Atiliaca Mexico: Residents file human rights complaint for being forced to sign agreement to allow floodwater

Posted on October 30, 2013 • Filed under: Enviromental Issues, Human Rights Latin America, Politics reported – Residents of the indigenous city of Atliaca in Mexico’s Guerrero state have presented a complaint to the state’s Human Rights Commission, saying that they were detained and forced to sign an agreement that allowed floodwater from the city of Tixtla to be drained through their land.

The city of Tixtla was heavily hit by hurricane Manuel, and more than a month after the storm, the city is still flooded. The National Water Commission (Conagua) is currently trying to drain 13 million cubic meters of water, out of a total 26 million that flooded the area. On October 14, Proceso newspaper reported that 2 million cubic meters had been drained through a channel which passes through Atliaca and the municipality of Mártir de Cuilapan then empties into the Balsas River. Read Article

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