The New Year’s Rebellion

Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during the Armed Revolt in Chiapas, Mexico

This report examines the underlying causes of the New Year’s Rebellion, the Mexican government’s two-phase response, and the most serious human rights and humanitarian law violations that occurred to date during the conflict. This report’s findings conclude that both the Mexican authorities and the Zapatista Army committed serious human rights violations; army sweeps of many towns and hamlets led to deaths and injuries of civilians; and many arrests by the army were made without warrants or probable cause.

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