Chiapas: repression and arbitrary imprisonment of health-care workers

February 2, 2018
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Press Conference of the health sector (@SIPAZ)


On January 30, at a press conference, health-care workers denounced the repression and criminalization that workers of the Ministry of Health of Chiapas , organized in defense of the right to public health are suffering.

They explained that although Chiapas is the state with more support for the health sector in the Federal budget, it suffers from a shortage of medicines, poor infrastructure conditions and a lack of necessary tools for care due to the situation of corruption and mismanagement. Due to this situation, as reported by the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center,the state of Chiapas exceeds the national average in maternal and child deaths, tuberculosis, malnutrition, among other curable diseases. »

In the press conference, the health-care workers explained that in spite of having carried out two hunger strikes last year that led to the signing of two minutes with the State Government, until today only 30% of what was agreed upon was fulfille . They also expressed their concern at the “crisis of repression” they are experiencing. They denounced the arrest warrants issued by the state against 4 health-care workers, who had participated in the hunger strikes and now accused of riot. One of them, Límbano Domínguez Alegría, was arrested and detained in the Amate prison, while the others, the nurse Maria de Jesus Espinosa de los Santos, the doctor Victor Hugo Zavaleta Ruíz and Humberto Gutierrez Medina, remain refugees at friends’ homes far way from their families to avoid being unfairly apprehended.

The president of the Fray Bartolome de la Casas HRC, Don Raul Vera declared that “what the state does is not an act of repression but a criminal act of State.” Therefore, he demanded “to the government of the state of Chiapas,the freedom and the end of the criminalization of those who defend their labor rights and the right to health. »

For more information (in Spanish) :

Trabajadores de Salud denuncian hostigamientos del gobierno de Chiapas por exigir sus derechos (Animal Politico, 31 de enero de 2018)
Acusan de motín a trabajadores de salud que piden mejores servicios en Chiapas (Regeneracion, 30 de enero de 2018)

Gobierno de Chiapas criminaliza a quienes defienden el derecho a la salud (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 23 de enero de 2018)

Crisis del sistema de salud en Chiapas (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 11 de abril de 2017)

Carta de la Diócesis de San Cristóbal a las enfermeras (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, 24 de mayo de 2017)

For more information from SIPAZ :

Chiapas: Agreement to End Second Nurses’ Hunger Strike in Chiapas May 29, 2017

Chiapas: Nurses Return to Hunger Strike and Denounce Breach of Agreements by State Government May 4, 2017

Chiapas: Nurses Reach Agreements and End Hunger Strike April 27, 2017

Chiapas: Hunger Strike by Eight Nurses Continues in Chiapas April 13, 2017

Chiapas: Five Nurses Begin Hunger Strike in Tuxtla Gutierrez April 4, 2017

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Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado continues imprisoned and announces hunger-strike for Ayotzinapa

September 11, 2015

Nestora Salgado @Sanjuana Martínez, La JornadaNestora Salgado @Sanjuana Martínez, La Jornada

Nestora Salgado, the leader of the communal police in Guerrero who has been imprisoned since August 2013 and was transferred to the Tepepan prison on 29 May, announced that starting on 26 August she will begin a hunger strike lasting 43 days in length to express her solidarity with the disappeared students from Ayotzinapa. “This is a struggle for justice and respect toward the communal police who have not done more than the labor which the State has not been willing to guarantee: that is to say, our security.”

Two years after her imprisonment, Nestora Salgado calls on the citizenry to join the cause of liberty for political prisoners and the presentation with life of the disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Nestora iniciará ayuno en solidaridad con padres de Ayotzinapa (Zócalo Saltillo, el 27 de agosto de 2015)

Javier Sicilia visita a Nestora Salgado; la activista anuncia ayuno por Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, el 27 de agosto de 2015)

Por Isabel Miranda sigo en la cárcel, afirma Nestora Salgado (La Jornada, el 9 de agosto de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Nestora Salgado, newly accused (29 June 2015)

Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado is transferred to a Mexico City prison (10 June 2015)

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)


Guerrero/National: Transfer of Nestora Salgado to a Mexico City prison

June 10, 2015

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After 17 months of solitary confinement in the federal prison of Tepic, Nayarit, Nestora Salgado was transferred on 29 May to the Femenil Center for Social Readaptation “Tepepan” in Mexico City.

The coordinator of the Communal Police (PC) of Olinalá was arrested on 21 August 2013, accused of kidnapping. After numerous attempts to have her released, on 5 May she undertook a hunger strike and refused to consume liquids for 5 days.

From the Medical Tower of the prison, where Nestora is attempting to recover her physical and menatl health, she declared in an interview with La Jornada: “I do not request amnesty. Everyone knows I am a political prisoner, that I was subjected to an arbitrary arrest. They know that they have violated all my rights, individual and constitutional.”

They wanted to end my life—to make me go crazy. But they failed. I was all those months imprisoned without combing my hair. I didn’t even have the right to a hairbrush or toothbrush.” From this, she demands her release and that of her two comrades from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), who have also undertaken hunger strikes, together with a comrade from the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP).

For more information (in Spanish):

Yo no pido amnistía, todo mundo sabe que soy una presa política (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2015)

Nestora Salgado, en “delicado estado de salud” (Proceso, 1 de junio de 2015)

Trasladan a Nestora Salgado a la ciudad de México (La Jornada, 29 de mayo de 2015)

Activista Nestora Salgado inicia huelga de hambre (Cimac Noticias, 8 de mayo de 2015)

Vuelve a tomar líquidos Nestora Salgado; cumple 26 días en huelga de hambre (El Sur, 31 de mayo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Still on hunger strike, Nestora Salgado continues to hope for transfer as her health declines (9 June 2015)

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

Guerrero: IACHR calls on Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to Nestora Salgado (8 February 2015)


Guerrero/National: Nestora Salgado suspends her hunger strike

June 10, 2015

Nestora Salgado  (@revoluciontrespuntocero)

Nestora Salgado
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After completing 31 days of a hunger strike (the final five without consuming liquids), the coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, Guerrero, Nestora Salgado García, suspended this form of protest after the Guerrero state government committed himself to promoting her release and the transfer of two other communal police officers who are imprisoned in a federal prison.

She has called on Gonzalo Molina Gonzalez, a promoter from the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities-Communal Police (CRAC-PC), one of these two prisoners, who has been held for more than a year and 7 months, to suspend his hunger strike which he had undertaken in solidarity with her on 14 May for health reasons.


For more information (in Spanish):

Cesa Nestora Salgado su ayuno tras 31 días; lo retomará si el gobierno no cumple los acuerdos, advierte (El Sur, 5 de junio de 2015)

Nestora Salgado levantó la huelga de hambre que sostenía desde hace 31 días (Desinformémonos, 5 de junio de 2015)

Nestora Salgado levanta su ayuno tras aceptarse parte de sus peticiones (La Jornada, 5 de mayo de 2015)

Piden sus familiares a Nestora que termine su ayuno; cumple 30 días y Gonzalo Molina 20 (El Sur, 4 de junio de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English):

Guerrero: political prisoner Nestora Salgado, coordinator of the Communal Police of Olinalá, begins hunger strike (16 May 2015)

Guerrero: IACHR calls on Mexican government to guarantee medical attention to Nestora Salgado (8 February 2015)


Chiapas: new denunciation from prisoner Alejandro Díaz Santis upon concluding fast

October 26, 2014


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On 21 October, Alejandro Díaz Santis, a prisoner in solidarity with the Voz del Amate who adheres to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle presently held in the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail, published a new communique.  He denounced that “the bad governors who exist in our country and state each day seek to silence those who defend the people: they send people to kill them and unjustly imprison others, a lamentable tendency that has recurred in the state of Guerrero with our comrade brothers and students who have been disappeared by the three levels of government.”

He added that “during the 20 days of fasting and prayers I was observing against injustice and imprisonment until all of those who are incarcerated are released, not one governmental official came to visit me here.”

The prisoner reported finally that since 16 October, his lawyers have requested a formal pardon from the governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, and Manuel Velasco Coello, governor of Chiapas.  Díaz Santis clarified that he has “spent 15 years and five months paying for a crime that I never committed.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Alejandro Díaz Santíz denuncia que los gobernantes buscan callar a la gente (Denunciapública, 21 de octubre de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Prisoner Alejandro Díaz Santis fasting to demand justice (11 October 2014)

Chiapas: 13 days of fasting and praying by Alejandro Díaz Santís to demand his release (14 July 2014)

Chiapas: Alejandro Díaz announces 10-day hunger strike to protest 15 years’ imprisonment (May 16, 2014)

Chiapas: day of fasting and prayer for Alejandro Díaz on International Political Prisoners’ Day (29 April 2014)

Chiapas: Denunciation from Alejandro Díaz Santis from the San Cristóbal de Las Casas jail (30 March 2014)


Chiapas: 20 days into hunger strike and 11 days into sit-in of relatives, two prisoners are released

October 27, 2011

Plantón de familiares @ SIPAZ

On the evening of Friday 14 October, Manuel Heredia Jiménez and Juan Jiménez Pérez, residents of Mitzitón, were released after having been held for 9 years and 4 months, 16 days after initiating a hunger strike and fasting with other prisoners.

The ejidal authorities of the community of Mitzitón, municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, made public a letter sent to the governor of Chiapas expressing their gratitude for his intervention through the Reconciliation Table.  It is hoped that said Table take into account the remaining cases of prisoners who continue on hunger strike and fasting.

Referring to these others, the ejidatarios of Mitzitón declare that “We are struggling for the freedom of all those who are inside the prisons as well as those outside.  Do not think, bad government, that we will give up.  On the contrary, we will continue to struggle even more until we also see our comrade Artemio Días Heredia and all the adherents [to the Other Campaign] who continue to fast and be on hunger strike.  They are not alone.”

The only prisoner who is fasting, Rosa López Díaz, noted that “Today [16 October] I have spent 18 days fasting for 12 hours during the day.  The days have gone by full of threats that they will remove my son from me.  There is also the constant harassment on the part of the women’s governmental prosecutorial office where they take photos of me every so often, and even when I find myself in my cell there comes a psychologist named Tomas Trejo Lievano who comes to bother me.  They take pictures of me so that I will give up my fast.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberados 2 de los compañeros presos en el cereso 5 de San Cristobal. 15.10.2011, CGT Chiapas, 15 October 2011

Liberados dos compañeros de Mitzitón presos en el cereso 5, Enlace Zapatista, 17 October 2011

Comunicado de las autoridades de Mitzitón, Expreso de Chiapas, 18 October 2011

Denuncia de la Voz del Amate y Solidarios del 14 de octubre

Denuncian su injusto encarcelamiento los pres@s polític@s de Chiapas y exigen su liberación. Actualizado 17 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 13 October 2011

Cartas de la compañera Rosa Lòpez Dìaz a 18 dias que inició su ayuno en el penal No 5 de San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Radio Pozol, 17 October 2011

Denuncia del Preso Solidario de la Voz del Amate Juan Collazo Jiménez, Noestamostodxs, 17 October 2011

Torturan y encarcelan a pareja tzotzil por un secuestro que no se cometió, La Jornada, 14 October 2011

Indígena preso realiza ayuno diario de 12 horas en Chiapas, La Jornada, 18 October 2011

Audio:

Liberación de los 2 de Mitz, una estrategia + del gobierno para desgastar acción de hh, Centro de Medios Independientes, 18 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: 15 days of hunger strike and  days of sit-in (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: Sit-in of relatives of relatives of prisoners on hunger strike(17 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on strike, and Zapatistas (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: 8 days of hunger strike at CERSS no. 5 (7 October 2011)

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)


Chiapas: 15 days of hunger strike and 6 days of sit-in

October 17, 2011

Sit-in at the Cathedral plaza @ SIPAZ

The sit-in of relatives of prisoners on hunger strike and fast in three different prisons in Chiapas continues: the CERSS no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casa, El Amate no. 14 in Cintalapa, and no. 6 in Motozintla.  On 13 October in a press-conference in the same sit-in, the relatives expressed their pain and suffering upon seeing that their loved ones were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, beyond the torture, humiliation, and lack of due process to which they have been subjected.  They reiterated that they would not move from their sit-in until their relatives are released, despite the threats on the part of municipal authorities to dismantle the module out of consideration for the coming Meeting of Adventure Tourism to be held in the city from 17 to 23 October.

During the press-conference, the cases of the prisoners who demand their release were read.  One example is that of Juan Díaz López, a member of Voces Inocentes, who suffers his second accusation, given that the first time the person he had supposedly killed is alive; he only had left the community.  On this occasion, Juan is accused by his own mother for the death of another women, but it seems that there are interests beyond resolving the crime.  “My father manipulates [her].  He wants to take our land, home, and coffee-plants.”

La Jornada relates his experience, part of the history expressed with these words: “His arrest took the case of a lynching.  On 17 May a group of 400 persons removed him from his home.  An armed group from Yolonchén participated.  They beat him ‘for several hours.’  They doused him with gasoline and forced him to take the herbicide Gramoxone.  They meant to hang him from a tree and they cut him twice with a knife on both wrists.  He fainted, after hearing things like ‘Where is Frayba, where you are organizing?'”

In the blog We are not all here are related the cases of the marriage of Alfredo López Jiménez y Rosa Díaz López. Alfredo was fitted with a plastic bag on his head in an attempted asphyxiation.  He was beaten and electrocuted so that he would confess that he received 600,000 pesos.  On 10 May he was taken to the Public Ministry.  There he and his wife were warned that “if [he] does not confess, you will die.”  “We were so injured and tired that we confessed,” says Alfredo, who would endure 15 days in bed without any medical attention at all.  The Ministry forced him to sign documents he did not read.  He had neither a lawyer nor a translator.

Rosa was also tortured and beaten in the stomach five years ago.  She asked that this be stopped, as she was four-months pregnant, “but they did not stop.”  They placed her in a room where they undressed her, threatening to rape her if she did not say she kidnapped Claudia, the person supposedly taken.  “How can I confess to something I didn’t do?” she replied.  One of the agents threw her to the ground, while others took hold of her, meaning to rape her.  Her son was born with cerebral palsy.  It is believed that this resulted from the assault to which she was subject during her arrest.

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia matrimonio de Chiapas tortura y acusación falsa por secuestro, No estamos todxs, 13 October 2011

Campesino tzotzil sufre por segunda vez acusación falsa, tortura y encarcelamiento, La Jornada, 13 October 2011

Carta de los presos políticos del penal No. 5 de San Cristóbal de las Casas a Javier Sicilia, Cencos, 13 October 2011

Plantón en San Cristóbal de familiares de los presos políticos en huelga de hambre. Actualizado al 13 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 13 Octobrer 2011

Juan Collazo, preso solidario de la Voz del Amate invita a poyar huelga de hambre que sostienen por su liberación, Enlace Zapatista, 13 October 2011

Comunicados de los Presos políticos de la OtraCampaña en Huelga de Hambre, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 12 October 2011

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas y el GT No Estamos Todxs sobre l@s compañer@s en huelga de hambre, Enlace Zapatista, 11 October 2011

Palabra de los familiares de los presos en huelga de hambre en conferencia de prensa desde el Frayba, Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 10 October 2011

Familiares de los pres@s polític@s de Chiapas en huelga de hambre convocan a rueda de prensa el 10 de octubre, Enlace Zapatista, 7 October 2011

Harán plantón indefinido familiares de 13 presos en San Cristóbal de las Casas, La Jornada, 10 October 2011

Pronunciamiento de la RvsR Chiapas, Enlace Zapatista, 8 October 2011

Plantón en catedral de San Cristóbal por la libertad de l@s pres@s en huelga de hambre / huelga de hambre de presos de la Otra Campaña en Chiapas, Zapateando, 8 October 2011

Manifiesta el movimiento de Sicilia apoyo a bases zapatistas, La Jornada, 9 October 2011

Pronunciamiento de la Otra Campaña de Chiapas, 6 October 2011

Pronunciamiento del Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 7 October 2011

Desde el Frayba conferencia de prensa de l@s familiares de l@s Pres@s en huelga de hambre y ayuno, Nosestamostodxs, 10 October 2011

Desde Europa Solidaridad con los presos en huelga de hambre de Chiapas, Enlace Zapatista, 10 October 2011

Preso solidario de la Voz del Amate, Enrique Gómez denuncia su injusto encarcelamiento, Enlace Zapatista, 11 October 2011

Audios:

Palabra de los familiares de los presos en huelga de hambre en CERSS 5, San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Radio Zapatista, 10 October 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Sit-in of relatives of relatives of prisoners on hunger strike (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: MPJD arrives once again to Chiapas, there to express solidarity with Las Abejas, prisoners on strike, and Zapatistas (17 October 2011)

Chiapas: 8 days of hunger strike at CERSS no. 5 (7 October 2011)

Chiapas: Prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (4 October 2011)

Chiapas: Public day for Fasting and Prayer for Peace in the San Cristóbal prison (26 September 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 2 (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day 1 of the Caravan to the South (26 September 2011)

Oaxaca receives Caravan to the South (23 September 2011)