Chiapas/National: 2000 indigenous prisoners to be released in 2014. Will Alejandro Díaz be one of them?

Foto @ Especial / Am

The National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) seeks to release 2,000 indigenous prisoners in 2014 by means of the Excarcelation of Indigenous Persons Program, which has a budget of 50 million pesos.  The reason is that there are more than 9,000 indigenous people incarcerated in Mexico, due to lack of translators and other failures to due process. Nuvia Mayorga, director of the CDI, explained that most cases are found in states such as Chiapas, Veracruz, Puebla, and Sinaloa, thus reflecting that poverty continues to be a factor perpetuating this phenomenon.

Alejandro Díaz Santis, prisoner held in the Cereso No. 5 San Cristóbal de Las Casas and a member in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, expressed in an interview with SIPAZ that a representative from the CDH had visited the prison to ask him, among other things, if he were indigenous.  Alejandro is Tsotsil, from the Highlands of Chiapas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de Alejandro Díaz (Koman Ilel, 14 de febrero de 2014)

Buscan excarcelar a 2 mil indígenas (Am, 6 de febrero de 2014)

Buscan excarcelar a 2 mil indígenas (El Universal, 6 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santis announces fast to demand freedom (15 January 2014)

National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)

 

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