20 June 2005 |

No progress on ensuring respect for the rights of displaced indigenous people

In 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), known as the “Zapatistas”,
launched an uprising in the south-eastern state of Chiapas with the stated goal of improving land and social rights for the marginalised indigenous people of Mexico. The government responded by sending in troops and creating paramilitary cells from among the local population as part of a low-intensity war strategy.

 

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