Chiapas: Torture in the case of David Potenciano is denounced, as are acts of vigilance against relatives

imagen de la conferencia de prensa @ CDHFBC

Photo of press-conference @ CDHFBC

On 14 December, relatives of David Potenciano Torres denounced at a press-conference the human-rights violations he has suffered.  During the event, held at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, Jorge Luis Mendoza Torres, brother to Potenciano Torres, read a denunciation relating the juridical inconsistencies in the case and the acts of torture to which his brother had been subjected.  Potenciano is accused of having participated in the murder of Jorge Fonz Ramos, president of the Ranchers’  Union of the Northern Zone, who in accordance with the denunciation of the relatives of David Potenciano had friendly relations with Juan Sabines Guerrero, governor of the state.  For its part, the CDHFBC manifests its “concern for the harassment of relatives of David Potenciano Torres,” indicating that it has “requested precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (MC-287-11 David Potenciano Torres and others), due to the threats to his physical integrity and security delineated in the aforementioned denunciations and because, according to the evaluation of the relatives of David Potenciano, the precautionary measures awarded by the State Council on Human Rights are insufficient.”  The communiqué indicates that Potenciano Torres has told the Second Judge of the Penal Region of Tuxtla Gutiérrez about the acts of torture to which he was subjected, but that said authority to date “has not even carried out the preliminary steps for the initiation of an investigation [into these crimes], as is called for by the State Law to Prevent and Sanction Torture in the state of Chiapas.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de Jorge Luis Mendoza Torres, hermano de David Potenciano Torres (14 December 2011)

Boletín del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas(pdf) (14 December 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)

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