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Written by Santiago Navarro F., Translation by Clayton Conn

brad will 1William Bradley Roland, aka Brad Will, an independent journalist from Indymedia New York went to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca in 2006. Like many other alternative or independent media producers, Will sought to break the media siege that the mass media had created, which downplayed or reduced the number of people mobilized in the more than five month uprising that shook the state in 2006.  This uprising saw an actual number of more than two million people with over 3,000 barricades erected. Thus, on October 27, 2006, while conducting his work, a bullet from state-hired thugs, snatched his life.

"We will never forget compañero Brad because he is in our hearts and in our history, like the other 26 compañeros that were murdered by the state." expressed Mrs. Carmen Martinez, who prepared for a march and rally that is organized annually by the residents and groups in the Calicanto barricade that remembers Brad Will and demands justice for him and the other 26 other protesters that were killed and who have yet to receive justice.

It all started when the former governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz, said he would not allow any march, protest, or social discontent to take place. Those methods are the only options for a people that are, according to the official statistics, the third poorest in Mexico. Thus, as a response to the first protest of his term, when teachers took the main plaza of Oaxaca City, Ruiz sent police to repress and evict them on the morning of June 14, 2006.

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juan vazquez“Although the rulers do not like it, we will continue defending our territory because this is where we come from, and we are not leaving despite their repression and corruption" say the ejidatarios of San Sebastián Bachajón, who denounce the murder with impunity of their leader Juan Vázquez Guzmán, and request the intervention of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation to protect their rights and the integrity of their territory.

“Here we continue in struggle, resisting with hope to defend our lands from dispossession by this accursed government which only wants to sow terror and destruction in our communities”, the indigenous Tzeltal ejidatarios (communal landholders) from San Sebastián Bachajón, in the northern region of the state of Chiapas, Mexico, stated in June 2013. “The bad governments kill and imprison those who struggle for better living conditions for their people. For this reason, two months ago, they ordered the assassination of our compañero, Juan Vázquez Guzmán, by their hired assassins while he was resting quietly at home, the treacherous government wickedly ordered his murder to put an end to our struggle, but they were wrong, because we are here, we are staying here and we are not going to leave our land which is the birthplace of our mothers and fathers, of our grandfathers and grandmothers who also fought and gave their lives for the mother earth.”

With this clear message, the adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle re-confirmed that their struggle continues, despite the brutal murder of their traditional leader, the social activist and human rights defender Juan Vázquez Guzmán, on April 24, 2013, and the fact that neither the instigators nor the perpetrators of the killing have been identified or punished.

Read the complete article: Mexico: San Sebastián Bachajón, Six Months after the Assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán and earlier report on the case San Sebastián Bachajón: Following the Assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán, the Struggle for the Defense of the Land Continues


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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

The UPR sessions are carried out once every four years and a half. From 21 October to 1 November 2013, the UPR Working Group will hold its 17th session examining the human rights situation in the following countries: Belize, China, Central African Republic, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Mauritius, Malta, Malaysia, Monaco, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal. Since Mexico will next be subjected to the review 23 October, 2013, Educa will be supplying updates on the most recent press announcements, information and news regarding the release of the UPR 2013.


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MineMuralProgreso 600pxIn Mexico, local resistance to Canadian mining companies is growing as the industry booms.

[Since Vancouver-based silver and gold mining company Fortuna set up shop in a small town in southern Mexico in 2005, violent attacks have left four local residents dead and many more wounded. Fortuna has not been charged, nor is it the subject of any criminal investigation. However, similar violence has broken out at other locations where Canadian-owned mining companies -- an astonishing 75 per cent of all such companies world-wide -- operate.]

Paulina Agripina Vásquez Sánchez stared out across her family's modest patch of arid land in the mid-May dustbowl of the Ocotlán Valley, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The less-than-ideal farming conditions in San José del Progreso are low on Paulina's radar though, as she points to one of the five remaining avocado trees on an otherwise barren property. Two months earlier, an attack she blames on thugs in the pay of the town's municipal president uprooted 56 other trees in what was once an orchard.

Read the original article by Liam Barrington-Bush and Jen Bush


(September 30, 2013 | Washington, DC) In response to a surge in attacks against human rights defenders and journalists in the Mexican State of Oaxaca, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto appealing for immediate action to protect those who defend human rights in their communities. The security situation has grown especially dire for rural and indigenous defensores comunitarios (community defenders) over the past few months, culminating in the murder of two human rights defenders and one journalist in Oaxaca State in July. Without prompt action from the Mexican federal- and state-level governments to protect these defenders and implement adequate measures to safeguard them from these aggressions, the RFK Center fears that this frightening situation will not change.

Community and indigenous defenders in Oaxaca are acutely at risk, as they serve as the voice of the community and demand their right to free, informed, and prior consultation regarding the imposition of megaprojects in their territory, such as wind farm and extractive industry initiatives.

The RFK Center specifically calls on the Government of Mexico to protect human rights defenders through immediate implementation of the Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, and through the protective measures given to several human rights defenders in the region by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; to investigate, prosecute, and punish those responsible for these violations; and finally, to promote measures to prevent any future attacks from occurring, including convening discussions with local defenders to solve the root cause of the conflict in Oaxaca.

Read the letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto 

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