Chiapas: 3 human-rights defenders from the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights released from El Amate

On Wednesday 2 March, the Chiapas State Attorney General’s Office released “according to law” Nataniel Hernández, director of the Digna Ochoa Center for Human Rights in Tonalá, Chiapas, as well as two lawyers from the organization, José María Martínez y Eduardo Alonso Martínez, who had been detained since 22 February for the crime of mutiny.

According to the communiqué released by the Autonomous Regional Council of the Coastal Zone of Chiapas: “their release was signed-off on, giving them formal liberty in accordance with the law, which signifies that the investigation continues to be open and dependent upon the whims of the government led by Juan Sabines Guerrero–that is to say, an open threat.”

It was reported that the three rights-defenders were released at 10pm on Wednesday following a dialogue with the secretary of Governance, Noé Castañón, at the close of a march carried out in Tuxtla Gutiérrez that demanded that the activists be freed.  They were arrested on 22 February during a road-block calling for the release of 10 adherents to the Other Campaign.

Para más información:

Tres defensores fueron liberados de El Amate, Cuarto Poder, (3 de marzo 2011)

Liberan a 3 activistas en Chiapas, La Jornada (3 de marzo 2011)

Comunicado de CONSEJO AUTÓNOMO REGIONAL DE LA ZONA COSTA DE CHIAPAS, 3 de marzo 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: detentions vis-a-vis blockade of road Tonala-Pijijiapan during action of the Other Campaign (26 February 2011)

Chiapas: Judicial harassment of human-rights defender (21 June 2010)

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