Oaxaca: “Any consultation to be realized now is illegal”; more than 15 wind farms have already been imposed

June 13, 2014
San Dionisio del Mar (@SIPAZ)

San Dionisio del Mar (@SIPAZ)

“For us, any consultation to be realized now is illegal, because it should have taken place 10 years ago. Now we want respect for our common land, 68,154 hectares that we were recognized by presidential resolution in 1964″, complained Mariano Gómez López, spokesperson for the Popular Assembly of the Juchiteco People (APPJ). Currently, there are more than 15 wind farms in the communal lands of Juchitan, La Venta and other municipalities of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, all of them imposed without prior and informed consent, as the Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (that was ratified by Mexico) requires. López Gómez reported that villagers from Juchitán filed a constitution protection demand, asking the companies to justify why they did not conduct prior, free and informed consultation.

For this reason, representatives of the Ministry of Energy, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and the General Secretariat of the Government of Oaxaca will meet in Juchitán de Zaragoza. The APPJ spokesman expressed that “probably they want to design a strategy on free, prior and informed consultation for the energy reform laws. But for us it does not apply, as the 15 wind farms already installed; or the one that Mareña Renewable (expelled from San Dionisio del Mar), now called “Southeast Wind Power and South Wind-farms” wants to build in Juchitán; or the Bii Hioxio wind farm which Fenosa Natural Gas builds on communal lands in Juchitán and that has continued to be built illegally, when its construction should have stopped. “

Furthermore, a workshop around the theme “What and How is a Consultation?” was held in the city of Juchitan, took place on June 7, because “today we are surrounded by huge fans using wind to generate energy. But do you know where these projects come from and how they affect or benefit us? This huge project of energy production was installed without asking the communities that live in the region and without giving information. People from the Isthmus and from the country have the right to be consulted when a project of this type is to be installed in our territory. “

For more information (in Spanish)

Ahora cualquier consulta sobre parques eólicos en Oaxaca es ilegal: juchitecos (La Jornada, 6 de junio de 2014)

Taller informativo: El Derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas a la Consulta Previa, Libre e Informada (Blog Tierra y Territorio, 4 de junio de 2014)

Escucha en Vivo el Taller informativo El Derecho de los Pueblos Indígenas a la Consulta Previa, Libre e Informada (Blog Tierra y Territorio, 7 de junio de 2014)

For more Information from SIPAZ (in English)

Oaxaca: threats and attempted kidnapping against communal defender of the Isthmus (April 26, 2014)

Oaxaca: Opponents to wind-energy parks threatened with death in the Isthmus (2 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Denunciation of harassment and death-threats against human-rights defenders in the Tehuantepec Isthmus (9 December 2013)


Chiapas: more detainees in the conflict of San Antonio del Monte, San Cristóbal de Las Casas Municipality

June 13, 2014
(@Diario ContraPoder Chiapas)

(@Diario ContraPoder Chiapas)

On June 6, Mariano Pérez Gómez, a member of the Organization of Evangelical Peoples of the Chiapas Highlands (OPEACH) and one of the representatives of the more than a thousand indigenous people who have been displaced from the community of San Antonio del Monte, San Cristobal de Las Casas municipality, was arrested. Apparently, Perez Gomez had a pending arrest warrant against him for his alleged responsibility in the commission of violent robbery and assault against Hilario López Lunes on July 22, 2012.

Moreover, on May 22, Ernesto González López was arrested for the death of the ten year-old child Miguel Angel Arias Gómez. The child was shot in the head during the events in the community of San Antonio del Monte; these events also left ten injured, two of whom incurred serious injuries. The authorities have failed to disarm the groups which confront each other in the dispute over the land and water of the community. Both of them are accused of using firearms to settle their differences.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen a representante de desplazados de San Antonio del Monte (Chiapas Paralelo, 7 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a Mariano Pérez líder de los desplazados de san Antonio del Monte (Diario Contra Poder en Chiapas, 7 de junio de 2014)

Detienen a involucrado en gresca de San Antonio (Cuarto Poder, 7 de junio de 2014)

Por detención de líder, San Antonio del Monte rompe diálogo con autoridades (Mirada Sur, 29 de mayo de 2014)

Exigen investigar asesinato de niño durante enfrentamiento en San Cristóbal (Chiapas Paralelo, 19 de marzo de 2014)


Guerrero: Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity takes over the case of the 6 community police prisoners in Acapulco

June 12, 2014
Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

Bishop Raul Vera, president of the Solidarity Network Decade against Impunity with CRAC policemen (@SIPAZ)

At the request of their family and the community police from the House of Justice of El Paraiso, Ayutla municipality, that belongs to the Regional Coordination of Communal Authorities (CRAC), the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity has taken over the legal defense of six community policemen who are held prisoners in Acapulco.

The policemen were arrested on August 21, 2013 by elements of the Army and the Federal Police. They were formally arrested on the charges of kidnapping. Ángel García García, one of the arrested policemen, said that they signed a statement under torture: “we never knew what we were signing.”

Yesenia Bolaños, the mother of the girl allegedly abducted by community police, stated that she willingly took her daughter to the House of Justice in El Paraiso “to be reeducated for being rebellious.”

José Sánchez Sánchez, defense attorney in the case, considered that the process in course is due to a political context in which the state government wants to “annihilate” the community police system. According to Magdalena Lopez Paulino, secretary of the Solidarity Network Decade Against Impunity, the six detainees are accused of unproven crimes. She demanded the process be carried out as stated by the American Convention on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Raúl Vera López y defensores de derechos humanos visitarán a policías comunitarios presos en Guerrero (Kaos en la Red, 04 de junio de 2014)

Declararon bajo tortura, dicen los presos de la CRAC en Acapulco; niegan las acusaciones de secuestro (El Sur, 6 de junio de 2014)

Visita obispo Raúl Olvera a policías comunitarios en penal de Acapulco (Milenio, 6 de junio de 2014)

Injusto y contradictorio, que el gobierno aprese a quienes buscan paz: Vera López (La Jornada Guerrero, 7 de junio de 2014)

For more information (in Spanish)

Guerrero: Communities support new CRAC coordinator and announce rescue of communal system of justice (May 2, 2014)

Guerrero: CRAC makes announcement in favor of release of arrested coordinators (September 16, 2013)

Guerrero: Navy kidnaps coordinator of CRAC in Olinalá (13 September 2013)


Chiapas: Ejidatarios of Tila denounce the entry of Conafor to implement projects in their territories without their consent

June 12, 2014
Ejido Tila (@SIPAZ)

Ejido Tila (@SIPAZ)

On June 4, the ejidatarios of Tila publicly denounced that the National Forestry Commission (Conafor) is carrying out projects in their territory with the help of personnel from Amaref Company SA de C.V. without the consent of the ejidal assembly. The Chol Indians expressed that the three levels of government are violating Articles 14 and 16 of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States and the Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on the rights of indigenous peoples.

They added that “we know well that are they are taking samples and monitoring soils and natural resources throughout the region and across the country [...] They are entering secretly in different territories to get biodiversity sampling.” They also noted that since May 25, a group of people unknown to the members of the ejido remained “in our territory for eight days. We observed that they were accompanied by the local police, and this shows that they are very well coordinated to harm people. They left on June 1, once again accompanied by the local police.” They also said that this is happening in other nearby villages. Finally, they reported their dissatisfaction with “the creation of the alleged university within our ejido to deceive the people,” because “they know that these lands can not be used as private property, as the ejido is common property and it is managed according to uses and customs.”

For more information (in Spanish)

Denuncia muestreo de Conafor y gestión de universidad sin consentimiento y a espaldas de la Asamblea (Blog La Otra Ejido Tila, 4 de junio de 2014)

Chiapas: “Enrique Peña Nieto esta ofreciendo nuestras tierras como en los tiempos de Porfirio Díaz”, denuncia el ejido Tila (Pozol Colectivo, 4 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Chiapas: Ejidatarios from Tila denounced new attempt to loot land (January 22, 2014)

Chiapas: Supreme Court postpones new decision on Tila ejido (8 April 2013)


Mexico/Latin America: The TPP prosecutes Canadian mining companies

June 12, 2014

tpp-canadaFrom May 29 to June 1, the first meeting of the Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal (TPP) on the Canadian mining industry was held in Montreal (Canada). The TPP is a mechanism that was created in Italy in 1979. In the light of international laws on human rights violations, it examines cases that have exhausted traditional and national mechanisms.

In Latin America, more than 200 social conflicts can be attributed to mining industry. 75% of the mining companies in the world are Canadians. At the hearing, these companies were “accused of violating the fundamental rights of peoples in Latin America.” The Canadian government was criticized for “contributing (…) to the violation of indigenous peoples’ human rights in Latin America, by supporting the mining industry and favoring those companies in a context of impunity.” The TPP stressed that the Canadian government “tolerates or covers up violations of human rights perpetrated by these companies. “

In particular, five companies operating in Latin America, including Blackfire Exploration and Excellon Resources, have been prosecuted for their activities in Mexico.

The Tribunal found that the expansion of Canadian mining in Latin America has been favored both by Canada (using diplomatic pressure on the countries whose resources are exploited), as well as by the governments of those same countries (that facilitate investment and allow corruption and violations of human and environmental rights). Local authorities are accused of being accomplices “when they grant concessions and operating licenses without taking into account the impact that these activities may have on human rights,” and “when they increase the flexibility of their labor, environmental and tax regulations to promote the interests of mining companies,” responding to the “undue influence on the reform of the mining and environmental legislation” by the Canadian state.

The Tribunal noted that among the rights violated almost systematically by Canadian mining companies are found the following: the right to water, health, a healthy environment, the right to security and physical integrity, the right to self-determination, the right to participation, consultation and prior consent, the right to expression and protest, the right to fair and just working conditions, and freedom of association.

The TPP’s preliminary verdict stressed the responsibility of mining companies “for human rights violations (…), as well as the responsibility of the Canadian State and of countries where the natural resources are exploited by these companies because they haven’t prevented or have facilitated, tolerated and covered up such violations.  In practice, too, they have prevented victims’ access to justice for such violations. “

For more information (in Spanish):

Veredicto preliminar del TPP (1er de junio de 2014)

Piden justicia en Canadá por asesinato de Mariano Abarca (Chiapas Paralelo, 4 de junio de 2014)

Del total de conflictos mineros en América Latina, 90% son con empresas canadienses (La Jornada, 24 de mayo de 2014)

Empresas mineras al banquillo de los acusados por generar 200 conflictos sociales (Chiapas Paralelo, 23 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English)

Guerrero/Mexico/Latin America: Grave challenges to Goldcorp and other Canadian mining firms (May 3, 2014)

Guerrero: Ejidatarios from Carrizalillo to sue mining company before the Agrarian Tribunal (29 April 2014)


Oaxaca/National: Caravan of Migrants arrives to Mexico City

June 12, 2014
"We are migrants, not delinquents" (@Cuarto Oscuro)

“We are migrants, not criminals” (@Cuarto Oscuro)

On June 1, the Caravan for Migrants Free Transit left Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca, in order to reach the capital of Mexico, with the aim of seeking dialogue with the relevant authorities and so as to denounce the treatments received by migrants en route to the United States. Father Alejandro Solalinde, director of the migrant shelter “Hermanos en el Camino,” called various Central American ambassadors to engage in dialogue with federal Mexican officials so as to find real solutions to the migrant movement’s demands.

Arriving in Mexico City, migrants from Guatemala and Nicaragua expressed outrage at the cancellation of the round-tables they were supposed to have with their consuls in the premises of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF): no one gave them a solid argument to justify such a cancellation. Only the charge d’affaires of the Embassy of El Salvador and the vice-consul of Honduras arrived to the round-tables. The meetings that took place addressed issues related to insecurity suffered by migrants crossing the country, the discrimination faced by Mexicans, and the extortion of victims by various police forces.

The migrant Gonzalo Gonzalez said: “As a Guatemalan I feel outraged that none of our representative authorities is here, when, supposedly, they ensure that the rights of Guatemalans are respected. Where are they? Whats up? What do they fear? A simple migrant that dares to speak out for the first time?”

For more information (in Spanish):

Migrantes hartos de violencia en México (Diario de México, 5 de junio de 2014)

“México es una gran maquinaria de desaparición de personas”: Solalinde; con EPN no hay expectativa de mejora (Sin Embargo, 28 de mayo de 2014)

INM repatria a 90% de centroamericanos y a 66.9% de América del Sur presentados (La Jornada, 1 de junio de 2014)

Audio-video:

Sale caravana migrante este 1° de junio #Video (Oaxaca Tres Punto Cero, 1 de junio de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National/Chiapas: Massive raids against migrants and attack on human-rights defenders (May 3, 2014)

National: Migrant pilgrimage arrives in Mexico City (May 2, 2014)

Chiapas: March from Suchiate river to denounce abuses against migrants, and beginning of hunger strike (April 29, 2013)


Oaxaca: Every other day a woman is killed in the state

June 12, 2014
Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Demostrations against femicide (@SIPAZ)

Ana María Hernández Cárdenas, director of the civil association Consorcio for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity Oaxaca, has reported that so far during the administration of Gabino Cue Monteagudo, 294 women have been killed, exceeding the figure of femicide murders during the previous government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Just in the period from May 10 to 30, 10 murders of women were recorded in the state, thus representing one murder every two days.

With respect to 2013, the cases of femicide in Oaxaca have increased by 216.6 percent, counting only from January to May 2014. In this situation, the director of Consorcio announced that civil organizations have requested a Gender Alert, and she demanded an immediate halt to violence against women, calling on the three branches of government to make progress in legislation, budget, and public policies consistent with the seriousness of the situation.

For more information (In Spanish):

Suman 289 feminicidios en lo que va del gobierno de Cué: ONG (Proceso, 23 de amyo de 2014)

Se disparan feminicidios (El Imparcial, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Feminicidios en color naranja (NSS Oaxaca, 27 de mayo de 2014)

Violencia feminicida es un problema de seguridad nacional (Ciudadanía Express, 28 de mayo de 2014)

¿Cuántos feminicidios son suficientes para una alerta de género? (Consorcio, 29 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (In English)

Oaxaca: Request of activation of Gender Alert amidst increase in number of femicides (March 2, 2014)

Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero: Activities to observe International Day of Non-Violence toward Women (8 December 2013)

Chiapas/Oaxaca: Conmemoration of femicides during Day of the Dead (13 November 2013)


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