On 16 May, death-threats were found targeting Pedro Martínez and his family, being members of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO), on their land (“La Sanja”), San José del Progreso municipality. Members of CPUVO, an organization of those opposed to the mining exploitation undertaken by the Cuzcatlán firm (a subsidiary of the Canadian Fortuna Silver Mines) in San José del Progreso, had been warned of a fire on the land, and when they arrived they found two written death threats on cardboard, perched on a tree. The Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory, a space that comprises several civil human-rights organization from Oaxaca and Mexico City, expressed its concern in a pronunciation on these new death-threats. It recalled that, before being murdered on 15 March 2012, the then-spokesperson of CPUVO, Bernardo Vázquez Sánchez, had also received death-threats which appeared in a neighboring zone of the San José del Progreso community.
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado del Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios: “Nuevas amenazas de muerte contra miembros de la CPUVO en San José del Progreso” (18/05/2013)
Codigo-DH: Acción Urgente ante nuevas amenazas al CPUVO (18/05/2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Civil Observation Mission to San José del Progreso (30 November 2012)
Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)