Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan

Press-conference @ SIPAZ

On 12 March 2012 there was held a press-conference at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba) regarding the case of teacher Alberto Patishtán Gómez, prisoner now for almost 12 years.  Rubén Moreno Méndez, lawyer from Frayba who is defending Patishtan Gómez, said that on 29 February a sentence requested the transfer of Alberto to prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas in Chiapas, following his forced transfer to Guasave, Sinaloa, on 20 October 2011 on the request of the Chiapas government, according to Rubén Moreno.  “The judge has resolved that the transfer of Patishtán Gómez to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation no. 8 in Guasave had no basis.”

His case is symbolic: many organizations and collectives, including Frayba, consider him to be a political prisoner, given that “the imprisonment of Alberto Patishtán occurs within an especially tense and rare electoral context in Chiapas due to violence (presidential elections of 1 July 2000).  In May of that year several social organizations from the El Bosque municipality that were legal and peaceful send a letter to the state governor denouncing the then-prevailing team of the municipal government for arbitrary action, corruption, and abuses and requesting the dismissal of the mayor and the creation of a municipal council.  One of the signatures of this document was that of Alberto Patishtán Gómez,” said the words shared by the Ik’ Collective during the conference.

During the same press-conference, Victor Hugo López, Frayba director, and Gabriela Patishtán Ruíz, daughter of Alberto, read a letter signed by more than a hundred Mexican organizations and groups from Germany, Spain, U.S., New Zealand, UK, and Sweden, demanding his “immediate release.”  “The case of Alberto Patishtán is a clear example of the grave problem of the administration of justice existing in Mexico,” said the letter, signed as well by Raúl Vera López, bishop of Saltillo, Coahuila, and the lawyer Magdalena Gómez, among many others.

During the press-conference, Gabriela Patishtán shared these words: “It has been traumatic to know that most of the time he spends in a cell and he has only 2 hours each week to go out to the patio, with the rest of the time being stuck in a cell.  Only one person can talk with him for 10 minutes every 15 days on the phone.  When we went, my brother was not allowed in, as he is a minor.  And today with this announcement we have favorable news, so we hope that this comes soon, because we need him very much as children, and for this reason we hope that the state observes its word, because during these 6 months that he has been in the Cefereso of Sinaloa he has not had his treatment [for glaucoma, which he has had for 2 years].  As family and united peoples we are calling for an assembly on March 17 during which the people of Bosque will raise their voices to demand the release of my father, given that he is considered innocent and everyone knows it.  Everyone is invited.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento por la liberación de Alberto Patishtán (Frayba, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Libertad a Alberto Patishtán preso político del Estado mexicano(Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Palabra del Colectivo Ik’ durante la conferencia de prensa (Colectivo Ik’, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Otorgan amparo a indígena tzotzil Patishtán para que sea regresado a penal de Chiapas (La Jornada, 12 de marzo de 2012)

En Chiapas exigen la inmediata libertad del profesor indígena preso político Alberto Patishtán (Pozol Colectivo, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Exigen regreso y liberación del preso Alberto Patishtán (Cuarto Poder, 7 de marzo de 2012)

Otorgan ampara a Alberto Patishtán Gómez para que sea regresado de Sinaloa a una cárcel de Chiapas (Escrutinio Público, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Audio:

Alberto Patishtán [Conferencia de Prensa] (Koman ilel, 12 de marzo de 2012)

Conferencia de Prensa: Libertad a Alberto Patishtán, preso político(Radio Zapatista, 12 de marzo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Denunciation by Alberto Patishtán from prison in Sinaloa (7 March 2012)

Chiapas: new denunciation by prisoners Solidarios de la Voz del Amate(6 January 2012)

Chiapas: End of hunger strike (14 November 2011)

Chiapas: Two more prisoners join the hunger strike; concentration of family-members at sit-in (4 November 2011)

Chiapas: National and international support for Patishtán and the prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (26 October 2011)

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)

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