PBI-Mexico accompanies Tlachinollan’s 25th anniversary gathering

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On August 9, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project tweeted that it is accompanying the “Words of life” forum in Tlapa, Guerrero.

Earlier this week, the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre tweeted, “This Friday, August 9, we will hold a forum in the city of Tlapa called ‘Words of life, paths of hope’, to recover the memory of the historical struggles in our state that have left a trail of violence that bleeds us [due to the pattern of impunity that persists against the perpetrators].”

This forum marks the 25th anniversary of the organization. PBI-Mexico has accompanied Tlachinollan for 16 years (since late 2003).

PBI-Mexico has previously explained, “The organization since its founding has sought to promote and defend the rights of the Na savi, Me’phaa, Nauas, Nn´anncue and Mestizo peoples of the Montaña and Costa Chica regions of Guerrero.”

That post highlights, “Tlachinollan works to defend and protect the collective rights of indigenous peoples; economic, social and cultural rights; civil and political rights; women’s rights; and especially the cases for which it provides legal representation.”

On August 9, La Prensa reported, “The Mexican State is indebted to the indigenous peoples, since their rights do not even appear in the most important norm of the country, which is the Constitution, said specialists.”

“That is why these peoples continue to be considered and treated as ‘second-class citizens’, says Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre, an organization that accompanies indigenous and rural communities in the Guerrero mountain.”

“The director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre ensures that native peoples are willing to talk and make agreements, as long as the initiatives guarantee them the basic floor of what development means to them.”

That La Prensa article adds, “Explicitly recognizing the territorial rights of indigenous peoples and making a significant investment to the countryside so that communities recover their self-sufficiency and food sovereignty are, according to Barrera Hernández, two actions that the Mexican State must undertake to start paying off its historical debt with this sector of the population.”

In this overview for their 25th anniversary forum, Tlachinollan says, “These two and a half decades have been of many learnings and multiple challenges. We have understood that the defenders of the front line are the men and women who fight hard to survive in the countryside and in the peripheries of the city.”

They add, “We owe them and for them we fight.”


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