Chiapas abolishes criminal preventive detention (arraigo) due to its violation of guarantees

August 18, 2011

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On 25 July, the state Congress of Chiapas declared it had done with away with the practice of criminal preventive detention (arraigo), a precautionary measure on the part of the penal system, following the ratification by 78 municipalities of the reform-initiative to the state Constitution.  Chiapas thus is the first state to so do; the practice of community control has been strongly questioned by the United Nations, researchers, and human-rights defenders.

The Chiapas state-government promoted these modifications, closing the two centers found in the state used for this reason: one in Chiapa de Corzo (Pitiquito) and another in Tapachula.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas deroga arraigo; “viola garantías” (El Universal, 26 July)

El espejismo de la detención arbitraria (El Universal, 26 July)

Chiapas clausura dos centros de arraigo (Milenio, 25 July)

Ratifican en Chiapas derogación de arraigo (El Universal, 25 July)

Llama obispo Arizmendi a eliminar el arraigo (La Jornada, 25 July)

En Chiapas, ni un solo arraigado (La Jornada, 22 July)

Congreso de Chiapas analiza eliminar el arraigo (El Universal, 19 July)