On 7 May, relatives of Loxicha prisoner Zacarías Pascual García López denounced the inhumane treatment, psychological torture, and isolation that Zacarías has suffered for 11 months in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (CEFERESO) located in Mengolí de Morelos, Miahuatlán, Oaxaca. “We are only allowed a four-hour visit once a month; we cannot touch him because they threaten to cancel all our visits for a year,” noted María del Carmen García Luna, the prisoner’s daughter.
In this way, the relatives demanded that the prisoner be released, given that he has already served two-thirds of his sentence. However, according to the prisoner’s daughter, the authorities have denied this rqeuest: “if they don’t release him, they can transfer him to the Etla prison, because for us it is difficult and tiring to continue in this way.” She added that on 17 April, despite the fact that the State transferred six of the Loxicha prisoners to the Santa María Ixcotel prison, his father continues to be held in the CEFERESO of Mengolí de Morelos, without any apparent reason.
In 1996, 150 individuals were arrested on the charge of pertaining to the Revolutionary Popular Army (EPR), 7 of whom were imprisoned in the Mengolí de Morelos CEFERESO. The prisoners have been repeatedly denouncing torture and human-rights violations.
For more information (in Spanish):
Piden familiares beneficio de preliberación para preso loxicha(Quadratín, 07 de mayo de 2014)
Denuncian aislamiento y tortura psicológica contra presos de Loxicha(Libertad-Oaxaca, 07 de mayo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Loxicha prisoner is released after 15 years’ imprisonment (24 de junio de 2011)
Oaxaca: Liberation of 4 Loxicha prisoners (31 July 2009)