July 2010, photo @SIPAZ
The Second Tribunal on Penal and Administrative Matters from the First Circuit has confirmed the definitive cancellation of the hydroelectric dam project La Parota in its denial of a motion advanced by a minority group of communards against the resolution released by the Agrarian Unitary Tribunal (TUA) no. 41, with headquarters in Acapulco, which previously had nullified the decision of the assembly.
It should be remembered that on 18 April 2011, the TUA no. 41, evaluating the Agrarian Case 360/2010, declared null and void the assembly carried out in Cacahuatepec on 28 April 2010, given that this event was affected by serious irregularities. On 6 June 2011, a group of people promoted a demand for a motion against this resolution. Regardless, having analyzed the case, the Federal Tribunal confirmed the nullification of the assembly of 28 April 2010.
According to the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, “the decision of the Collegiate Tribunal confirms once again that the legal struggle undertaken by the opponents to the project–the communards, ejidatarios, and neighbors untied in the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP)–have a legal basis and social legitimacy. It is to be hoped, for this reason, that the recent ruling will induce the signing of the Cacahuatepec Accords, which to date have been avoided by the state Executive, the same body that could return peace to the region.”
Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz, spokesperson for CECOP, declared in a press-conference that with this victory gained from the courts, “the CECOP together with Tlachinollan has defeated the CFE and the federal government, because on 12 August 2007 more than 7,000 communards rejected La Parota, given that it is not viable socially or juridically. The dam project is in decline, and this is important because it supports the decisions taken by the owners of the land.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Tribunal Federal ratifica Punto Final a la presa La Parota (Megafono Lunasexta, 12 de julio)
Anula tribunal la asamblea que aprobó La Parota, dice el Cecop (La Jornada de Guerrero, 13 de julio)
Ratifica Tribunal Federal fin al proyecto de la presa La Parota (WRadio, 12 de julio)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: denunciations and declarations of the CRAC and CECOP (12 March 2012)
Guerrero: CFE contemplates acceleration of La Parota project (27 November 2011)