Guerrero – briefs: PGR will investigate case of ecologist campesinos; communities in La Montaña and Costa Chica resist mineral exploitation; high electricity prices are denounced

Don Ramón y su recibo de la CFE (@Tlachinollan)

On 21 September, Jacqueline Sáenz, coordinator of wholesome defense of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights reported that the case of Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera was sent to the civil courts.  Eleven years after the ecologist campesinos were tortured by Army units and forced to declare themselves as guilty for a crime they did not commit, the cases have been sent to the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) as demanded byt he sentence of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR).  Sienz noted that “in terms of justice, this is an important first step for Rodolfo and Teodoro, but it should not be forgotten that the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation has mandated that all cases in which soldiers have committed human-rights violations should be held in civil courts.”

In other news, on 21 September, the delegate of the Agrarian Office (PA), Fernando Jaimes Ferrer, reported that in La Montaña only in the agrarian nucleus of Paraje Montero, Malinaltepec, have ejidatarios allowed mineral firms to exploit their lands, and that in Costa Chica, where all peoples oppose mineral exploitation, there definitely can be no entrance for such firms.  He assured that the mineral firm Camsi which explores this part of La Montaña has met with ejidatarios of the alnd who agreed to allow the zone to be explored following a payment of 2 million pesos.  The Communal police organized operatives of information in Costa Chica and La Montaña to avoid that Canadian and English mining companies to which the federal government has awarded concessions exploit minerals in both zones due to the destruction this implies.  Inded, Jaimes Ferrer mentioned that those who oppose mineral explorations are misinformed regarding the development of the zones and he blamed certain organizations such as the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights in these terms.

Lastly, on 13 September, Tlachinollan released a press-release regarding the high electricity prices experienced in the region of La Montaña of Guerrero.  The communiqué mentions that from 2007 to date the Center has registered close to 400 complains, both individual and communal, related to excessive prices for the service of electrical energy, for which the Federal Commission on Electricity (CFE) is responsible in the region of La Montaña.  The communiqué gives the example of “Mr. Ramón Solano Soto, a Me’phaa indigenous man from the community Piedra Blanca in the municipality of  Atlamajalcingo del Monte, […who] received […] a receipt for light from the CFE for twenty-one thousand nine hundred seventy pesos [while he has] only one electricity bulb and a televisión.”  The communiqué continues emphasizing that “in accordance with the General Observation number 4 suggested by the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, signatory states such as Mexico should adopt measures to guarantee that the percentage of living costs be adjusted to income levels.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Investigará la PGR caso de campesinos torturados (La Jornada, 21 September)

PA: permiten en Malinaltepec la exploración minera de sus tierras(La Jornada, 22 September)

Acusa la Procuradoría Agraria a Tlachinollan de mal informar sobre daños de las mineras (Sur de Acapulco, 22 September)

Video: Don Ramon y su lucha por una vivienda digna

Comunicado de prensa (Tlachinollan, 13 September)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: Tlachinollan requests support in the case of Radio Ñomndaa; Invitation to a workshop against mining in the Montaña and Costa Chica regions (18 March)

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota (January 13, 2011)

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