February 24, 2009
On February 13, the Committee of ex-prisoners and family of political prisoners “Voces Inocentes” (Innocent Voices) denounced that members of the “Voz de Amate”, an organization of political prisoners and adherents of the Other Campaign in a prison in Cintalapa, Chiapas had received a “series of hostilities”. They denounced that the authorities are “preventing … them from carrying out their sacrifices as part of lent” because since February 10 they have been in a period of fasting and prayer as part of “a sacrifice devoted to their rights and religious beliefs in search of their liberty which they deserve”.
Of the prisoners who began a hunger strike in March of 2008, there remain Aberto Patishtán Gómez, Miguel Gómez Gómez, and José Pérez Pérez in the prison Amate and Tiburcio Gómez Pérez, Agustín Rodríguez Jiménez, and Diego Rodríguez Hernández in the prison CERSS 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas.
For More Information (in Spanish):
Denuncian hostigamiento contra los compañeros presos de la Voz de El Amate, a quienes les impidieron realizar una jornada de ayuno y oración, denuncia, Comité de Ex presos y familiares de Presos Políticos “Voces inocentes” (13/02/2009)
December 3, 2008
On November 25, the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) acknowledged in the 2008 National Report on Prison Supervision, that “for the third consecutive year” Chiapas, along with 7 other states, “has failed [to meet] conditions” in terms of human rights. The CNDH also stated that, “the dysfunctional prison systems in the majority of the country is one of the weakest parts of public security”.
In the case of Chiapas, the beginning of a hunger strike by dozens of prisoners in three different prisons in February of this year exemplified the problems in prisons as one of the biggest issues with the justice system. As a whole and to date, the government of Chiapas has freed more than 300 prisoners, however this has been done without publishing a list of names, or information about their political or organizational affiliations. However, it is known that 41 of those released had participated in the hunger strike.
Among the prisoners who initiated the hunger strike, six people remain incarcerated, all of them members of the groups “La Voz de Amate” and “La Voz de Los Llanos”, organizations which are members of the Other Campaign.
For More Information (In Spanish):
Diagnóstico Nacional de Supervisión Pentienciaria 2008, CNDH (noviembre de 2008)
Se agrava la problemática en las cárceles del país, según analisís de la CNDH, La Jornada (26/11/2008)