domingo, 16 de junio de 2024   inicia sesión o regístrate
 
Protestante Digital
Flecha
 
SÍGUENOS EN
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Rss
 


 
EN PROFUNDIDAD
 
 

ENCUESTA
New Evangelical Focus
Do you like the new design of the Evangelical Focus website?
Yes!
67%
No.
0%
I'm not sure...
33%
Encuesta cerrada. Número de votos: 3
VER MÁS ENCUESTAS
 



Mexico
 

Evangelicals in Chiapas barred from water supply because of their faith

The attacks to evangelical communities are recurrent in Mexico since 2012, but the state government remained silent.

FUENTES Protestante Digital, CSW AUTOR 5/Evangelical_Focus SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS 17 DE JUNIO DE 2015 16:23 h
CHiapas, Christians, evangelicals Christian demostrate in Chiapas last November, after suffering several attacks.

Village leaders cut the water supply and sewage services to thirty evangelical families in Mariano Matamoros, Chiapas State, on 14 June.



The victims expressed in a statement that they have suffered these kind of attacks since 2012, just because they are evangelical Christians, and therefore do not share the same faith as the majority of Mariano Matamoros` population.



“A group of approximately 400 people, men and women, cut the water supply and sewage services around 11:30 am in Inocente Garcia´s house on Sunday, and there are 8 more houses affected since then”, they affirmed.



According to the victims, the authorities blocked the entrances and exits of the community with stones and sticks, to make the cuts.



Appeals for government intervention to protect the victims’ rights in the days preceding the action went unanswered, and nobody tried to do something to stop the attacks.



 



RECURRENT HOSTILITIES

Luis Herrera, Director of the Coordination of Christian Organisations in Chiapas State, told Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) that village leaders have indicated that the next step will be the confiscation of evangelicals’ private land, and made a public call for their rights to be protected.



Evangelicals in the village belong to three different denominations.



Hostilities against them started in May 2012 and include physical attacks, the illegal confiscation of private property and attempts to forcibly convert them to Catholicism.



In January, the state government negotiated and signed an agreement with the victims which included religious freedom guarantees and a promise that all arbitrarily confiscated land would be returned to the rightful owners.



However, the state government failed to take any steps to fulfil its commitments and in March the village authorities issued a new decree which prohibited all evangelicals from buying or selling in the village. 



Despite all the promises made by the Chiapas State Government to resolve severe and ongoing violations of religious freedom to at least seven other communities, only one community, displaced from the village of Buenavista Bahuitz since 2012, has been allowed to return to their homes, but the conditions under which they have done so continue to violate Mexican constitutional protections for freedom of religion or belief.



Another community, a group of families displaced from the village of Los Llanos in 2011, initiated a sit-in last week in the central plaza of San Cristobal de las Casas to protest the state government’s inaction and failure to fulfil its promise to relocate them by June.


 

 


0
COMENTARIOS

    Si quieres comentar o

 



 
 
ESTAS EN: - - Evangelicals in Chiapas barred from water supply because of their faith
 
 
Síguenos en Ivoox
Síguenos en YouTube y en Vimeo
 
 
RECOMENDACIONES
 
PATROCINADORES
 

 
AEE
PROTESTANTE DIGITAL FORMA PARTE DE LA: Alianza Evangélica Española
MIEMBRO DE: Evangelical European Alliance (EEA) y World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)
 

Las opiniones vertidas por nuestros colaboradores se realizan a nivel personal, pudiendo coincidir o no con la postura de la dirección de Protestante Digital.