National: Work Begins on National Plan for Human Rights (PNDH)

June 20, 2019


On June 12th, at an event led by the Secretary of the Interior Olga Sanchez Cordero and the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez, the work began for the preparation of the National Human Rights Program 2019-2024 (PNDH in its Spanish acronym), and it is expected to be published in December by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Sanchez Cordero stressed that the “painful crisis in human rights was inherited by the current government” and affirmed that “the reality is not going to be invented, no matter how hard it is if we want to find a permanent solution”, particularly by the omnipresent factor of impunity. She said that, “presidential instruction, as a way to have a more just society, is to address the problems caused by inequality, violence, misogyny, impunity and corruption.” She stated that to build this national program there will be 15 forums, technical tables and other events throughout the country for the design of “the public policy that the country needs.”

The Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas, asked the federal public agencies to “get out of their comfort zone and address the very difficult reality of human rights,” including the issue of migration and refugee applicants. He acknowledged that, “our country has been subject to more than three thousand recommendations for violations (to these guarantees) from international organizations, both the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and other institutions that account for the seriousness of this problem.” It revealed the importance of the advising citizen council, before “an emergency situation that demands the firm action of the State, in concurrence with society.” The academic Clara Jusidman, the member of Services and Advice for Peace (SERAPAZ in its Spanish acronym) Dolores Gonzalez; the representative of UN-Women, Belen Sanz; Consuelo Morales of Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC in its Spanish acronym); Miguel Concha, from the Francisco de Vitoria Human Rights Center; the former Minister of the SCJN, Jose Ramon Cossio, the researcher Mauricio Merino and the representative of the UNHCHR, Jan Jarab. are members of this council.

Representing the council, Dolores Gonzalez stressed that, “the participation of all is required, the history of these exercises has made us skeptical, but the serious, unsustainable, intolerable reality that we live today forces us to deploy all possible resources to transform it. It will depend on the institutional commitment to the process, on the commitment that the victims and civil society put into this process, but above all on the conviction of each to break the mechanisms that perpetuate violence and that it is possible to get closer and closer to the truth, justice, reparation and measures of non-repetition, by which it is possible to build true peace.”

For more information in Spanish:


Inician trabajos para el Programa Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Proceso, 12 de junio de 2019)

Instalación del Consejo Asesor del Programa Nacional para Derechos Humanos (Serapaz, 12 de junio de 2019)

Segob inicia Programa Nacional de Derechos Humanos 2019-2024 (SDP Noticias, 12 de junio de 2019)

No se maquillará la crisis de derechos humanos: SG (La Jornada, 13 de junio de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Seven Journalists and 11 HR Defenders Murdered in 2019 – UNHCHR (20 de junio de 2019)

National: Absence of President Lopez Obrador at Presentation of CNDH Report “Disheartening for the Defense of Human Rights” (June 9, 2019)

National/International: UNO and IACHR Warn of Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Latin America. At Least Ten Murdered in Mexico (June 6, 2019)


Chiapas: “We are convinced that he is innocent (Patishtán),” Martínez Veloz

September 13, 2013

Jaime Martínez y Sandino Rivero @ SIPAZ

On 27 August, the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, Jaime Martínez Veloz, visited Alberto Patishtán Gómez in prison no. 5 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, seven days into Patishtán’s hunger strike, which he had been engaging in with his comrade Alejandro Díaz Sántiz.

In press-conference, the Commissioner said that the release of Patishtán, among other things, “is fundamental so as to generate the minimum conditions of trust” with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) toward the observance of the San Andrés Accords, adding that Osorio Chong, Secretary of Governance, “is in agreement that this is the path forward.”

Martínez Veloz recalled the conclusions of the project of justice Olga Sánchez Cordero in which she mentions that Patishtán Gómez “is totally innocent, and his case is not a juridical question, but rather one of justice.”  Jaime Martínez emphasized that, with regard to the case of Alberto Patishtán, “[w]e are convinced of his innocence; we have reviewed the process, and there is no basis at all for his incarceration.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Firma la petición de Amnistía Internacional: Acción Urgente: Por Alberto Patishtán ni un día más sin justicia

Vital, la liberación de Patisthán para diálogo con el EZLN: Martínez Veloz (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)

Comisionado para los Pueblos Indígenas visita hoy a Patishtán (La Jornada, 27 de agosto de 2013)

Comisionado para el Diálogo Jaime Martínez Veloz visitará a Alberto (Blog de Alberto Patishtán, agosto 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Global action to demand the release of Alberto Patishtán and justice for political prisoners (20 August 2013)

Chiapas: 9 prisoners in solidarity with the Voz del Amate released, but Patishtán will remain imprisoned (20 July 2013)


Chiapas: SCJN postpones new decision on Tila ejido; ejidatarios denounce harassment by local authorities

April 8, 2013

marcha de los ejidatarios en Tila en agosto de 2012 @ archivo SIPAZ

March of the ejidatarios in Tila, August 2012 @ archive SIPAZ

On 1 April was expected the decision of the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) regarding the case of the Tila ejido.  The ejidatarios had petitioned the maximum tribunal of justice to restore to them the 130 hectares of the ejido which had been expropriated in 1980 by the state government of Chiapas.  However, following what previously had happened, the SCJN justices decided to postpone their decision.  The request had proposed that the legislative and executive powers in Chiapas nullify the decree of expropriation, but this was rejected by the majority of the ministers.  The case has been reitred and will be presented once again in a few weeks by the justice Olga Sánchez Cordero, who must now unify the arguments of the justices who opposed the motion on this occasion.

The Tila ejidatarios, upon learning of the SCJN’s decision once again to postpone decision on the case, released a communique in which they warned of the possibility that new violations of the rights of the Ch’ol people be prosecuted.  They indicated that the justices “do not know our people […].  We have already said that the large majority of those who live in Tila are families of ejidatarios that form a part of our assembly, and that those who are not will have their right to possession recognized.  We also want to say that many state and federal constructions are recognized by acts of donation for some time.”  The Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Center for Human Rights (ProDH), making reference to the different arguments presented by the justices in the discussion of the case, expressed that “Deliberations on the nature of an indigenous people should not imply a dichotomy between being ejidatario or indigenous; rather, both dimensions coexist, that is to say, they are both indigenous and ejidatarios.  At the Court there were voices postulating the necessity of defining whether the case of the Tila ejido is an agrarian question or an indigenous question.  Far from being exclusionary, the social regime of ejidal property and the rights contained therein are broadened and strengthened by the exercise of the rights of indigenous peoples, when these be recognized.”In recent dates, the ejidatarios denounced that within the context of the SCJN’s decision, municipal and state authorities have intimidated ejidal authorities.  “In the home of the ejidal commissioner, personnel from the state police with members of City Hall have arrived, waiting to see if the commissioner is at home.  The second time, there were judicial police carrying videocameras, thus communicating to the people that the commissioner feels intimidated.  This occurred at the beginning of the month of March,” as two ejidatarios have said.  During the final week of March, they indicate in a denunciation, harassment worsened: “There is no peace in Tila, but rather violence is beginning, and aggressive behaviors are resurging, as in the period of the numerous massacres carried out by Paz y Justicia.”  In the denunciation, ejidatarios recall several acts of aggression, intimidation, and injustice they have suffered on the part of municipal authorities since the end of the 1970s to date.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de Tila: Palabra sobre la decisión de suspender la discusión de la Suprema Corte (01/04/2013)

Centro ProDH: Identidades indígena y ejidal no se excluyen, por lo cual debe restituirse territorio al ejido Tila: Centro Prodh (01/04/2013)

La Jornada: Por lo “complejo” del caso, aplaza la Corte fallo sobre recurso del ejido Tila (02/04/2013)

Comunicado de los ejidatarios de Tila sobre hostigamiento de autoridades municipales (31/03/2013)

La Jornada: Ejidatarios de Tila denuncian asedio del ayuntamiento con apoyo de paramilitares (02/04/2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones decision on case of the Tila ejidatario (16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios march in Tila and Mexico City (16 August 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila announce schedule of march to the SCJN in Mexico City (31 July 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios de Tila announce a caravan and march against the SCJN in defense of their land and territory (25 July 2012)

Chiapas: Tila ejidatarios reject compensation and request that the SCJN respects their right to territory (14 February 2011)

Chiapas: Authorities of the Tila ejido denounce negation of their right to land; their lives are threatened (9 September 2010)

Chiapas: ejidatarios march in Tila in defense of their lands (27 April 2010)


Chiapas: Suprema Corte pospone fallo sobre el caso de los ejidatarios de Tila (6 de agosto de 2012)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios marchan en Tila y el DF (2 de agosto de 2012)

Chiapas: ejidatarios de Tila rechazan indemnización y piden a la SCJN respeto a su derecho al territorio (12 de febrero de 2011)

Mexico/Chiapas: SCJN rejects review of case of Alberto Patishtán

March 20, 2013

Imagen @ Koman Ilel

Image @ Koman Ilel

On 6 March the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) decided not to review its competence regarding the case of professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, from the El Bosque municipality of Chiapas.  The decision was taken on the basis of the project of the justice Olga Sánchez Cordero, who had suggested new hope to favor the cause of Patishtán, given that, if he had been judged according to the criteria approved by the Primary Hall in recent years, surely he would have been released due to the grave violations of due process which occurred during his trial.

Manuel Velasco Coello, governor of Chiapas, affirmed that the Tzotzil indigenous man Alberto Patishtán Gómez, who had been imprisoned since 2000, “should be released.”  In a communiqué, he assured that Patishtán Goméz, who has been sentenced for 60 years, “should be granted a recognition of his innocence.”  “The SCJN’s decision should have favored the release” of Patishtán, reiterated the governor.

Now, the case returns to a court in Tuxtla Gutiérrez.  “There still remains racism within Mexican justice,” claimed Patishtán’s defense team.  It is hoped that the new process will last three weeks in arriving to the tribunal in Tuxtla.  All indications show that this court could decide on the resource of innocence.

For more information (in Spanish):

Patishtán debe ser puesto en libertad: gobernador de Chiapas (La Jornada, 7 de marzo de 2013)

SCJN: Doce años de injusticia son insuficientes para Alberto Patishtán(Centro de Medios Libres, 7 de marzo de 2013)

“Estamos gobernados por la injusticia”: Patishtán tras negativa de la Corte (La Jornada, 6 de marzo de 2013)

Rechaza la SCJN resolver el caso del profesor indígena Alberto Patishtán (La Jornada, 6 de marzo de 2013)

Rechaza el caso de alberto la SCJN (Blog de Alberto Patishtán, 6 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released, notes Olga Sánchez Cordero (5 March 2013)

Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

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)

Mexico/Chiapas: Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released, notes Olga Sánchez Cordero

March 5, 2013

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The First Hall of the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has planned on 6 March to address the motion requesting the recognition of innocence of the Tsotsil professor Alberto Patishtán Gómez, given that the justice Olga Sánchez Cordero will present the project that would allow for the decision of whether the SCJN has the ability to begin profoundly studying the requested motion.  The project elaborated by Olga Sánchez indicates clearly that Alberto Patishtán should be immediately released.

The officials have reported to the media regarding the move by the justice, adding that the project notes that if the accused (of 60 years of age) had been judged in light of the recent constitutional reforms on human rights and the new decisions taken by the First Hall on due process and presumption of innocence, Patishtán would already be freed.It was explained that juridically the affair is very complicated, because the sentence that has Patishtán incarcerated has an indefinite timewindow.  It is for this reason, they added, that a favorable decision for the teacher would be very difficult to approve, given that he must be supported by at least two other justices to receive his freedom.  Furthermore, during the course of its history, the SCJN has on occasion recognized innocence of prisoners; it has done so only rarely because new and irrefutable evidence is required to demonstrate that the accused is not responsible for the crime for which s/he has been charged.  This is the move that has been made by the lawyers of Patishtán Gómez.For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín: En manos de la SCJN asumir el caso de Alberto Patishtán Gómez y crear un referente en la administración de justicia a favor de los derechos humanos en nuestro país (Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, 28 de febrero de 2012)

Patishtán debe ser liberado de inmediato, según proyecto de la ministra Olga Sánchez (La Jornada, 28 de febrero de 2013)

Palabra de Alberto Patishtán Gómez sobre próxima decisión de la SCJN sobre su caso (Chiapas Denuncia Pública, 4 de marzo de 2013)


Entrevista a Abogados de Alberto Patishtan (Koman Ilel, 12 de febrero de 2013)

Entrega del Amicus Curiae ante Suprema Corte de la Nación (Blog Alberto Patishtán, 4 de marzo de 2013)

Programa Especial sobre Alberto Patishtán (Blog Alberto Patishtán, febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/Chiapas: The SCJN admits the Patishtán case (12 October 2012)

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)