Chiapas: Prisoners in San Cristóbal carry out fast to demand respect for their rights

January 4, 2019

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On December 17th, Adrián Gómez Jiménez, Alfredo Gómez López and Juan de la Cruz Ruiz, members of the organization “The voice of the Indigenous in Resistance”, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacadonan Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), started a fast of three days to demand that their human rights are respected.

Said prisoners are imprisoned in the Center for Social Reinsertion No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, ask for better medical attention and hygiene within the prisons as well as a thorough revision of their cases. They ended their protest act December 19th in the afternoon.

More broadly, they expressed that one of their fast’s objectives was to “demand from Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of the Republic, [that] he fulfills what was promised to the people of Mexico: no more lies, violence, disappearances, unjust imprisonments (…). We are making a call to the three levels so there will be justice, liberty, rights and health”.

On the other hand, they called to the Governor of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas to “positions himself and exhort the judges of different prisons in Chiapas to be fair in their work”.

At the end of the press release they invited all independent organization that work on a state, national or international level to show solidarity and keep demanding “true justice in the whole world”.

For more information in Spanish:

Presos en San Cristóbal ayunan para exigir justicia, derechos y salud, Chiapas paralelo, 18 de diciembre de 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Roberto Paciencia Cruz, ex injustamente preso llama a la solidaridad con Alejandro Díaz Santíz (14/09/2017)

Chiapas: Carta de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en el marco del dia internacional de los presos (24/09/2016)

Chiapas: Niegan entrada a visitas del injustamente preso, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, en el CERESO No. 5   (30 de agosto de 2016)

 

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Chiapas: Prisoner from San Cristóbal, Roberto Paciencia, denounces that his charges were fabricated

September 11, 2015

Foto del Cereso 5 de San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga SantiagoPhoto of Cereso 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas @ Moysés Zúniga Santiago

On 7 August, the prisoner Roberto Paciencia Cruz, held in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, denounced that he has been imprisoned unjustly for 2 years. He asserted that there were witnesses who saw him working on 18 May 2013, when the crime for which he is being held was committed, “but the corresponding authorities did not take into account the testimony of these witnesses.” In a public communique, Paciencia expressed “due to the unjust incarcerations that we continue to suffer each day, we grow isolated from our families. Many people are being held in different prisoners throughout the state and country for not knowing how to speak Spanish and not having resources to hire an adequate lawyer, as happened with me two years ago. I have spent this time imprisoned for a crime that was fabricated.” At the end of his declaration, Paciencia noted that “it is for this reason that I make this public denunciation. I request that the judges review my case, because it is unjust that they would hold me like this. They must release me as soon as possible, because my family is suffering.”

Para más información:

Roberto Paciencia Cruz, preso injustamente, exige su libertad (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 25 de agosto de 2015)


Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz announces 10-day hunger strike to protest 15 years’ imprisonment

May 16, 2014

Foto @ Red Contra la Represión y por la Solidaridad

Photo @ Network against Repression and for Solidarity

Alejandro Díaz Santis, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate who is incarcerated in CERSS No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, announced on 3 May a 10-day hunger strike given that “they have held me unjustly for 15 years,” a time during which he claims to have lacked a translator and thus been denied due process, as he expresses in a public communique.  Furthermore, he added that he still had not received responses of commitments from the governor of Chiapas, Manuel Velasco Coello, “when on 4 July 2013, he promised to find means or links with authorities from Veracruz to obtain my freedom,” this being the state in which he was legally processed.  He also called on “President Enrique Peña Nieto and Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa to do what they can to free me as soon as possible.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Sántiz indígena injustamente preso anuncia ayuno de 10 días para exigir su libertad (Pozol Colectivo, 3 de mayo de 2014)

Comunicado desde el Penal No.5 Alejandro Díaz Santiz solidario de La Voz del Amate (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 13 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: day of fasting and prayer for Alejandro Díaz on International Political Prisoners’ Day (29 April 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Alejandro Díaz Santis from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail (30 March 2014)

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santis announces fast to demand freedom (15 January 2014)

National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)


Chiapas: Denunciation by Alejandro Díaz Santis from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail

March 30, 2014

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On 18 March, Alejandro Díaz Santis, a member in solidarity with the “Voz del Amate” and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle of the EZLN who is held in CERESO no. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, denounced abuse directed against prisoners as administered by the new director of the prison, Juan Jose Trujillo Cruz.

He mentioned in particular that visits by relatives and friends have been denied, “that the medical area lacks medications and even basic goods such as alcohol for sterilizing purposes,” and that corruption has been rampant since the new director’s arrival.

Para más información:

Denuncia Alejandro Díaz Santiz al director del Ceress5 (CGT, 20 de marzo de 2014)

Empeora el trato dado a los internos de la cárcel estatal de San Cristóbal de Las Casas (La Jornada, 26 de marzo de 2014)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santis announces fast to demand freedom (15 January 2014)

National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)


Chiapas/National: 2000 indigenous prisoners to be released in 2014. Will Alejandro Díaz be one of them?

March 1, 2014

Foto @ Especial / Am

The National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) seeks to release 2,000 indigenous prisoners in 2014 by means of the Excarcelation of Indigenous Persons Program, which has a budget of 50 million pesos.  The reason is that there are more than 9,000 indigenous people incarcerated in Mexico, due to lack of translators and other failures to due process. Nuvia Mayorga, director of the CDI, explained that most cases are found in states such as Chiapas, Veracruz, Puebla, and Sinaloa, thus reflecting that poverty continues to be a factor perpetuating this phenomenon.

Alejandro Díaz Santis, prisoner held in the Cereso No. 5 San Cristóbal de Las Casas and a member in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, expressed in an interview with SIPAZ that a representative from the CDH had visited the prison to ask him, among other things, if he were indigenous.  Alejandro is Tsotsil, from the Highlands of Chiapas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de Alejandro Díaz (Koman Ilel, 14 de febrero de 2014)

Buscan excarcelar a 2 mil indígenas (Am, 6 de febrero de 2014)

Buscan excarcelar a 2 mil indígenas (El Universal, 6 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz Santis announces fast to demand freedom (15 January 2014)

National: Patishtán requests that Peña Nieto release all prisoners who are unjustly imprisoned (9 December 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)

 


Chiapas: La Voz del Amate in fasting

August 11, 2009

Alberto Patishtán, “political prisoner of ‘La Voz del Amante’, and solidarity member Rosario Díaz Méndez, both located in the CERESO No.5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas”,  informed through a communiqué on the 1st August, that they were going to begin another day of fasting and prayer lasting for a week. The fasting will involve 14 hours of daily abstinence with the aim of “asking both God and the government for real justice and for the freedom that we, as political prisoners of Chiapas and Mexico, need, since at the moment, we have been unjustly sentenced for crimes prefabricated by the government”.

The acts of fasting and prayer are a particular form of nonviolent action that is used in the Highlands in Chiapas is using to express discontent with the harsh realities they face. This form of pacifistic action has been used on various occasions by social movements to express their nonconformance with political governments. Fasting has also been used by political prisoners as a means of demanding their freedom.

At present, Alberto Patishtán and Rosario Díaz Méndez have participated in fasting and prayer for 4 days. “Today, with much strength of spirit, we are stating that we want the truth to govern, that truth conquers the lies, that there is real justice so that unconditional freedom is promptly granted to our people, who for numerous years, the governors have ignored, although they know that we are innocent, just as are our compañeros who have finally obtained freedom after having been in the same situation. Once more, we invite our compañeros; men and women, brothers and sisters, Christians, to join in with rightful demand for justice and for our day of fasting and pronouncement, that we are engaged in today to demand freedom for all the innocent political prisoners who are imprisoned within Chiapas and throughout Mexico. Truth has to triumph. Truth alone will give us freedom, but we have to speak the truth”, they stated.

For more information:
Denuncia Pública, La Voz del Amate (04/08/2009)
Denuncia Publica, La Voz del Amate (01/08/2009)