Chiapas: 13 days of fasting and praying by Alejandro Díaz Santis to demand his release

July 14, 2014

Imagen (@CGT Chiapas)

Image (@CGT Chiapas)

On 3 July, Alejandro Díaz Santis, a prisoner in solidarity with “La Voz del Amate” and an adherent to the EZLN’s Sixth Declaration who is being held in Cereso no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, has announced that he will hold a 13-day fast and prayer “to call on God to give me the strength to continue demanding true justice,” given that a year ago, Chiapas state governor Manuel Velasco Coello “committed himself to finding means or ties with the authorities of Veracruz” to help with his release.  “Once again, I ask the governor to observe his word.”

In this way, the prisoner also called on Enrique Peña Nieto to pressure the governor of Veracruz, the state in which he was judged, given that he has sent more than 15 years imprisoned “for a crime I never committed,” as he claims in the communique.

Para más información:

Alejandro Díaz, preso indígena, inicia ayuno de 13 días por su libertad(Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 3 de julio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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: March in Cerss nº5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas for prisoner Rosario Díaz

March 5, 2013

Imagen @ Solidaridad Chiapas

On 22 February there was held a protest march within prison no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, to denounce the injustices carried out gainst Rosario Díaz Méndez, who was newly sentenced to 25 years at the end of January.  Those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate together with proper members of this organization (Rosario and Alberto Patishtán Gómez) made public an audio declaration in which they called on the state governor, Manuel Velasco Coello, to “put an end to these unjust incarcerations, immediately and without conditions.”

It should be noted that Rosario Díaz has always maintained his innocence, given that at the very time of the crime for which he has been charged, he was working in construction in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, with two of his sons, who corroborate this claim.

For more information (in Spanish):

Audio Denuncia de Solidarios y Voz del Amate (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 22 de febrero de 2013)

Audio Denuncia de Solidarios y Voz del Amate: realizaron una marcha de protesta dentro del penal el viernes 22 de febrero (Enlace Zapatista, 23 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: End of week of fasting for prisoners in Cerss nº5 (12 February 2013)

Chiapas: The Voz del Amate and those in solidarity fasting and praying (5 February 2013)


Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case

October 12, 2012

During a private session held on 3 October, the five justices who comprise the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) admitted for consideration the petition of the recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán Gómez, a move that signifies that in the coming days the minister Olga Sánchez Cordero will develop a project for resolution that will consider if the court has the capacity definitively to resolve the Patishtán case.

In other news, on the same day, Patishtán was transferred from Chiapas most likely to the National Institute of Neurology “Manuel Velasco Suárez” in Mexico City, so that the brain tumor that has affected his vision and nearly blinded him can be treated.

For more information (in Spanish):

Olga Sánchez elaborará proyecto sobre si SCJN admite caso Patishtán (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2012)

La SCJN admite a trámite la petición por el Caso de Alberto Patishtán (CGT Chiapas, 3 de octubre de 2012)

Sacan a Patishtán de hospital en Tuxtla y lo trasladan a aeropuerto (La Jornada, 3 de octubre de 2012)

Audio-Video:

Entrevista de Carmen Aristegui a Alberto Patishtán (Youtube, 3 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/Chiapas: Request for recognition of innocence of Alberto Patishtán before the SCJN

September 19, 2012

Image @ Blog of Alberto Patishtan

The family of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez has requested that the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) review his case and recognize his innocence, taking into account the numerous irregularities in the process that led to the Tzotzil indigenous man to be imprisoned 12 years ago.  This new juridical strategy is based in the intent to recognize Patishtán’s innocence, as is established in article 560 of the code of penal procedures, which indicates that this is possible based upon on new public documents.

Víctor Hugo López, director of the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), indicated that on 11 September the children and lawyer for Patishtán Gómez, Leonel Rivero, met with the Arturo Zaldívar, president of the primary court of the SCJN, to request that the maximum tribunal in the country take on the case.

The CDHFBC representative said that “We have the the expectation that this could be accepted and receive a favorable response, although in any case this would not mean that we would suspend our process with the IACHR, because before this organism we do not only request the freedom of the professor but also the reparations for damages incurred, so that this type of juridical irregularity not happen again.”

With this new juridical action, the SCJN will have a unique opportunity to do justice, given that it is a case which for nearly half a year has been supported by thousands of organizations, collectives, persons, and communities who have been supporting several different global campaigns.  Besides, days of fasting and prayer have been carried out by different parishes in the San Cristóbal de Las Casas diocese and on 4 September, the Believing People organized a pilgrimage for the case of Alberto Patishtán.

For more information (in Spanish):

Familiares de Alberto Patishtán solicitan a la SCJN atraiga el caso del profesor indígena (La Jornada, 13 de septiembre de 2012)

Convocatoria a la Conferencia de Prensa (Frayba, 11 de septiembre de 2012)

Organizaciones civiles exigirán a la Suprema Corte revisar el caso de Patishtán (EDUCA, 28 de agosto de 2012)

Acción Urgente: 12 años de injusticias, ¡Liberen a Alberto Patishtán!(Red TdT, 27 de agosto de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)


Chiapas: Return of professor Patishtán to the Cereso no. 5

August 16, 2012

Image @ CGT Chiapas

After being held for more than nine months in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso no. 8), in Guasave, Sinaloa, professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez was transferred on 26 July to the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced no. 5 (CERSS no. 5) in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas.  This return took place following the demand that be respected the motion promoted by the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC), which it had made in favor of Patishtán, who had been transferred “in an unjustified and forceful manner on 20 December 2011, an action promoted by the present Secretary of Governance of the state of Chiapas, Noé Castañón León,” as the CDHFBC expressed in a press-release.

The demand for his return to the state and his immediate release have increased greatly in recent months.  Actions and protests in Mexico and throughout the world have demanded Patishtán’s release.  For the moment, professor Alberto is to return to the incarceration that he was subjected to last October.

According to journalists, his departure saw the first cries of “Viva Chiapas” by the rest of the inmates of Cefereso 8, and with his return to the San Cristóbal prison he was received festively by his comrades from the Voz del Amate and those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate, together iwth other prisoners who stood in line to welcome him. Patishtán declared that “when I left the cell in Guasave, everyone greeted me.  What joy!  When they took me [in October] they took me by force.”  He also referred to his state of health: “They said in Guasave that they did not have medical staff.  When they would have that, they would buy me drops.  They told me I do not have glaucoma, but later a doctor from the federal penitentiary council told me I suffer from ischemic optic neuropathy.”  He clarifies that “on 14 February it was said that they examined me medically.  This is a lie; they never did this.”

The Network against Repression (Chiapas), the workgroup We Are Not All, and the Space for Struggle against Forgetting and Repression declared that “In the end, the bad government accepted the 13 July sentence from the court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez regarding a motion promoted by Frayba declaring the transfer of Alberto to the maximum-security prison in Guasave, Sinaloa, to be unacceptable.”

Patishtán Gómez sent some words to those who supported him: “Thanks for not abandoning me, that was my strength: I know that outside there are many  comrades, collectives, and world organizations that know me and know who and what I am.  To them, to you, I give you my thanks, and we will continue struggling for justice.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: Se ejecuta amparo del traslado para Alberto Patishtán. Exigimos su libertad inmediata (CDHFBC, 30 de julio de 2012)

Alberto Patishtán, trasladado a Chiapas (La Jornada, 27 de junio de 2012)

Con el amparo, Alberto Patishtán ganó una batalla en camino a su liberación (La Jornada, 28 de junio de 2012)

El traslado de Patishtán a Chiapas, victoria a medias, afirman ONG(La Jornada, 29 de junio de 2012)

Blog de Alberto Patishtán

La legalidad de la Injusticia. Alberto Patishtán Gómez Preso Político(Blog de Alberto Patishtán, junio de 2012)

Alberto Patishtan en Chiapas (Espoir Chiapas, 27 de julio de 2012)

Alberto Patishtàn regresa al CERESO 5 (Blog Grupo de trabajo No Estamos Todxs, 28 de julio de 2012)

Alberto Patishtan es trasladado a Chiapas, cerca de su familia y su comunidad (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 27 de julio de 2012)

CGT Chiapas sobre Alberto Patishtán

Audio-video:

¿Quién es Alberto Patishtán? (Koman Ilel)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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)

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: Demand for release and return of Alberto Patishtan (22 March 2012)

Mexico: Denunciation by Alberto Patishtán from prison in Sinaloa (7 March 2012)


Chiapas: 2 prisoners who carried out hunger strike in Chiapas are released

November 26, 2011

On 15 November, at approximately 5:00pm were released 2 of the 8 indigenous individuals who for 39 days had engaged in a hunger strike in the State Center for the Reinsertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) no. 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

José Díaz López, from San Andrés Larráinzar, and Andrés Núñez Hernández, from San Juan Chamula, were freed after their cases were revised, their sentences suspended.  The two members of the prisoners group “Those in Solidairty with La Voz del Amate,” adherents to the Other Campaign, had been accused of homicide and were held in prison for more than 9 years.  Díaz López, 36 years of age, and Núñez Hernández, 39 years of age, participated together with eight other prisoners in a hunger strike that began on 29 September and ended on 6 November.

With the liberty of these 2 prisoners now there have been freed 4 prisoners from this movement after 2 prisoners from the community of Mitzitón were released in October.  Regardless, there still remain 8 other hunger strikers in prison, among them Alberto Patishtán Gómez, who was transferred to a federal prison in Sinaloa.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberan a 2 indígenas tzotziles que realizaron huelga de hambre (La Jornada, 16 November 2011)

Liberan a dos indígenas del CERSS número 5  (Cuarto Poder, 16 November 2011)

Liberan a 2 de 8 reos en huelga de hambre en penal de Chiapas (La Jornada, 16 November 2011)

Salen libres Joé Díaz López y Andrés Núñez Hernández, presos de Chiapas, (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 16 November 2011)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: End of hunger strike (14 November 2011)

Chiapas: Two more prisoners join the hunger strike; concentration of family-members at sit-in (4 November 2011)

Chiapas: National and international support for Patishtán and the prisoners fasting and on hunger strike (26 October 2011)

Chiapas: New denunciation by Las Abejas (28 October 2011)

Chiapas: 20 days into hunger strike and 11 days into sit-in of relatives, 2 prisoners are released (27 October 2011)

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)