Chiapas: CDHFBC denounces harassment during carrying out of documentation work

July 21, 2013


In a bulletin published on 11 July, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) denounced the harassment of its workers by security personnel on two separate occasions which took place in the first week of July.

The CDHFBC reported that on 2 July in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, members of the Center were blocked and harassed by security agents from the Institute for Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) as they were carrying out documentation work with victims of police repression, members of the Democratic Bloc of Section 7 (29 June).  The report stressed that “inside the installations were found units from the Ministerial Police and outside there were Preventive State police.”

The previous day, the Special Prosecutorial Office for Human Rights and Attention to Victims and Services to the Community responded with officially by denying the events of 29 June, asserting instead that “There is no knowledge of persons who have been arrested […] or of injured and hospitalized people.”Subsequently, on 6 July in the Playa de Catazajá prison, a doctor collaborator with Frayba was surveilled and harassed by an official who repeatedly took pictures of him, physically blocking his access to a physical examination of Antonio Estrada Estrada, from San Sebastián Bachajón, who adheres to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.  Estrada has spent nearly two years in prison.Due to these events, the CDHFBC has expressed its concern for “the position of the government to not facilitate and instead impede and harass the work of documentation that we perform.  On the contrary, it is evident and lamentable that in offices created [ostensibly] for the observance of the obligations to protect, respect, and guarantee human rights, there is seen a covering up of acts and protection of officials and workers, in addition to outright denial of actions.  All this implies impunity and the repetition of human-rights violations.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: Hostigamiento a integrantes de este Centro de Derechos Humanos en su trabajo de documentación (CDHFBC, 11 de julio de 2013)

Denuncia el Frayba hostigamiento de agentes de seguridad en Chiapas (La Jornada, 13 de julio de 2013)

Denuncia Frayba agresión policial a maestros de la CNTE en Chiapas (La Jornada, 6 de julio de 2013)

Boletín “Tortura y uso desproporcionado de la fuerza pública en operativo policiaco durante el XXVI Congreso Seccional Extraordinario de la Sección 7 (CDHFBC, 5 de julio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured (20 July 2013)

Chiapas: State police invade teachers’ assembly, leaving 200 injured

July 20, 2013


During the night of 29 June, more than a thousand police officers invaded the Extraordinary Congress of Section 7 of the National Union of Educational Workers (SNTE) which had been held in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  As a result of the intervention of public force, more than 200 teachers were left injured, some of them seriously, with 29 arrested, all of whom were released Sunday evening.  According to media reports, the Extraordinary Congress was to hold an election for the leadership of the union; however, during a recess, there was presented a criminal denunciation for kidnapping before the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on the part of the legal representative of the SNTE, given that members of the so-called Democratic Bloc of Section 7 prevented the exit from the building of teachers linked to the national leadership of the union.  These indicated that they were not allowed access to medical attention or food.  For its part, the Democratic Bloc noted that the recess represented a measure to buy off delegates or change locales, toward the end of achieving the election of a state secretary close to the national leadership.  Responding to the denunciation, the police intervened, using tear gas and rubber-coated bullets.

The state government of Chiapas, via its General Secretary for Governance, Noé Castañón León, announced that it would hold investigations to determine culpability in the developments.  For its part, the State Council on Human Rights reported that it too would launch investigations, these into possible human-rights violations during the police operation.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a los 29 maestros detenidos el sábado en Tuxtla Gutiérrez (La Jornada, 2 de julio de 2013)

El jaripeo chiapaneco de Juan Díaz (La Jornada, 02 de julio de 2013)

Reprimen a maestros disidentes en Chiapas (La Jornada, 30 de junio de 2013)

Pugnas desatan enfrentamiento entre maestros del SNTE en Chiapas (Proceso, 30 de junio de 2013)