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Minister of Interior Olga Sánchez Cordero
Calle Abraham González No. 48
Col. Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc
Ciudad de México, C.P. 06600, MÉXICO
Twitter: @SEGOB_mx, @M_OlgaSCordero
I am reaching out to you about the urgent situation, and recent attacks, faced by members of the organization Movimiento Campesino Regional Independiente (MOCRI), which campaigns for economic, social and cultural rights in the highlands of Chiapas, municipality of Amatán. MOCRI members denounce corruption and various problems linked to the municipal government, as well as demand improvement in living conditions and basic public services for the community.
On 17 January, a group of unidentified armed men attacked demonstrators belonging to MOCRI. During the attack, several people were taken and illegally deprived of their liberty by the unidentified armed men. Witnesses reported that at least one person was wounded by a gunshot. Many MOCRI members and local villagers fled the community fearing they could become victims of the attacks. On 18 January, the wounded death bodies of Noé Jiménez Pablo and José Santiago Gómez Álvarez, who went missing the day of the attack, were found. Witnesses reported that the bodies showed signs of having been brutally beaten. The municipal government of Amatán and the state government of Chiapas initially denied the disappearance of individuals.
I urge you to immediately launch a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into these events, and to bring those responsible to justice in fair trials; to take all necessary measures, according to international human rights law, to prevent further attacks in the community and to guarantee that members of MOCRI can carry out their human rights work without fear of retaliation.