Chiapas: teacher Adela Gómez regains her freedom

November 12, 2013


Adela Gómez at a press-conference on 24 October.  Photo @SIPAZ

On 18 October 2013, the teacher Adela Gómez Martínez, activist and leader of the National Organization for Popular Power (ONPP), was released when the case against her was dropped.  Adela Gómez had spent 64 days arrested without having committed any crime; while incarcerated in the Amate prison in Cintalapa, she suffered grave health consequences.  She had been accused of rioting and extortion for having participated in a protest with her husband Noé Hernández Caballero, who remains imprisoned, accused of the same crimes as his wife.  Adela Gómez and Noé Hernández assured that their arrest had to do with their refusal to accept an agreement with the Chiapas state-government which had intended to suspend all mobilizations and social protests.

In a 23 October communique, the ONPP demanded the immediate release of Noé Hernández: “We call on state governor C. Manuel Velásco Coello to directly attend to our demand for the immediate and unconditional release of professor Noé Hernández Caballero.”  The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a press-bulletin on 24 October similarly demanding the release of Hernández.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberación inmediata e incondicional del profesor Noé Hernández Caballero (Boletín de prensa ONPP, 23 de octubre de 2013)

Castigan a activista por ejercer derecho a la protesta (Boletín de prensa, CDHFBC, 24 de octubre de 2013)

Después de 64 días de injusta detención, la maestra Adela Gómez obtiene su libertad (Boletín de prensa, CDHFBC, 19 de octubre de 2013)

Adela Gómez alcanza su libertad (Chiapas Paralelo, 19 de octubre de 2013)

Después de 64 días de injusta detención, la maestra Adela Gómez obtiene su libertad (Radio AMLO, 21 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: AI concerned for security and health of imprisoned activist Adela Gómez (25 October 2013)

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members (16 September 2013)


Chiapas: AI concerned for security and health of imprisoned activist Adela Gómez

October 25, 2013

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On 15 August, federal and municipal police arrested Adela Gómez Martínez and her partner Noé Hernández Caballero without presenting any arrest-order at all.  The two now find themselves in the Center for the Social Reinsertion of the Imprisoned no. 14 (CERSS No. 14) in El Amate, Cintalapa.

Toward the end of September, Amnesty International (AI) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that its “concern that her imprisonment could signify a reprisal for her activism. Adela Gómez Martínez and Noé Hernández Caballero are members of the National Organization for People’s Power (ONPP), an activist base organization founded in 2006.  On 8 August, the ONPP and another political organization from Chiapas organized a march that occupied an international bridge to demand action on the part of the state government.  On the day of teh arrests, the authorities canceled a meeting with Noé Hernández Caballero and Adela Gómez and presented charges of disturbances and extortion against both, presumably in connection with the 8 August protest.”

AI reports that “Adela Gómez has not received adequate medical attention during her imprisonment, despite suffering a serious chronic illness that affects her bones and requires specialized medical treatment.  She also suffers from a second-grade burn in the left hand from before her arrest, and AI calls on the authorities to guarantee that, while she remains imprisoned, Adela Gómez Martínez receives the necessary medical attention.”

Lastly, AI requested an exhaustive, immediate, and impartial investigation regarding the arrest and the denunciations of abuse and death-threats to which she has been subjected in jail.

On 26 September, the Fray Bartolome Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that it “responds to a pattern of criminalization and judicialization of social protest in Chiapas, where once again justice responds to interests which transcend the juridical sphere.”

For more information (in Spanish):
Preocupa a Amnistía Internacional seguridad y estado de salud de activista detenida en Chiapas,  Amnistia Internacional, 26 de septiembre de 2013

Exigen liberación de Adela Gómez, activista presa en Chiapas, Proceso, 1 de octubre de 2013

Criminalización de la protesta social práctica recurrente en Chiapas, CDHFBDC, 26 de septiembre de 2013

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members 16 September 2013

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members

September 16, 2013
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According to information received by the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), on 15 August 2013 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, “four members of the National Organization for People’s Power (ONPP) were arbitrarily arrested and subjected to cruel, inhumane, and degrading treament for three hours; in addition, one of them suffered sexual abuse, while three minors were held at gunpoint and humiliated.”
The public denunciation mentions that “According to testimony, 15 police dressed in civilian clothes intercepted Ms. Adela Gómez Martínez […] and Mr. Noé Hernández Caballero […], when they were boarding their truck next to the entrance to their home; insulting them and using violence, the police forced them to leave their vehicle.  Subsequently, the police arrested them […] without having shown any arrest-order.” They and their families were subjected to cruel and abusive treatment for hours.
For this reason, the CDHFBC demands that the state-government of Chiapas “immediately, impartially, seriously, and exhaustively investigate the events of 15 August 2013, that they identify the material and intellectual authors of the acts, and punish those responsible for these human-rights violations.”  Furthermore, among other things, the CDHFBC demands that “medical attention be given to Ms. Adela Gómez Martínez, who has suffered a burn on her left hand and a previous surgery on her right ankle.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Policías estatales privan arbitrariamente de la libertad a integrantes de la ONPP y a sus familiares (5 de septiembre de 2013)
Blog de la ONPP