CHIAPAS: Racism and Indigenous Rights in Mexico

CPTnet
May 15, 2001
CHIAPAS: Racism and Indigenous Rights in Mexico

by Lynn Stoltzfus

After the massive, peaceful mobilization that the Zapatista commanders
undertook in late March to push for the recognition of indigenous rights and
culture, hopes were very high that a negotiated settlement to the seven year
uprising was close. So far, however, things have not worked out as many
people had hoped.

At the end of April, the Congress passed a law on Indigenous Rights and
Culture, but legislators made significant modifications to the San Andres
Accords signed by the Zapatistas and the Mexican government in 1996.

The final version of the bill removed much of the heart and soul of
the San Andr