Diego Cadenas @ Expreso Chiapas
Diego Cadenas Gordillo, Executive Secretary of the State Council on Human Rights (CEDH), has requested the intervention of the representative in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner, Javier Hernández Valencia, for the implementation of precautionary measures, given that he was recently threatened by Florencio Madariaga Granados, the named Councilor of the Commission of General Affairs on Human Rights, due to his refusal to fire several of his staff, according to Diego Cadenas’ denunciation, sent to various organizations and organisms.
In the letter sent to Hernández Valencia and Emilio Alvarez Icasa, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission (IACHR), Cadenas Gordillo revealed that in the extraordinary session of the 31 July General Council of the CEDH, Madariago Granados demanded that he “dismiss several human-rights defenders, with the argument that if he did not do it, he would not trust him.” According to Diego Cadenas, he offered to resign himself as a protest against the mass-firing, and he denounced that as a response to his attitude, Madariaga threatened publicly to make available recorded telephone conversations with the prosecutor Raciel López Salazar.
Cadenas Gordillo accused Madariaga of using the name of governor Juan Sabines and that of López Salazar to demand the firing of public servants who oppose him. Cadenas affirmed that Madariaga Granados requested the support of other councilors so that they aid him in taking on the presidency of the organization, in exchange for “special support.” The present director of the CEDH is Lorenzo López Méndez. The other councilors who have been similarly pressured are José Rafael Navas Pérez, Pedro Raúl López Hernández, and Marina Patricia Jiménez.
It should be remembered that Madariaga Granados worked as Secretary of the State Public Security Council and as sub-attorney general for Chiapas during the interim administration of governor Roberto Albores Guillén, from 1998 to 2000. His successor, Pablo Salazar Mendiguchía, who has been imprisoned since 7 June 2011, imprisoned him; he was held in Spain for more than two years and another three in Chiapas, accused of the crimes of criminal association, having been fined more than 900 million pesos.
For more information (in Spanish):
Secretario Ejecutivo del CEDH en Chiapas, eleva queja ante la OACNUDH y la CIDH (Escrutinio Público, 2 de agosto de 2012)
Acusan a “protegido” de Sabines de dividir al Consejo Estatal de Derechos Humanos (Proceso, 1 de agosto de 2012)
Secretario ejecutivo del Consejo Estatal de DH en Chiapas denuncia amenazas en su contra (La Jornada, 2 de agosto de 2012)