Chiapas: Federal protection afforded to Francisco Sántiz López, with more denunciations from those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate


The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), by means of a press-bulletin, has confirmed that “on 3 January of this year, the Magistrate of the First Unitary Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit ordered a motion of Federal Justice protection in favor of Francisco Sántiz López, upon recognizing that the First Judge of the District of Federal Penal Processes in Chiapas had violated Francisco’s judicial guarantees.”  For this reason, said Center stressed that the “federal government does not have reason to continue depriving Francisco Sántiz López of his liberty, being a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN) who has been held in the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced in San Cristóbal de las Casas No. 5 since 4 December 2011.”  The CDHFBC also recalled that the Chiapas state governor, Manuel Velasco Coello, affirmed in a press-bulletin on 1 January 2013 that “as regards the situation of Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López, their prompt release is for this state government a necessity.”

Also on 10 January, those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate released a public denunciation expressing the situation experienced by several of their comrades, including Rosario Díaz Méndez, a member of la Voz del Amate, who “after three months has had her audience by right postponed […] and will today newly have an audience by right.  We hope that the female judge from Simojovel carry this out responsibly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Conceden amparo federal a Base de Apoyo del EZLN Francisco Sántiz López (CDHFBC, 10 de enero de 2013)

Boletín de prensa del Instituto de Comunicación Social (ICOSO Chiapas) (1 de enero de 2013)

Rosa López: la triple dignidad de una mujer presa en Chiapas (Kaos en la Red, 11 de enero de 2013)

Denuncia de la Voz del Amate y Solidarios de la Voz del Amate en su sexto aniversario  (Enlace Zapatista, 10 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands the liberation of Francisco Sántiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)

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