Urgent Action: Enforced disappearance of Fidencio Gómez Sántiz (indigenous member of Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, FNLS) in Ocosingo, Chiapas
AU-02-Chiapas / FNLS-23 / March / 2016
Lic. Enrique Peña Nieto
President of Mexico
Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong
Manuel Velazco Coello
Governor of Chiapas
Juan Carlos Gómez Aranda
Interior Secretary of Chiapas
Raciel López Salazar
Attorney General of Chiapas
Dr. Raúl Plascencia Villanueva
President of CNDH
Juan Oscar Trinidad Palacios
President of CEDH
Jesús Peña Palacios
UN Deputy Representative in Mexico of the Office of the High Commissioner
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dr. Emilio Álvarez Icaza
Executive Secretary of CIDH
Comité Cerezo México, non-profit non-governmental organization located at Calle Volcán Kirishima L. 6 Mz. 4, Colonia El Mirador III Secc. Delegación Tlalpan. CP 14449, with phone number 55 5655 9465 and email: comitecerezo nodo50.org and Comité Popular de Derechos Humanos del FNLS in Chiapas request your urgent intervention regarding the following:
Enforced disappearance of Fidencio Gómez Sántiz (indigenous member of Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, or FNLS) in Ocosingo, Chiapas
AU-02-Chiapas / FNLS-23 / March / 2016
According to information sent by FNLS’s Comité Popular de Derechos Humanos in Chiapas:
On March 5, 2016 between 15:00 and 16:00 Fidencio Gómez Sántiz was last seen in the Jet Ja bus station, near the market in Ocosingo, Chiapas. According to his wife and son, they dropped him off there and then went to visit relatives. 5 to 8 minutes after saying goodbye to their relatives, his son made a phone call to make sure his father’s trip was going all right. Fidencio did not answer.
After saying goodbye to his wife and son, Fidencio Gómez Sántiz had been on his way to Las Perlas ejido, in the municipality of Altamirano where he and his family reside.
It is worth noting that Fidencio Gómez Sántiz returned to Chiapas after being commissioned to Mexico City (CDMX) by Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo (FNLS) to denounce the attempted extrajudicial execution in November 2015 of three colleagues: Matias Flores, indigenous Nahuatl from the Comité de Derechos Humanos de las Huastecas y Sierra Oriental (CODHHSO); Jesús Hernández Reyes and Rubicél Hernández García, indigenous Nahuatl, who themselves had been commissioned to Mexico City by the FNLS to denounce the extrajudicial execution of Héctor Sántiz López which had recently occurred in Chiapas.
It’s important to note that there have been previous urgent actions issued by Comité Cerezo México in which state and federal authorities, as well as the paramilitary group “Los Petules” in both Chiapas and Mexico City have been involved.
AU-05-Chiapas/OCEZ-FNLS—02/noviembre/2015 in which we denounced the extrajudicial execution of Héctor Sántiz López and warned of the risk of more extrajudicial executions against Ramiro Sántiz López, as well as members and family members of the organization Campesina Emiliano Zapata - Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo - (OCEZ-FNLS) in El Carrizal. The organization Frontline Defenders also emitted an urgent action due to these agressions in November of 2015.
AU-06-DF/-FNLS—07/noviembre/2015 in which we denounced the attempted extrajudicial execution in Mexico City of Matias Flores, indigenous Nahuatl and member of CODHHSO; Jesús Hernández Reyes and Rubicel Hernández García, indigenous Nahuatl, commissioners of the FNLS, who were in Mexico City denouncing the extrajudicial execution of Héctor Sántiz López in Chiapas.
AU-01-Chiapas/OCEZ-FNLS—13/enero/2016 in which we denounced the attempted extrajudicial execution of a minor, who is a member of the OCEZ-FNLS in Cuxuljá, Ocosingo, Chiapas.
Therefore, Comité Cerezo México and Comité Popular de DH del FNLS in Chiapas demand that the Mexican government:
- Immediately take appropriate measures to ensure the physical and psychological safety and integrity of Fidencio Gómez Sántiz and his family members, immediately initiate a search, and bring him back alive.
- Conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into the events described, and make the results public, as well as bring those responsible to justice.
- Disband the paramilitary group «Los Petules,» and investigate and punish state agents responsible for creating, financing, training and/or protecting the paramilitaries of the aforementioned group.
- Obey the provisions of international pacts and conventions relating to human rights already signed and ratified by the Mexican government.
To national and international agencies that protect human rights:
- To the extent that your mandates allow, manifest your concern to the Mexican government due to the seriousness of these events, and urge it to heed the aforementioned requests.
Sincerely, and on behalf of the aforementioned organizations,
Francisco Cerezo Contreras
Coordinator of Comité Cerezo México