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Update: Homes of 30 Protestant Christians Burnt to Ashes in Chiapas, Mexico

Imagine waking up on an ordinary Monday morning to find that members of your community have gathered to form a mob, armed and prepared to destroy everything you hold dear. Now imagine that these same neighbors of yours have been motivated and incited by the sole reason of your refusal to recant your faith. Much worse, imagine that as you try to flee the angry mob that has just burnt down your home, you find that most entrances to your town have been blocked off. And as you miraculously find a way out, you find yourself having to walk miles and miles, in the middle of the night, just to find that the only shelter available to you and 30 other members of your Christian community is an auditorium with no food.

Surprisingly, this exact incident occurred on January 4th, but not in Iraq or Syria, or even Pakistan, but in a small village in Leyva Velasquez, Mexico, where intolerance towards Protestant Christians has increasingly grown in the last few months.

On the morning of January 4, as Christians from this community were beginning their day, they found themselves victims of another wave of brutal attacks against their Christian community. For nearly a year, Christians in Leyva Velasquez have suffered discrimination, persecution, and arbitrary imprisonment. But the attacks perpetuated against them on January 4th left these vulnerable Christians not only displaced from their community, but in a state of fear for their lives.

Yet, despite this horrific attack that left these 30 Christians homeless, state and federal officials have failed to enforce laws that protect the rights and freedom of Protestant Christians. More disturbing yet, is the fact that state officials have purposely allowed for this trend of repeated persecution to occur for the sake of political ease.

Call to Action:

If you would like to speak out for Christians suffering in Mexico call the Mexican Embassy and forward this video to your friends and family.

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                       (Texto en Español en la parte de abajo de este anuncio)

On June 2013, 31 Protestant Christians attempted to return to their village after being forcibly expelled after becoming Christian.  As they made their way back home, a mob met them outside of their village blocking their path and threatened to stone them.

The mob grabbed two pastors from the group, stripped off their clothes, beat them, and bound their hands and feet. Then, they forced them to walk to the town center where they were told they would be burned alive.

Unfortunately, this story is quite a common experience for Christian converts in Mexico. 

For years, discrimination, persecution, and violence have plagued the Christians of remote villages across Mexico. Christians lose their family's land (it can be 1000's of acres when a whole community is expelled) and  they often lose their right to have their children educated as they are expelled from school by village chiefs. Sometimes they are even raped or murdered. 

The most disturbing thing with these cases is that when victims approach the government for relief they find the municipal or state leaders either ignore them or collude with their attackers. This impunity for perpetrators is the heart of all these cases.

If the government would uphold justice and prosecute perpetrators, the problem would cease quickly. 

It is time for this to end and you have the power to stop it!

The Mexican Federal government cares about justice and believes in the rule of law. They do not want local or State governments ignoring the rights of Christians or colluding with those that attack and oppress them. 

It is time for the Mexican government to turn their attention to the most marginalized members of its society. Please sign our petition to the Mexican ambassador calling for an immediate end to this modern day wave of persecution in Mexico.  

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En Junio del 2013, dos pastores del sur de México fueron atacados, desnudados, puestos en cadenas, rociados con queroseno, y amenazados de ser encendidos con fuego hasta la muerte.  Su único "crimen” había sido ayudar a una pequeña minoría de la comunidad Cristina que regresaba a su pueblo después de varios años de haber sido expulsados. Después de varias horas de tormento, los dos pastores fueron liberados, sin embargo al mismo tiempo, la comunidad Cristiana fue tomada como rehén hasta que las autoridades locales pudieron negociar su libertad, pero con la condición de que no regresaran a sus hogares y comunidades.

Aunque este caso parece ser increíble, no es un incidente aislado. Durante años, ICC ha estado recibiendo informes constantes de las comunidades de minorías Cristianas en las zonas rurales de México que padecen de persecución severa. En muchos casos, comunidades enteras son obligadas a abandonar sus hogares y tierras. Necesidades básicas come el agua y la electricidad son cortadas en muchas comunidades Cristianas.  Niños son obligados a abandonar la escuela. Cristianos son encarcelados, presionados a abandonar su fe, y en algunos casos incluso, son agredidos violentamente

Por eso, en Abril,  ICC realizó un viaje de investigación en México. Lo que descubrimos fue impactante.

De esta investigación realizada, ICC estima que decenas de comunidades de minorías Cristianas han sido afectadas, con un total que afectan a miles de víctimas. Trágicamente,  en la mayoría de los casos, el gobierno local ha ignorado el tema totalmente o a fayado en intervenir en los casos de persecución, a pesar de la libertad de religión otorgada en la  constitución Mexicana.  Incluso, muchos grupos de derechos humanos han empezado a reconocer que la discriminación religiosa se ha convertido en uno de los principales factores que impulsan el desplazamiento en México.

Hoy, con sólo dos minutos de su tiempo puede ayudar a poner fin a la persecución en México. Firma nuestra petición pidiendo al gobierno Mexicano que intervenga inmediatamente, y proteja a las minorías religiosas de un tratamiento injusto, y que se solidaricen con aquellos con los que desesperadamente claman por ayuda.  

Si tiene preguntas, póngase en contacto con: advocacy@persecution.org