Chiapas: Release of Miguel Demeza and Antonio Estrada from the San Sebastián Bachajón ejido

January 1, 2014

Conferencia de prensa, 24 diciembre 2013 @ SIPAZ

Press conference, 24 December 2013 @ SIPAZ

On 21 December was released Miguel Demeza Jiménez, an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle and a resident of the Tseltal ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chilón municipality.  Demeza Jiménez was released for lack of evidence, as a judge declared at the Amate prison in Cintalapa de Figueroa, where he had spent three years incarcerated.  Similarly, on 24 December was also released Antonio Estrada Estrada, previously held in Prison No. 17 in Playas de Catazjá, northern Chiapas.

The releases of “two Tseltal indigenous adherents to the Sixth Declaration unjustly incarcerated in Chiapas prisons” were announced by means of a communique from the Chiapas state government.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan en Chiapas a Miguel Demeza, adherente a la Sexta (La Jornada, 22 de diciembre de 2013)

Fue liberado el martes Antonio Estrada (La Jornada, 26 de diciembre de 2013)

Anuncia MVC la liberación de Antonio Estrada Estrada y Miguel Demeza Jiménez, indígenas tzeltales “Adherentes a la Sexta” (Icoso, 24 de diciembre de 2013)

Audio-Video:

Conferencia de Prensa Libertad de Miguel Demeza (24 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration from the San Sebastián Bachajóm ejido (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón recall Juan Vázquez, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

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National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned

December 9, 2013

Reunión de Patishtán con Peña Nieto. Foto @Chiapas Paralelo

Meeting between Patishtán and Peña Nieto. Photo @Chiapas Paralelo

A month after having received a presidential pardon which put an end to the thirteen years he spent imprisoned, Tsotsil Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez met with President Enrique Peña Nieto in the National Palace.

At the meeting, which also included Secretary of Governance Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Subscretary Luis Enrique Miranda Nava, relatives of Patishtán, and representatives from civil organizations, Patishtán requested the review of cases of other indigenous and non-indigenous prisoners who have been unjustly incarcerated.  “You should consider that there are many indigenous and non-indigenous prisoners and pay attention to their rights; as in my case, they were violations of human rights.  I wish that the cases of other comrades be analyzed,” said the Tsotsil professor.

Among others, Patishtán stressed the cases of the Tsotsil indigenous person Alejandro Díaz Santís, who has been imprisoned for 15 years in San Cristóbal de las Casas with a sentence of 30 years, in addition to the cases of Antonio Estrada and Miguel Demeza, from Bachajón, Chiapas, who adhere to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.

Following the meeting, the president’s office released a communique expressing that Peña Nieto would commit himself to remaining vigilant with regard to the cases mentioned by Patishtán and consider awarding other pardons.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Patishtán a Peña Nieto indultar a “presos políticos” (Proceso, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Pide Patishtán a Peña Nieto revisar casos de indígenas presos injustamente (La Jornada, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Peña Nieto se reúne con Patishtán en Los Pinos (Excelsior, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

Patishtán interviene por presos injustamente detenidos (Chiapas Paralelo, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

Video: Patishtán se reúne con Peña Nieto (Animal Político, 4 de diciembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Denunciation of death threats in Prison No. 5  of San Cristóbal (8 December 2013)

Chiapas: After 13 years of unjust incarceration, freedom for Patishtán (13 November 2013)

Legal initiative for Amnesty for Alberto Patishtán (4 October 2013)

Chiapas: Rejection of recognition of Patishtán’s innocence. “There is a look of denigration toward the indigenous sector,” says lawyer (4 October 2013)