Roberto Paciencia Cruz – three years in prison in State Centre for Social Reinsertion (CERSS) Number 5
Three years after his arbitrary arrest, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Tzotzil indigenous, “unjustly imprisoned” in the CERSS Number 5 of San Cristobal de Las Casas and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, is still awaiting sentencing. Like Roberto, thousands of people are behind bars in Chiapas, deprived of their liberty by unjustified accusations without sentencing. “The prisons of Chiapas are full of indigenous, who for want of knowing how to read and express themselves, have been prisoners for years, because the first thing the authorities care about is to lock them up, then they just have to leave the file in the trash and be careful that they [the indigenous] don’t know the facts, to keep them there for life”, says sociologist Aida Cipriano, specialist in Human Rights, in Revolucion TRESPUNTOCERO
Roberto Paciencia Cruz was arrested without warrant in early August 2013 for an alleged kidnapping that could not be proved. During his detention he was tortured, and he still bears marks, scars, and physical and psychological consequences from this. In addition, he was left incommunicado for three days: “For three springs, I suffer in a dungeon, as my family also suffers, on this date, another anniversary of my imprisonment, I was saddened to see the injustices I’m living through for this fabricated crime”, Roberto Paciencia confesses to Revolucion TRESPUNTOCERO.
Aida Cipriano Aida states in the same publication: “Paciencia Cruz, and the indigenous who are in prison, suffer cruel and inhuman treatment, injustice, humiliation, and discrimination daily. CERESO No. 5 is one of the main examples of ill-treatment by the authorities of prisoners. This has also been the result of the neglect that the state government has caused in the prisons, because in Chiapas, when the governor isn’t covering up or causing dispossession, extrajudicial executions, persecution, torture or fabricated crimes against the indigenous, he is covering up any violation of human rights of the prisoners.” She adds that, “They have been kidnapped by a dishonest and poor Mexican judicial system, which in Chiapas is racist, corrupt and a creator of false positives. And it is the indigenous who have become the target to follow.” Cipriano concludes that there has been no solution to Roberto’s case “due to the blindness of the authorities and the governor, who is aware of the facts, but as in similar cases, he does not care about prisoners.”
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 25/08/2016