Chiapas: Denunciation of robbery of prisoners performed by police

January 29, 2013

Penal nº5 de San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Chiapas Denuncia Pública

Alberto Patishtán Gómez y Rosario Díaz Méndez, members of the Voz del Amate, together with those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate and Francisco Sántis López have denounced that police officers termed “wolves” on 16 January stole possessions and cash from prisoners during an extended search operation undertaken following the escape of two formerly incarcerated persons which occurred on the morning of that same day.  In a public denunciation they indicated that the police isolated them within the sports complex, stressing that “we are not always in opposition, as sometimes they respect our rights and individual liberties, but the saddest thing about it is that they only came to steal our possessions.”  Patishtán had a number of pens stolen from him, valued at 500 pesos, and another member of the Voz del Amate had a watch stolen which was valued at 120 pesos.

As was noted by La Jornada regarding the possible review of the case of Alberto Patishtán by the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN), Patishtán has noted that he still has not received any response.  “We continue to hope,” he said, using the plural to refer also to Rosario Díaz Méndez,  the other member of the Voz del Amate, who continues to see her case delayed by the judge in Simojovel.  It has now been clearly established that Díaz Méndez is innocent of the crime for which she has been imprisoned now for several years.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Patishtán robo a reclusos durante operativo policiaco en penal de San Cristóbal (La Jornada, 18 de enero de 2013)

Denuncia pública desde el penal 5 de San Cristóbal de las Casas (Enlace Zapatista, 24 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands the liberation of Francisco Sántiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)

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Chiapas: Believing People call for invitation to join the Grand Pilgrimage – 25 January

January 24, 2013

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Samuel Ruíz García Photo @CGT Chiapas

The Believing People of the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, have organized a Grand Pilgrimage to be held in San Cristóbal de Las Casas on Friday 25 January starting at 9am.  “We engage in this pilgrimage to mark the second anniversary of the death of jTatic Samuel Ruíz García and the 15th anniversary of the Acteal massacre.  We demand the liberation of our brother Alberto Patishtan Gómez, who has been unjustly imprisoned for 12 years.”  The points of meeting will be the gasoline station on the intersection between the San Felipe Ecatepec highway and la Caseta de San Pablo, exiting toward Comitán.  The eucharistic celebration will begin at 12pm in the Peace Plaza, as presided over by Bishop Felipe Arizmendi.

For more information (in English):

Noticia: Invitación de PUEBLO CREYENTE DE LA DIÓCESIS DE SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS (www.frayba.org.mx)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Pilgrimage of the Believing People in San Cristóbal de Las Casas (27 November 2011)

Chiapas: pilgrimage against “death projects” (3 December 2010)


Chiapas: new governor calls for observance of San Andrés Accords

January 8, 2013

Marcha silenciosa zapatista del 21 de diciembre de 2012, Palenque (@SIPAZ)

Silent Zapatista march on 21 December 2012, Palenque (@SIPAZ)

On 1 January, the 19th anniversary of the insurrection undertaken by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), governor Manuel Velasco Coello made a call for the observance of the San Andrés Accords regarding indigenous rights and culture.  These agreements were signed by the EZLN and the federal government in 1996.  By means of a public letter, Velasco Coello made public his view of the “vehement silence” of the EZLN during its march through 5 municipalities on 21 December, considering it to be “an opportunity for peace and justice.”  “The ultimate word of Zapatismo is constructive, peaceful, and political; it strengthens plurality,” he noted.  The governor announced a series of actions by the government, including as regards the “tense situation in Zapatista communities such as Comandante Abel and San Marcos Avilés” and the demand for the release of the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez and that of Fancisco Santiz López (a Zapatista support base from the Tenejapa municipality).  Velasco Coello affirmed that he felt this release is necessary.Beyond this, the governor announced his position regarding two questions having to do with local community conflict: “We will respect the possessions of Zapatista lands that now are being used with social benefit, as regards the respect for all forms of property in land.”  Lastly, he assured that “all state development programs in communities with Zapatista presence will be careful in their propositions and implementation.  It is not our aim to divide communities, but rather to benefit them, to develop them and promote unity among all indigenous peoples of Chiapas.”

Para más información:

Demanda el gobernador de Chiapas cumplir los acuerdos de San Andrés (La Jornada, 2 de enero de 2012)

Chiapas hace un llamado a reconocer los Acuerdos de San Andrés con el EZLN (CNN México, 1ero de enero de 2012)

Carta de MVS al EZLN (Cuarto Poder, 1ero de enero de 2012)

Congreso indígena celebra aniversario del EZLN (El Universal, 1ero de enero de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: a communique and two letters from the EZLN (8 January 2013)

National: Reactions by state and federal governments to the Zapatista mobilization of 21 December (27 Decemer 2012)

Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities in Chiapas (27 December 2012)


Chiapas: MPJD delegation visits Chiapas

December 21, 2012

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In a press-conference held at the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights on 20 December, the representation of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) which was beginning a 3-day visit to the state of Chiapas called on federal and state governments to halt their hostilities targeting the Zapatista communities which have been targeted by death-threats and other forms of harassment.  The Caravan that comprises about 50 persons will visit the prisoner Alberto Patishtán and will be present at the anniversary of the Acteal massacre.

For more information (in Spanish):

Exige MPJD cesar hostilidades contra comunidades de base del EZLN (Proceso, 20 de diciembre de 2012)

Inicia comisión por la Paz, aquí (Cuarto Poder, 21 de diciembre de 2012)

Temen agresiones a zapatistas por plan de seguridad de EPN (La Jornada, 20 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims (7 December 2012)

National: MPJD criticizes presidential “veto” of Law on Victims (10 July 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

 


Chiapas: News from prisoners in two Chiapas state prisons

October 15, 2012

On 8 October, Alberto Patishtan,  a man who has been imprisoned for 12 years and is a member of the organization La Voz del Amate, left surgery where he had had an operation for a tumor that had seriously affected his vision.  In previous days, prisoners from the Other Campaign in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas denounced by telephone that Patishtán found himself held on a bed in the National Institute for Neurology “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City.  Pedro López Jiménez, spokesperson for the prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, denounced that “what they are doing to him is psychological torture and violation of his rights.”

In the media has come news also of the birthday of Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base from Banavil, Tenejapa, who has been imprisoned for a year, accused of charges “that the judge has already determined as baseless,” as noted by La Jornada.  The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights which has followed the case indicates that Francisco Santiz continues to be accused of the crime of carrying a firearm of exclusive use of the Army, while the other charges of homicide and assault which led him to imprisonment have been suspended since 22 March.

In other news, the Commission on Human Rights in Chiapas has reported that since “Sunday 7 October, around 6:00pm, close to 290 prisoners in the CERESO No. 16 ‘El Encino’ in Ocosingo, Chiapas, have declared themselves ON PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE, against the present director of the prison, ROGER GUZMAN PACHECO, demanding his immediate resignation, as well as that of Alcaide and the social worker, due to human rights violations committed against the prisoners and their families who visit the dungeon weekly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Se recupera Patishtán tras ser operado en el INNN de un tumor intracraneal (La Jornada, 11 de octubre de 2012)

Esposan al preso político Alberto Patishtán en el Instituto de Neurología, denuncia su familia (Proceso, 7 de octubre de 2012)

Se encuentra Patishtán esposado a cama del hospital, denuncia la Otra Campaña (La Jornada, 6 de octubre de 2012)

Patishtán y Rosario Díaz, historias atroces de injusticia y tortura (La Jornada, 9 de octubre de 2012)

Un juez reconoce su inocencia, pero Santiz sigue en la cárcel (La Jornada, 8 de octubre de 2012)

Se declaran en huelga de hambre 300 reos del penal 16 de ocosingo, chiapas, por violaciones a sus DH por parte de autoridades del penal (OSC de Derechos Humanos, 8 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN (19 September 2012)


Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case

October 12, 2012

During a private session held on 3 October, the five justices who comprise the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) admitted for consideration the petition of the recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a move that signifies that in the coming days the minister Olga Sánchez Cordero will develop a project for resolution that will consider if the court has the capacity definitively to resolve the Patishtán case.

In other news, on the same day, Patishtán was transferred from Chiapas most likely to the National Institute of Neurology “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City, so that the brain tumor that has affected his vision and nearly blinded him can be treated.

For more information (in Spanish):

Olga Sánchez elaborará proyecto sobre si SCJN admite caso Patishtán (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2012)

La SCJN admite a trámite la petición por el Caso de Alberto Patishtán (CGT Chiapas, 3 de octubre de 2012)

Sacan a Patishtán de hospital en Tuxtla y lo trasladan a aeropuerto (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2012)

Audio-Video:

Entrevista de Carmen Aristegui a Alberto Patishtán (Youtube, 3 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN (19 September 2012)


Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case, and the release of another prisoner held for the Acteal masacre

October 12, 2012

The Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has postponed the discussion to resolve whether it will assume competence to review the incarceration and 60-year sentence against Alberto Patishtán Gómez, while he was transferred on 25 September to a hospital in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, as an official reaction to the recent denunciation that due to lack of medical care the Tzotzil professor has nearly lost his sight.

Member of the Voz del Amate held in prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Patishtán carried out days of fasting and prayer over the course of three days so that the SCJN justices would “exercise their functions in accordance with justice.”  From prison, the Tzotzil professor and his comrades from the Voz del Amate decided “to ask God that the justices take on my case toward the end of recognizing my innocence and recovering my freedom soon.”

Significantly, on 26 September the SCJN unanimously ordered the immediate release of Manuel Santiz Pérez, who was accused of participating in the massacre that occurred in Acteal in 1997, killing 45 indigenous persons.  The ministers accepted Santiz Pérez’s motion for “recognition of innocence” as based in previous resolutions handed down by the maximum tribunal that led to the release of 70 indigenous persons accused by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) of having committed the murders of the Acteal massacre.  The justices argued that their decision was based in the fact that the legal process was vioalted, that the PGR fabricated evidence, and that the Federal Public Ministry did not demonstrate the culpability of the suspects, who had been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pospone la SCJN discutir si toma caso de Patishtán (La Jornada, 27 de septiembre de 2012)

Preocupacion ante traslado a Tuxtla de Alberto (Blog Alberto Patishtán, septiembre de 2012)

Ordenan liberar a otro acusado de la matanza en Acteal (La Jornada, 27 de septiembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN (19 September 2012)