Chiapas: Denunciations by Alberto Patishtán continue, as does national and international support in his case

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (Frayba), which is leading the defense for Alberto Patishtán Gómez, has recently reported more details regarding the case of the teacher via recent denunciations.  Following the attempted appeal to have Patishtán return to Chiapas, Frayba has reported that “on 14 May 2012, the First Collegiate Tribunal officially published that the evidence under revision [for Patishtán], has been transferred to the Second Collegiate Tribunal of the Seventh Circuit, with headquarters in Cancún, Quintana Roo [...]  With this is exhibited the delays and obstruction to access of justice on the part of the federal government, in complicity with the Chiapas state government, against Alberto Patishtán, who in June will have been incarcerated unjustly for 12 years.”  In this way, Frayba announced that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights had awarded precautionary measures to Patishtán Gómez, “in light of the grave risks he faces as regards his life and health due to the worsening of an alleged glaucoma that is not attended to.”

Frayba’s public communique concludes that “the unjustified transfer of professor Alberto Patishtán was carried out with the intention of discriminating against, punishing, and repressing this Tsotsil political prisoner who has distinguished himself for being a human-rights defender form within the prisons of Chiapas, denouncing at all times the lack of due process, the subhuman conditions of reclusion, and the abuses and torture to which hundreds of indigenous prisoners in Chiapas are subjected, having opted for civil and peaceful organization to defend their rights.”  In the same way, Alberto himself continues to denounce the abuses committed by penal authorities, such as the shaving of his hair: “The authorities of the Cefereso [No. 8 in Guasave, Sinaloa] [...] have acted against my will and have attacked my dignity, not only as an indigenous person and as a human but rather against my uses and customs.  During centuries as indigenous peoples we have had normal hair to protect ourselves in our work in the country and otherwise; today I looked at myself in a plastic sheet that serves as a sort of mirror, and I could not avoid crying in thinking that my family will once again see me without any hair at all.  This is just another abuse I must confront as a punishment; without a doubt it has to do with my struggle for liberty that I have carried forth.”  He continues: “How many more governing authorities will support these criminal acts?  It is not the justice I have requested!  I ask for justice, and so for this reason once again I request the immediate release of the prisoners of la Voz del Amate and those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate as well as respect for our customs.  Similarly, I call on the peoples of Mexico and the international community to join our calls for justice and liberty.”

National and international organizations continue to attend to his case and that of Francisco Sántiz López, and for this reason the Movement for Justice in the Barrio and the Other Campaign in New York organized a Second Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López “To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon” for 8 June to 15 June.  Beyond this, the German Coordination for Human Rights in Mexico published a letter sent to President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa expressing its “profound concern for the case of Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez.”  Other organizations, such as the Association Espoir Chiapas and Frayba, form part of the “Global Action Demanding Immediate Release” (A.M.E.L.I.) which joins the national and international campaign for the release of Alberto Patishtán, who is “today considered to be the most symbolic prisoner in Chiapas,” as they express in a publication.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Patishtan: revisiones inhumanas en la cárcel (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 30 de mayo de 2012)

Patishtan denuncia: indignación por ser rapado (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 25 de mayo de 2012)

Accion AMELI: Accion Mundial para la libertad de los presos de Chiapas (Espoir Chiapas, 23 de mayo de 2012)

Frayba: Gobierno Federal violenta acceso a la justicia, al preso político tsotsil Alberto Patishtán Gómez (Enlace Zapatista, 25 de mayo de 2012)

Convocatoria a la “SEGUNDA SEMANA DE LUCHA MUNDIAL POR LA LIBERTAD DE PATISHTÁN Y SÁNTIZ LÓPEZ: ¡A TUMBAR LAS PAREDES DEL CALABOZO!” (Solidaridad Chiapas, 24 de mayo de 2012)

Carta de Coordinadora Alemana por los Derechos Humanos en México al Presidente Calderón sobre Alberto Patishtán (Solidaridad Chiapas, 23 de mayo de 2012)

Encuentro Movimiento Por La Paz, Josefina Mota: Se plantea el caso de Patishtan (AlbertoPatishtanblogspot, 25 de mayo de 2012)

CGT: Acciones en València, Segovia y Alacant por el EZLN y Patishtán & Sántiz (CGT Chiapas, 26 de mayo de 2012)

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)

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