Oaxaca: Here we say “Yes to Life, No to Mining” – Magdalena Teitipac is still fighting for its territory

April 7, 2018
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On February 23 and 24, SIPAZ was present at the Second State Meeting of Peoples, Communities and Organizations, “Here we say Yes to Life, No to Mining”, which took place in the Magdalena Teitipac community, Tlacolula, Oaxaca. The event involved 60 communities of the state of Oaxaca, 33 community authorities, and 36 organizations, who according to their declaration are “fighting for the defense of land and territory and against the imposition of the Extractive Model and of different megaprojects that violate the rights of the indigenous peoples and communities under the protection of Mexican laws”.

During the two days of the meeting, several testimonies of peoples in struggle for their territory were shared in order to “continue to strengthen our organizational processes in communities, ejidos, communal lands and municipalities.” Pronouncing themselves in favour of life”, they also inform of “harassments, persecution and murder of human rights defenders, as well as the strategies of violence that companies and the government have used to generate a climate of terror and fear to reduce the struggle of the communities and to control the territory where mining deposits exist through organized crime”. In addition, great concern was expressed about the recent approval of the Internal Security Law, which “clearly seeks to criminalize social protest to control the territory”, according to their final declaration.

The meeting, apart from the forum convened with its analysis panel and spaces of debate, was a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the fight against mining by the community of Magdalena Teitipac, whose hopeful story goes hand in hand with the organization of the women of the town. Avispa Midia reports that after the decision of the assembly in 2013 to expel the mining company from its territory, it was “the determination of the women”, which “strengthened the community organization of Teitipac.” Lately it was the unity of the community that led to the success of their efforts and the withdrawal of the mining company.

For more information (in Spanish):

México: Magdalena Teitipac, un territorio donde las mujeres sostienen su lucha haciendo tortillas (Avispa Midia, 2 de marzo de 2018)

DECLARATORIA DEL SEGUNDO ENCUENTRO ESTATAL DE PUEBLOS, COMUNIDADES, Y ORGANIZACIONES, “AQUÍ DECIMOS SI A LA VIDA, NO A LA MINERIA” (EDUCA, 25 de febrero de 2018)

Denuncian que proyectos mineros traen violencia, despojos y desplazamientos forzados (Desinformémonos, 26 de febrero de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: REMA Questions Report of UN Working Group on Corporations and Human Rights in Mexico June 28, 2017

National/International: Organizations and Defenders Take Urgent Action June 14, 2017

Oaxaca: COPUVO Denounces Harassment by Municipal Authorities and Mining Company May 15, 2017


Oaxaca: Creation of tool for monitoring and denunciation about territorial rights

December 26, 2015

 

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At the beginning of December was made public the creation of the Observatory of Territorial Rights, an initiative that has been promoted by Services for an Alternative Education (EDUCA A.C.), “focused on the monitoring, investigation, analysis, diffusion, and denunciation of violations of popular and communal rights to territories at the hands of transnational corporations, the State, and other power-groups.”

As EDUCA’s website notes, “the Observatory has as its general objective to influence State policies and public opinion so as to guarantee respect for the rights of the peoples and communities of Oaxaca by means of the monitoring of specific cases, the systematization of information, sessions of analysis with different sectors of society, and bulletins and journalistic information.” During this year, the Observatory will monitor the projects of “Paso de la Reina,” the construction of two dams in the Paso de la Reyna community; “San José,” or the construction of a subterranean mine in San José del Progreso; and “the Doctor,” for exploratory mining work in Magdalena Teitipac.

It bears mentioning that the attacks on environmental defenders has been on the rise during the past five years at least. According to the Second Annual Report on Attacks against Environmental Defenders, as compiled by the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA), the attacks have worsened during the reign of Enrique Peña Nieto. In accordance with a proper media registry, 240 cases of attacks on environmental defenders have been observed, nearly half of which have taken place between April 2014 and May 2015, with the states of Sonora, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Guerrero being those with the highest number of incidents.

For more information (in Spanish):

Observatorio de Derechos Territoriales

Inicia Observatorio de Derechos Territoriales a partir de procesos de defensa en Oaxaca (8 de diciembre de 2015)

El Topil. Observatorio de Derechos Territoriales (Septiembre 2015)

Con EPN crecen agresiones contra defensores ambientalistas;“en el último año 109 ataques y una tendencia preocupante a la criminalización” (Revolución Tres Punto Cero, 9 de diciembre de 2015)

Oaxaca, primer lugar en agresiones a defensoras de derechos humanos (Sididh, 14 de diciembre de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Detained and disappeared, anti-mining activists from San José del Progreso (12 December 2013)

Oaxaca: New death-threats directed against members of the CPUVO in San José del Progreso (7 June 2013)

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: Magdalena Teitipac on alert in light of new mining threat

December 8, 2013

Asamblea en Magdalena Teitipac (@La Jornada)

Assembly in Magdalena Teitipac (@La Jornada)

The Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory has denounced the notification released by Vicente Jesús Aranda Vásquez, from the Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development, to the municipal authorities of Magdalena Teitipac which announces the visit to the community of the General Direction on Mining Regulation to verify the relative observance of the 2012 report on mineral exploration and exploitation.  In response to this notification, municipal and communal authorities cited the previous communal decision in assembly to expel the mining company Plata Real and to prohibit all exploratory and exploitative work with regard to the natural resources of the municipality.

Following these events, on 28 November, Guillermo Espinoza Aranda, Subsecretary for Development and Economic Growth, called the mayor of Magdalena Teitipac on two occasions, toward the end of pressuring him to receive the delegation of the General Direction on Mining Regulation, threatening that “in any case we will arrive to do our work tomorrow, even if you do not wish us to do so.”

In light of this situation, the community holds the state government responsible for whatever violent confrontation that may result from the announced and undesired visit, indicating the rights to self-determination and free, prior, and informed consent are not being respected, as stipulated in national and international law.

For more information (in Spanish):

Responsabilizamos al gobierno de Oaxaca por cualquier acto de violencia que pueda suscitarse en la comunidad indígena de Magdalena Teitipac, Oaxaca (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 28 de noviembre de 2013)

Minería amenaza de nuevo a la comunidad de Magdalena Teitipac en Oaxaca (Sididh, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Alertan de posible brote de violencia en Magdalena Teitipac, Oaxaca (Radio Fórmula, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Gobierno de Cué presiona, amedentra y amenaza a las autoridades de Magdalena Teitipac (Diario Oaxaca, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

Acción Urgente Magdalena Teitipac. Responsabilizamos al gobierno de Oaxaca (Educa, 29 de noviembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Plata Real mining company retires its machinery from the Zapotec community of Magdalena Teitipac (10 August 2013)

Oaxaca: Zapotecos expel Canadian mine from Magdalena Teitipac (5 March 2013)

Oaxaca: Canadian and U.S. trade unionists demands laws and sanctions against mining firms (26 February 2013)

Oaxaca: Close of meeting “Yes to Life, No to Mining” with declaration (24 January 2013)


Oaxaca: Plata Real mining company retires its machinery from the Zapotec community of Magdalena Teitipac

August 20, 2013

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Following the reaffirmation via communal assembly of opposition to all projects that violate the territory of the community of Magdalena Teitipac, the Plata Real mining company, a subsidiary of the Linear Gold Corporation (Canada), has retired its machinery from the region and cancelled its exploratory contracts.

On 13 July, the Committee for the Defense and Territorial and Cultural Integrity of Magdalena Teitipac reported on the peaceful handing over of the machinery (in optimal condition) to representatives of the mining firm.

On 26 February, the communal assembly had decided to expel the Plata Real operation due to the pollution it had been provoking in the Dulce River, following from the exploratory work it had been carrying out since May 2009 in the mountains of Jacalote and Loma Colorada.  It should be noted that the permits for exploration which were conceded by the former president of communal goods of Magdalena Teitipac (2009) were neither addressed nor approved in the assembly.

Lastly, the community demands the cancellation of the arrest-orders against those people from Magdalena Teitipac who are defending the people from the operations of the mining firm.

For more information (in Spanish):

Minera “Plata Real” retira su maquinaria de Magdalena Teitipac de forma pacífica (La Minuta, 26 de julio de 2013)

Triunfo de comuneros oaxaqueños: minera canadiense deja su pueblo (La Jornada, 26 de julio de 2013)

Zapotecos expulsan a minera canadiense (La Jornada, 26 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Zapotecos expel Canadian mine from Magdalena Teitipac (5 March 2013)

Oaxaca: Canadian and U.S. trade unionists demands laws and sanctions against mining firms (26 February 2013)

Oaxaca: Close of meeting “Yes to Life, No to Mining” with declaration (24 January 2013)

Oaxaca: Forum “Yes to Life, No to Mining” from 17 to 20 January (15 January 2013)

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

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

 


Oaxaca: Zapotecos expel Canadian mine from Magdalena Teitipac

March 5, 2013

Asamblea en Magdalena Teitipac (@La Jornada)

On 26 February, in a general assembly, hundreds of women and men from Magdalena Teitipac, a Zapotec community of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, decided to expel the mining firm Plata Real, which is a subsidiary of the Canadian Linear Gold Corporation.  The assembly accused the company of having polluted the rivers and tributaries during its mineral exploitation, which involved the application of cyanide, arsenic, and mercury.  The assembly also closed off access to the municipality so as to avoid the entrance of workers to the mine, and they formally denounced the president for communal resources, Fructuoso Martínez, whom they accuse of having collaborated with the firm in extending the original contract signed in May 2009 with Philip Frank Pyle, vicepresident of the Linear Gold Corporation, for five years–this without having warned the community.

For more information (in Spanish):

Zapotecos expulsan a minera canadiense (La Jornada, 26 de febrero de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Canadian and U.S. trade unionists demands laws and sanctions against mining firms (26 February 2013)

Oaxaca: Close of meeting “Yes to Life, No to Mining” with declaration (24 January 2013)

Oaxaca: Forum “Yes to Life, No to Mining” from 17 to 20 January (15 January 2013)

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

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