They demand justice for Simón Pedro, Tsotzil defender murdered in Chiapas

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Human rights defenders demanded that the Attorney General’s Office (FG) and the Judiciary of the state of Chiapas (PJE) guarantee the right to justice and act with due diligence in the intermediate hearing for the offer and admission of evidence in the case of Simón Pedro Pérez López, Tsotzil defender assassinated on July 5, 2021, in Simojovel, Chiapas.

Simón Pedro, ahora que eres espíritu, vuela hasta la Casa de Papá-Mamá  Dios, clama por la justicia, clama porque llegue la paz en nuestro pueblo |  Radio Zapatista

The Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba) pointed out that the authorities must ensure that “there are no omissions in the collection of evidence and in the follow-up of the logical lines of investigation” at the hearing, which will take place next March 28 in Cintalapa.

Simón Pedro was a catechist in the parish of Santa Catarina in the municipality of Pantelhó, a member of the Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization (Las Abejas de Acteal) and a human rights defender. He was assassinated on July 5, 2021, after denouncing the omission of the Mexican State in the face of violence caused by organized crime groups.

The Frayba recalled that days after the murder, “thanks to the demand for justice at the national and international levels”, the material author of the murder of Simón Pedro was arrested and is deprived of his liberty at the State Center for Social Reintegration for Sentenced Number 14 “El Amate”, but the judicial process around the case has not yet ended.

Asesinaron en Chiapas a Simón Pedro, activista y ex presidente - El  Mexicano - Gran Diario Regional

Below is the full statement:

Judiciary and Attorney General of the state of Chiapas must guarantee justice for Simón Pedro Pérez López, human rights defender

We should not feel sad or alone, we should have hope […]

 it is important that we have conviction and hope that

we will be able to build our lives with dignity.

Simon Pedro Perez Lopez.

On March 28, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., the intermediate hearing for the offer and admission of evidence will take place in the Control Court of the municipality of Cintalapa, Chiapas, related to the murder of catechist and human rights defender Simón Pedro Pérez López (Simón Pedro), for which we demand that the Attorney General’s Office (FG) and the Judiciary of the state of Chiapas (PJE) guarantee the right of access to justice and act with due diligence in investigations, ensuring that there are no omissions in the collection of evidence and in the follow-up of the logical lines of investigation in accordance with articles 8 and 25 of the American Convention on Human Rights, in such a way that not only the crime is investigated, but also the context in the one that took place.

Simón Pedro was a catechist in the parish of Santa Catarina in the municipality of Pantelhó, a member of the Las Abejas de Acteal Civil Society Organization (Las Abejas de Acteal) and a human rights defender; He was murdered on July 5, 2021, in the municipal seat of Simojovel, Chiapas, after denouncing the omission of the Mexican State in the face of the unpunished actions of organized crime groups. Days later, thanks to the demand for justice at the national and international level, the material author of the murder of Simón Pedro was arrested and is deprived of his liberty at the State Center for Social Reintegration for Sentenced Persons Number 14 “El Amate”.

According to the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders, from December 2018 to July 12, 2021, 43 journalists and 68 human rights defenders had been murdered, a figure that has not been updated. [1] So far this year, eight journalists have been murdered in our country. [two]

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center, together with the family of Simón Pedro and Las Abejas de Acteal, have made visible the work of defense and promotion of human rights carried out by Simón Pedro and that this quality be recognized at the judicial level, in addition to the impacts generated by the murder in the social, community and family aspects, so that in the intermediate hearing all the evidence that allows the clarification of the facts, justice and truth must be admitted.

Justicia para Simón Pedro – Otros Mundos Chiapas

The work of human rights defenders is essential for the universal implementation of human rights, they are an essential pillar for the strengthening and consolidation of democracies. [3] Simón Pedro chose to be a human rights defender, walking alongside the people in a peaceful and non-violent manner, his life will be joy for our struggle for generations, that is why we will continue fighting to promote complete justice so that his case does not remain in the impunity.

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