Oaxaca: 3 years after the murder of Bernardo Vásquez, Fortune Silver forecasts large profits

April 21, 2015

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3rd Infographic regarding mineral extraction @ Educa

Three years after the murder of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, spokesperson for the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (COPUVO), who was ambushsed on 15 March 2012, COPUVO members held a peaceful protest outside the Cuzcatlán mine in San José del Progreso for the anniversary of the attack, demanding that the intellectual author of the murder be revealed.  “There is still no justice for those who have been attacked.  On the contrary,  Fortune Silver Mines has announced its expansion.  This is the result of the authorities ignoring the case, which has significantly affected the human rights of the community,”  said a relative of the slain activist.

This declaration makes reference to the fact that Fortune Silver has reported that, for 2016, the Cuzcatlán mine will become one of the 15 most productive mines of Latin America, due to the investment of $30 million that will be made in 2015 to improve infrastructure and equipment, so as to increase daily production by 50%.  The firm indicated that it presently produces about 2,000 tons of silver and gold daily, placing it among the 20 most exploited regions in the country.  For 2016, the vision is that this number rise to 3,000 daily tons.

Nonetheless, Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA) has published three infographics regarding the establishment of mineral firms in Mexico, toward the end of sharing data about the problem that leads to mineral extraction in the country.  EDUCA documents that the governments of Vicente Fox and Felipe Calderón sold off 52 million hectares to mining firms, corresponding to 26% of the national territory.  According to the General Coordination on Mining, a branch of the Economy Ministry, 870 mining projects are currently registered.  Oaxaca finds itself in 8th place.  The top three slots are for Sonora, Chihuahua, and Guanajuato states, which have 210, 113, and 95 mining projects, respectively.  Beyond this, EDUCA indicates that the profits seen by the San José del Progreso municipality amount to 1% of the 1.7 billion pesos that the Canadian firm Fortune Silver Mines expects to gain through its exploitation of silver and gold.  The conditions under which such concessions have been granted have involved the death of 4 individuals and the degradation of the social fabric of the local community.

For more information (in Spanish):

Ver la infográfica 1 (Educa)

Ver infografía 2 (Educa)

Datos de extracción minera alertan sobre pérdida de territorio nacional(Educa, 12 de marzo de 2015)

Oaxaca, en el top 15 de productores de oro y plata en AL; meta para el 2016 (Noticias Net, 13 de marzo de 2015)

Pedirán antimineros de Ocotlán diálogo con el gobierno local (Noticias Net, 16 de marzo de 2015)

Marchan por líder antiminero asesinado (Noticias Net, 14 de marzo de 2015)

Para más información de SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso” (16 March 2014)

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: Private agents in service of mining interests detain ex-deputy Flavio Sosa

June 2, 2014

Mina Cuzcatlán en San José del Progreso. Foto @SIPAZ

Mining exploitation in San José del Progreso. Photo @SIPAZ

Armed agents working for the private security firm GIA Private Armed Security detained the former federal and local deputy Flavio Sosa Villavicencio recently for 20 minutes.  This took lace with F. Sosa was taking photos of three trailers belonging to the Canadian Fortune Silver Mines that were traveling on the Oaxaca-Puerto Ángel highway.  They were escorted by patrols belonging to the cited security firm.

These private guards demanded that F. Mosa produce his identification but they withdrew when Federal Attorney General’s Office agents intervened, being the escort for the former deputy.

F. Sosa said that he would analyze possible recourse to legal actions in response to the actions of th private security.

It should be recalled that in March 2012 F. Sosa demanded that the federal government revoke the concessions and permits for the operation of the Fortune Silver Mines in San José del Progreso on the charge that these had been provisioned in an illegal manner.

For more information (in Spanish):

Retiene a Flavio Sosa la minera de San José del Progreso (Oaxaca digital, 21 de mayo de 2014)

Nos aventaron un tráiler, casi no lo libramos”, afirma Flavio sosa ante embate de la minera (Página3, 21 de mayo de 2014)

Elementos de seguridad de minera retiene a Flavio Sosa (Ciudadanía Express, 21 de mayo de 2014)

Retiene a Flavio Sosa la minera de San José del Progreso (Diario Oaxaca, 21 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso” (16 March 2014)


Chiapas: Presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso”

April 26, 2014

Presentación del informe en san Cristóbal de las Casas. Foto (@Sipaz)

Presentation of report in San Cristóbal de las Casas. Photo(@Sipaz)

Between 11 and 13 April was presented in San Cristóbal de las Casas and the Chicomuselo municipality the report “Justice for San José del Progreso,” the fruit of a Civil Mission of Observation held in November 2012 according to the call of the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Land.

In the press-conference and activities of presentation for the report, organized by the International Service for Peace (SIPAZ), were present Neftalí Reyes, member of the Oaxacan organization Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA), which forms part of the Collective; Gustavo Castro, member of the Chiapas-based group Other Worlds A.C., and Roberto Ortiz, from the “Samuel Ruiz” Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Life in Chicomuselo.

In the presentation, beyond presenting the results of the report and the specific case of San José del Progreso, a Oaxacan community that has suffered numerous rights-violations as a consequence of the imposition in the community of the mining project owned by Canadian firm Fortune Silver Mines, the case of Chicomuselo, Chiapas, was also raised, this being a site since 2008 where communities have been organizing against mining exploitation as overseen by the Canadian company Blackfire Exploration.

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe sobre afectaciones mineras en Oaxaca se presenta en San Cristóbal (Radio Zapatista, 12 de abril de 2014)

Minera canadiense y gobierno violan DH de habitantes en San José del Progreso, Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de abril de 2014)

Justicia para San José del Progreso; Informe de la Misión Civil de Observación (Koman Ilel, 14 de abril de 2014)

Audios (Radio Zapatista):

Gustavo Castro (Otros Mundos Chiapas) – Contexto de la minería en México

Neftalí Reyes (Servicios para una Educación Alternativa – EDUCA) – Sobre el caso de San José del Progreso, Oaxaca

Roberto Ortiz (Comité para la Promoción y Defensa de la Vida en Chicomuselo “Samuel Ruiz”) – Sobre el caso de Chicomuselo, Chiapas

Informe: Misión Civil de Observación: Justicia para San José del Progreso

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Chiapas: Presentation in San Cristóbal de Las Casas of report “Justice for San José del Progreso” (23 April 2014)

Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso” (16 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Organizational call to the presentation of the Report of the Civil Mission of Observation: Justice para San José del Progreso (18 March 2014)

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


Chiapas: Presentatation in San Cristóbal de Las Casas of the report “Justice for San José del Progreso”

April 23, 2014

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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)

Descarga el Informe de la Misión Civil de Observación: Justicia para San José del Progreso

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso” (16 March 2014)

Oaxaca: Organizational call to the presentation of the Report of the Civil Mission of Observation: Justice para San José del Progreso (18 March 2014)

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


Oaxaca: presentation of report “Justice for San José del Progreso”

March 16, 2014

Presentación del libro "Justicia para San José del Progreso", Oaxaca, marzo de 2014 (@SIPAZ)

Presentation of book “Justice for San José del Progreso” Oaxaca, March 2014 (@SIPAZ)

In observance of the second anniversary of the murder of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez, the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory organized events in Oaxaca and Mexico City to publicly presents its report “Justice for San José del Progreso,” the fruit of a Civil Observation Mission carried out in November 2012.

The report speaks to the systematic human-rights violations produced by the imposition of the mining project which has been overseen by the Fortune Silver Mines company since 2006.  The report notes that, beginning at this time, the firm has enjoyed state and federal governmental support in its principal violation of the rights 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 these rights are recognized as such at the national and international levels.

The document includes recommendations for the federal, state, and municipal government.  Among these is found the stress on placing the rights of citizens above the interests of mining corporations and to guarantee the right to life, physical and psychological integrity of the people of San José del Progreso.  It also calls on the government of Canada to request that it assures that Canadian mining firms be called to justify themselves before the Canadian legal system due to 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)

Cobertura de la presentación en la Ciudad de México: Minera canadiense y gobierno violan DH de habitantes en San José del Progreso, Oaxaca(PRODH)

Audio de la presentación del Informe en el IAGO

Video Exigen organizaciones cancelación de mina en San José del Progreso

Descarga el Informe de la Misión Civil de Observación: Justicia para San José del Progreso

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Organizational call to the presentation of the Report of the Civil Mission of Observation: Justice para San José del Progreso (18 March 2014)

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


Oaxaca: Civil Observation Mission to San José del Progreso

November 30, 2012

 

San José del Progreso (@Proyecto ambulante)

From 19 to 21 November, 19 national and international organizations carried out an observation mission in the community of San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, toward the end of making visible the human-rights violations committed against members of the Coordination of the United Peoples of the Ocotlán Valley (CPUVO), who since 2007 have resisted the activities of the Cuzcatlán mining firm, which is a subsidiary of the Canadian corporation Fortune Silver Mines.  It should be remembered that in the year 2012 there have been registered four attacks against CPUVO members and that, as a result of these attacks, two opponents of the mine have died.

At the conclusion of its visit and its presentation of a preliminary report, the civil observation mission “Justice for San José del Progreso” declared in a press-conference that is had observed the systematic violation of human rights in the region, together with a climate of insecurity, fear, and strong division as following from mining operations.  Spokespeople affirmed that the project had been imposed without the consultation of the local population, and they denounced the harassment directed against opponents of the mine, in addition to the existence of a strong relation between the mining company and municipal authorities.

For this reason, the mission called for the cancellation of the project and immediate exit of the firm, demanding that the federal government push for these steps as soon as possible, in addition to reparation for the social, environmental, and cultural damages incurred by these operations.  The mission also called on the state government to initiate an urgent process of reconciliation to evade future confrontations; it requested the state office for the Defense of Human Rights to publish a recommendation to protect human-rights defenders; and of the Cuzcatlan mining firm it asked that it change the location of its office for communal relations so as to avoid the traffic of heavy trucks through the municipality.

For more information (in Spanish):

Misión civil exige cancelar proyecto minero en Oaxaca (Proceso, 22 de noviembre de 2012)

Minera provoca inseguridad y violación a los derechos en Progreso, Oaxaca: misión civil (La Jornada, 24 de noviembre de 2012)

Video de la conferencia de prensa en el D.F.: Misión Civil de Observación“Justicia para San José del Progreso” (40 min.). Informe preliminar en español y en inglés.

Reporte del segundo día de actividades de la misión civil de observación “justicia para San José del Progreso” (Colectivo Oaxaqueño por la Defensa de los Territorios, 20 de noviembre de 2012)

Blog : http://justiciaparasanjosedelprogreso.org

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Arrest of two presumed murderers of Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez (19 October 2012)

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: 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)