“The justice system continues to operate as it did before the Acteal massace,” warns the Civil Society Las Abejas
San Cristobal de las Casas. August 12. "The justice system of the bad government, is working in the same way as it worked both during the events prior to the Acteal massacre, and at the time of the massacre" said authorities of the organization Las Abejas of Acteal in a press conference; they said this because the Special Prosecutor for Indigenous Justice, based in San Cristobal de Las Casas, has failed to investigate those responsible for the murder of their compañero Manuel López Pérez, ambushed on 23rd June last, near the municipal seat of Pantelhó.
For the indigenous from the Highlands of Chiapas, "it is very clear that the uses and customs of the system of justice allow paramilitary aggression with impunity against members of the organization Las Abejas". Added to this, the Tsotsiles recalled that on12th August 2009, "the Supreme Court of injustice or the Supreme Court for the rich and criminals ordered the mass release of the paramilitary perpetrators of the massacre of Acteal."
The organisation, which is also a member of the Indigenous National Congress, warned that the family of their slain compañero Manuel López, "are in danger of losing their lives, because the murderers are loose." Relatives of Manuel are displaced and have been living in a community of Las Abejas of Acteal, since 26 June 2015. They are four people who left their homes and lands and do not know when they can return to their community, "because the bad government does not have the political will to put a stop to the attacks," they denounced.
According to investigations made by the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre (Frayba), the actions of the commander of the Municipal Police of Pantelhó and the Judge of Peace and Reconciliation in this municipality Pedro Girón López, "are complicit with this failure to investigate, giving, as a consequence, protection to the armed group in the region." The modus operandi of the authorities "puts at risk the family of Manuel and members of Las Abejas and its Board of Directors," they said.
According to Frayba the justice system in Mexico "is ineffective, complicit and deeply corrupt in the face of the crimes against humanity committed in the country," and cites as an example "the disappearance of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, the crimes of Tlatlaya, the murders perpetrated by organized crime and the government of Mexico with the Mexican army in Ostula, Michoacan, the unpunished murders of women, the forcibly displaced populations, the dozens of people extra-judicially executed, and the disappeared who make our land dress in mourning and pain."