Chiapas: Alejandro Diaz denounces human rights violations by the new director of San Cristóbal de Las Casas prison

(@Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad)

(@Red contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad)

Alejandro Diaz Sántiz, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle who is incarcerated at the San Cristobal de Las Casas prison, reported that “since the arrival of this new director named José Israel López Escandon along with Commander Juan Humberto Pablo Vazquez, our rights and individual guarantees have been violated: there were very regrettable abuses such as intimidations against us and against our family members that come to visit us. They also suffer these violations by the guardians (male and female) by order of the director.” On June 1st, a visit came to see Alejandro Diaz and the entry to the prison was denied. He also questioned the behavior of the custodians that review things “such as food, fruits and vegetables, pozol and tortillas that visitors bring to share with their prisoners. These guardians seize most of the things. For us, as indigenous people, those are elements of our basic nutrition. What they seize gets lost, or maybe they consume it. “

He also noted that discrimination against them persists “for being indigenous and poor people […] The food they gave us previously has been reduced, along with the amount of tortillas. We spoke with José Asunción Chacón Mendes, but he says that he does not have sufficient resources, that the undersecretary has not deposited funds in the bank, and that the supplier was unable to provide the food that was needed in this prison.We know all of these are pretexts.”

Finally, he “called on President Enrique Peña Nieto and the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, to consider my early release because I have been unjustly imprisoned for over 15 years.”

For more information (in Spanish)

Denuncia de Alejandro Diaz Santiz Solidario De la Voz del Amate (Enlace Zapatista, 3 de junio de 2014)

Alejandro Díaz Santis, indígena injustamente preso, denuncia vulneración de sus derechos (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 3 de junio de 2014)

Niegan alimento a reos del penal de San Cristóbal. No hay recursos dice director (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz announces 10-day hunger strike to protest 15 years’ imprisonment (May 16, 2014)

Chiapas: day of fasting and prayer for Alejandro Díaz on International Political Prisoners’ Day (29 April 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Alejandro Díaz Santis from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail (30 March 2014)

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