Oaxaca: Communiqué by Consorcio in light of multiple attacks by the State

Yésica Sánchez, director of Consorcio @ Ciudadanía Express

On 19 June the civil association Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca requested in a press-note that the state government urgently guarantee the safety and work of human-rights defenders, given the incessant aggressions that have occurred during the past six months.

As the communiqué says, “In just one week there have occurred three aggressions against human-rights defenders in Oaxaca: the murder of the Zapotec indigenous man Severiano Hernández Méndez, who was killed in the morning last Friday; the gunfire that gravely injured Bertín Vásquez Ruiz and Guadalupe Andrés Vásquez Ruiz, members of the Coordination of United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO) and the death-threats against members of UCIZONI [sic].”  It continues: “The aggressions against members of the CPUVO have happened repeatedly from January to June 2012, and in accordance with the denunciations that have followed, these have been perpetrated by members of the municipal authority, with the result that 2 human-rights defenders have been killed:  Bernardo Méndez Vásquez (18 January 2012) and Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (15 March 2012).  Furthermore, there have been many who have been injured by gunfire, including Abigail Vásquez Sánchez, Rosalinda Dionisio Canseco, and Andrés Vásquez Sánchez.”

For these reasons, the same document by Consorcio requests that “the work and safety of human-rights workers urgently be guaranteed in the state of Oaxaca.  [We call for] reality in the discourse regarding human rights in the state, and that this reality be translated into guarantees so as to be able to carry out our work as rights-defenders.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Consorcio Oaxaca exige justicia ante el aumento de agresiones contra defensor@s en Oaxaca (Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C., 19 de junio de 2012)

Se suman Pemex y CFE a “escalada represiva”, denuncia organismo indígena (Proceso, 20 de junio de 2012)

Persiste clima de permisibilidad para ataques a defensores: ONG (A Diario Oaxaca, 21 de junio de 2012)

Amnistía International: Acción Urgente para defensor@s de San José del Progreso (Amnistía International, 21 de junio de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Opponents to mining in San José del Progreso are attacked (25 June 2012)

Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (25 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Coordination of United People of the Ocotlán Valley close entrance to silver mine in San José del Progreso (14 March 2011)

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