Oaxaca: Detained and disappeared, anti-mining activists from San José del Progreso

December 8, 2013

Mina Cuzcatlán en San José del Progreso. Foto @SIPAZ

Cuzcatlán mine in San José del Progreso. Photo @SIPAZ

The Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory denounced the detention at 5pm on 5 December of Olegario Víctor Ruiz Martínez and his wife Salomé García López, opponents of the mining project in San José del Progreso and members of the Coordination of United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley, as carried out by the Federal Agency for Investigation.

According to Marcos Leyva Madrid, representative of one of the comprehensive organizations of the Oaxacan Collective, after 12 hours since the arrest, the whereabouts of the detained was still unknown: “they continue to be disappeared, because no one knows anything about them, nor of what they are being accused.”

The collective has requested the immediate intervention of Defense for the Human Rights of the People of Oaxaca and of the commissioner for human rights of the Oaxacan state government, Eréndira Cruz Villegas, so as to contribute to the finding of the disappeared.

For more information (in Spanish):

Boletín Informativo: Detienen arbitrariamente a miembros de la CPUVO(Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

Detienen y desaparecen a pareja opositora a proyecto minero en Oaxaca(Proceso, 5 de diciembre de 2013)

La CPUVO Exige la Presentación con Vida de Olegario Ruiz y Salomé García, miembros de la resistencia contra la Minería en Oaxaca (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en DefeColectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorionsa de los Territorios, 6 de diciembre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: New death-threats directed against members of CPUVO in San José del Progreso

June 7, 2013

@ Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios

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)

Blog de la Campaña de Solidaridad Internacional del Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Civil Observation Mission to San José del Progreso (30 November 2012)

Oaxaca: access to the Cuzcatlán mine is blocked in San José el Progreso (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Actions, denunciations, and mobilizations in the case of San José del Progreso (3 April 2012)

Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (25 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)


Oaxaca: One-year anniversary of the murder of Bernardo Vásquez

March 26, 2013

Bernardo

15 March marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, spokesperson of the Coordination of United Peoples in Defense of the Ocotlan Valley (CPUVO) and opponent of the “Trinidad” mine owned by the Cuzcatlán firm, which is a subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc, located in the municipality of San José del Progreso.  During 2010 and 2011 Bernardo and members of the CPUVO received death-threats for which they responded with 20 juridical demands, none of which was processed.

Commemorating the one-year anniversary of Bernardo Vázquez’s murder, on March 15 a group of 200 people carried out a ceremony to remember this social activist, before the very site of the Cuzcatlán mine in San José del Progreso.   In accordance with the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights (Centro Prodh), the entire group was arrested following their public act.  These events took place when members of a group supportive of the mine (transported in 5 trucks) blockaded access, including federal highways, to inhibit the free movement of the protesters, who were also fired upon so as to intimidate them.  There were no reports of injured persons, but among those arrested are found members of the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory, of the CPUVO, residents of San José del Progreso, and members of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Center for Human Rights, including its director, José Rosario Marroquín Farrera.

“A year after his murder, the violations of the collective rights of the people continue to be prosecuted by the mining firm, and there has been no institutional means by which to resolve this conflict.  This date leads us to recall the level of impunity with which the mining firms are operating; it also recalls the complicity of municipal, state, and federal governments with the implementation of these projects,” as is noted in the communique by REMA (Mexican Network of those Affected by Mining) that was published for the one-year anniversary.

For more information (in Spanish):

Bernardo VIVE en la lucha de los pueblos de Oaxaca (EDUCA, 15 de marzo de 2013)

A un año del asesinato de Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez se continúan violando los derechos humanos en San José del Progreso (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 14 de marzo de 2013)

Situación de emergencia en San José del Progreso (CodigoDH, 15 de marzo de 2013)

A un año del asesinato de Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, REMA exige justicia para San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, México (Otros Mundos Chiapas, 15 de marzo de 2013)

Activistas hacen toma simbólica de mina en El Progreso, Oaxaca(Milenio, 15 de marzo de 2013)

Retiene grupo armado a 200 activistas opositores a una mina en Oaxaca (WRadio, 15 de marzo de 2013)

Opositores a minera y defensores de DH bien tras hostigamiento(Centro Prodh, 15 de marzo de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Opponents to mining in San José del Progreso are attacked (25 June 2012)

Oaxaca: access to the Cuzcatlán mine is blocked in San José el Progreso (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Actions, denunciations, and mobilizations in the case of San José del Progreso (3 April 2012)

Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (25 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)


Oaxaca: Opponents to mining in San José del Progreso are attacked

June 25, 2012

integrantes de la CPUVO @ Noticias

Members of the CPUVO @ Noticias

On 16 June, Bertín Vásquez Ruiz y Andrés Guadalupe Vásquez Ruiz, membes of the Coordination fo the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO), were injured in an attack using firearms in the community of San José del Progreso.  Virgilio Sánchez Vásquez, present representative of the CPUVO, blamed those associated with the Cuzcatlán mining firm that operates in the municipality and local authorities for the attack against those oppose the mine. In a press-conference carried out in front of the Palace of Governance in Oaxaca de Juárez on 17 June, members of the CPUVO reported that in light of the lack of satisfactory response, they will jointly initiate a series of mobilizations to demand justice for their dead, together with other social  organizations.  For its part, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory indicated in a communiqué that “From January to June 2012, there have been 3 attacks against CPUVO members in San José del Progreso, resulting in the deaths of 2 human-rights defenders: Bernardo Méndez Vásquez (18 January 2012) and Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (15 March 2012), in addition to several persons injured by gunfire: Abigail Vásquez Sánchez, Rosalinda Dionisio Canseco, and Andrés Vásquez Sánchez.” The Collective demands an immediate and impartial investigation on the part of the State Attorney General’s Office and, like the CPUVO, the resignation of the authorities in the municipality, given that they are considered responsible for having committed irregularities and human-rights violations.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado del Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios(18/06/2012)

Noticias: Regresa violencia a San José del Progreso (18/06/2012)

Oaxaca en pie de lucha: Sicarios de la minera hieren a dos habitantes en San José el Progreso (17/06/2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: access to the Cuzcatlán mine is blocked in San José el Progreso (16 May 2012)

Oaxaca: Actions, denunciations, and mobilizations in the case of San José del Progreso (3 April 2012)

Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (25 March 2012)

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Coordination of United People of the Ocotlán Valley close entrance to silver mine in San José del Progreso (14 March 2011)

Oaxaca: Civil Mission of Observation “Water is Life; Let us Defend its Existence” (8 September 2010)


Oaxaca: Murder of the spokesperson of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley

March 25, 2012

Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (@zapateando.wordpress.com)

At 8pm on 15 March, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, spokesperson for the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (COPUVO), was ambushed and murdered on federal highway 175, after having been at a meeting with state government officials to analyze the conflict that exists in the San José del Progreso municipality due to the presence there of the Cuzcatlán mine.  During the attack his brother, Andrés Vásquez Sánchez, and Rosalinda Dionisio Sánchez, member of COPUVO, were injured by gunshot wounds.

Bernardo Vásquez Sánches was one of the leaders of COPUVO who had since 2008 rejected the mining project of the Cuzcatlán firm, which is associated with the Canadian company Fortuna Silver INC.

In a joint communiqué, Oaxacan civil organizations rejected these new violent acts in the municipality, denouncing that “Vásquez Sánchez and the CPUVO had warned state and federal authorities since 2008 of the possible confrontations in the San José del Progreso community resulting from the entrance of the Cuzcatlán S.A. de C.V. mining company, which is associated with the Canadian Fortuna Silver Mines firm, given that it initiated its operations without the consent of the community.  On repeated occasions members of CPUVO have denounced that the mining firm has been financing armed groups in the community with the support of the mayor of San José del Progreso (Alberto Mauro Sánchez).  The state authorities ignored these denunciations, instead affirming that the dissident group sought only to destabilize the community, when reality is quite distinct.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Matan a opositor de minera canadiense en Oaxaca (El Universal, 16 de marzo de 2012)

Asesinan al vocero de la Coordinadora de los Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlán (Proceso, 16 de marzo)

Ligan a munícipe en muerte de líder agrario (La Jornada, 17 de marzo de 2012)

Piden justicia ante el asesinato del defensor Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez opositor al proyecto minero en San José del Progreso Comunicado de la Asamblea Nacional de Afectados Ambientales (15 de marzo de 2012)

Boletín de OSC de Oaxaca ante el asesinato de Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (16 de marzo de 2012).

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Two opponents of mining in San José del Progreso are fired on (8 February 2012)

Mexico: “Mined land, the defense of the rights of communities and of the environment” (14 December 2011)

Oaxaca: Coordination of United People of the Ocotlán Valley close entrance to silver mine in San José del Progreso (14 March 2011)

Oaxaca: Civil Mission of Observation “Water is Life; Let us Defend its Existence” (8 September 2010)