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Land Rights Activist Under House Arrest in Playa del Carmen Sparks Outrage

A civil judge in Playa del Carmen has placed activist Fabiola Cortés Miranda under house arrest. This action comes in response to her efforts to defend Mayan land rights and address environmental damage near Puerto Aventuras. Cortés Miranda, founder of the civil association We Are Your Eyes, has called the house arrest measure abusive and a violation of human rights.

The house arrest was imposed after an individual claiming ownership of the disputed lands requested precautionary measures from the court. According to Cortés Miranda, Four Cardinals Developments, a commercial company, has filed a civil liability lawsuit for moral damage. This lawsuit follows a series of legal actions against the individual in question, who is suspected of involvement in a land dispossession crime committed on the El Pocito property in Puerto Aventuras. This crime targeted Mayan settlers who have demonstrated land possession.

The lawsuit was admitted on May 13 at the Second Civil Court of First Instance of the Municipality of Solidaridad, under file number 210/2024. Along with the house arrest, which prevents Cortés Miranda from leaving the state of Quintana Roo, other precautionary measures have been imposed. These include the seizure of her assets and those of the Mayan landowners, as well as the freezing of their bank accounts.

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Cortés Miranda claims that these excessive measures stem from protests held on the El Pocito property. The property is currently occupied by the individual developing the Amares project. This project has been suspended due to protections in favor of the Mayan landowners, who have proven their parcel rights to federal judges in Cancún.

Currently, Cortés Miranda is preparing for a new legal battle in federal courts. She aims to uphold the fundamental rights she believes have been violated against her and the Mayan landowners she represents.