Precautionary Measures

Resolution No. 35/21
PM 284-18 - Tsotsil indigenous families from twelve communities in the municipality of Aldama, Chiapas, Mexico

On April 23, 2021, the IACHR decided to grant precautionary measures for Tsotsil indigenous families living in the following twelve communities: (1) Coco', (2) Tabac, (3) Xuxch'en, (4) San Pedro Cotzilnam, (5) Chayomte, (6) Juxtón, (7) Tselejpotobtic, (8) Yetón, (9) Chivit, (10) Sepelton, (11) Yoctontik and (12) Cabecera Aldama located in the Municipality of Aldama, Chiapas, in Mexico. The IACHR acknowledged the actions taken by the State to address the alleged situation. However, after monitoring the issue, the Commission noted that attacks by armed groups have persisted, even despite the existence of an Agreement on Non-Aggression. The Commission also noted the National Human Rights Commission's observations, which, on several occasions, urged the State to guarantee the rights of the inhabitants of the area. Consequently, in accordance with Article 25 of the IACHR Rules of Procedure, the Commission requested that the State of Mexico:

  1. adopt the necessary and culturally relevant security measures to protect the life and personal integrity of the beneficiaries. Specifically, the State must adopt the necessary measures to guarantee their safety within their communities and during their displacements, in order to prevent threats, harassment, intimidation or acts of armed violence against them by third parties;
  2. agree on the measures to be adopted with the beneficiaries and their representatives; and
  3. report on the actions taken to investigate the facts that gave rise to the adoption of this precautionary measure so as to prevent their reoccurrence.

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