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La Palma extermination camp

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

The Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh) asks that you intervene in the face of the punishment and isolation to which Héctor Cerezo Contreras has been subjected in the maximum security prison where he is being held, CEFERESO, No. 1 “La Palma”, in the State of México.

Put your name and organization or occupation and place of residence in the mail that you send to the following addresses. Communicate your concern over the unjustified punishment imposed on Héctor Cerezo Contreras and demand that it cease.

presidencia@gob.mx; vicentefox@presidencia.gob.mx; segob@rtn.net.mx; correo@cndh.org.mx; rsepulveda@segob.gob.mx; comitecerezo@nodo50.org


Prison situation
June 5, 2006

Lic. Vicente Fox Quesada Lic. Carlos Abascal Carranza
Presidente de la República Secretario de Gobernación
Lic. José Luis Soberanes Fernández José Luis Lagunes López
Presidente de la CNDH Director del Órgano Desconcentrado de
Con Atención a Lic. Andrés Calero Aguilar Prevención y Readaptación Social
Tercer Visitador de la CNDH
Maestro Ricardo Sepúlveda Higuiniz Antón Camen
Secretario de la Unidad de Derechos Delegación en México del
Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación Comité Internacional de la Cruz Roja
Santiago Canton Louise Arbour
Secretario Ejecutivo de la CIDH Alta Comisionado de la ONU

The Mexican League for the Defense of Human Rights (Limeddh) asks that you intervene in the face of the punishment and isolation to which Héctor Cerezo Contreras has been subjected in the maximum security prison where he is being held, CEFERESO, No. 1 “La Palma”, in the State of México.

The facts:
According to information received by telephone on June 1, 2006 by family members of the political prisoners held in the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center (CEFERESO #1 La Palma), they inform us Héctor Cerezo Contreras is being punished, that he is in total isolation without the right to his family telephone call that he should have had on May 29 and that he has not had as of Sunday, June 4, 2006.

Unfortunately, the prison authorities never give notice of a punishment and its causes to family members until they themselves realize that the weekly call has not been made or that the family visit has been denied.

This is a situation that generates emotional tension due to the risk of the application of measures of emotional pressure over and above imprisonment.

Héctor Cerezo Contreras sent a letter on May 15 concerning his current prison conditions in La Palma prison:

...It was 40 days before they gave me my first telephone call. It’s a 10 minute call every week. Now in this prison there is no school, no work, no painting, no music, no theatre. They only thing they allow you to have is a book loaned to you by the institution, which gives you a list of books to choose from. They don’t allow family members to deposit books, magazines, newspapers or letters written on a typewriter or computer. They can only deposit a maximum of 10 handwritten pages. You can only go to the yard for one hour every day. They give you five minutes (sometimes only three) to eat, five to bathe, five to cut your fingernails (in theory they loan you a fingernail clipper every 10 days).

Every time you leave your cell they do a full body search in which you must raise your shirt and t-shirt to chest level, pull down your pants and undershorts, do three squats, pull up your pants, then take off your shoes and socks. They do another search when you enter your cell if you went to the C.O.C., to court, or to a visit.

At the court they strip you completely, as they usually do when you have a visit. When you leave your cell you always have to walk with your hands behind your back and if you stop you have to put your face to the wall. You can only talk during the hour you’re in the yard and in your cell of if the officials ask you something.

Every week they search your cell and personal effects. If you file a protective writ against torture and mistreatment and if you win, they don’t respect it and they treat you twice as bad. The same is true if you file complaints with the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). If you do so, they take away your visit or your telephone call and they harass and punish you for 15 to 30 days.

We’re in a kind of state of siege in which the Constitution, laws, and human rights don’t exist. It’s an oasis of impunity where the Judicial Branch, the Secretary of the Interior, and the CNDH are in collusion.

Up until now I don’t have a mattress, sheets, my glasses, or a TV, all things that most prisoners have. They haven’t even allowed the International Red Cross to visit us. There are no rules except those made by the guard on duty. They don’t give you a copy of the regulations that they are required by law to give you, and the person on duty interprets them according to his discretion. Treatment is totally degrading and humiliating, and since there is absolute impunity, they dictate punishments and segregation at will. The backtracking on human rights under this government is proportional to its move to the right. They don’t even worry about keeping up appearances; on the contrary, they brag about human rights violations as if they were something to be proud of.

Sometimes the searches our visitors are subjected to are even harsher and more denigrating than our own. The policy is to isolate us as much as possible from the people who support us in a spirit of solidarity.

Well, these are the prison conditions we are facing, conditions that are harsher and more severe than they were two, three, or four years ago. The main idea is to keep you as idle and isolated as possible and, above all, to keep you in a state of total submission....

On August 13, 2001, the Cerezo Contreras brothers Alejandro, (exonerated and freed on March 31, 2005), Héctor, and Antonio, along with Pablo Alvarado Flores, were arrested and tortured at home and then imprisoned in La Palma Penitentiary.

On January 16, 2005, the Cerezo Contreras brothers Héctor and Antonio were illegally transferred to the maximum security prisons Puente Grande and Matamoros, respectively.
Antonio Cerezo Contreras was segregated and isolated in the Matamoros Prison for 106 days for no reason at all.

On February 13, Héctor Cerezo Contreras was transferred once again from the CEFERESO #2 Puente Grande to the CEFERESO #1 La Palma. On January 23, Antonio Cerezo Contreras was transferred from the CEFERESO #3 in Matamoros to the CEFERESO #1 La Palma.
The Limeddh reminds you that the CNDH has stated its position in a special report with respect to the discretionality with which prison authorities can apply segregation or punishment measures and the limitations on human rights of the persons held in maximum security prisons.

The Limeddh regrets that, under the pretext of maximum security that must prevail in the penitentiary, violations of the basic human rights and freedom of the prisoners are allowed. We remind you that people have already been sentenced to punishment that deprives them of their freedom and, consequently, excessive measures that violate their conditions of detention should not exist.

The Limeddh asks that:

i The basis and motives for the aforementioned measures of punishment and isolation enforced against Héctor Cerezo Contreras be made known and that an immediate halt to these measures be reviewed.

ii. The situation of Héctor Cerezo Contreras be verified and his physical and psychological integrity be guaranteed.

iii. Information be provided regarding actions taken in response to this petition.

Respectfully yours,

A flame lit by the rights of the people!

Dr. Adrián Ramírez López, President
Maria Elena Hernández Márquez, Head of Legal Assistance Area

Presidente de México, Vicente Fox Quezada, Colonia San Miguel Chapultepec, México D.F. FAX: +52.55.516.58.37, +5255., + +, +
Srio. De Gobernación de México, Carlos Abascal Carranza, Bucareli 99, 1er piso Colonia Juárez C.P. 06699 México D.F, Fax: (00 52) 5 55 546 5350, (00 52) 5 55 546 7388,.
Dr. José Luis Soberanes Fernández
Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos
Mtro Ricardo Sepúlveda Higuiniz
Titular de la Unidad para la Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación


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