National/Campeche: Government Denies Reports of Suspension of Maya Train

Indigenous communities belonging to the Peninsular and Ch´ol Maya people, settled in Xpujil, Calakmul, Campeche, members of the Indigenous and Popular Regional Council of Xpujil (CRIPX), informed that, on January 14th, the Judicial Power of the Federation granted them a provisional suspension of the execution of the “Maya Train Development Project”. This is due to a request for an injunction that they filed against the “simulated” Indigenous Consultation process that was carried out in informative and consultative assemblies with representatives of indigenous communities, to obtain the approval of the communities.

They claimed that the indigenous consultation was not “prior, free, informed, in good faith and culturally appropriate (…) that the consultation process was carried out without complying with the international standards set by Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, of the International Labor Organization (ILO).”

They said “that the First District Court in the state of Campeche agreed to grant the provisional suspension so that things are maintained in the state they are in and the responsible authorities refrain from decreeing the approval of the project, or refrain from acts aimed at the execution of said project, until the definitive suspension is resolved”, Animal Politico reported.

The lawsuit indicates that the President of the Republic, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Director of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (FONATUR), Rogelio Jimenez Pons; to the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, and to the General Director of the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI), Adelfo Regino Montes, are responsible authorities.

In response, FONATUR reported that none of the corresponding institutions was officially notified of a possible suspension. On the contrary, they stressed that “the agreement dated 14th of the same month and year was published, through which the provisional suspension is denied

For more information in Spanish:

Gobierno niega que haya suspensión contra el Tren Maya tras anuncio de comunidades indígenas (Animal Político, 28 de enero de 2020)

Pobladores mayas de Calakmul presentan amparo y logran suspensión provisional del Tren Maya (El Heraldo de México, 28 de enero de 2020)

No existe una suspensión en contra del Tren Maya: Fonatur (Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo, 28 de enero de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: Consultation on Maya Train did not Meet International Standards (January 4, 2020)

National: Indigenous Consultation Participants Accept Maya Train Project; Convention 169 of ILO not Respected (January 4, 2020)

National: Bidding Process Begins for Maya Train without Previous Consultation with Indigenous Peoples (May 10, 2019)

Mexico: Consultations on Maya Train and Nine “Priority” Projects of New Government (December 13th, 2018)

National: AMLO Announces Consultation for the Construction of the Maya Train (November 14th, 2018)

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