Chiapas: strikes and denunciations from several prisons of the state

February 8, 2012

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On 11 January, dozens of prisoners being held in the state prison El Amate in Cintalapa carried out a protest inside the CERSS 14 toward the end of demanding better conditions for those incarcerated there, including better quality of food, medical services, and respectful treatment of their visitors.  In accordance with information from the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh), all those protesting dressed in white, concentrating themselves in the “plaza” of the prison, and carried out a one-day hunger strike.

Two days later, those held in CERSS 17 in Playas de Catazaja also carried out a hunger strike and a peaceful sit-in to demand better conditions.  They demand the sacking of the director due to the prison conditions under which prevail harassment and sexual violence against families who visit.  They detail that “We undertook a peaceful hunger-strike because we are afraid that the director will transfer us, and the demand we have is that he be removed from office.  Beyond this, he violates our rights and oversees that the revision of those who visit us be drastic: they review them, disrobe them, and touch them all over.  Moreover 5 or 6 days ago, there was a group of prisoners who are Maras Salvatruchas no. 18; they beat 3 comrades, and half of the population was restricted to one area.  The director now wants to introduce this to the interior.”

For more information (in Spanish):

– Denuncia La Voz del Amate la grave situación de prisioneros indígenas considerados políticos (La Jornada, 13 January 2012)

– Presos del Amate se manifiestan en contra de condiciones deplorables en prisión (Boletín de prensa de la Limeddh, 13 January 2012

– En Huelga Presos en Playas Catazaja: denuncian hostigamiento y violencia sexual (denuncia pública, 13 January 2012)

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

Oaxaca: violence due to awarding of reparations to victims of 2006

November 27, 2011

A few days before the commemoration of the 25 November 2006 repression, Isaac Torres Carmona, president of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights in Oaxaca (Limeddh), reported that the government of Gabino Cué had committed itself to make available some 11 million pesos to compensate the 64 “survivors and former political prisoners” due to the “moral damage” suffered during the socio-politial conflict of 2006-7.  Torres Carmona noted that on Monday 14 November was awarded “symbolic compensation” (170,000 pesos per affected person) to 44 of the 64 victims who accepted the deal, a fruit of the demand for reparation made through civil methods.

Subsequently, Porfirio Domínguez, director of the Committee of Relatives, Disappeared, Murdered, and Political Prisoners in Oaxaca (Cofadappo), denounced that the present government is attempting to divide the victims of 2006, stressing that “there are more than 400 affected, not only those 50 who have been receiving their money so as not to continue demanding justice, all of this to weaken the movement.”

In response, Limeddh clarified in a communique that “we categorically reject that this has to do with a distribution of resources on the part of the state government to divide the victims, as has been theorized publicly by some dissident voices that seek only to confuse public opinion and contribute to a bad political state, with uncertain ends sought.”  It claims that the act “constitutes a victory in the struggle for the observation of human rights.”  It acknowledged nonetheless that “the question of justice continues to be a task to be fulfilled by the present government,” given that during the magisterial and popular conflicts were committed 26 murders, in addition to 500 arrests and around 380 cases of torture.

Porfirio Domínguez and Isaac Torres engaged with each other on 23 November.  The followers of both accused each other of seeking only economic benefit, not justice for the affected.  In this confrontation many of the expressions were threats.

In a subsequent communiqué, the Citizens’ Space for Truth and Justice in Oaxaca denounced that “These lamentable acts have come about starting from a discretional management of information and a lack of transparency int he process of creating a means that would supposedly attend to the demands of justice of the victims of human-rights violations in 2006.  The aforementioned has brought about a series of rumors, disqualifications, and divisions which far from repairing damages contribute to a new re-victimization.”  The Space advocates a legal and transparent process, as well as the creation of measures for transitional justice, including a Commission for Truth, that “would help to supercede the authoritarian past and the climate of social polarization now lived in the state.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Denuncia Cofadappo que gobierno intenta dividir a víctimas(, 16 November 2011)

Destina Oaxaca 11 mdp para indemnizar a 64 víctimas del conflicto de 2006 (Proceso, 18 November 2011)

Comunicado completo de la Limeddh-Oaxaca (18 November 2011)

ONG de Oaxaca rompe con la Limeddh por indemnizaciones (La Jornada, 24 November 2011)


For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Creation of the Citizens’ Space for Justice and Truth (22 September 2011)

Oaxaca: Fifty-one activists from Oaxacan social movement released

September 9, 2008

According to a report from the Oaxacan offices of the Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh, Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos) on September 8, 51 activists within the Oaxacan social movement were released by an order from the Third District Court. All of the activists were detained by agents from the Federal Preventative Police (PFP Policía Federal Preventiva) November 25, 2006 in the Historic Center of Oaxaca City.

In their last communiqué, Limeddh stated that, “The individuals who were illegally arrested on November 25, are a clear example of the victimization that innocent people suffer within a corrupt justice system that acts under orders from the executive branch.”

The Committee of Relatives of the Assasinated, Disappeared and Political Prisoners of Oaxaca (COFADAPPO, Comité de Familiares de Asesinados, Desaparecidos y Presos Políticos de Oaxaca,) circulated a communiqué the same day in which they announce that the former detainees will bring a case against those authorities responsible for the abuses.

More information in Spanish:

Boletín de prensa de la Limeddh (08/09/2008)

Boletín de prensa del COFADAPPO (08/09/2008)

Excarcelan en Oaxaca a 51 seguidores de la APPO (La Jornada, 09/09/2008)