Chiapas: Judicial Process against Roberto Paciencia Cruz Continues

February 12, 2017

robertoBanner at the ‘Freedom for Roberto Paciencia Cruz” press conference

Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Tsotsil indigenous, campesino and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, was and continues to be a “victim of torture, cruel, inhuman and/or degrading treatment, arbitrary deprivation of liberty and violations of due process.”

On August 7, 2013, in Pantelho municipality, Roberto Paciencia Cruz was held for an alleged kidnapping without any arrest warrant. He was transferred to the facilities of the Specialized Prosecutor Against Organized Crime (FECDO) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, where “he was physically and psychologically tortured for two days and locked up in a punishment cell.” Later he was transferred to the State Center for Social Reinsertion (CERSS) No. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where he was unjustly deprived of his liberty for three years and three months without being sentenced although according to the relatives of Roberto, Sympathizers Of the Voice of Amate and the No Estamos Todxs Working Group (GTNET) “the innocence of the compañero has been demonstrated legally on several occasions: the only prosecution witness has not appeared at any of the several citations, and, on the contrary, there are witnesses who testified that Roberto was not present at the time at the scene of the crime of which he is falsely accused.”

 According to the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center (CDHFBC), as a result of torture, Roberto has “marks, scars, physical and psychological consequences. He did not receive adequate medical care. In addition, his prolonged imprisonment has affected his life plan, in particular his family.” On September 24, 2016, in the framework of International Prisoners’ Day, Roberto shared his pain, his worries and the injustice he is suffering from being separated from his family in a letter. He declared that “those most punished by these injustices” are the families of the prisoners. He denounced the lack of consideration of the authorities for them: “the rulers do not care that the family of a prisoner is crying, or that they sleep with hunger or that they walk barefoot to our children because they do not have the support of their parents (sic.).”

On November 24, 2016, Guillermo Hernandez Ovando, Judge of the Criminal Court of the District of San Cristobal de Las Casas, issued an acquittal in the case of Roberto, who was then released. However, the judicial process against Roberto Paciencia Cruz continues. Two months after his release, Roberto was notified that the Public Ministry “despite not being able to sustain the charge against him and despite the violations of his human rights, filed an appeal against that acquittal.”

Since his release, Roberto has moved to San Cristobal de Las Casas, where he is working to try to continue a life project with his family. However, the likelihood that his acquittal may be changed creates a situation of uncertainty, stress and anxiety for him and his family.

On the subject, sociologist Aida Cipriano, a specialist in human rights, denounces the various cases of arbitrary detention and torture of indigenous people in an interview with Revolución TRESPUNTOCERO: “The prisons in Chiapas are plagued by indigenous people who, because they do not know how to read and speak [Spanish], have been prisoners for years, because the first thing the authorities do is to lock them up, then they just have to leave the case file in the trash and make sure that the facts are not known, to have them there for life.” She adds that the indigenous are unjustly detained “by a poor and tricky Mexican judicial system, which in Chiapas is racist, corrupt and a creator of false positives. And it is the indigenous, who have become the target to follow.”

The GTNET and the CDHFBC urge Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez and the members of the Mixed Regional Room 03 of San Cristobal de Las Casas to review the criminal case file “to confirm the acquittal, because there are no legal elements to revoke the said sentence.” They also request the public to be attentive to the resolution that will be given in the middle of this month.

For more information in Spanish:

Boletin conjunto: En riesgo la libertad personal de Roberto Paciencia Cruz (Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs & Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 02 de enero de 2017)

Juez dictaminará sentencia a Roberto Paciencia víctima de Tortura (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 10 de noviembre de 2016)

Velasco Coello el acérrimo enemigo de indígenas, a quienes se les fabrica delitos y se les encierra en la cárcel ( Revolución TRESPUNTOCERO, a 11 de agosto 2016)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Libertad de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en riesgo ( 2 de febrero de 2017)

Chiapas : Liberan a Roberto Paciencia (26 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Juez dictaminará sentencia a Roberto Paciencia (15 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Procesión fuera del CERSS No.5 en exigencia de la liberación de Roberto Paciencia Cruz (31 de octibre de 2016)

Chiapas: Carta de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en el marco del día internacional de los presos (24 de septiembre de 2016)

 


Guerrero: Massive Mobilization to Guarantee Basic Rights in La Montaña

February 8, 2017

Mont.jpgLa Montaña rises against hunger and discrimination. Photo@Tlachinollan

On February 6, the communities that form the Council of Damaged Communities of La Montaña (CCDM in its Spanish acronym) called for a massive mobilization in Tlapa de Comonfort “given [the] fault of the authorities to guarantee basic rights in the mountain of Guerrero.”

More than three years after the devastation of Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel, CCDM communities “decided to raise their voices and take action until their voices are heard.” They denounce that in the midst of the devastation that affected sixteen thousand families; which forced 35 communities to move; which totally destroyed 4,350 homes, which led to the disappearance of schools and clinics razed by rivers, and the death of at least 40 people, “the response of state and federal authorities is inaction.”

Hurricane Ingrid and Storm Manuel also caused the losses in the agricultural cycle and shortages in the distribution networks, directly affecting not only the only economic income for the communities’ livelihoods, but their only means of subsistence. The La La Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, which accompanies the CCDM, explains in its latest report entitled “With the Strength of the Mountain we will Collapse the Wall of Iniquity”, that despite the various agreements between representatives of the federal and state institutions and the CCDM and despite many mobilizations of the CCDM to demand their application, these agreements were not met. Therefore, given the delay in the delivery of basic grains, the worsening of the food crisis, the increase of diseases caused by malnutrition, the CDMW decided to undertake another mobilization “to call on the authorities to comply with the commitments made [ ] ensure the continuity of deliveries and respect the agreements agreed with the mountain peoples.”

 For more information in Spanish:

Derrumbar el muro de la iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Miles de indígenas contra el hambre y la marginación en la Montaña de Guerrero(Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 6 de febrero de 2017)

Damnificados en Guerrero por huracán denuncian indiferencia de autoridades (La Jornada, 6 de febrero de 2017)
Denuncian en Tlapa falta de cumplimiento de la Federación con las familias indígenas (La Jornada Guerrero, 4 de febrero de 2017)
Invitación: Masiva movilización en Tlapa, Guerrero. Ante omisión de las autoridades (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)
Con la fuerza de la montaña derrumbaremos el muro de iniquidad (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 3 de febrero de 2017)

For more information from Sipaz:


Guerrero: Se logra acuerdo para implementación de un programa de abastecimiento de granos básicos para los damnificados de la Montaña (22 de febrero 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de la Montaña realizan “Peregrinación del Hambre” por falta de apoyo gubernamental (5 de febrero de 2014)

Guerrero: Damnificados de las tormentas migran para poder subsistir (22 de octubre de 2013)


Chiapas: Call for the jTatik Samuel jCanan Lum 2018 Recognition Award

February 8, 2017

samuelPhoto@Denuncia Publica

On January 26, in San Cristobal de Las Casas, the call for jTatik Samuel jCanan Lum 2018 Recognition Award was launched. This call is extended to social and civil organizations, churches and religious groups, groups and grassroots organizations to participate in the promotion and presentation of candidates to receive this recognition in 2018 as part of its sixth installment.

The “JTatic Samuel jCanan Lum” Recognition aims at recognizing the work of women and men, organizations and groups that have been characterized by their contribution to the people in the construction of community and/or regional alternatives, as well as their work for unity and peaceful social transformation, as well as spreading and encouraging this work.

The sixth installment will take place in January 2018. The recognition has its roots in the year 1999, when after 40 years of service in the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, of accompanying and defending the then smaller ones of the Mexican southeast, the Zoque, Chol, Tojolabal, Tsotil, Tseltal peoples of Chiapas, recognized Tatik Samuel Ruiz as jCanan Lum/Caretaker of the People.

 For more information in Spanish:

Convocatoria reconocimiento jTatik Samuel jCanan Lum, enero 2017

For more information from SIPAZ:

Entrega del 5to reconocimiento jTatik Samuel Jcanan Lum, 1 de febrero 2016

Chiapas: Entrega del Reconocimiento jTatik Samuel, jCanan Lum 2016, 23 de enero de 2016

Chiapas: Convocatoria reconocimiento jTatik Samuel Jcanan Lum 2015,  28 de enero 2015


Oaxaca: Book Launch of “Fighting with a Woman’s Heart” in Oaxaca City

February 8, 2017

book

On Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m., the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ) will launch “Fighting with a Woman’s Heart. The Situation and Participation of Women in Chiapas (1995-2015) “, a diagnosis of the main changes in the last 20 years, at the offices of Consorcio Oaxaca, Calle Pensamientos, 104, Colonia Reforma, Oaxaca City. Join us!

For more information from SIPAZ :

Artículo : SIPAZ: “Luchar con corazón de mujer – Situación y participación de las mujeres en Chiapas (1995-2015)”

Libro completo : « Luchar con corazón de mujer : Situación y participación de las mujeres 1995-2015 »


Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia’s Liberty at Risk

February 5, 2017

Roberto.pngRoberto Paciencia Cruz on the day of his release, Photo @: Espoir Chiapas

On February 2, the No Estamos Todxs Working Group (GTNET in its Spanish acronym) and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights, (CDHFBC, also known as Frayba) expressed their concern in a joint statement over the risk to personal freedom of Roberto Paciencia Cruz. Roberto is an indigenous Tsotsil from Chenalho, Chiapas and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. On August 9, 2013 he was arrested and charged with an alleged abduction. The GTNET and the CDHFBC recall in their communiqué that at the time of Roberto’s arrest and imprisonment “acts of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial were documented, violating the rights of personal liberty, integrity, personal security and access to due process.” They add that “since his arrest, and throughout a judicial process that lasted three years and three months, Roberto did not cease to fight against the injustices of the corrupt Mexican justice system, until on November 26, 2016, he was released on recognition of innocence by the Judge of the Criminal Branch of the Judicial District of San Cristobal de Las Casas, by acquittal “.

However, despite not being able to sustain an accusation against Paciencia during the trial, and despite the violations mentioned against him, the public prosecutor filed an appeal against that acquittal. The GTNET and the CDHFBC emphasize that, “the arbitrary and unjust detention of Roberto brought physical and psychological consequences for him and his family, disrupting his life plans and generating family impoverishment.”

According to information in their possession, they report that “the study of the case and the proposed sentence of appeal will be in charge of the Speaker C, of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 3, San Cristobal de Las Casas, headed by Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez; the proposal will be voted by the judges who hold court in the middle of February.” The likelihood that the sentence of acquittal of Roberto Paciencia can be modified generates a situation of uncertainty, stress and anxiety for him and his family.

The GTNET and the CDHFBC exhort Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez and the members of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 03 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “to confirm the acquittal, because there are no legal elements to revoke the said sentence.” In addition, they ask the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and national and international civil society to be attentive to the resolution of the Mixed Regional Court and to carry out solidarity actions for Roberto Paciencia Cruz and his family when they can.

For more information in Spanish:

Boletin conjunto: En riesgo la libertad personal de Roberto Paciencia Cruz ( Grupo de Trabajo No Estamos Todxs (GTNET) & Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 02 de enero de 2017)

 For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Liberan a Roberto Paciencia (26 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Juez dictaminará sentencia a Roberto Paciencia (15 de noviembre de 2016)

Chiapas: Procesión fuera del CERSS No.5 en exigencia de la liberación de Roberto Paciencia Cruz (31 de octibre de 2016)

Chiapas: Roberto Paciencia Cruz, injustamente preso, denuncia la negación del acceso a sus visitas por segunda vez (19 de octubre 2016)


Chiapas: Believing People Pilgrimage

February 5, 2017

Believing Pople .pngBelieving People Pilgrimage in San Cristóbal, 2016 Photo: El Heraldo de Chiapas

On January 25, members of Believing Peoples of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas held a pilgrimage on the fifth anniversary of the death of Jtatik Samuel Ruíz and also for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Diocesan Coordination of Women (CODIMUJ).

About 4,000 people came from the municipalities of Comitan, Frontera Comalapa, Chicomuselo, Altamirano, Tila, Las Margaritas, Ocosingo, Chilon, La Trinitaria, La Independencia, San Cristóbal, Chenalho, San Juan Chamula, Larrainzar, Oxchuc, among others. They met in the Cathedral Square of San Cristobal de las Casas to remember Jtatik Samuel in prayer.

As Believing Peoples, they proposed building autonomy in the communities, recovering the structure of government, resisting the projects and recovering the autonomous and community governments, facing the 2018 elections, as the political parties are already controlling and organizing their people In communities.

Believing Peoples denounce “the poverty that is increasing by the rise of [the price of] gasoline, gas, electricity, tortilla, transportation and everything. We denounce the nationalist egotism of the new government in the United States, which excludes emigrants and who only looks out for their economic interests, without solidarity with less developed countries. “

For more information in Spanish:

http://www.prensalibrechiapas.com/2014/index.php/secciones/portada/item/4226-realizan-peregrinacion-por-el-sexto-aniversario-luctuoso-de-jtatik-samuel (Prensa Libre Chiapas, a 25 de enero de 2017)

Pueblo Creyente: “Denunciamos los proyectos de muerte” (Chiapas Denuncia, a 25 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Entrega del 5to reconocimiento jTatik Samuel Jcanan Lum

Chiapas: Pueblo Creyente de Simojovel rechaza diálogo con los hermanos Gómez

Chiapas: El Pueblo Creyente peregrinó en Tuxtla en apoyo a las y los maestros

 


National: UNO Special Rapporteur Visits Mexico to Evaluate Human Rights Situation

February 5, 2017

UNO.pngMichael Forst, UNO Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. Photo@MuralChiapas

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, visited Mexico from January 16 to 24 with the aim of assessing the situation of human rights defenders and evaluating the efforts made by the Mexican authorities for their protection. After traveling the country from Mexico City to the states of Chihuahua, Guerrero, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico, and meeting more than 800 defenders from 24 states, 60% of whom were women, the UNO Rapporteur noted “high levels of insecurity and violence faced by defenders in the country” in a “complex context marked by organized crime, corruption and state repression.”

Based on his observations, Forst points out that, “the situation of human rights defenders is marked by the criminalization of their activities through the undue and deliberate use of criminal law and manipulation of punitive power by both state and non-state players, to prevent and even avoid the legitimate activities of defenders to promote and protect human rights.” He also added that “the use of arbitrary arrests and detentions as an instrument to silence dissident voices and to curb social movements is also worrying (…) in many cases, those who defend human rights by reporting violations committed by the authorities are criminalized and face indirect reprisals through attacks or criminal proceedings directed against their families or people close to them.”

The Special Rapporteur expressed concern about the fact that “98% of crimes in Mexico are not solved”: “The low rate of successful investigations and solution of crimes committed against human rights defenders has generated a generalized sense of impunity.” He continued and warned that, “The lack of investigation and sanction of the aggressors sends a dangerous message that there are no consequences for committing such crimes. This creates an environment conducive to the repetition of violations.”

“Impunity has become the cause and effect of the general insecurity of human rights defenders in Mexico,” the Special Rapporteur warned at the close of his official visit to the country and presented a preliminary report with a series of recommendations to the authorities and other players to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders and facilitate their important work. Forst concluded by reaffirming his willingness to provide assistance to all players interested in combating impunity and ensuring the protection of defenders in Mexico.

For more information in Spanish

México / Defensores de DD HH: “La mejor forma de protegerlos es luchando contra la impunidad” – Experto de la ONU (Naciones Unidas, 25 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU concluye visita en México (El Financiero, 24 de enero de 2017)

DEFENSORAS Y DEFENSORES DEL TERRITORIO DENUNCIAN AGRESIONES ANTE RELATOR DE LA ONU (23 de febrero de 2017)

Repudian ONU y ONG asesinato del ambientalista Isidro Baldenegro (19 de enero de 2017)

Relator de la ONU evalúa violación de DD.HH. en México (TeleSUR, 17 de enero de 2017)

Viene a México relator especial de ONU para defensores de DH (La Jornada, 11 de enero de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Visita no oficial del relator especial de la ONU sobre la Situación de las y los defensores de Derechos Humanos (13 de mayo de 2016)

Nacional: Gobierno rechazó visita del relator para la tortura de la ONU (13 de mayo de 2016) Nacional: Relator especial de la ONU sobre la tortura finaliza visita oficial a México (6 de mayo de 2014)