National: Railroad Modernization Works Halted in North of Tehuantepec Isthmus


On February 20th, community authorities from 17 towns in five municipalities of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec announced in a meeting that the modernization works of the railroad are suspended in the northern zone of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. They reported that they do not agree with the construction of the Interoceanic Corridor when the voices of the communities were not taken into account in the consultations that were carried out in 2019, failing to comply with the criteria that should characterize a free, prior and informed consultation according to ILO Convention 169 ratified by Mexico.

On another note, they indicated that due to the lack of permission to rehabilitate the railways, they expelled the workers from the area, and they will not allow their entry.

For more information in Spanish:

Comunidades de 5 municipios del Istmo exigen a la 4T que dé a conocer Plan Maestro del Interoceánico, El Universal Oaxaca, 21 de febrero de 2021

Paran obras de modernización de ferrocarril en la zona norte el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Istmopress, 20 de febrero de 2021

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Inhabitants of San Dionisio del Mar Protest against Transocenaic Corridor (February 17, 2021)
Oaxaca: Indigenous from the Isthmus Oppose the Transoceanic Corridor (July 27, 2020)
Oaxaca: Renovation Works on Trans-Isthmus Train in Tehuantepec Still Suspended (July 7, 2020)

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