Chiapas: Prisoners in San Cristóbal carry out fast to demand respect for their rights

January 4, 2019


On December 17th, Adrián Gómez Jiménez, Alfredo Gómez López and Juan de la Cruz Ruiz, members of the organization “The voice of the Indigenous in Resistance”, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacadonan Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), started a fast of three days to demand that their human rights are respected.

Said prisoners are imprisoned in the Center for Social Reinsertion No. 5 in San Cristóbal de las Casas, ask for better medical attention and hygiene within the prisons as well as a thorough revision of their cases. They ended their protest act December 19th in the afternoon.

More broadly, they expressed that one of their fast’s objectives was to “demand from Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of the Republic, [that] he fulfills what was promised to the people of Mexico: no more lies, violence, disappearances, unjust imprisonments (…). We are making a call to the three levels so there will be justice, liberty, rights and health”.

On the other hand, they called to the Governor of Chiapas, Rutilio Escandón Cadenas to “positions himself and exhort the judges of different prisons in Chiapas to be fair in their work”.

At the end of the press release they invited all independent organization that work on a state, national or international level to show solidarity and keep demanding “true justice in the whole world”.

For more information in Spanish:

Presos en San Cristóbal ayunan para exigir justicia, derechos y salud, Chiapas paralelo, 18 de diciembre de 2018

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas : Roberto Paciencia Cruz, ex injustamente preso llama a la solidaridad con Alejandro Díaz Santíz (14/09/2017)

Chiapas: Carta de Roberto Paciencia Cruz en el marco del dia internacional de los presos (24/09/2016)

Chiapas: Niegan entrada a visitas del injustamente preso, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, en el CERESO No. 5   (30 de agosto de 2016)


Chiapas: Penal authorities in Chiapas violate rights of incarcerated persons and their families

February 7, 2011

On 2 February, the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) published a report on the prison conditions found in the State Centers for the Social Rehabilitation of the Sentenced (CERSS) that exist in Chiapas.  This report bases itself in denunciations received by the center during the year 2010 sent by a total of 2,142 persons imprisoned in different prisons of Chiapas as well as by relatives and friends of such individuals.  The report presents several human-rights violations committed by penal authorities and administrative groups within the prisons.

The report examines the cruel treatment and torture suffered by those who visit their imprisoned relatives or friends.  The testimonies obtained by Frayba are in their majority from indigenous women who, in visiting the prisons, are subjected to having to become nude, touching and revision of the genitalia, and other actions that violate the right to personal security and integrity, in addition to the right of women to lead lives free of violence.  They are often restricted in their familial right to visit the detained.

The CDHFBC manifested its preoccupation and reminded “the government of Chiapas that regardless of the crimes committed by the imprisoned, their rights are inviolable and cannot be limited for security reasons.”  It affirmed moreover that “the right of the imprisoned to receive dignified treatment refers not just to actions that violate  the security and integrity of the interned but is also extended to what is referred to as conditions of a dignified life: shelter, food, and protection of health.”  It specifies that “the situation lived by female prisoners is grave and discriminatory; the spaces they occupy are insufficient and lack the conditions of dignity for their situation and their physical and mental development.”  It stressed finally that “the situation of the imprisoned in Chiapas is a failure as regards the question of the social integration of the imprisoned, in addition to being so as regards their human rights broadly understood.  This Center of Human Rights has shown that the majority of the imprisoned are impoverished individuals who pertain to indigenous groups or migrants who lack formal education and are unaware of the implications of judicial processes that place them into vulnerable situations with regard to access to justice.”

In an example of that which was reported by the CDHFBC, prisoners from the association Voz del Amate and residents of Mitzitón imprisoned in the No. 5 prison of San Cristóbal de Las Casas announced on 2 February that they would engage in a hunger-strike of 36 hours “with the purpose of asking God to rectify injustice,” denouncing that “today the prisons are overpopulated due to the injustices between men and women who for lack of economic resources cannot afford lawyers and others for being speakers of indigenous languages who lacked translators in the prison during processing and end up being sentenced.”  The same day, those in solidarity with the Voz del Amate also announced that they would begin a hunger strike to demand that the government grant them their unconditional release.

For more information (in Spanish):

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Meeting of Organization of Relatives of Prisoners of Ocosingo (OFPO) (6 October 2010)

Chiapas: Fifth anniversary of the “Voz del Amate” (8 January 2011)