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plantilla-foto-nota-recuperado-recuperadoThree non-governmental organizations-the Project for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ProDESC); the Project for Organization, Development, Education, and Investigation (PODER); and the Gobixha AC Committee for Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights (Código DH)-were present during the preliminary accords for the consultation process regarding the installation of a wind-energy project in Juchitán, Oaxaca.

In a first report, they reported that there were “violations against the basic principles of the right to consultation, including that it be prior informed, culturally adequate, transparent, free, and in good faith try to accord with the highest international standards on human rights.”  They indicated furthermore that clear and transparent mechanisms were lacking during the decision-making process, leading to “an antagonistic environment among the parties.”

Read full report on SIPAZ

More information on the wind farms of the Tehuantepec Isthmus: Researcher Raises Alert About Environmental Dangers of Wind FarmsOaxaca’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules“Any consultation to be realized now is illegal”,  Oaxaca's wind farm surge produces clean power - and protests,  Bií Hioxo Wind Energy Project Hurting Indigenous Peoples and their Territories

maestros-oaxacaTeachers belonging to Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers have been blocking a local highway since Wednesday, demanding the liberation of their comrades who are being held hostage by residents of the Tortuguero community and an anti-striking faction in central Oaxaca.  

The Mexican state secretary of public safety reported that around 700 vehicles were stranded in the stretch between Matías Romero and Palomares, and another 650 vehicles are blocking the stretch of the highway between Matías Romero and Juchitán in the southern state. Section 22 union stewards, two lawyers, and a representative of the State Institute of Public Education in Oaxaca were taken hostage at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Tortuguero. The residents are demanding that the teachers give their preschool, primary and secondary school students their 2013 school year certificates.

The protests are continuing even as four of the kidnapped had been released as of Thursday morning.

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073145 Caravana Madres Migrantes Oaxaca1 principalThe central plaza of Oaxaca is plastered with posters and banners denouncing one atrocity after another, the layers of social movements overlapping on every wall available. Ayotzinapa, the struggle of the Section 22 teachers union, the recent murder of a teenage girl. In this cacophony of protest, on Nov. 30, the Caravan of Central American Mothers Searching for their Disappeared Children arrived in the plaza and called for unity among the movements of Mesoamerica. Representatives of the teachers’ union, family members of disappeared Oaxacans and womens rights organizations accompanied the mothers, showing the growing convergence of movements.

Marta Sanchez, coordinator of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement (MMM), said in her opening remarks, “All of our struggles should be one unified struggle, because all of these problems have the same root. Out with the bad government!”

Read the original piece on CIP Americas

Further information on Central American migrants: Oaxacans want the right not to migrateAnother Plan Colombia is no solution for Central America migration crisis

ustired2-final-flyerToday, on Wednesday December 3, over 43 U.S. cities will participate in an unprecedented national mobilization to demand an end to the deadly “Plan Mexico,” a billion-dollar program to aid Mexico’s corrupt and notoriously violent security forces, ostensibly in their fight against the so-called War on Drugs.
 
In the wake of the massive human rights crisis in Mexico that was exposed by the recent disappearance of the 43 students in the state of Guerrero, thousands of people from across the United States will march in front of federal buildings in their respective cities and other locations (at various times: for a full list of participating cities, locations, and times go to http://www.USTired2.com/cities ) to call on the Obama Administration and Congress to stop US funneling billions of tax dollars of military aid, training and coordination to Mexico’s military and police forces, which are widely known to be perpetrating massive human rights violations, including the September kidnapping of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.
 

imgp4407Last Saturday, November 15th, 5 people died and 6 women were injured during a scuffle in the community of La Concepcion, a short distance from Acapulco, Guerrero. The townspeople of La Concepcion, belonging to the communal lands of Cacahuatepec, went into mourning after the deadly confrontation between the towns’ inhabitants, a conflict whose roots lie in the clash between transnational megaproject investments for the construction of a 765 megawatt hydroelectric dam in the region, and the local community.

The core of the conflict stems from the tension between the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to La Parota Dam (CECOP), who have been resisting the Federal Electricity Commission’s hydroelectric dam ‘La Parota’ in the basin of the Papagayo River and struggling to protect their land for the last 11 years,  and the workers of the Kimbar gravel company - headed by Humberto Martin and accused by the council for employing armed staff.

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