Chiapas: Provisional return of displaced families from Banavil for Day of the Dead

November 19, 2015

Tumba de Antonia López Méndez.  Foto: @Sipaz

Gravesite for Antonia López Méndez. Photo: @Sipaz

From 30 October to 3 November, the four families displaced from Banavil, Tenejapa municipality, returned provisionally to their homes. During these days, they visited the gravesite of Antonia López Méndez, the daughter of one of the families, who died on 21 February 2015, 11 years of age.

It bears recalling that the families were displaced at the beginning of December 2011, following an attack carried out by militants from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) carrying firearms. During the events, Alonso López Luna was forcibly disappeared and, to date, his whereabouts remain unknown. In this way, the attack also cuased the death of Pedro Méndez López, while six others were injured. Beyond this, Lorenzo López Girón, the son of the disappeared, was arrested, as was Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN). Both of these have since been released.

In a communique, the displaced families affirmed that “we returned well during our provisional return, though the bad governments (federal, state, and municipal) did not guarantee our security.” The displaced continue to hold the three levels of government responsable for the aggression that provoked the displacement, and they have demanded the revelation of the fate of Alonso López Luna, the carrying-out of ten arrest-orders against those responsible for the displacement and forcible disappearance, the return of families, the cancellation of two arrest-orders, the compensation of losses incurred, and the presentation with life of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Familias tseltales en retorno provisional regresan a su desplazamiento forzado (Chiapas denuncia pública, 4 de noviembre de 2015)

“Nuestras exigencias al Estado mexicano: VERDAD, JUSTICIA, RETORNO Y PAZ”, tzeltales desplazados de Banavil Chiapas. (Pozol Colectivo, 4 de noviembre de 2015)

“No muere nuestra memoria aunque el mal gobierno lo quiere acabar nuestras raíces”, indígenas desplazados de Banavil, Chiapas. (Pozol Colectivo, 3 de noviembre de 2015)

[FOTOS][VIDEO]Retorno provisional de familias desplazadas de Banavil, Chiapas.

(Koman Ilel, 5 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Displaced families from Banavil complete 3 years and 7 months of forcible displacement (July 21, 2015)

Chiapas: Death of Antonia, a displaced girl from the Banavil community, Tenejapa (March 8, 2015)

Chiapas: 3 years since the forcible displacement of the families from Banavil (December 16, 2014)

 

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Chiapas: Release of Francisco Sántiz López after 13 months’ imprisonment

January 29, 2013

Francisco al salir del penal nº5 @ La Jornada

On 25 January, Francisco Sántiz López, a support-base for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), was released from Cerss nº5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, after having been incarcerated since 4 December 2011 for the charge of carrying a firearm.  The release takes place after the intervention of the Unitary Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit, which demanded that the judge resolve the juridical situation of the prisoner within 24 hours, due to lack of evidence against him.

Sántiz López observed that he never committed any crime, and that the charge had been fabricated by a judge in Tenejapa.  “First they accused me of order, and then I was released on bail, but then I was held on the charge of carrying a firearm,” he declared upon leaving the prison.  Three months after having been incarcerated, Sántiz López was exonerated by the judge, but due to a new accusation on the part of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR), he was held anew in the prison in San Cristóbal.

For more information (in Spanish):

Tras 13 meses encarcelado, liberan por falta de pruebas a tzeltal acusado de homicidio (La Jornada, 26 de enero de 2013)

Queda en libertad Francisco Sántiz, zapatista preso desde hace dos años (Proceso, 25 de enero de 2013)

Liberan a reo zapatista preso desde hace un año (El Universal, 25 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Federal protection afforded to Francisco Sántiz López (15 January 2013)

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands the liberation of Francisco Sántiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)

 


Chiapas: Federal protection afforded to Francisco Sántiz López, with more denunciations from those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate

January 15, 2013

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The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), by means of a press-bulletin, has confirmed that “on 3 January of this year, the Magistrate of the First Unitary Tribunal of the Twentieth Circuit ordered a motion of Federal Justice protection in favor of Francisco Sántiz López, upon recognizing that the First Judge of the District of Federal Penal Processes in Chiapas had violated Francisco’s judicial guarantees.”  For this reason, said Center stressed that the “federal government does not have reason to continue depriving Francisco Sántiz López of his liberty, being a Zapatista support-base (BAEZLN) who has been held in the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced in San Cristóbal de las Casas No. 5 since 4 December 2011.”  The CDHFBC also recalled that the Chiapas state governor, Manuel Velasco Coello, affirmed in a press-bulletin on 1 January 2013 that “as regards the situation of Professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez and Francisco Sántiz López, their prompt release is for this state government a necessity.”

Also on 10 January, those in solidarity with la Voz del Amate released a public denunciation expressing the situation experienced by several of their comrades, including Rosario Díaz Méndez, a member of la Voz del Amate, who “after three months has had her audience by right postponed […] and will today newly have an audience by right.  We hope that the female judge from Simojovel carry this out responsibly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Conceden amparo federal a Base de Apoyo del EZLN Francisco Sántiz López (CDHFBC, 10 de enero de 2013)

Boletín de prensa del Instituto de Comunicación Social (ICOSO Chiapas) (1 de enero de 2013)

Rosa López: la triple dignidad de una mujer presa en Chiapas (Kaos en la Red, 11 de enero de 2013)

Denuncia de la Voz del Amate y Solidarios de la Voz del Amate en su sexto aniversario  (Enlace Zapatista, 10 de enero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands the liberation of Francisco Sántiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)


Chiapas: new governor calls for observance of San Andrés Accords

January 8, 2013

Marcha silenciosa zapatista del 21 de diciembre de 2012, Palenque (@SIPAZ)

Silent Zapatista march on 21 December 2012, Palenque (@SIPAZ)

On 1 January, the 19th anniversary of the insurrection undertaken by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), governor Manuel Velasco Coello made a call for the observance of the San Andrés Accords regarding indigenous rights and culture.  These agreements were signed by the EZLN and the federal government in 1996.  By means of a public letter, Velasco Coello made public his view of the “vehement silence” of the EZLN during its march through 5 municipalities on 21 December, considering it to be “an opportunity for peace and justice.”  “The ultimate word of Zapatismo is constructive, peaceful, and political; it strengthens plurality,” he noted.  The governor announced a series of actions by the government, including as regards the “tense situation in Zapatista communities such as Comandante Abel and San Marcos Avilés” and the demand for the release of the Tzotzil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez and that of Fancisco Santiz López (a Zapatista support base from the Tenejapa municipality).  Velasco Coello affirmed that he felt this release is necessary.Beyond this, the governor announced his position regarding two questions having to do with local community conflict: “We will respect the possessions of Zapatista lands that now are being used with social benefit, as regards the respect for all forms of property in land.”  Lastly, he assured that “all state development programs in communities with Zapatista presence will be careful in their propositions and implementation.  It is not our aim to divide communities, but rather to benefit them, to develop them and promote unity among all indigenous peoples of Chiapas.”

Para más información:

Demanda el gobernador de Chiapas cumplir los acuerdos de San Andrés (La Jornada, 2 de enero de 2012)

Chiapas hace un llamado a reconocer los Acuerdos de San Andrés con el EZLN (CNN México, 1ero de enero de 2012)

Carta de MVS al EZLN (Cuarto Poder, 1ero de enero de 2012)

Congreso indígena celebra aniversario del EZLN (El Universal, 1ero de enero de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: a communique and two letters from the EZLN (8 January 2013)

National: Reactions by state and federal governments to the Zapatista mobilization of 21 December (27 Decemer 2012)

Chiapas: Tens of thousands of Zapatistas mobilize themselves in 5 cities in Chiapas (27 December 2012)


Chiapas: Demand for motion in the case of Zapatista prisoner Francisco Santiz López

November 9, 2012

In an informational note published on 1 November, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) announced that it had presented a motion in favor of Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base from Banavil (Tenejapa municipality) who has been imprisoned in San Cristóbal de las Casas since the end of December 2011.  The CDHFBC posited that it had submitted this motion for the immediate liberation Santiz López “in light of the grave violations of due process committed against his person,” which include the “lack of adequate counsel and access to justice, given that he lacks both a translator and a social defender knowledgeable of his language and culture, so as to assist him in his declaration before the Federal Attorney General’s Office,” as well of course as the violation of the principle of presumed innocence.

In observance of the international campaign Global Echo in Support of the Zapatistas that will end on 17 November, the CDHFBC requested the sending of urgent actions to different authorities, requesting the release of Santiz López.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nota informativa del CDHFBC: Acciones para la libertad de Francisco Sántiz López BAEZLN (CDHFBC, 1ero de noviembre de 2012)

Ante violaciones procesales, el Frayba pide amparar a base de apoyo del EZLN (La Jornada, 2 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: News from two prisoners in Chiapas state prisons (15 October 2012)

Chiapas: Oventic JBG once again demands release of Francisco Santiz López (17 June 2012)

Chiapas: Forum against political prison and for the release of Alberto Patishtán Gómez (21 May 2012)

Chiapas: Assembly is held in El Bosque to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán (25 March 2012)

Chiapas: CDHFBC publishes more information on the Banavil case (9 February 2012)

Chiapas: Urgent Action in in case of aggressions against families who sympathize with EZLN by PRI group from the Banavil ejido and arbitrary detention of Zapatista support-base (8 February 2012)


Chiapas: News from prisoners in two Chiapas state prisons

October 15, 2012

On 8 October, Alberto Patishtan,  a man who has been imprisoned for 12 years and is a member of the organization La Voz del Amate, left surgery where he had had an operation for a tumor that had seriously affected his vision.  In previous days, prisoners from the Other Campaign in prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas denounced by telephone that Patishtán found himself held on a bed in the National Institute for Neurology “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City.  Pedro López Jiménez, spokesperson for the prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, denounced that “what they are doing to him is psychological torture and violation of his rights.”

In the media has come news also of the birthday of Francisco Santiz López, a Zapatista support-base from Banavil, Tenejapa, who has been imprisoned for a year, accused of charges “that the judge has already determined as baseless,” as noted by La Jornada.  The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights which has followed the case indicates that Francisco Santiz continues to be accused of the crime of carrying a firearm of exclusive use of the Army, while the other charges of homicide and assault which led him to imprisonment have been suspended since 22 March.

In other news, the Commission on Human Rights in Chiapas has reported that since “Sunday 7 October, around 6:00pm, close to 290 prisoners in the CERESO No. 16 ‘El Encino’ in Ocosingo, Chiapas, have declared themselves ON PEACEFUL HUNGER STRIKE, against the present director of the prison, ROGER GUZMAN PACHECO, demanding his immediate resignation, as well as that of Alcaide and the social worker, due to human rights violations committed against the prisoners and their families who visit the dungeon weekly.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Se recupera Patishtán tras ser operado en el INNN de un tumor intracraneal (La Jornada, 11 de octubre de 2012)

Esposan al preso político Alberto Patishtán en el Instituto de Neurología, denuncia su familia (Proceso, 7 de octubre de 2012)

Se encuentra Patishtán esposado a cama del hospital, denuncia la Otra Campaña (La Jornada, 6 de octubre de 2012)

Patishtán y Rosario Díaz, historias atroces de injusticia y tortura (La Jornada, 9 de octubre de 2012)

Un juez reconoce su inocencia, pero Santiz sigue en la cárcel (La Jornada, 8 de octubre de 2012)

Se declaran en huelga de hambre 300 reos del penal 16 de ocosingo, chiapas, por violaciones a sus DH por parte de autoridades del penal (OSC de Derechos Humanos, 8 de octubre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: Postponement of the SCJN’s decision on the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part (28 September 2012)

Mexico/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN (19 September 2012)


Oaxaca: II Forum against Political Prison and for the Liberty of ÁLVARO SEBASTIÁN RAMÍREZ

October 15, 2012

On 6 and 7 October, collectives, organizations, and individuals carried out in Oaxaca City the “II Forum against Political Prison and for the Liberty of ÁLVARO SEBASTIÁN RAMÍREZ,” known as “Comandante Teacher” who has been imprisoned, it has been denounced, for being a presumed member of the Revolutionary Popular Army.  In a final pronunciation, participants expressed their solidarity with those who find themselves imprisoned for reasons of ideology and social activism, “subjected to acts of repression and degradation for this reason.”  They denounced the use of “montages that criminalize protest by means of the making-equivalent of social and political struggle with terms such as terrorism, conspiracy, or criminal association.”  Similarly, they condemned the irregular juridical processes exercised against social activists like Álvaro Sebastián, as well as Francisco Santiz (Zapatista support-base), Rosario Díaz, and Alberto Patishtán (these latter two being members of the Voz del Amate, a prisoners’ organization that adheres to the Other Campaign) or the prisoners of San Sebastián Bachajón in Cerezos no. 17, 16 y 14 in the state of Chiapas.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento completo del II Foro contra la Prisión Política y por la Libertad de Álvaro Sebastián Ramírez (CGT Chiapas)

Demanda su liberación el Comandante Teacher (Noticiasnet.mx, 6 de octubre de 2012)

El Estado reprime y desprecia la lucha social a través de la cárcel, denuncian ONG´s (Página 3, 8 de octubre de 2012)