Chiapas prison conditions of indigenous Tsotsil prisoner Alejandro Díaz Sántiz denounced
Former prisoners, family and friends of Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, indigenous Tzotzil prisoner in struggle, denounced the irregularities and abuses suffered in the case of the adherent to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle of the EZLN, detained in the Federal Social Rehabilitation Centre (CEFERESO) of Villa Comaltitlán, Chiapas.
In the permanent assembly for the release of Díaz Sántiz, attendees complained about matters which attack the human rights of prisoners, such as the isolation to which he is subjected, with only one 10-minute phone call every 15 days and one 45-minute visit every 15 to 20 days, which, it is specified, can only be made by a direct blood relative or spouse.
In addition, Díaz Sántiz, a member of those in Solidarity with the Voice of El Amate, is only allowed 30 minutes in the yard each day, which indicates that for the rest of the time he remains confined to his cell without access to pictures, reading or correspondence, pencil or paper.
The assembly members accused Manuel Velasco Coello, Governor of Chiapas, of lying in his statement "Chiapas does not need a prison, but schools, hospitals and roads," referring to the construction of CEFERESO, and they demanded the closure of "all the killing centres" like the prison.
Alejandro Díaz Sántiz, aged 35, Tzotzil indigenous, has been in prison on a charge of homicide since 1999. At the time of his arrest, he did not speak Spanish and he never had access to a translator or a lawyer for his legal defence; he was tortured by prison officers. On 10th September, along with 400 prisoners, he was transferred to the CEFERESO, located in the south of the state of Chiapas.
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