In observance of the second anniversary of the murder of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Land will present its report “Justice for San José del Progreso,” the result of a Civil Observation Mission held in November 2012, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The event is to take place in CEDUI on Friday 11 April at 12:00, with the participation of the Oaxacan Collective, Other Worlds Chiapas, and the Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Life Samuel Ruiz García from Chicomuselo. There will be another presentation at El Paliacate Cultural Space at 7pm.
The report gives evidence to the systematic violations of human rights produced by the imposition of the mining project developed by the Fortune Silver Mines firm since 2006. It indicates that since this time, the firm has violated the right to life; to free, prior, and informed consent; to public information; to respect for collective property and integrity of land; to free self-determination; to a clean environment; to communal health; to the rights of children, adolescents, and women; to association and meeting; to freedom and personal integrity; and to the right to the administration of justice and to the work of human-rights violations. All of these rights are recognizes legally at the national and international level.
The document includes recommendations for the federal, state, and municipal governments, including the observation of the rights of citizens over those of the rights of mining firms, in addition to the guarantee to the right to life and physical and psychological integrity of the people of San José del Progreso. It also calls on the Canadian government to ensure that Canadian mining firms be called to justice before the judicial system over human-rights violations committed outside the national territory.
For more information (in Spanish):
Demandarán a minera Cuzcatlán ante gobierno de Canadá (Página 3, 11 de marzo de 2014)
Minera canadiense y gobierno violan DH de habitantes en San José del Progreso, Oaxaca (PRODH, 13 de marzo de 2014)
Denuncian a minera canadiense por violar derechos en San José del Progreso, Oaxaca (La Jornada, 13 de marzo de 2014)
Audio: Presentación del Informe en el IAGO, Oaxaca (Internet Archive, 10 de marzo de 2014)
Video: Exigen organizaciones cancelación de mina en San José del Progreso (Noticias, 10 de marzo de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Civil Observation Mission to San José del Progreso (30 November 2012)