Chiapas: Urgent action involving the detainees of the MOCRI-CNPA-MN

April 13, 2009

In an urgent action on April 8, the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) expressed serious concerns about the “detention incommunicado of Pedro López Gómez, Genaro Gómez Gómez, Ramiro Hernández Gómez, and Marcelino Ruiz Gómez, all of whom are family members of persons incarcerated in the prison CERRS 14 also known as ‘El Amate`, and Eric Bautista Gómez; all of whom were detained in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, in the State of Chiapas.”

According to the denunciations of the Regional Independent Campesino Movement – National Coordination Plan de Ayala- National Movement (MOCRI- CNPA- MN) and from the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh) at dawn on April 7 members of the State Preventative Police forcibly removed a “peaceful demonstration in front of the Government Palace in the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez”. For 15 days, this demonstration had been protesting in solidarity with eight prisoners who are members of the MOCRI-CNPA-MN, who had sewed their lips shut and begun a hunger strike on March 23 because they had been unjustly jailed. During the removal of the protest, according to information from the OMCT, four people were detained “and to date we do not know where they were taken to after being detained”. The encampment of the prisoners who were on a hunger strike inside El Amate was also dismantled by the guards.

The OMCT also denounced that “at the same time that these detentions were taking place at the protest, another group of four patrols of the Preventative Police violently evicted the offices of the MOCRI-CNPA-MN and various residents of the neighborhood, Colonia “Emiliano Zapata”, and during this operation Eric Bautista Gómez, the spokesman of the MOCRI, was detained.

According to an article in La Jornada on April 9, the government stated that the detainees had been placed under arraigo (pre-charge detention) in a secure house and would be freed soon.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Boletín y denuncia publica, MOCRI CNPA MN (08/04/09)

OMCT: Caso MEX 080409/Detenciones en incomunicación/Temor de desaparición forzada/Riesgo de torturas y/o malos tratos  (08/04/09)

AU-010-2009.MOCRI-CHIS: Denuncia publica: Uso excesivo de la fuerza pública, detenciones arbitrarias, riesgo de desaparición forzada de personas y de actos de tortura en contra de familiares e integrantes de MOCRI CNPA, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, LIMEDDH (07/04/09)

Presuntos policías intentan secuestrar a líder del MOCRI, El Proceso (06/04/09)

Desalojan plantón de labriegos dentro de la cárcel de El Amate, La Jornada (07/04/09)

Liberarían en Chiapas a seis detenidos, La Jornada (09/04/09)

More Information de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: New denunciation from El Amate, SIPAZ Blog, 2/4.