Chiapas: Urgent Action: Concern for the lives and judicial situation of detainees. Criminalization of social protest and of the work of human rights defenders.

The International Service for Peace has expressed major concerns regarding a series of events beginning with the detention of 6 indigenous Tzeltales, inhabitants of the Ejido San Sebastián Bachajón, in the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. The detainees suffered, among other things: torture and mistreatment; lack of access to fair judicial process, such as a translator who spoke their language; being held incommunicado; and misrepresentation by media sources.

In response, members of the Other Campaign of the ejido San Sebastián Bachajón organized a roadblock to demand the liberation of the detainees. A few days later, two people, who were reported to have disappeared for a number of days, were detained as well. In addition, a number of cases of repression and criminalization of social protest and of human rights defenders who were working on the cases were denounced.

Read the Urgent Action online

For More Information (In Spanish):

Boletín, Detención arbitraria de indígneas tseltales de Bachajón, Chilón, CDHFBC (16/04/2009)

Boletín, Operativo policíaco en contra de indígenas manifestantes de Bachajón, CDHFBC (17/04/2009)

Noticia, Solicitud de medidas cautelares ante detención arbitraria, CDHFBC (17/04/2009)

Denuncia local – Solidaridad de MOCRI-CNPA con ejidatarios de Bachajón (17/04/2009)

Acción Urgente: Privación arbitraria de la libertad, tortura, tratos o penas crueles, inhumanos y degradantes a adherentes de La Otra Campaña de San Sebastián Bachajón, municipio de Chilón, CDHFBC (19/04/2009)

Acción Urgente: 11 hombres recluidos sin cargos en un centro de detención conocido como “Quinta Pitiquito”, Amnistía Internacional (21/04/2009)

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