Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre Asks for Precautionary Measures for Woman Prisoner Who Was Tortured
Patricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez (@PGJE)
In a bulletin on August 16, 2016, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre (CDHFBC) reported that it had requested precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (CIDH) for Patricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez, a woman prisoner since April 2014, whose life is in danger after the torture she was subjected to when arrested.
Within three months of entering prison she was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a chronic degenerative disease. The CDHFBC said that given the inadequate and insufficient medical care by the prison authorities, “there is no metabolic control and a persistence of psychiatric symptoms that adversely affect” her general state of health which represents an imminent threat to Patricia’s life and physical and psychological integrity, “because she can fall into a diabetic coma and / or die at any time.”
In the background to the case, the CDHFBC mentioned that, in April 2014, Margarito Benjamin Zolano Gonzalez was arrested in the municipal capital of Teopisca along with Patricia del Carmen Paniagua Gomez and Maria del Rosario Zolano Gonzalez without an arrest warrant. The three people were tortured and accused of the death of Manuel Velazquez Hernandez, leader of the National Organization of People’s Power (ONPP), whose body was found in Teopisca municipal dump in February 2014.
Note: Since this was written, Patricia has been transferred to the prison of El Amate, far from her family. Previously she was imprisoned with her mother and her aunt who were able to give her some help with her psychological needs and her daily insulin treatment.
Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 28/08/2016