Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, A.C.


  • “Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (Frayba) Center for Human Rights is a non-profit Civil Organization, independent of any government or political ideology or religious creed. Founded in 1989 through the initiative of Samuel Ruiz García, catholic bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Frayba has a Christian inspiration and ecumenical inspiration.
  • We work in defense and promotion of human rights, especially for the indigenous villages and communities in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.
  • Frayba has as its mission to walk alongside and in service of the poor, excluded, and organized villages that seek to overcome the socioeconomic and political conditions under which they live, taking from them direction and strength to contribute to their project of constructing a society where people and communities exercise and enjoy all of their rights to their fullness.
  • El Frayba tiene como premisas orientadoras de su labor:
  1. The Integrity and Indivisibility of human rights.
  2. Respect for cultural diversity and the right to self-determination.
  3. Global justice as a requirement for peace.
  4. The development of a culture of dialogue, tolerance, and reconciliation, with respect to cultural and religious pluralism. Our commitment is to peace with dignity and human rights.
  • We monitor, document, and litigate human rights violations in the state of Chiapas, particularly in the indigenous territory, with special attention to the subjects of executions, torture, arbitrary detentions, disappearances and forced displacement. We promote the right to self-determination and autonomy of indigenous villages though their right to land and territory, and through their own systems of justice and exercise of government. We support popular and organized processes in the fight for these rights, which allow the development of a culture of respect for human rights as a condition for peace with justice and dignity. We publicly denounce human rights violations and also disseminate information on these violations in Chiapas. Our work is oriented toward the recovery of historical memory and to confronting the unresolved situation of armed conflict in Chiapas. We promote the Civil Brigades of [human rights] Observation (Brico) as a mechanism for preventing aggression to communities that are harmed by militarization and as an expression of national and international solidarity”. 1)



  1. CDHFBC (2005), La Política genocida en el conflicto armado en Chiapas; Recontrucción de hechos, pruebas, delitos y testimonios, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
  2. CDHFBC (2004), Dezplazados Internos en Chiapas. Proceso de grupos de desplazados que el frayba acompaña, reporte del Frayba (2000 ejemplares).
  3. CDHFBC (2004), “Acteal : no a la impunidad”. Carta abierta a Vicente Fox Quezada, Presidente de México.
  4. CDHFBC (unknown), Los Grupos Paramilitares en Chiapas, published by the Frayba in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional Indigenista.
  • Regular Written Publications:
  1. CDHFBC, Informe semestral (N° 6 published on February the 5th, 1994)


Legal status

  • Non-profit Civil Organization, independent of any government or political ideology or religious creed


Internal organization

  • Area of Immediate Attention
  • Area of Documentation
  • Area of Legal Advice and Legal Defense
  • Area of Processing Data and Statistics
  • Area of Social Communication
  • Area of Solidarity Promotion
  • Area of Support for Strengthening Social Processes
  • Area of Administration
  • Team of Conduct
  • Direction
  • Defense Subdirector
  • Advocacy Subdirector


  • Address :

Brasil 14
Barrio Mexicanos
San Cristóbal de las Casas
Chiapas, México

  • Email : frayba@frayba.org.mx
  • Tel. : (967) 678 35 48
  • Fax: (967) 678 35 48


Links with other alternative media


  1. BOB, Clifford (2005), « The Making of an Antiglobalization Icon. Mexico’s Zapatista’s Uprising », in The Marketing of Rebellion. Insurgents, Media and International Activism, Cambridge University Press, p. 171

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