Chiapas: Body of campesino leader of the National Organization for Popular Power is found

March 1, 2014

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On Tuesday 18 February, the lifeless body of the regional leader of the National Organization for Popular Power (ONPP) was found near Teopisca, Chiapas.

The corpse, found in the municipal dump of the city, showed signs of torture, according to relatives and friends of the former leader.

Manuel de Jesús Vázquez disappeared on Saturday 15 February after leaving his home to visit his father, resident of the same community.  Due to his disappearance, relatives of the victim denounced the act before the Public Ministry,a nd the ONPP released a communique demanding to know the whereabouts of its member, and to wish him luck: “Who has kidnapped our brother Manuel?  Today we fear for his life, because he could have been kidnapped and tortured in clandestine security houses, or even murdered, with his body then appearing afterward as that of a common criminal.”

According to the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights, in the course of the recovery of the body of the dead, officials from the State Attorney General’s Office committed violations to individual rights, given that they failed to observe the basic standards for investigative work in the field.

ONPP-Chiapas defines Manuel as having been a key political and regional leader who defended the rights of his people and land for many years.

For more information (in Spanish):

Hallan en basurero el cadáver de líder campesino en Chiapas (Proceso, 18 de febrero de 2014)

En Teopisca, hallan muerto a líder indígena desaparecido desde el sábado (Chiapas Paralelo, 18 de febrero de 2014)

Encuentran cuerpo de dirigente en basurero de Chiapas (Milenio, 19 de febrero de 2014)

Hallan muerto a líder de la ONPP (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 19 de febrero de 2014)

Procuraduría de Justicia viola derecho a las garantías judiciales en el caso de la muerte sospechosa de líder de la ONPP (Frayba, 20 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: teacher Adela Gómez regains her freedom (12 November 2013)

Chiapas: AI concerned for security and health of imprisoned activist Adela Gómez (25 October 2013)

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members (16 September 2013)

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Chiapas: teacher Adela Gómez regains her freedom

November 12, 2013

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Adela Gómez at a press-conference on 24 October.  Photo @SIPAZ

On 18 October 2013, the teacher Adela Gómez Martínez, activist and leader of the National Organization for Popular Power (ONPP), was released when the case against her was dropped.  Adela Gómez had spent 64 days arrested without having committed any crime; while incarcerated in the Amate prison in Cintalapa, she suffered grave health consequences.  She had been accused of rioting and extortion for having participated in a protest with her husband Noé Hernández Caballero, who remains imprisoned, accused of the same crimes as his wife.  Adela Gómez and Noé Hernández assured that their arrest had to do with their refusal to accept an agreement with the Chiapas state-government which had intended to suspend all mobilizations and social protests.

In a 23 October communique, the ONPP demanded the immediate release of Noé Hernández: “We call on state governor C. Manuel Velásco Coello to directly attend to our demand for the immediate and unconditional release of professor Noé Hernández Caballero.”  The Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) released a press-bulletin on 24 October similarly demanding the release of Hernández.

For more information (in Spanish):

Liberación inmediata e incondicional del profesor Noé Hernández Caballero (Boletín de prensa ONPP, 23 de octubre de 2013)

Castigan a activista por ejercer derecho a la protesta (Boletín de prensa, CDHFBC, 24 de octubre de 2013)

Después de 64 días de injusta detención, la maestra Adela Gómez obtiene su libertad (Boletín de prensa, CDHFBC, 19 de octubre de 2013)

Adela Gómez alcanza su libertad (Chiapas Paralelo, 19 de octubre de 2013)

Después de 64 días de injusta detención, la maestra Adela Gómez obtiene su libertad (Radio AMLO, 21 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: AI concerned for security and health of imprisoned activist Adela Gómez (25 October 2013)

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members (16 September 2013)


Chiapas: AI concerned for security and health of imprisoned activist Adela Gómez

October 25, 2013

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On 15 August, federal and municipal police arrested Adela Gómez Martínez and her partner Noé Hernández Caballero without presenting any arrest-order at all.  The two now find themselves in the Center for the Social Reinsertion of the Imprisoned no. 14 (CERSS No. 14) in El Amate, Cintalapa.

Toward the end of September, Amnesty International (AI) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that its “concern that her imprisonment could signify a reprisal for her activism. Adela Gómez Martínez and Noé Hernández Caballero are members of the National Organization for People’s Power (ONPP), an activist base organization founded in 2006.  On 8 August, the ONPP and another political organization from Chiapas organized a march that occupied an international bridge to demand action on the part of the state government.  On the day of teh arrests, the authorities canceled a meeting with Noé Hernández Caballero and Adela Gómez and presented charges of disturbances and extortion against both, presumably in connection with the 8 August protest.”

AI reports that “Adela Gómez has not received adequate medical attention during her imprisonment, despite suffering a serious chronic illness that affects her bones and requires specialized medical treatment.  She also suffers from a second-grade burn in the left hand from before her arrest, and AI calls on the authorities to guarantee that, while she remains imprisoned, Adela Gómez Martínez receives the necessary medical attention.”

Lastly, AI requested an exhaustive, immediate, and impartial investigation regarding the arrest and the denunciations of abuse and death-threats to which she has been subjected in jail.

On 26 September, the Fray Bartolome Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) pronounced itself on the case, indicating that it “responds to a pattern of criminalization and judicialization of social protest in Chiapas, where once again justice responds to interests which transcend the juridical sphere.”

For more information (in Spanish):
Preocupa a Amnistía Internacional seguridad y estado de salud de activista detenida en Chiapas,  Amnistia Internacional, 26 de septiembre de 2013

Exigen liberación de Adela Gómez, activista presa en Chiapas, Proceso, 1 de octubre de 2013

Criminalización de la protesta social práctica recurrente en Chiapas, CDHFBDC, 26 de septiembre de 2013

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Chiapas: State police arbitrarily arrest ONPP members 16 September 2013