Chiapas: Ejidatarios from San Sebastián denounce denial of motion and continue demanding justice for their prisoners

August 20, 2013

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The ejidatarios who adhere to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from San Sebastián Bachajón on 29 July published a communique denouncing that on 22 July they were for the second time denied a motion against the looting of their territory, this despite their guarantee to the corresponding judge that the assembly decision in question had been fabricated.  Furthermore, the ejidatarios reiterated their demand for the release of Miguel Demeza Jiménez and Antonio Estrada Estrada, who are also ejidatarios from San Sebastián Bachajón adhering to the Sixth Declaration, insisting that their incarceration was for crimes they did not commit.  They remarked that Estrada Estrada was tortured so as to incriminate himself in the charge of having assaulted state and federal police, while Demeza Jiménez “was falsely accused by the Special Prosecutorial Office against Organized Crime (FECDO) in complicity with […] [two people] who bought the Public Ministry of the FEDCO on 15 October 2010 so as to be released following their apprehension on the charge of kidnapping a minor […] and for this reason they have blamed our comrade Miguel.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia de los ejidatarios de San Sebastián Bachajón (29/07/2013)

La Jornada: Falla juez contra indígenas de Chiapas en caso por despojo (30/07/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: release of Miguel Vázquez Deara, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle from the ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios recall Juan Vázquez Guzmán, murdered in April (19 July 2013)

Chiapas: Week for Global Action: “Juan Vázquez Guzmán Lives, the Struggle of Bachajón Continues!” (7 June 2013)

Chiapas: ejidatario adherent to the Sixth Declaration murdered by gunfire in San Sebastián Bachajón (29 April 2013)

Chiapas: Adherents to the Other Campaign in San Sebastián Bachajón denounce looting and impunity (22 April 2013)

Chiapas: new Urgent Action regarding the eight indigenous tzeltales detained in El Amate

May 7, 2009

In an Urgent Action on May 4, the Human Rights Center Fray Bartlomé de las Casas (CDHFBC) denounced the legal situation of the eight indigenous tzeltales from the Ejido of San Sebastián Bachajón. The lack of due process in all of the cases has been well documented by the CDHFBC. A major concern for their future trial is the fact that all eight have signed confessions, however without knowing the content because of the lack of a translator. Although the law prohibits such declarations of guilt, they were accepted by the Public Prosecutor’s office.

The CDHFBC called attention to the fact that “the Judge in the case has until Friday, May 8 to indict them or free them”. They stated that the trial could form part of the repression that “the government of Juan José Sabines Guerrero has begun, initially by way of the Special Unit on Organized Crime (FECDO), against the members of the Other Campaign of San Sebastián Bachajón and the Zapatista support base of the region of Agua Azul and Agua Clara”.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Acción Urgente: Riesgo que el juez de la causa dicte auto de formal prisión ante de la detención arbitraria, de ocho indígenas tseltales de la región de Agua Azul, CDHFBC (4/5/2009)

Acción Urgente: Temor de ausencia de garantías judiciales/Alegaciones de malos tratos/Preocupación por malos tratos/Preocupación por seguridad e integridad personal, OMCT (6/5/2009)

En condiciones inhumanas, 8 tzeltales esperan sentencia en penal de Chiapas, La Jornada (5/5/2009)

Abogado de indígenas consignados en el penal El Amate denuncia ‘falta de ética’  en el caso, La Jornada (6/5/2009)