Chiapas: Actions in favor of the liberation of Alberto Patishtán, 12 years after his incarceration

June 25, 2012

Marcha en la comunidad de El Bosque @ SIPAZ

March in the El Bosque community @ SIPAZ

On 19 June there were held several actions in solidarity to demand the liberation of the professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, who is currently being held in the Federal Center for Social Reinstertion (CEFERESO) No. 8 in Guasave, Sinaloa, as this day marks 12 years since his incarceration.

In El Bosque, his community of origin, at mid-day there was held a march in which participated approximately 400 persons.  Relatives and friends of Patishtán Gómez, as well as his teacher comrades, expressed their support for the Tzotzil indigenous man, who before his arrest had worked as a bilingual teacher.  During the march, slogans of support were heard, and onlookers were invited to join the march, given that “tomorrow they could take any of us,” in light of what has happened to Alberto Patishtán.

Meanwhile, in Mexico City there was held a press-conference for the case of the teacher.  At this event, the history of Patishtán Gómez was explained, and there was advanced the demand that the federal and Chiapas state governments review his case toward releasing him.  In the press-conference participated Gubidcha Matus, from the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), Norma Garduño, from the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, as well Héctor Patishtán, son of Alberto, and Pedro Ramírez, a comrade in struggle with the professor.

On 20 June, in a press-conference in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Raúl Vera López, president of the CDHFBC and bishop of Saltillo (Coahuila), indicated that spaces of dialogue have been opened with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and the Secretary of Govenrance to advance the case of Patishtán Gómez.  He explained that the professor is a human-rights defender who has strengthened different spaces of denunciation regarding the situation within state prisons in Chiapas where he has been held.  The bishop recalled that for participating in a hunger strike and fast in September-October 2011, Patishtán Gómez was transferred from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas prison to a federal prison in Guasave, Sinaloa, thus violating his right to be held in a prison close to his family and his place of origin.

It should be remembered that Alberto Patishtán was accused of the crime of homicide, transport of weapons exclusively for the use of the Army, and assault, due to his supposed participation in an ambush that resulted in the death of several police.  Regardless, the only witness of the acts was the son of the then mayor, who at that time was confronting a mobilization among the local population against his person regarding anomalies in the local government, a process in which Alberto Patishtán had participated actively.  For this reason, it is considered that the crime has been fabricated, and there exists much evidence that Patishtán Gómez found himself in a meeting with authorities at the time of the attack.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín del CDHFBC sobre el caso de Alberto Patishtán (pdf) (19/06/2012)

Proceso: Obispo Vera exige liberación de indígena bilingüe encarcelado(21/06/2012)

La Jornada: Posible liberación de Alberto Patishtán: obispo Raúl Vera(21/06/2012)

La Jornada: Se extiende por el mundo la demanda por la liberación de Santiz y Patishtán (12/06/2012)

Blog sobre el caso de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Some thousand persons march for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán (4 June 2012)

Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon”(21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez (21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Assembly is held in El Bosque to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)

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


Oaxaca: Opponents to mining in San José del Progreso are attacked

June 25, 2012

integrantes de la CPUVO @ Noticias

Members of the CPUVO @ Noticias

On 16 June, Bertín Vásquez Ruiz y Andrés Guadalupe Vásquez Ruiz, membes of the Coordination fo the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO), were injured in an attack using firearms in the community of San José del Progreso.  Virgilio Sánchez Vásquez, present representative of the CPUVO, blamed those associated with the Cuzcatlán mining firm that operates in the municipality and local authorities for the attack against those oppose the mine. In a press-conference carried out in front of the Palace of Governance in Oaxaca de Juárez on 17 June, members of the CPUVO reported that in light of the lack of satisfactory response, they will jointly initiate a series of mobilizations to demand justice for their dead, together with other social  organizations.  For its part, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory indicated in a communiqué that “From January to June 2012, there have been 3 attacks against CPUVO members in San José del Progreso, resulting in the deaths of 2 human-rights defenders: Bernardo Méndez Vásquez (18 January 2012) and Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (15 March 2012), in addition to several persons injured by gunfire: Abigail Vásquez Sánchez, Rosalinda Dionisio Canseco, and Andrés Vásquez Sánchez.” The Collective demands an immediate and impartial investigation on the part of the State Attorney General’s Office and, like the CPUVO, the resignation of the authorities in the municipality, given that they are considered responsible for having committed irregularities and human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios(18/06/2012)

Noticias: Regresa violencia a San José del Progreso (18/06/2012)

Oaxaca en pie de lucha: Sicarios de la minera hieren a dos habitantes en San José el Progreso (17/06/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: access to the Cuzcatlán mine is blocked in San José el Progreso (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Actions, denunciations, and mobilizations in the case of San José del Progreso (3 April 2012)

Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (25 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Coordination of United People of the Ocotlán Valley close entrance to silver mine in San José del Progreso (14 March 2011)

Oaxaca: Civil Mission of Observation “Water is Life; Let us Defend its Existence” (8 September 2010)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón “occupy” control-point in Agua Azul before being displaced

June 25, 2012

Agua Azul, photo @ Stanford.edu

On Tuesday 19 June, ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality, who are adherents to the Other Campaign occupied a control-point located in the touristic center of the Agua Azul waterfalls, which previously was held by state and federal authorities.  The occupation was part of the national and international activities being organized to demand the liberation of political prisoners, among them the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez.  In a communiqué, the ejidatarios report that the control-point was “retaken” upon their initiation of a roadblock on the Ocosingo-Palenque highway, located near the waterfall.  The ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón also demanded the release of their comrades Antonio Estrada Estrada, Miguel Vásquez Deara, and Miguel Demeza Jiménez, as well as of Francisco Sántis López, a Zapatista support-base originally from Tenejapa.  On Wednesday 20 June, the Network against Repression reported that during that morning 12 state police trucks forcibly displaced the occupiers from the control-point using force.  It was informed that the operation resulted in some injuries, with the majority of these being relatively minor, except in the case of one of these, who required medical attention.  Additionally, two of the ejidatarios’ vehicles were taken into the possession of the police.

For more information (in Spanish):

Toman caseta de cobro en Agua Azul (La Jornada, 20 de junio)

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas-ELCOR por las acciones de San Sebastián Bachajón. (Mujeres y la Sexta, 19 de junio)

Ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón recuperan caseta de cobro de Agua Azul (Proyecto Ambulante, 19 de junio)

Desalojan a ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón,Chiapas(Anticapitalista en la otra, 20 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sit-in of the Front of Ejidos in Resistance in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (6 January 2012)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)

Chiapas: Special report by Frayba: Government creates and administers conflicts (8 March 2011)

Chiapas: Ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón retake control-point in Agua Azul (13 December 2011)

Chiapas: Denunciations by ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón (7 November 2011)

Chiapas: The four prisoners from San Sebastián Bachajón are released (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: Press conference by ejidatari@s from San Sebastián Bachajón (20 March  2011)


Chiapas: Press-conference regarding communities threatened with displacement from Montes Azules

June 25, 2012

Photo @SIPAZ

On 21 June, at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, there was held a press-conference regarding the conclusions of a Civil Mission of Observation and Solidarity organized by the Rural Association of Collective Interest-Union of Independent and Democratic Unions (ARIC UU ID), which visited the communities of Salvador Allende, Ranchería Corozal, and San Gregorio in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, in May.  In solidarity with the communities threatened with possible displacement on the part of the Mexican State using the argument that they are degrading the environment, the Mission documented the commitment of local residents to care for the land and the environment, in addition to numerous human-rights violations.  The member-organizations of the Mission, among others, included the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, Services and Assessments for Peace (SERAPAZ), Economic and Social Development for Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI), the International Service for Peace, and Maderasdel Pueblo del Sureste, which all demand that the three settlements which have existed for more than 30 years be afforded regular status.

For more information (in  Spanish):

Informe Misión de Observación Montes Azules

Realizan una misión civil de observación (Cuarto Poder, 22 de junio)

For more information from SIPAZ (in Spanish):

Chiapas: Pronunciation by the Observation Mission to communities threatened with displacement form the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (11 de mayo de 2012)

Chiapas: Threats of displacement in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (14 March 2012)

Chiapas: Next hotel mega-project in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (22 September 2011)

Chiapas: a large hotel complex to begin to be constructed in Montes Azules (Laguna Miramar) (1 July 2011)

Chiapas: La Realidad JBG claims more evictions to come in Zapatista territories (5 May 2010)


Chiapas: 16 years of impunity in the case of the forced disappearance of Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres

June 25, 2012

© SIPAZ

On 20 June 1996, Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres, a Ch’ol woman who was then 19 years of age, was walking en route to the community of Masojá Shucjá, Tila municipality, to visit her parents.  Upon reaching the community of Miguel Alemán, she was intercepted by a group of persons pertaining to the Paz y Justicia grouping.  She was was detained, physically assaulted, and taken to the home of one of the group’s members. According to testimony on the part of these members obtained by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), Minerva was kidnapped for three days, beaten, and raped.  16 years after these events, her whereabouts are still unknown.

In a bulletin published to observe this saddening anniversary, the CDHFBC stresses that “the forced disappearance of Minerva is part and parcel of a strategy of low-intensity warfare as implemented by the Mexican government against the civil population, as detailed in the ’94 Plan for Chiapas Campaign.’  Minerva was chosen premeditatively due to her being a woman, and due to this she became a victim of war and the abuse of power exercised against her by the paramilitaries of Paz y Justicia, with the complicity and participation of the federal government, then led by Ernesto Zedillo Ponce xce León.  The paramilitary group Paz y Justicia was founded, trained, and financed with public resources in exchange for votes, and thus was utilized as a means to introduced terror among the civil population of the northern zone of the state of Chiapas.”

The CDHFBC recalls as well that “between 1995 and 2000, considering only the northern zone of Chiapas, there were registered 32 forced disappearances of men and 5 of women, in addition to the murder of 7 females and 78 males.  Thus there are total of 122 documented cases that continue to be in impunity, not to mention the forced displacement of 12,000 others.”

For more information (in Spanish):

16 años de la desaparición forzada de Minerva Guadalupe Pérez Torres, CDHFBC, 20 de junio de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Masojá Shucjá, commemoración of the victims of the victims of the conflict of ’95 and ’96 (4 de octubre de 2011)

Chiapas: in Masojá Shucjá, memory and demand for justice for the victims of paramilitaries in 1995 and 1996 (7 October 2010)

Chiapas: 14 years after the forced disappearance of Minerva Pérez Torres by Paz y Justicia paramilitaries (30 June 2010)

Chiapas: commemoration of the victims of Paz y Justicia in Masojá Shucjá (3 September 2009)


Chiapas: Invitation to a press-conference regarding an Observation Mission in Montes Azules

June 25, 2012

Members of the Mission interviewing residents of the community Rancherá Corozal. Photo @Misión Civil de Observación y Solidaridad

On Thursday 21 June at 11am, there will be held a press-conference regarding the conclusions of a Civil Mission of Observation and Solidarity, organized by the Rural Association of Collective Interest Union of Independent and Democratic Unions (ARIC UU ID), which has visited the communities of Salvador Allende, Ranchería Corozal, and San Gregorio in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas.  In solidarity with the communities threatened with possible displacement on the part of the Mexican State using the argument that they are degrading the environment, the Mission documented the commitment of local residents to care for the land and the environment, in addition to numerous human-rights violations.  The press-conference will take place at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, Calle Brasil 14, Barrio Mexicanos, San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

For more inforrmation (in Spanish):

Invitación Informe Mision Civil Montes Azules

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pronunciation by the Observation Mission to communities threatened with displacement form the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (11 de mayo de 2012)

Chiapas: Threats of displacement in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (14 March 2012)

Chiapas: Next hotel mega-project in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (22 September 2011)

Chiapas: a large hotel complex to begin to be constructed in Montes Azules (Laguna Miramar) (1 July 2011)

Chiapas: La Realidad JBG claims more evictions to come in Zapatista territories (5 May 2010)


Chiapas/Oaxaca: #WeMigrantsAre132

June 20, 2012

From 12 to 14 June 2012, human-rights activists and dozens of undocumented Central Americans carried out a series of activities “with the intention of focusing national attention on the question of migrants, something that has not been profoundly examined by those aspiring to the presidency of the Republic.”  They took the train from Arriaga, Chiapas, to Ixtepec, Oaxaca, this route being one that unites the two cities that is one of the principal means by which undocumented workers enter Mexico.  Under the protection of security forces from the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, federal corporations, the Mexican Army, the CNHD, and the Beta Group, the protestors carried out a mobilization and march through the streets and train-tracks of Arriaga, the route of “the Beast” from Arriaga to Ixtepec, a stop in Ixtepec, and a meeting with the Coordination of #IAm132 Central Office of the Isthmus.

The human-rights defenders and Central American migrants created the movement #WeMigrantsAre132 and requested the support of the national movement #IAm132 so that the latter include the question of migration in its petitions to the presidential candidates.  Rubén Figueroa from the Mesoamerican Movement recalled that “More than 60% of the migrants who cross through Mexico are youth between 15 and 30 years of age, and they suffer persecution, abuses, murder, sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and rape at the hands of organized crime with the complicity of the authorities.  From this is seen the need for the vital energy of this movement of youth to adopt the cause of the migrants, both Mexicans abroad as well as those migrants who arrive here to Mexico, as central to the platform on human rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de prensa del Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano (15 de junio de 2012)

Protesta #YoSoy132 en Chiapas; se unen activistas e indocumentados(Milenio, 12 de junio de 2012)

Activistas piden a candidatos presidenciales pronunciarse sobre migración(CNN México, 14 de junio de 2012)

Crean en Chiapas el movimiento #LosMigrantesSomos132 (Proceso, 12 de junio de 2012)

Candidatos, sin abordar tema de migrantes (La Jornada, 15 de junio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)

Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)


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