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February 9, 2017

Roberto Paciencia’s Liberty at Risk

Filed under: Indigenous, Political prisoners, Uncategorized — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:17 am

 

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Roberto Paciencia’s Liberty at Risk

Roberto.pngRoberto Paciencia Cruz on the day of his release, Photo @: Espoir Chiapas

On February 2, the No Estamos Todxs Working Group (GTNET in its Spanish acronym) and the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center for Human Rights, (CDHFBC, also known as Frayba) expressed their concern in a joint statement over the risk to personal freedom of Roberto Paciencia Cruz. Roberto is an indigenous Tsotsil from Chenalho, Chiapas and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle. On August 9, 2013 he was arrested and charged with an alleged abduction. The GTNET and the CDHFBC recall in their communiqué that at the time of Roberto’s arrest and imprisonment “acts of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial were documented, violating the rights of personal liberty, integrity, personal security and access to due process.” They add that “since his arrest, and throughout a judicial process that lasted three years and three months, Roberto did not cease to fight against the injustices of the corrupt Mexican justice system, until on November 26, 2016, he was released on recognition of innocence by the Judge of the Criminal Branch of the Judicial District of San Cristobal de Las Casas, by acquittal “.

However, despite not being able to sustain an accusation against Paciencia during the trial, and despite the violations mentioned against him, the public prosecutor filed an appeal against that acquittal. The GTNET and the CDHFBC emphasize that, “the arbitrary and unjust detention of Roberto brought physical and psychological consequences for him and his family, disrupting his life plans and generating family impoverishment.”

According to information in their possession, they report that “the study of the case and the proposed sentence of appeal will be in charge of the Speaker C, of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 3, San Cristobal de Las Casas, headed by Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez; the proposal will be voted by the judges who hold court in the middle of February.” The likelihood that the sentence of acquittal of Roberto Paciencia can be modified generates a situation of uncertainty, stress and anxiety for him and his family.

The GTNET and the CDHFBC exhort Judge Ramiro Joel Ramirez Sanchez and the members of the Mixed Regional Court, Zone 03 of San Cristóbal de Las Casas “to confirm the acquittal, because there are no legal elements to revoke the said sentence.” In addition, they ask the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and national and international civil society to be attentive to the resolution of the Mixed Regional Court and to carry out solidarity actions for Roberto Paciencia Cruz and his family when they can.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/chiapas-roberto-paciencias-liberty-at-risk/

 

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February 5, 2017

The Freedom of ex-Political Prisoner Roberto Paciencia Cruz is at Risk

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 4:47 pm

 

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 The Freedom of ex-Political Prisoner Roberto Paciencia Cruz is at Risk

 

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

February 2, 2017

Joint Bulletin:

The working group No Estamos Todxs and the centre of human rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas AC, express our concern regarding the risk to the freedom of our compañero Roberto Paciencia Cruz (Roberto Paciencia) who is an Indigenous Tsostil of Chenalhó, Chiapas and an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle.

Roberto was detained August 9th, 2013 and accused of abduction. During the moment of his detention and incarceration, acts of torture, arbitrary detention and unfair trial were documented, violating the rights of personal freedom and integrity, personal security and access to due process.

Since his detention, and throughout the judicial process that lasted three years and three months, Roberto did not cease his struggle against the injustices of the corrupt Mexican political system. On November 26, 2016, he was released by acquittal under the recognition of his innocence on part of the Judge of the criminal branch of the judicial district of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

However, the public prosecutor has filed an appeal against the acquittal, despite not having been able to sustain the accusation against our compañero Paciencia during the trial, and in spite of the mentioned violations against him.

The arbitrary and unjust detention to which Roberto was subjected has brought physical and psychological consequences for him and his family, disrupting his life and generating poverty in his family.

According to available information, the study of the case and the proposal of appeal will be under the charge of Residing Judge C, of the Regional Mixed Collegiate Courtroom Zone 3, of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. Judge Ramiro Joel Ramírez Sánchez will head the case. The judges that integrate the courtroom will vote upon the proposal in the middle of February

The probability of his acquittal being modified has generated uncertainty, stress and anxiety for Roberto, as well as for his family. During the months following his release, Roberto has moved to San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where he has tried to continue his life together with his family. Right now he is working and continuing the struggle.

During the years that he was detained in CERSS Number 5, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, he continued to defend the right of the prisoners, showing solidarity and commitment to the imprisoned survivors of torture and politically motivated criminalization. He did not stop denouncing the many abuses committed by the authorities, like the unjust and corrupt penitentiary and judicial system that discriminates against people for being poor and Indigenous.

The working group No Estamos Todxs and the Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas AC, reiterate our concern regarding the risk to the freedom of Roberto Paciencia and we urge the judge Ramiro Joel Ramírez Sánchez and the members of the Regional Mixed Collegiate Courtroom Zone 3, of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, to confirm the acquittal, for not having legal means to revoke the sentence.

To the adherents of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle and the national and internal civil society, we ask you to be attentive to the resolution of the Regional Mixed Collegiate Courtroom Zone 3, and to carry out solidarity actions for Roberto Paciencia Cruz and his family

Working Group No Estamos Todxs

Centre of Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de las Casas AC

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

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November 27, 2016

After Three Years of Unjust Imprisonment, Indigenous Tsotsil Obtains His Freedom, Thanks to National and International Solidarity

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 10:25 am

 

 

After Three Years of Unjust Imprisonment, Indigenous Tsotsil Obtains His Freedom, Thanks to National and International Solidarity

 

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San Cristóbal de Las Casas, November 24th, 2016

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the Councils of Good Government

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the Sexta,

To the Free, Alternative, and Autonomous Media

To Those that Struggle From Below and to the Left

Today, our hearts are filled with joy and we want to share the happiness of receiving our compañero Roberto Paciencia Cruz in liberty. It has been three years and four months of struggle and resistance inside and outside the prison walls. Moments like this demonstrate that walking and planting the seeds of social and collective justice will end giving a harvest of the fruits of liberty.

Roberto, ex-prisoner and adherent of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle of the EZLN, is one of those people who will not remain silent, who will not legitimize barbarism, and who is willing to assume the consequences of his scream of consciousness and rebellion. Through his voice, Roberto has denounced the violations of human rights that the incarcerated population suffers at the hands of the prison authorities and he has inspired the awakening of other prisoners inside the prison walls.

This was another case of the racist and classist state justice system for which being poor and indigenous is a crime sufficient to be incarcerated. But also, it is an example of how prison can be another trench of struggle, where one can continue the work of those who have struggled before, and set an example for those that continue struggling for their freedom.

This week various events have taken place to spread information and accompany the case of Roberto. This was particularly important, as tomorrow was the deadline for the judge to give his sentence of conviction or acquittal. Yesterday an event was held where families and compañerxs of Roberto gave testimonies, inviting the people that move below and to the left to maintain alert to the impending judicial resolution. Today, since 9am, a concentration of people was maintained in front of the cathedral in San Cristóbal de Las Casas to make the case visible. Simultaneously, a commission was sent to the Central Estatal de Reinserción Social de Sentenciados (CERSS) No. 5 to accompany Roberto in person, and to provide pressure before the resolution of the judicial process. At one in the afternoon, the judge acquitted our compañero and at 5:30 they opened the doors for him to leave the prison behind, and to newly recover his freedom.

Amongst screams of “Freedom, freedom to the prisoners in struggle”, tears of excitement, happiness, and the sound of the Zapatista hymn, Roberto Paciencia arrived at the Plaza of Resistance at 6pm to reunite with his family, compañerxs, and friends. Today we managed to overcome a serious obstacle, but still, we reaffirm our commitment to struggle until everyone obtains their freedom.

Until all the walls are torn down!

For freedom to everyone!

Down with the prison walls!

FREEDOM!

Working group “No Estamos Todxs”

 

http://www.pozol.org/?p=14108

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

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November 23, 2016

Judge to Deliver Sentence for Roberto Paciencia

Filed under: Frayba, Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:57 am

!24 de Noviembre, 2016. Roberto Paciencia ya esta libre!

Judge to Deliver Sentence for Roberto Paciencia

 

 paciencia1Press conference for Roberto Paciencia Cruz. Photo@ChiapasDenunciaPublica

On November 10, relatives of Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Sympathizers with The Voice of Amate and the Working Group “No Estamos Todxs” (GTNET in its Spanish acronym) announced at a press conference at the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Centre (CDHFBC or Frayba) that on November 26, William Hernandez Ovando, Judge of the Criminal Law Section of San Cristobal de Las Casas District, will deliver a sentence on the case of Roberto.

Roberto Paciencia, indigenous Tsotsil, campesino and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle; “Victim of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and/or Degrading Treatment, Arbitrary Deprivation of Liberty and Violations of Due Process” was arrested on August 7, 2013, in the municipality of Pantelho, Chiapas, and transferred to the premises of the Specialized Prosecutor against Organized Crime’s Office (FECDO in its Spanish acronym) in Tuxtla Gutierrez. In this place, Roberto was physically and psychologically tortured for two days and locked in a punishment cell. He was later transferred to the State Centre for Social Reintegration of Sentenced Persons (CERSS) No. 5 of San Cristobal de Las Casas, where he is currently held, without sentence.

According to the CDHFBC, Roberto Paciencia, as a result of torture, “has physical and psychological scars, without receiving adequate medical care, and his prolonged detention has affected his life project, especially his family.” On numerous occasions “he has used his voice to denounce the injustices that the prison population lives in the prison where he is held” and the existence of other cases of human rights violations in CERSS No. 05. Relatives, the Sympathizers and the GTNET stated that regarding the delivery of a sentence, “the compañero’s innocence has been legally demonstrated on various occasions: the only prosecution witness has not appeared at any of the numerous hearings, and, on the contrary, there are witnesses who stated that Roberto was not present at the time at the scene of the crime of which he is falsely accused.”

In Chiapas, human rights violations committed against vulnerable populations “is a daily practice in the system of administration of justice, which keeps persons whose right to personal integrity and security is violated in jail in inhuman conditions.” Due to this, the relatives, Sympathizers and the GTNET denounced “the injustice of the deprivation of liberty of Roberto Paciencia and we make a call to stay alert to the judicial decision of the next few days demanding that finally justice be done for our compañero.”

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/chiapas-judge-to-deliver-sentence-for-roberto-paciencia/

 

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November 2, 2016

Procession outside CERSS No.5 to Demand the Release of Roberto Paciencia Cruz

Filed under: Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 6:10 pm

 

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Procession outside CERSS No.5 to Demand the Release of Roberto Paciencia Cruz

 

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On October 29, the parish of St. Augustine of Teopisca, member of the Human Rights Committee “Jcanan Lum”, convened a Eucharistic celebration outside the State Centre for Social Reinsertion (CERSS) No. 5. The objective of the activities was to denounce the “bad administration of justice that exists in the Mexican State” and the resulting torture of innocents, in particular the case of torture victim Roberto Paciencia Cruz. “We demand the prompt and impartial investigation of torture perpetrated against Roberto Paciencia Cruz on the day of his arbitrary detention. Currently he is held in the CERSS 5, as an investigation by the Special Prosecutor for Combating Corruption is open into torture for the above stated.”

During the concentration, former prisoners, sympathizers of the Voice of Amate, demanded compliance with the memorandum of agreement of February 5, 2016, in which representatives of the State Government pledged to repair the damage caused by the unjust imprisonment and the streamlining of procedures to free Alejandro Diaz Santiz and Roberto Paciencia Cruz, both adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle.

Pedro Lopez Jimenez, one of the former prisoners, said representatives of the state government had then committed to achieving his release within a month regarding the release of Roberto Paciencia Cruz, and assured that the case of Alejandro Diaz Santiz would be analyzed and as a guarantee offered his immediate return to the prison located in San Cristobal. To date, no commitment has been fulfilled.

The concentration ended with a procession around the prison, in which over 300 participants with banners, blankets and shouting slogans in chorus such as “Roberto, brother, you are not alone” or “Freedom, freedom, freedom” demanded the release and of all political prisoners, unjustly imprisoned “just for being poor and being indigenous.”

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/chiapas-procession-outside-cerss-no-5-to-demand-the-release-of-roberto-paciencia-cruz/

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October 24, 2016

Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz Denounces the Denial of Visits for Second Time

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:14 am

 

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Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz Denounces the Denial of Visits for Second Time

 

pacienciaPilgrimage of the youth of Chenalho in support of the unjustly imprisoned. Photo @SIPAZ

 

On October 14, unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Tsotsil indigenous, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, held in CERESO No. 5 of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, again suffered unfair treatment. In a letter, he publicly denounced that the prison director, Jorge Antonio Utrilla Muñoa, along with his guard, Ernesto Guzman Lopez, denied entry to his visits “although the director had authorized permission the day before so they could go inside the prison”. Roberto reported threats and intimidation on the part of the prison director in order to deny the inmates their right of expression and to [make them] suffer in silence the ill-treatment both to prisoners and their visitors “[…] he tells us, if we complain to some dependency he can move us to another CERESO (sic.)”. It is the second time in less than two months that Roberto has been denied his “sacred visits” arbitrarily. In his letter, Roberto declares that, “the injustices, humiliations, threats, psychological torture, is the daily bread that the authorities give us in different jails of the state (sic.)”.

It should be recalled that despite the numerous pieces of evidence of his innocence, more than three years after his detention Roberto Paciencia Cruz has still not had his sentence delivered, given that the prosecution has not presented [its case], although it has been called several times to testify before the judge.

According to the NIV News Group, the current director of CERESO No. 5, Jorge Antonio Muñoa Utrilla, had already been denounced by guards and custodians for mistreatment and abuse of authority while he was director of CERESO No. 8. Through a letter they sent to local media, the complainants claimed that Utrilla “behaves in a despotic and rude manner with the staff of the prison and the families of inmates”, that, under threat of dismissal or being moved to another prison if orders are not carried out, he makes guards do personal work of the direction, neglecting the security of the jail, that he uses “the prison vehicle for emergency transfers of inmates as if it were his personal bus” so that they have had to “bring the inmate in private cars to hospital, a situation that puts the safety of the transfer at risk .” According to the complainants, the worst is that Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa “blames them for mistakes that he deliberately causes.” On February 22, 2015 in CERESO No. 8, “several inmates went on hunger strike and sewed their mouths to denounce Utrilla Jorge Antonio Muñoa’s abuse.” According to the NIV News Group, during Antonio Jorge Utrilla Muñoa’s term as head of CERSS Comitan No. 10 “there was evidence of corruption and drug trafficking.”

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October 21, 2016

Government of Velasco Threatens Indigenous Prisoners

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:52 pm

 

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Government of Velasco Threatens Indigenous Prisoners

Announcement of Roberto Paciencia Cruz

 

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Centro Penitenciario No. 5 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

October 17, 2016

Unjustly imprisoned, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandona Jungle of the EZLN, is held in the prison No. 5 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. The injustices, humiliations, threats, and physical torture are the bread that the authorities give us each day, in different prisons of the country.

Unfortunately, this is the case in CERESO, where they want to prohibit the little that we have previously had, specifically our visitors.

For example, on October 14th, 2016, the director Jorge Antonio Utrilla Muñoa together with the guard Ernesto Guzmán López, completely ignored my visitors who wanted to see me and share breakfast that they have prepared with me. The employees did not give access to my visitors.

The director had authorized the permit a day before so that they could pass into the prison. But he did not value his word. He tells us that if we complain he can transfer us to another CERESO. Because of this I make this public announcement, asking the governor of Velazco Coello that he take account of the aforementioned problem, because it is not just that a worker prohibits our rights and intimidates indigenous prisoners.

On the other hand, I demand the president of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, to urge the governor of Veracruz and Chiapas to release compañero Alejandro Diaz Sántiz.

Lastly, I invite all of the independent, local, national and international organizations to join in this cause and to demand the liberty of all of the political and unjustly incarcerated prisoners of the country.

Justice and Liberty!

Sincerely,

Roberto Paciencia Cruz

 

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

http://www.pozol.org/?p=13863

September 29, 2016

Letter from Roberto Paciencia Cruz on International Prisoners’ Day

Filed under: Political prisoners — Tags: — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:06 am

 

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Letter from Roberto Paciencia Cruz on International Prisoners’ Day

 

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This September 24, as part of International Prisoners Day, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned in Penitentiary No. 5, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, shares his word. In an open letter to public opinion, the state media, national and international alternative media, the Sixth, the brothers and sisters of Believing Peoples, to the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, independent organizations, the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN, in the name of all those unjustly imprisoned, Roberto reveals the pain, preoccupations and injustice that they are suffering by being separated from their families. He claims that “those who are most punished by these injustices” are the prisoners’ families. He points out the lack of consideration by the authorities for them: “the governors do not care that the family of a prisoner is crying, or go to sleep hungry or that our children walk barefoot for lack of support from their parents.”

Roberto ends his letter inviting “all state, national and international independent organizations to join this cause in demand for our freedom.”

It should be remembered that despite giving ample evidence of his innocence, more than three years of his detention, Roberto Paciencia Cruz has still not been sentenced.

 

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https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/chiapas-letter-from-roberto-paciencia-cruz-on-international-prisoners-day/

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September 5, 2016

Visits Denied to Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, in CERESO No. 5

Filed under: Indigenous, Political prisoners — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 8:19 am

 

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 Visits Denied to Unjustly Imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, in CERESO No. 5

 

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On August 28, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, an unjustly imprisoned Tzotzil indigenous in CERESO No. 5 San Cristobal de Las Casas and adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, issued a complaint to report “the unjust humiliation and psychological torture” that all those who are in the different prisons of the state and country suffer, and to personally highlight the treatment and humiliation that he is suffering. In his complaint, he reports what happened on August 27 in the CERESO No. 5: “the warden Abelardo Mendez Gonzalez and guard Isidro Manuel Vazquez Hernádez […] with director Victor Manuel Vazquez Hernandez” completely refused the entrance of his visits. He states that, “As poor indigenous people they humiliate us like this.” Consequently, Roberto Paciencia Cruz demands that the governor Manuel Velazco Coello take action on the outlined issue regarding “officials who mismanage their positions.” At the same time he demands his freedom from the state government as soon as possible, as well as the release of his comrade Alejandro Diaz Santiz. Roberto concludes his complaint calling for “Justice and freedom.”

It is noteworthy that three years after his arrest, Roberto Paciencia Cruz is still awaiting sentencing.

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/chiapas-visits-denied-to-unjustly-imprisoned-roberto-paciencia-cruz-in-cereso-no-5/

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August 25, 2016

Roberto Paciencia Cruz – three years in prison in State Centre for Social Reinsertion (CERSS) Number 5

Filed under: Indigenous — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 3:06 pm

 

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Roberto Paciencia Cruz – three years in prison in State Centre for Social Reinsertion (CERSS) Number 5 

 

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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

 

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August 9, 2016

Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Today Marks Three Years in Prison

Filed under: Human rights, Indigenous, Uncategorized — Tags: , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 2:27 pm

 

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Roberto Paciencia Cruz, Today Marks Three Years in Prison

 

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Who is Roberto Paciencia Cruz?

August 7, 2016

Roberto was detained August 7, 2013 and has since been incarcerated in CERESO 5 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, for a crime didn’t commit. He was accused of kidnapping Anselmo Díaz Pérez and Sandra López Díaz on May 18th, 2103, neither of whom he even knows.

The facts: on August 7, 2013, he was driving a white tsuru in the municipality of Pantheló, when around 11:00 am, he was intercepted by a truck of the state police, where an officer questioned him if he was Roberto Paciencia after which he was arrested, without being presented with an arrest warrant.

He was taken to the presidency of Pantheló and was subsequently moved to the general attorney’s office in Tuxtla, where he was denied his right to make calls and to have any communication. Inside the office, they brutally beat him, especially in his left eye, from which he is now losing his vision.

The compañero Paciencia recounts, “the same day they arrested me they made me sign a document that I didn’t know of or write, and with force made me sign it without me being able to read it. I later learned through a lawyer that I had pleaded guilty to kidnapping.”

Letter:

To the public opinion

To the state, national and international media

To the alternative media

To the Sexta

To the Dioceses of San Cristóbal de las Casas

To the independent organizations

To the non-governmental defenders of human rights

To the national indigenous congress and EZLN

Unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, adherent of the sixth declaration of the Lacandona jungle of the EZLN. Held in the penitentiary number 5 of San Cristóbal de la Casas, Chiapas.

The fruit of injustice has led me to three years deprived of my liberty. August 7th marks 3 springs, suffering in this dungeon, while my family also suffers from my absence in the place where I grew up. The passing of this date saddens me to see the injustices that I am living from this fabricated crime.

In spite of the attempts they have made to get the man that accused me, he has never showed up. That is why I demand that the judge and the magistrates release me as soon as possible because it is not just that they have me incarcerated without a crime. On the other hand, I call to the president of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto to demand the governor of the state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa for the liberty of the compañero Alejandro Diaz Sántiz. Finally, I invite all of the independent state, national and international organizations to demand justice and freedom for all political prisoners and prisoners unjustly incarcerated by the state, country and world.

Justice and Liberty

Sincerely,

Roberto Paciencia Cruz

Translated by Palabras Rebeldes

Posted by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity on 09/08/2016

 

http://radiozapote.org/2016/08/07/roberto-paciencia-cruz-hoy-cumple-tres-anos-en-prision/

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June 30, 2016

Teachers Continue Mobilizations Due to Lack of Agreements over Educational Reform

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 1:06 pm

 

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Teachers Continue Mobilizations Due to Lack of Agreements over Educational Reform

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In negotiations that lasted about seven hours, the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE) and the Government Secretariat (SG) resolved that “attaining justice for the people of Nochixtlan, Guerrero, is the priority of the dialogue”, according to La Jornada. The news outlet noted that the government will seek to carry out exhaustive investigations into the events in Nochixtlan on June 19, where nine civilians lost their lives in a confrontation between dissident teachers and state and federal police. The government committed itself to damage reparations for the families of the dead.

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At the same time, both parties in the dialogue continue to formulate an agenda for discussion in which the CNTE proposed the repeal of educational reform as a central point. In a statement, Adelfo Alejandro Gomez, of Section 7 of Chiapas, declared that they want to find a “deep” solution, one that “is not passing nor momentary.” He warned that the mobilizations and blockades will not be stopped but they will contin13528977_260254724339779_1098098560336157652_nue with their plan of action so that the educational reform is reversed. For his part, the Secretary for the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reiterated that repeal of the reform is not the competency of his Secretariat: “it is not a theme that we can see to, it is a constitutional mandate, it is a reform made by the legislators, by the Constituent Assembly.” He also emphasized “co-responsibility”, referring to the necessity of both parties to reach an agreement, requesting the teachers to guarantee conditions of calm, stability, passage for supplies and ending the academic year.

 

Meanwhile, blockades continue on ten highways in Oaxaca and 14 in Chiapas, blocked by teachers, families and civil society that sympathizes with the CNTE to reject the police repression in Nochixtlan as well as the repeal of the educational reform. It should be highlighted that the first round of negotiations took place after a month of teachers’ protests against the government refusal to establish communication with the teachers, and that this only happened after the death of nine people in the blockade in Oaxaca. No date has been announced to resume the negotiations for the moment.

 

On another note, Roberto Paciencia Cruz, unjustly imprisoned in in the State Centre for Social Reinsertion for Prisoners (CERSS) No. 5 in San Crsitobal de Las Casas, observed two days of fasting and prayer in solidarity with the CNTE. In a public letter, the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), wrote that “such a painful event as occurred in Oaxaca that our brothers lost their lives (sic)” motivated him to sympathize with the teachers “who have been fighting against the educational reform for more than a month.” He also demanded that the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, “exhort the Governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte de Ochoa, for the freedom of compañero Alejandro Diaz Santiz”, an organized prisoner who has been imprisoned for 17 years and would have the right to partial remission of his sentence to be paroled.

 

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https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/chiapasoaxacaguerrero-teachers-continue-mobilizations-due-to-lack-of-agreements-over-educational-reform/

 

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Roberto Paciencia Writes to Alejandro Diaz

Filed under: Political prisoners, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 11:04 am

 

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Roberto Paciencia Writes to Alejandro Diaz

 

 cartaCopy of the letter from Roberto Paciencia to Alejandro Diaz Santiz. Photo: @Koman Ilel.

 

Unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, deprived of his freedom three years ago, wrote a letter to Alejandro Diaz Santiz, who has been imprisoned for 17 years. They met in the State Centre for Social Reinsertion for Prisoners (CERSS) No. 5 in San Cristobal de Las Casas, the prison where they began awareness and denouncement processes against the human rights violations against the prison population. Paciencia Cruz sent greetings to Diaz Santiz, who was sent to the State Prison No. 5 of the Federal Centre for Social Re-adaptation (Cefereso) in Villa Comaltitlan, Tapachula, Chiapas. Paciencia wrote, “Compa, we hope that you don’t feel alone; remember that your ‘ compañeros’ are on your case, we know that you have suffered a lot these 17 years, that injustice has deprived you of your freedom, the authorities have never been able to solve your case (sic).”

It should be remembered that Roberto Paciencia Cruz was imprisoned in August 2013 and has been in captivity since, although he has not been sentenced. Arrested without warrant and tortured in the following hours he recently became an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). For his part, Alejandro Diaz Santiz was deprived of his freedom in 1999, “at the moment of his arrest he  did not have a translator and he was accused of a crime he did not commit”, according to his attorney Lionel Rivero, as well as not having the economic resources for an adequate defence. Alejandro joined the Sixth and organized the prisoners’ collective “Sympathizers of the Voice of Amate” (Solidarios de la Voz del Amate). Nine months later, he was transferred to a maximum security prison even though his crime was not in federal jurisdiction, which was interpreted by the “No Estamos Todxs Workgroup” (GTNET) as “political revenge of the bad government against Alejandro, punished for supporting and raising awareness of the other prisoners and for refusing to be silent about the abuses against detained persons.” According to declarations of Alejandro’s relatives, he is isolated and has limited visits.

The letter from Paciencia for Diaz Santiz ended with an encouraging sentence: “keep your spirits up, compa, we will stay standing until we get our freedom and freedom for all our brother and sister prisoners in the country.”

 

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https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/chiapas-roberto-paciencia-writes-to-alejandro-diaz/

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June 3, 2016

Chiapas Prisoner Roberto Paciencia Declares Himself an Adherent to the Sixth

Filed under: La Sexta, sipaz — Tags: , , — dorsetchiapassolidarity @ 9:50 am

 

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Chiapas Prisoner Roberto Paciencia Declares Himself an Adherent to the Sixth

Aurora.pngThe Sixth poster @Beatriz Aurora

 

Unjustly imprisoned Roberto Paciencia Cruz, who is deprived of his liberty in the State Center for Social Reinsertion of the Sentenced (CERSS) Number 5 of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, declared himself as an adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

A statement from the Working Group “No Estamos Todxs” (GTNET) recalled that Paciencia Cruz was arrested in early August 2013, he was held incommunicado for three days, “he was tortured, accused of a crime he did not commit” and later imprisoned. Inside the prison he met Alejandro Diaz Santiz, a member of the collective of prisoners in struggle “Sympathizers of the Voice of Amate”, imprisoned for 17 years and transferred in September 2015 to the maximum security prison of Villa Comaltitlán, Tapachula, Chiapas. Together they began to denounce“violations of human rights suffered by the prison population at the hands of prison authorities”. The statement also acknowledged the work of the prisoners of reporting abuses in prisons, demanding rights and raising awareness of the prison population.

 

https://sipazen.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/chiapas-roberto-paciancia-declares-himself-an-adherent-to-the-sixth/

 

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