Chiapas: Forthcoming actions for the release of Alberto Patishtán


During the month of April there will be held several actions in favor of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, which will include two marches, one on 10 April in the municipal center of El Bosque, and the other on 19 April in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, as undertaken by the Believing People together with the Movement of the People of El Bosque.  The priest Marcelo Pérez, parishioner of Simojovel, has expressed that “we are enraged by the rejection of the motion by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN), while it has taken on the cases of Florence Cassez and that of the material authors of the massacre of 45 people in Acteal, liberating him, even though they really aren’t innocent,” thus referring to the postponement of decision in the case of Patishtán on the part of the SCJN on 6 March.  Now, all attention is on the Primary Collegiate Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit, located in the Palace of Federal Justice in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, which will receive the documents on the case of Patishtán so as to decide on his motion for recognition of innocence.

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the justices of this Tribunal to “respond in an exemplary way” that establishes jurisprudence in cases such as that of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, “so that in the future there be averted the injustice to which he has been subjected.”  In AI’s opinion, the SCJN should have resolved the case in Patishtan’s favor, though it did not.  AI also noted that these same justices have the obligation of impartially evaluating the evidence presented by the defense, in accordance with international obligations that are integrated into the Mexican Constitution.In an article in La Jornada, Cecilia Santiago Vera details the type of police habits which invalidate the terms of ratified human-rights accords: “Forced entry, illegal search of homes, while no crime is in progress and without any judicial order; the detention and movement of police agents without arrest orders; the violence, death-threats, interrogations and abuses without the presence of a rights-defender and so the receipt of self-incrimination and signed declarations that are not read; though these be painful and embarrassing to recognize, such are the practices that continue in this country called Mexico.  Torture as well.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Anuncian peregrinación en Tuxtla para exigir la libertad del profesor Patishtán (La Jornada, 3 de abril de 2013)

Cambio, continuidad e impartición de justicia (La Jornada, 3 de abril de 2013)

Próximas Acciones por la #LibertadPatishtan (Blog Alberto Patishtan)

Caso Patishtán: AI pide a tribunal colegiado justicia sin discriminación (La Jornada, 27 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: “Justice is its opposite,” declares Alberto Patishtán (20 March 2013)

México/Chiapas: SCJN rejects review of case of Alberto Patishtán(20 March 2013)

Mexico/Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released, notes Olga Sánchez Cordero (5 March 2013)

Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)


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