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)

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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):