Chiapas: The detained of the Dialogue Commission in the conflict of Montes Azules are released

June 11, 2014
"Today they are free (@Serapaz)

“Today they are free (@Serapaz)

On May 30, the 22 Tzeltal, Chol, and Lacandon representatives of the Council of Communal Properties of the Lacandon Zone, of the organization ARIC-ID and of other organizations from Ocosingo were released “under the reserves of the law.” The released reported that they were freed after an agreement was signed in Mexico City with federal and state authorities. The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Center considers that these representatives were detained “arbitrarily” last May 29 in Tuxtla Gutierrez when they went to an appointment with the Secretary of Government of Chiapas, Eduardo Ramirez to “dialogue” about the regularization of three villages in the Lacandon Jungle (Rancheria Corrozal, Salvador Allende and Nuevo San Gregorio), and to demand the freedom of Gabriel Fernando Montoya Oseguera, who was originally accused of the alleged abduction of Julia Carabias.

The Indians declared that the federal government, through the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, Jaime Martinez Veloz, signed an agreement to open a negotiation table with the undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of Interior. The meeting should take place in Mexico City and should be attended by the state authorities and the defense of Gabriel Montoya Oseguera, advisor to the Communal Lands of the Lacandon area. The arrest of Montoya on May 15 led to demonstrations that allegedly generated the detention of the 22 indigenous. They reported the suspension of roadblocks and demonstrations until an agreement was reached. Services and Advices for Peace (Serapaz) reported that “an agreement between the Commission for Dialogue, Peace, and Justice in the Lacandon Jungle and the representation of the Federal and State Government was signed. Both parties agree to privilege dialogue and the construction of agreements to resolve the problem that exists in the Lacandon area.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Otra oportunidad a la palabra: Los 22 compañeros de la comisión de diálogo que fueron detenidos hoy son libres (Serapaz, 30 de mayo de 2014)

Privación Arbitraria de la Libertad a indígenas y Defensor de Derechos Humanos perpetrada por el gobierno de Chiapas (CDHFBLC, 30 de mayo de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas detenidos en Chiapas (Proceso, 31 de mayo de 2014)

Criminalizar a pobladores de Montes Azules y la Lacandona, una infamia (Chiapas Paralelo, 31 de mayo de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas tras un acuerdo entre autoridades de Chiapas y federales (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2014)

Liberan a 22 indígenas lacandones en Chiapas (El Universal, 31 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Government arrest members of a commission for dialogue on the Montes Azules conflict (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: Peace Network calls for “inclusive processes in the use, conservation and management of the Biosphere Reserve of Montes Azules” in the face of the increasing problematic in the Lacandon Jungle, (June 10, 2014)

Chiapas: fear for the physical security of David Potenciano Torres, despite his release

December 7, 2012

David Potenciano (@Radio Pozol)

In an informational note published on 4 December, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) announced the release of David Potenciano Torres.  A survivor of torture (in May 2011), Potenciano Torres was newly arrested by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) on 23 November.Following his release, David declared that “I am afraid that they will newly fabricate charges for me, as they did for my declaration of 25 May 2011, which they demanded of me under torture.  I am afraid also because in my declaration regarding torture in 2011 I denounced members of the PGR, and for this reason I believe that this arrest that they subjected me to recently is a message from the PGR, to tell me that I cease denouncing torture.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Nota informativa Anunciamos la liberación de David Potenciano Torres y temor por su integridad personal (CDHFBC, 4 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Release of David Potenciano Torres (16 January 2012)

Chiapas: Torture in the case of David Potenciano is denounced, as are acts of vigilance against relatives (21 December 2011)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)

Chiapas: 6 years after the Viejo Velsaco massacre, yet “another six-year term of impunity” (CDHFBC)

November 16, 2012

On 13 December 2012, the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) lamented that six years following the Viejo Velasco massacre, “the coherence of the government has a constant named impunity.”  In a press-bulletin, the CDHFBC recalled that on 13 November 2006, a group of 40 persons from the Nueva Palestina community who were accompanied by 300 Sectorial police invaded Viejo Velasco (Ocosingo municipality), which is located on the border of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve.  The operation left six people dead and two disappeared; it forcibly displaced 20 men, 8 women, and 8 children who survived the attack.  The CDHFBC stressed that the forced displacement of these 36 persons has continued to date, denouncing that they have been “criminalized, given that they [face] arrest-orders” and find themselves in a juridical limbo.  Beyond that, the Center reports that two other persons continue to be disappeared.

In its communique, the CDHFBC indicated that as regards events such as the Viejo Velasco massacre, “the six-year term of the government that will end its term in a few days was nothing more than one of makeup and illusion; the governor of the state, Juan Jose Sabines Guerrero, indebted the state in exchange for selling the image that some governmental organizations have perpetuated regarding his ‘support of human rights,’ when the grave rights-violations which have occurred have been marked by the constant of impunity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín de prensa completo del Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (CDHFBC, 13 de noviembre de 2012)

Persiste el gobierno en inhibir movimientos de resistencia entre comunidades indígenas (La Jornada, 14 de noviembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 5 years after the Viejo Velasco massacre (26 November 2011)

Chiapas: Mexican government hides remains of Viejo Velasco massacre (25 March 2011)

Chiapas: The Viejo Velasco massacre three years later (19 November 2009)

Chiapas: Viejo Velasco, a year after the unjust detention of Diego Arcos Meneses (24 November 2007)

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)

Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán loses his sight, and request on his part

September 28, 2012

In a 20 September bulletin, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) manifested its “indignation for the inefficient behavior of the Mexican with regards to the medical attention afforded the political prisoner Alberto Patishtán Gómez, who for many years has been denouncing his health situation.  The lack of interest on the part of the Mexican State to attend to him has resulted in Patishán’s gradual loss of sight.”  On 10 September, a trusted opthalmologist “confirmed Patishtán’s progressive loss of visual acuity, concluding that his situation is of grave visual disability, considering that he has now lost ninety percent of his sight.”  The CDHFBC denounced that during his entire incarceration, Patishtán has never “been attended professionally or efficiently so as to determine an adequate diagnosis or treatment.”

The same day, Patishtán himself, the Movement for Justice in the Barrio, and the CDHFBC called for the sending of letters on 24 September to the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN), and that actions be taken in the Mexican embassies of the world, given that on 26 September the SCJN will take its final decision regarding whether or not it will recognize Patishtán’s innocence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Alberto Patishtán, casi ciego por falta de atención médica (La Jornada, 22 de septiembre de 2012)

Solicitud urgente de Alberto Patishtán por el reconocimiento de su inocencia (20 de septiembre de 2012)
Carta modelo para entregar el lunes 24 de septiembre durante las acciones en embajadas mexicanas
Boletín: Pierde la vista Alberto Patishtán por la ineficiente actuación del Estado Mexicano (CDHFBC, 20 de septiembre de 2012)

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

Chiapas: pilgrimage of the Believing People to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán (18 September 2012)

Chiapas: Return of professor Patishtán to Cereso no. 5 (16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Letter from Patishtán, 12 years following his imprisonment(10 July 2012)

Chiapas: Actions in favor of the liberation of Alberto Patishtán, 12 years after his incarceration (25 June 2012)

Chiapas: Some thousand persons march for the liberation of Alberto Patishtán (4 June 2012)

Chiapas: Beginning of the “Week for Global Struggle for the Release of Patishtán and Sántiz López: To Tear Down the Walls of the Dungeon”(21 May 2012)

Mexico: activities and communiqués in observance of the International Day for Peace

September 28, 2012

During the night of 20 September, in observance of the close of the National and International Event 10 days for Peace and Human Rights, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) and #IAm132 carried out a public act “A light for peace” in front of the U.S. embassy to demand a cessation to the war against drug-trafficking and instead the promotion of peace.

The next day, the International Day for Peace, several communiqués were circulated.  The Network All Rights for All denounced that “The absence of respect for human rights, the indifference to the work of human/rights defenders, the same lack of care so that journalists are able to exercise their free expression and we exercise our right to information, mixed together with a war on organized crime launched in 2006 by President Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa: that this has occurred, strengthened, and multiplied the cartels shows that in Mexico there is everything but peace.”  The Network affirms that “Homicides, destruction, disappearance, lies, exploitation, and manipulation will never be the way for the construction of peace.  For that there is only one way: JUSTICE.”

For its part, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) noted in a communiqué that “in Chiapas, for at least the last three six-year [gubernatorial] terms, we have experienced a counter-insurgent war with consequences that are translated into the military occupation of a large part of the territory, the existence of paramilitary groups, the repression and criminalization of social protest, and constant attacks on human-rights defenders.”  The CDHFBC also reiterated that “for it to be possible that there be a construction of peace, as a process of reconciliation among differences, it is necessary that the administration and justice system not continue to concede impunity, in light of their obligations of imparting justice; that the military, policial, and paramilitary occupation which today confronts the communities and organizations that have opted for the construction of autonomy as an alternative cease; that the pacts and international agreements regarding human rights which have been signed by the state and federal governments be observed, so as not to leave without recourse the thousands of persons who suffer the consequences of structural violence, living in extreme poverty.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Unidos, Movimiento por la Paz y #YoSoy132 exigen detener la guerra inútilantinarco (La Jornada, 21 de septiembre de 2012)

Es el momento de hacer realidad las promesas de democracia de justicia y de paz: Palabras de J. Sicilia en Una Luz por la Paz (MPJD, 20 de diciembre de 2012)

Comunicado conjunto “Violaciones a los derechos humanos, traba para la construcción de paz en México” (Red Tdt, 21 de septiembre de 2012)

Comunicado “Pendientes en Chiapas en el marco del Día internacional de la Paz” (CDHFBC, 21 de septiembre de 2011)

Chiapas: Threats of displacement in the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve (14 March 2012)