The TDT Network regrets the death of Marina Patricia Jimenez Ramirez, defender of human rights and native peoples. The sociologist and activist passed away early Wednesday in Mexico City, after battling with cancer for many years.
Patricia Jimenez was director of the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center, C.A. (Frayba) at the end of the nineties and during the first years of 2000. Later, she was a counselor of the State Council for Human Rights (CEDH) in Chiapas and recently a counselor of the Oaxaca Truth Commission, which denounced serious human rights violations committed in 2006 and 2007 during the socio-political conflict in the state. But recently she was head of the representative office of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) in Chiapas.
The former nun led the defense of the human rights of members of the different indigenous peoples who were persecuted and imprisoned after the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) on January 1st, 1994. Jimenez Ramirez “was a human rights defender that, during her time as director of Frayba, denounced the counterinsurgency strategy that the Mexican Army operated with the acquiescence of the Mexican State”, against communities in Chiapas, said Víctor Hugo Lopez Rodriguez, the Executive Secretary of the Network of Human Rights Defenders All Rights for All (TDT Network).
“Marina, thank you for sharing life, struggle and hope. For your light on the path of dark times, for your presence of high dignity, for your unbreakable strength until death”, said Frayba. As SIPAZ, we join in condolences for the death of Marina Patricia Jimenez Ramírez and we embrace family members, friends and compañeros.
For more information in Spanish:
Falleció la defensora Marina Patricia Jiménez Ramírez, ex directora del Frayba(EDUCA, 3 de noviembre de 2021)
Fallece Marina Jiménez, una vida dedicada a la defensa de los derechos humanos (Chiapas Paralelo, 3 de noviembre de 2021)
Falleció la activista Patricia Jiménez Ramírez primera directora del Frayba(Proceso, 4 de noviembre de 2021)
Fallece Marina Jiménez Ramírez, ex directora del Frayba (La Jornada, 3 de noviembre de 2021)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Chiapas: Inestabilidad en la dirección del CEDH (January 22, 2013)