SIPAZ expresses its extreme concern for the risks to the life and personal integrity of the detainees of three Chiapas prisons who have undertaken a hunger strike in order to demand their freedom. The detainees denounce the fact that they have been arbitrarily detained for their political and/or social justice activities. They state that they are facing false accusations, and that their right to due legal process is being violated. Some detainees have been on strike for more than one month.
According to numerous sources, such as the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center, report that at least 45 detainees are maintaining the hunger strike:
- 27 detainees in the Center for Social Re-adaptation #14 (known as “El Amate”) in Cintalapa. The majority of these detainees began their hunger strike on either February 25 or 26. Others joined them on March 10, 25 and 26.
- 10 detainees in the Center for Social Re-adaptation #5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, on strike since March 4.
- 8 detainees in the Center for Social Re-adaptation #17 in Playas de Catazajá, who joined the strike on March 8.
In addition, some 11 detainees maintain daily fasts in support of the hunger strikers: six in the Center for Social Re-adaptation #5, three in the Center for Social Re-adaptation #14 and two in Tacotalpa Prison (in the State of Tabasco).
Beginning on March 24, relatives of 36 of the hunger strikers mentioned above established a picket opposite the Chiapas State Government’s offices in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to demand the freedom of their family members.