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)

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Oaxaca: Previously disappeared anti-mining activists from San José del Progreso found

December 17, 2013

San José del Progreso. Foto @EDUCA

Olegario Víctor Ruíz Martínez and Salomé García López, anti-mining activists from the San José del Progreso in Oaxaca who were arrested on 5 December and since then thought to have been disappeared, have been found in the Special Prosecutorial Office for Investigation into Organized Crime (SEIDO) in Mexico City, where they continue to be held.

According to the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory, “to date their juridical situation is unknown, as are the crimes with which they have been charged and their accusors.”

The Collective has requested an urgent motion before the Second Judge of the District in favor the arrested.

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado: Autoridades informan que Salomé y Olegario se encuentran en la SEIDO (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 10 de diciembre de 2013)

DDHPO investiga caso de activistas de San José El Progreso, Ocotlán (Noticias, 8 de diciembre de 2013)

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