The flollowing report was researched and written over an 11-month period by a team of Global Exchange researchers and Mexican immigration attorneys zorking in Mexico City, San Cristobal de Las Casas and the Highlands (Los Altos) of Chiapas.
Since the massacre of Acteal in Decembre 1997, Global Exchange and other international organizations have witnessed an intensification of the Mexican government’s low intensity warfare against rebellious communities in Chiapas. In June 1998, Global Exchange published a report about the increasing number of human rights violations committed against indigenous communities by the Federal Army, including powerful testimonies about the economic,social and cultural costs of this aggression.
The government has tried to maintain its image as a promoter of human rights, despite evidence to the contrary, by expelling dozens of international witnesses from Chiapas. Throughout 1998, the Mexican authorities systematically misapplied domestic and international laws in an attempt to politicize and discredit humanitarian and human rights work in Chiapas and other conflictive states. At the core of this report is an exhaustive legal analysis and defense of international observation in Mexico, based on the Mexican Constitution, immigration statutes and international agreements ratified by the Federal Government.
Global Exchange, Miguel Augustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, «All Rights for Everyone» Human Rights Network
Primera edición: 1999