[R-G] Global Response Acts: Emerg: Protect Environ Activists Mexico; etc..
james m nordlund
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Sat Jul 26 14:39:11 MDT 2008
Emergency Action: Protect Environmental Activists / Mexico
Global Response joins Amnesty International in calling for police investigations into acts of intimidation and violence against citizens who oppose mining in Cerro San Pedro, Mexico. Please read the Amnesty Urgent Action Appeal below, and write letters to Mexican authorities.
It is very important for Mexican authorities to know that the world is watching the situation in Cerro San Pedro and that we hold the Mexican government accountable for protecting the rights and safety of dissenters, in accord with the UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
URGENT ACTION APPEAL
- From Amnesty International USA
22 July 2008
Further Information on UA 217/07 (22 August 2007)
Fear for the safety of:
Jair Pineda (m), lawyer with Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO), Broad Opposition Front
Armando Mendoza Ponce (m), FAO member
Mario Martinez Ramos (m), FAO member
And other activists opposing a mining project in Cerro San Pedro, San Luis Potosi state
Environmental activists and members of a coalition protesting against the activities of a
mining company in the municipality of Cerro San Pedro, San Luis Potosi state, have been
threatened and attacked.
On 16 July a group of activists and members of Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO), Broad
Opposition Front, an umbrella organization opposing a mining project in Cerro San Pedro,
demonstrated and briefly blocked the access road to the mine’s office on the occasion of
the visit of the company’s new director. According to demonstrators, a municipal police
van attempted to run over two protesters who were blocking the road.
On 17 July, Mario Martinez Ramos, a member of FAO, was attacked by a group of armed people
while he was in the village of Cerro San Pedro accompanying a couple of foreign
journalists. He said that about 10 people, some armed with machetes and handguns, started
chasing him. He managed to lock himself in his car and escaped, though the attackers badly
damaged the vehicle. He contacted the municipal police immediately after the attack, but
they did not investigate the incident. He filed a complaint for attempted murder with the
local prosecutor’s office, identifying among the attackers some local residents who are
believed to work for the mining company as security guards.
On the same day, FAO activist Armando Mendoza Ponce reported being threatened with death by
the same man who allegedly tried to run over FAO members on 16 July. According to Armando
Mendoza Ponce’s testimony, the man threw a large stone at him and said, ‘‘You will not live
till the end of the week,’‘ (‘‘no pasas de esta semana’‘).
Last year, Armando Mendoza Ponce’s van was shot at while it was empty, and another FAO
activist, Jair Pineda, claimed that he was followed and intimidated by men believed to be
employees of the mining company. There have been no further reports of threats or
intimidation of Jair Pineda and no investigation has apparently been carried into the
attacks nor has protection been offered to the activists.
The village of Cerro San Pedro is on a mountain that has been mined for gold and silver for
centuries. Local activists claim that mining in the area is damaging the environment and
water system. Residents and activists opposed to the mining operations have organized in
several environmental defense groups, one of them being the umbrella organization FAO. The
conflict has intensified since mining operations were allowed to resume in 2006.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible:
- expressing concern that Mario Martinez Ramos and Armando Mendoza Ponce have been
threatened and attacked because of their environmental campaigning work in Cerro San Pedro,
San Luis Potosi state, and calling for a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the
threats and attacks, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;
- calling on the authorities to ensure that they receive protection, in accordance with
- expressing concern for the safety of members of the Frente Amplio Opositor and others
opposing the mining operations in Cerro San Pedro;
- reminding the authorities that the UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibility of
Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human
rights defenders and their right to carry them out.
Governor of San Luis Potosi
Marcelo de los Santos Fraga
Gobernador del Estado de San Luis Potosi
Palacio de Gobierno
Carranza y Jardin Hidalgo No. 11
San Luis Potosi, 78000, SLP
Fax: 011 52 444 8 12 2707
Salutation: Dear Governor/Senor Gobernador
Attorney General of San Luis Potosi State
Lic. Francisco Martin Camberos Hernandez
Procurador del Estado de San Luis Potosi
Eje Vial 100, 1er Piso
San Luis Potosi, 78000
Estado de San Luis Potosi
E-Mail: pgjeinf at prodigy.net.mx
Fax: 011 52 444 8 12 5364
Salutation: Dear Attorney General/Senor Procurador
Minister of Interior
Lic. Juan Camilo Mourino Terrazo
Secretaria de Gobernacion
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juarez, Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F., C.P.06600
Fax: 011 52 55 5093 3414
E-mail: secretario at segob.gob.mx
Salutation: Senor Secretario/Dear Minister
President of the National Human Rights Commission
Dr. Jose Luis Soberanes Fernandez
Presidente de la Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH)
Edificio ‘‘Hector Fix Zamudio’‘, 6° piso
Blvd. Adolfo Lopez Mateos n° 1922
Col. Tlacopac San Angel, Del. Alvaro Obregon
Mexico D.F., C.P. 01040
Fax: 011 52 55 56 81 81 25, then dial 9
Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana
Embassy of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC 20006
Fax: 1 202 728 1698
Email: mexembusa at sre.gob.mx
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check with the AIUSA Urgent Action office if sending appeals after 2 September 2008.
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Urgent Action Network
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Ave SE 5th fl
Washington DC 20003
Email: uan at aiusa.org
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