Chiapas: Polluted water given to prisoners at Prison No. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas

June 29, 2015

Foto @ Chiapas Paralelo

Photo @ Chiapas Paralelo

Alejandro Díaz Santiz, currently held in Prison No. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who is organized in solidarity with the Voz del Amate and adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, has called on the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and the State Commission on Human Rights (CEDH) to intervene within the prevailing situation of lack of potable water being consumed in the institution. He denounced that the water comes from a deteriorated cistern that contains fissures, such that sewage from the prison enter. He postulated this as being the reason for diarrheal and dermatological diseases.

The promise made by director Pascual Martínez Cervantes is that he will resolve this problem; however, this problem has existed for a long time, and we have seen an increasing trend of more ill prisoners,” he explained to Chiapas Paralelo. He added that within the prison purified water is sold, but the prisoners lack the means with which to buy it.

For more information (in Spanish):

Reos del penal de San Cristóbal consumen agua contaminada, piden intervención de CNDH (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de junio de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz expresses his solidarity with the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa and their families (30 December 2014)

Chiapas: new denunciation from prisoner Alejandro Díaz Santis upon concluding fast (26 October 2014)

Chiapas: Prisoner Alejandro Díaz Santis fasting to demand justice (11 October 2014)

Chiapas: 13 days of fasting and praying by Alejandro Díaz Santís to demand his release (14 July 2014)

Chiapas: Presentation of legal initiative for gay marriage

December 17, 2013

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The State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) has sent to the local Congress of Chiapas a proposal to legalize marriages between persons of the same sex.

The proposal, entitled “Initiative for marriage rights without discrimination to different sexual preferences,” calls for the concept of matrimony to be considered “a free union of two persons to carry out a life in common using a contract in which the two parts commit themselves to respect and mutually support each other.”

In parallel terms, civil organizations and activists are developing the campaign “Same rights, same names” with the aim of supporting the initiative.  In this sense, José Eliecer Esponda Cáceres, president of the Open Network Collective, noted that “The Initiative before us is not to change families but rather to change the way in which the law sees us, to put an end to legal discrimination.  By denying us the right to marry, they are saying that we are second-class citizens who do not have the right to marry the person we love.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Turnan al Congreso de Chiapas iniciativa para legalizar los matrimonios gay (Proceso, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Piden en Chiapas legalizar el matrimonio gay (Excelsior, 11 de diciembre de 2013)

Homosexuales exigen mismos derechos y mismos nombres (Noticias, 10 de noviembre de 2013)

Chiapas: Presentation of the 2012 Annual Report of the CEDH

June 10, 2013


On 30 May, the Chiapas State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) presented its second annual report, on the year 2012, to the state Congress.

“A society that is built on principles will be a society that is safe and that guarantees human rights,” declared Lorenzo López Méndez, council president of the CEDH.

He also stressed that “during 2012 there were held training courses for human rights to more than 30,000 persons, giving priority to the highly vulnerable sectors, such as migrants, the elderly, children, women, and those who, due to their social conditions, origins, or gender preference, could be subjected to discrimination.”

For more information (in Spanish):

CEDH presentó Informe de Actividades en Congreso del Estado, La Voz del Norte, 31 de mayo de 2013


For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Censorship of Heraldo de Chiapas over criticisms of governor (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: Threats to the Executive Secretary of the CEDH (16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Censorship of Heraldo de Chiapas newspapers over criticisms of governor

April 22, 2013

On 11 April, the front page of the Heraldo de Chiapas ran the headline “Chiapas, at the edge of collapse because of Manuel Velasco’s lack of experience.”  The article below this headline claims that “Four months have shown that the lack of experience in public administration on the part of governor Manuel Velasco Coello has generated an economic paralysis which keeps the managerial class at the edge of disaster and the countryside unproductive.  Besides, jobs are on the decline, leading to desperation among the people […].  It should suffice to mention that the General Secretary of Governance and the State Attorney General’s Office which are the two institutions that ought to create governability and certainty within the legal and political transition of the state–yet they remain in the hands of officials installed by Juan Sabines.  This all has resulted in recurrent criticisms, arguing that there is no reason to depend so on the previous administration, or indeed that [Manuel Velasco] is protected the interests of a government that wasted public resources, leaving the state bankrupt.”Once the newspaper and its article began its rounds, it was denounced that in Tuxtla Gutiérrez presumed governmental officials censored a large number of the edition for the merchants of the Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM) and furthermore bought up all the copies that were transferred to the Union of Spokespeople.  The denunciation details that people with short hair (reminiscent of the police) surreptitiously followed the spokespeeople and merchants so as to “buy the newspapers” or snatch them up.  It was also indicated that the vehicles that were carrying the newspapers to municipalities close to the capital were intercepted.  Two merchants affirmed that they were “held up with pistols by presumed police who took charge of decommissioning the newspapers.”For this reasons, the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH) opened an official complaint and issued precautionary measures for the governor, Manuel Velasco Coello. The executive secretary of the CEDH, Diego Cadenas Gordillo, noted that “an official complaint was lodged, toward the end of investigating the events that are detailed in the note referred from the journalist Fermín Rodríguez; in it is described the events that could result in violations to human rights, particularly regarding access to information, freedom of the press, and freedom of impression, as well as of publication.”

For more information (in Spanish):

“Chiapas, al borde del colapso por inexperiencia de Manuel Velasco” (OEM, 11 de abril de 2013)

Decomisa el gobierno la edición de ayer de El Heraldo de Chiapas y Diario del Sur (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 12 de abril de 2013)

Emite CEDH medida precautoria contra Manuel Velasco por decomiso de diarios de OEM en Chiapas (OEM, 13 de abril de 2013)

“Compra masiva” de ejemplares de diarios de Chiapas que critican al gobernador (Proceso, 14 de abril de 2013)