops now, ”said Fisanim’s testimony.

Isabel Hernández, the woman who was shot is 52 years old, belongs to the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Queen of Santo Rosarior, collaborates in the Parish of San Andrés Larráinzar and is a member of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

Aldama lives an armed conflict (Photo: EFE / Carlos López)
Aldama lives an armed conflict (Photo: EFE / Carlos López)

“Its Pastoral work with the communities of Indigenous Peoples has been characterized by its social and prophetic work, building bridges of dialogue and peace, but also denouncing the injustices experienced by the forced displaced Tzotzil families from Aldama, ”the statement said.

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