Chiapas: 4 prisoners are freed in Chiapas

February 25, 2009

On February 23, 3 prisoners, who are members of the “Voz de los Llanos”, and 1 prisoner from “La Voz de Amate” were liberated. According to the communiqué released by the Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de las Casas (Frayba), which has worked on the case of the prisoners, Agustín Rodríguez Jímenez and Diego Rodríguez Hernández, who were incarcerated in the State Center for the Social Rehabilitation of Prisoners (CERSS) No. 5, were liberated under early release, while Tiburcio Gómez Pérez remains under house arrest waiting the final judgment. José Pérez Pérez, member of the organization “La Voz de Amate” in the CERSS No. 14 in the municipality of Cintalapa, was freed by having his sentence suspended.

Only days earlier, on February 18 Miguel Gómez Gómez, member of “La Voz de Amate”, was liberated after his innocence was proved in civil court, and his sentence was absolved.

It is important to remember that professor Alberto Patishtan Gómez (member of “La Voz de Amate” and incarcerated since June of 2000) remains in prison in the CERSS No. 14. Because his case is in federal court, his legal situation will have to follow a different process. Alberto Patishtan remains in fasting and prayer demanding that he be liberated and his innocence recognized.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Obtienen su libertad cuatro personas presas, boletín, Frayba (24/02/2009)

Miguel Gómez Gómez demuestra su inocencia en juicio y obtiene su libertad, boletín, Frayba (18/02/2009)

Chiapas: Marcelino Díaz González of “La Voz del Amate” released

October 17, 2008

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba, Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas) reported the release on 15 October, 2008, of Marcelino Díaz González, member of “La Voz del Amate”, an inmate organization and adherent to the Other Campaign based out of the State Center for the Social Reinsertion of Sentenced Prisoners (CERSS, Centro Estatal de Reinserción Social de Sentenciados) No. 14 “El Amate” in Cintalapa, Chiapas.

Marcelino Díaz González, born 2 June, 1980, from San Pedro Nixtal Uk’um, in the municipality of El Bosque, was a member of the campesina organization USISON and later became an adherent to the Other Campaign. He was detained 3 October, 2001 by the State Judicial Police (Policía Judicial del Estado) without an arrest warrant. According to Díaz’s testimony he suffered threats, beatings, and maltreatment such as the placement of a plastic bag over his head as well as being shut in a freezer for 12 hours. He was held under an administrative arrest (arraigo) for 30 days in an unofficial arraigo house, the Hotel Safari in Tuxtla Gutiérrez (no longer used to house individuals under arraigo).

The following link contains excerpts from an interview with members of “La Voz del Amate” (Spanish)

Audios de la conferencia de prensa por la liberación de un integrante de La Voz del Amate (Frayba, 15/10/2008)


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