Guerrero: Conflict at Mine of Canadian Company Torex Gold Resources

February 17, 2018

GoldPhoto @ Proceso

Since November 3rd, 2017, according to information from Proceso, a group of workers of the Media Luna mining company, part of the Canadian company Torex Gold Resources, have been on strike to “demand the change of ownership of their collective work contract, which is currently held by the Confederation of Workers of Mexico (CTM in its Spanish acronym).” The dissatisfied workers would like to join “the Napoleon Gomez Urrutia Union.”

Several newspapers reported that due to the problem that exists between the quarry workers and the mining company, three murders of employees of the mining company Media Luna have occurred to date. First on November 18, 2017 “Victor and Marcelino Sahuanitla were murdered and on January 24, Quintin Salgado, one of the leaders of the strike against the mining company Media Luna, was assassinated when he left his house in Nuevo Balsas, municipality of Cocula in Guerrero.”

According to the newspaper La Jornada de Guerrero, the national leaders of the National Mining Union, Sergio Beltran Reyes and Benito Melo Gonzalez, later denounced Salgado’s murder; “Comrade Quintin Salgado of the Media Luna mine, was cowardly murdered by the CTM of Guerrero and organized crime and we hope that the government of Canada, which is more interested in solving this situation, can put a stop to this company which, in addition to allowing them to take away our wealth, our authorities also allow you to assault, murder and violate the rule of law in our country, our workers and our organization Miners of Mexico.”

On January 27th, state and federal agents as well as soldiers took control of the facilities of the Canadian mining company Media Luna and practically broke the strike that the workers held. The military operation resulted in “the release of the security chief of the mining company Media Luna and seven workers who had allegedly been retained by the workers,” Proceso reported.

In a statement, the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA in its Spanish acronym) mentioned that “this problem has a framework, and it is the current federal and state policy of delivery of resources and unrestricted and servile support to domestic and foreign companies that impose this type of exploitation, affecting the territories irreversibly in environmental, social and health terms. Once installed, the companies, as part of the multiple devastation they generate, place their local workers in conditions of intensive exploitation, violating their rights with government support. It is important to point out that the above once again highlights:

  1. The clear link between these companies and the criminal groups’ “gunmen” that they finance for their protection, and
  2. That at the request of a transnational company, the state sends its army and its police not to put the project at risk with greater direct foreign investment in the state of Guerrero.”

It should be recalled that, since March 2016, “Proceso warned about the risk of mining projects promoted by the government of Hector Astudillo in a strip of the state where the narcos [drug cartels] control everything.”

For more information in Spanish:

Quintín Salgado Salgado fue ultimado a balazos en las inmediaciones de su casa en Cocula, Guerrero. (Regeneración, 24 de enero de 2018)

Empleados de firma canadiense, hermanos asesinados en Guerrero: Sindicato Minero (La Jornada, 23 de noviembre de 2017)

Asesinan a prestador de servicios de Media Luna que simpatizaba con los paristas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 25 de enero de 2018)

Rescatan 8 personas privada de su libertad en Minera Media Luna (Debate, 27 de enero de 2018)

Ejército y agentes toman el control de minera Media Luna en Guerrero (Proceso, 27 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: ONG emite Acción Urgente para proteger Evelia Bahena García, Diana Coralina Brito y Félix Rodríguez Navarrete (10 de agosto de 2015)

Guerrero/México/América Latina: Graves cuestionamientos a Goldcorp y empresas mineras canadienses (29 de abril de 2014)

Chiapas/México/América Latina: Violación de derechos por empresas mineras (25 de abril de 2012)

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Guerrero: Ayotzinapa Case: Meeting with Council of Federal Judiciary and 5th Official Visit of the Follow-up Mechanism of the IACHR

February 17, 2018

AyotziPhoto: @ SIPAZ archive

On February 6th, a commission of mothers and fathers of the 43 students of student teachers from Ayotzinapa, disappeared in 2014, met with members of the Plenary Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF in its Spanish acronym) to ask them to review the correct application of the law by judges of the Judicial power of the Federation. The Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Luis Maria Aguilar Morales, said that while they would not tell the judges what they should do, they could seek to make them “impartial, honest, and not be afraid”.

On another note, on February 6th and 7th, members of the Special Follow-up Mechanism of the IACHR also met with the fathers and mothers of the 43 and held meetings with officials of the federal government, within the framework of the 5th official visit of the Mechanism. It was agreed that at the 167th session of the international commission, which will be held from February 22nd to March 2nd in Bogota, Colombia, the schedule of activities of the Special Follow-up Mechanism for 2018 will be defined, with the idea of ​​achieving progress and substantive actions that lead to truth and justice, and give certainty about the whereabouts of the missing students. They also spoke with the representative of the High Commission of Nations in Mexico, Jan Jarab.

The mechanism expressed concern about the lack of significant progress. It indicated that almost a month ago, the IACHR sent a questionnaire with more than 100 specific questions on the subject to the Mexican government, which has not yet been answered completely.

For more nformation in Spanish:

Boletín de prensa | Se reúne Comité de padres y madres de los 43 con el Consejo de la Judicatura Federal (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 7 de febrero de 2018)

Jueces del caso Ayotzinapa actuarán “de manera independiente frente a cualquier presión”: CJF (Proceso, 7 de febrero de 2018)

CIDH apremia a que se den conclusiones del caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2018)

Sin avances significativos, investigación sobre los 43: comisionados de la CIDH (La Jornada, 8 de febrero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Ayotzinapa, tercera audiencia de oficio en la CIDH: “el gobierno federal no quiere resolver el caso” (26 de octubre de 2017)

Guerrero: Sesión de seguimiento de la CIDH del caso Ayotzinapa : avances nulos (10 de julio de 2017)


Guerrero/National: Government “Sloth” Continues 40 Months after the Disappearance of the 43 from Ayotzinapa

February 15, 2018

Ayotzi.pngDay of Struggle at the PGR, photo @: La Jornada, Cesar Arellano

On January 24th, as part of a day of struggle for the life of the student teachers from Ayotzinapa held in Mexico City, the fathers and mothers of the 43 had a scheduled appointment at the offices of the Secretariat of Governance. However, when they arrived they found a fence of officials that prevented them from entering.

The objective of the meeting was to have a dialogue with the new Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete Prida, so that he could resume the commitments that his predecessor, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, had maintained. The committee of fathers and mothers of the 43 condemned “the sloth of the Secretary of the Interior with the victims of forced disappearance. Its zero commitment to human rights and justice”, and they demanded “the pending dialogue as soon as possible.”

On January 26th, 40 months after the forced disappearance of the 43 and within the framework of the last day of struggle, they made a march to the offices of the Evaluation and Control Center of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR in its Spanish acronym) to demand “the live presentation of the youths” and to denounce that the PGR has not complied with the four lines of research proposed by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE), regarding the transfer of drugs from Iguala to Chicago, the participation of elements of the 27th Infantry Battalion in Iguala, of the federal police, as well as the mobile telephone records of the missing students.

For more information in Spanish:

Padres de los 43 de Ayotzinapa acusan la “indolencia” de Navarrete Prida por negarles audiencia (Proceso, 24 de enero de 2018)

Padres de los 43 de Ayotzinapa protestan en oficinas de la PGR (Proceso, 23 de enero de 2018)

Marchan familiares de los 43 normalistas a oficinas de la PGR (La Jornada, 23 de enero de 2018)

Indolencia del Gobierno (Centro de derechos humanos de la montaña Tlachinollan, 24 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: caso Ayotzinapa: se exige la entrega de vídeos del Palacio de Justicia de Iguala para conocer lo ocurrido (19 de enero de 2018)


Mexico – National/International: Latest Amnesty International Report on the Deadly Return of Central American Asylum Seekers from Mexico

February 15, 2018

AI

Amnesty International (AI) denounced in its latest report “Ignored and Unprotected: The Deadly Return of Central American Asylum Seekers from Mexico” that the Mexican immigration authorities routinely force thousands of people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to return to their countries without taking into account the risks to their lives and safety when they return.

The report is based on a survey that reflects 500 experiences of Central American people traveling through Mexico. AI concluded that the National Institute of Migration (INM in its Spanish acronym) systematically violates the non-refoulement principle, a binding pillar of international and Mexican law that prohibits the return of people to situations where they are at real risk of persecution or other serious violations of human rights. “Instead of giving them the protection to which they are entitled, Mexico is illegally turning its back on these people in need”, said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s director for the Americas.

Amnesty International found that 75% of the people detained by the INM had not been informed of their right to seek asylum in Mexico, despite the fact that Mexican law expressly provides that it be done and that the public authorities assured Amnesty International that this provision was observed.

For more information in Spanish:

Informe: Ignoradas y sin protección (Amnistía Internacional)

Cortometraje: A través de los ojos de una persona refugiada (Amnistía Internacional)

México envía a centroamericanos a la muerte, denuncia Amnistía Internacional (Sididh, 24 de enero de 2018)

México incumple ante migrantes: Amnistía Internacional; “es un área de oportunidad”, responde el INM (Proceso, 23 de enero 2018)


International/National: Rise in World Inequality Crisis – 42 People Have the Same Wealth as 3.7 Billion Poor (Oxfam Report)

February 8, 2018

Oxfam.png@ Oxfam International

On January 22nd, just one day before the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam published its new report on the increase in extreme global inequality, in which it presents alarming data that highlight that the richest 1% of the world’s population holds 82% of the world’s wealth. In the report titled “Reward work and not wealth” it denounces that, “currently, it is difficult to find a political leader or a business leader who does not publicly express his concern about inequality. However, what counts are actions, not words, and in this almost all leaders fail. In fact, many of them actively promote policies that contribute to the increase of inequality.”

Because of that the social elite has been able to continue enjoying disproportionately high salaries and so accumulate incomparable fortunes. According to Oxfam, “last year saw was the largest increase in the number of billionaires in history, one every two days. There are currently 2,043 people with fortunes in excess of one billion dollars, of which nine out of ten are men.” The main cause of the gap between extreme poverty and extreme wealth “is built at the expense of poorly paid jobs, often occupied by women, who receive miserable salaries without respecting their fundamental rights.”

The organization demands that, “governments and international institutions must recognize the impact of the current neoliberal economic model on people living in poverty in the world. They must work to develop more human economies, whose main objective is to achieve greater equality.” Concluding its report it developed a catalog of recommendations addressed to these same players with respect to inequality, the design of a fairer economy, redistribution and the role of companies in this matter.

For more information in Spanish:

Premiar el trabajo, no la riqueza Para poner fin a la crisis de desigualdad, debemos construir una economía para los trabajadores, no para los ricos y poderosos. (Oxfam Internacional, 22 de enero de 2018)

Riqueza criminal: El 1% más rico de la población mundial acapara 82% de la riqueza (Informe) (EDUCA, 22 de enero de 2018)

Oxfam advierte aumento de la desigualdad (Proceso, 22 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/ Chiapas/ Nacional: Oxfam presenta informes sobre desigualdad (5 de abril de 2016)

México: crece pobreza en el país, en particular en zonas urbanas. Oaxaca, Chiapas y Guerrero con mayor índice de pobres. Campaña por la ratificación del PF PIDESC (9 de dieciembre de 2011)

 

 

 

 


Guerrero/National/International: MEPs Highlight the Grave Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Mexico

February 8, 2018

MEPs

On January 9th, 35 European parliamentarians issued a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, Luis Videgaray Case, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Hector Astudillo Flores, Constitutional Governor of the State of Guerrero, to express their deep concern over the situation of human rights defenders in Mexico.

The parliamentarians refer to the report of the DTT Network “Hope Does Not End”, according to which “during the presidential term of President Enrique Peña Nieto, 106 murders or extrajudicial executions of human rights defenders and 81 disappearances took place, to highlight only the most serious crimes within a broader list of attacks.”

They call on the Mexican state and especially the state of Guerrero to address this situation: “We are particularly concerned about the grave situation in the State of Guerrero of the relatives of disappeared persons, the communities that have been forcibly displaced, as well as the people and human rights organizations that accompany them.”

For more information in Spanish:

Carta de los parlamentarios europeos (Parlamento Europeo, 9 de enero de 2018)

Informe: La esperanza no se agota (Red TdT, 7 de septiembre de 2017)

Apremian parlamentarios europeos a resolver la “grave situación” en Guerrero (La Jornada Guerrero, 18 de enero de 2018)

Parlamentarios de Europa alertan ante la falta de garantías para defensores de derechos humanos en Guerrero (El Sur Periódico de Guerrero, 18 de enero de 2018)

Urgen parlamentarios europeos a defender a activistas en México (SIDIDH, 18 de enero)

Parlamentarios europeos dan la voz de alarma sobre situación de personas defensoras de derechos humanos en Guerrero (Centro de derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan, 17 de enero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Acción urgente: Ejecuciones extrajudiciales y detenciones de policías comunitarios y de miembros del CECOP (10 de enero de 2018)

Guerrero : ONGs piden « garantizar derechos de víctimas, comunidades y personas y organizaciones defensoras de derechos humanos en el Estado » (29 de septiembre de 2017)

Guerrero : se declara “alerta” para proteger a defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos (19 de septiembre de 2017)


International/National: Human Rights Watch Publishes Report on Human Rights Situation in Mexico and the World

February 4, 2018

Human Rights Watch

In its most recent report on the situation of human rights in the world, Human Rights Watch, an organization based in Washington, USA, highlighted the abuses of members of the armed forces, impunity in emblematic cases (as Tlatlaya and Ayotzinapa), the habitual use of torture, the Law of Internal Security and violence against defenders and journalists in the case of Mexico among other issues.

The document states that, “during the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, which began in 2012, members of the security forces have been implicated in serious and repeated human rights violations -including extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, and torture- in the framework of actions against organized crime.” In addition, “the government has made little progress in the prosecution of those responsible for recent abuses, and even less in the large number of abuses committed by soldiers and police since former President Felipe Calderon began the “war on drug trafficking” in Mexico in 2006.”

Regarding forced disappearance, it indicated that “it is common for agents of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and police officers not to take basic investigative measures to identify those responsible for forced disappearances, and they often indicate to relatives of missing persons that they should investigate on their own. In general, the authorities have not identified remains or parts of human bodies found in different parts of the country, including clandestine graves”, despite the fact that “the federal government has promoted potentially promising initiatives to find people whose whereabouts are unknown.”

Regarding access to justice, the report emphasizes that “it is common for Mexico to torture detainees to obtain information and confessions. Torture is most frequently applied in the period between which the victims are detained, often arbitrarily, and until they are placed at the disposal of agents of the Public Ministry. During this time, victims are often held incommunicado in military bases or other illegal detention centers.” It also adds that “it is common for the criminal justice system not to provide justice to victims of violent crimes and human rights violations. This is due to reasons that include corruption, lack of training and sufficient resources, and the complicity of agents of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and public defenders with delinquents and abusive officials.”

For more information in Spanish:

Informe Mundial 2018 (Human Rights Watch, enero de 2018)

Human Rights Watch condena impunidad en abusos de fuerzas de seguridad en México (Proceso, 18 de enero de 2018)

Con Peña, “graves y reiteradas violaciones de derechos humanos”: HRW (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de enero de 2018)

Señalan impunidad en México (NVI Noticias, 19 de enero de 2018).

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional/Guerrero: Informes poco favorables sobre corrupción y derechos humanos en México (3 de febrero de 2016)