Sunday, January 28, 2007

CIEPAC denounces harrassment and surveillance

San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas; México. January 17, 2007.

To the Good Government Assembly of the Oventic Caracol,
To Human Rights Defenders,
To the state and national governments,
To public opinion,

With this letter, the Centre of Economic and Political Research for Community Action (CIEPAC, AC), based in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, manifests and denounces to you the following:

CIEPAC is a civil society organization which works peacefully and legally for peace, justice, democracy, autonomy, and in defence of the human rights of the indigenous and campesino peoples of Chiapas since its foundation in 1998. We accompany the organizational processes of indigenous, student, campesino, ecclesiastical, etc. organizations with information, analysis, training, and the elaboration of popular education materials which support these organizations in their decision-making processes. We maintain strong links with organizational processes on the local, national, and international level which struggle against the unjust neoliberal system. We seek and support the construction of alternatives by and for the poorest and most marginalized peoples. Recently, CIEPAC has not only signed on to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, but has actively promoted the Other Campaign in the indigenous and campesino communities of Chiapas, since the latter represents a real option of change for peoples’ well-being.

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