Global Response Acts: Emerg: Protect Environ Activists Mexico; etc..

Global Response Acts: Emerg: Protect Environ Activists Mexico; etc..
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.

http://www.globalresponse.org/

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)

MEXICO

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.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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
their wishes;
– 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.

APPEALS TO:
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
MEXICO
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
MEXICO
E-Mail: pgjeinf@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
MEXICO
Fax: 011 52 55 5093 3414
E-mail: secretario@segob.gob.mx
Salutation: Senor Secretario/Dear Minister

COPIES TO:
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
MEXICO
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@sre.gob.mx

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.
Check with the AIUSA Urgent Action office if sending appeals after 2
September 2008.

** POSTAGE RATES **
To Mexico and Canada:
$0.72 – Postcards
$0.72 – Airmail Letters and Cards (up to 1 oz.)

Urgent Action Network
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Ave SE 5th fl
Washington DC 20003
Email: uan@aiusa.org
http://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent/
Phone: 202.544.0200
Fax: 202.675.8566

Campaign Updates: Buffalo and Dams
Dear Members of Global Response’s "Quick Response Network:"

We don’t always pass on to you the "thank you" notes we receive from
the grateful communities that we help with our letter-writing
campaigns – but we should! You are the ones who deserve the credit
and the gratitude for every letter you write. Successful Global
Response campaigns depend entirely on your willingness to take the
time to send your letters. WE thank you, and so do the embattled
communities that ask for our help.

Here are excerpts from a couple recent email notes from busy
activists:

(1) Stop Oil Shale Project in Wetlands / Australia

Note: to write a letter for this campaign, see
http://globalresponse.org/emailcampaigns.php?record=2297

Hi Paula,

THANK YOU so much for doing this for us. We are so encouraged by all
the support we are getting. And this Sunday 20th, Greenpeace arrives
to support us with their ship the "Esperanza" (just completed anti-
Japanese whaling tour in the Antarctic) on the start of their Energy
Revolution tour. Wonderful for a local grass roots community group
to have all this.

Cheers,

Suzette Pelt
President Save Our Foreshore Inc
http://www.saveourforeshore.com.au

(2) Stop Killing Wild Buffalo / Yellowstone Park USA

Notes: To write a letter for this campaign, see
http://globalresponse.org/emailcampaigns.php?record=2295

To read an article about the wild buffalo slaughter in Harpers
magazine, see http://harpers.org/archive/2008/06/0082064

Hello Paula,

Well, let me be the first to say THANK YOU for getting this alert
together and out. We are so incredibly grateful for your help.

A thousand times, thank you.

In Solidarity,

~Stephany J. Seay
Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
406-646-0070
bfc-media@wildrockies.org
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

BFC is the only group working in the field every day in defense of
the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.

* THANK YOU FOR YOUR LETTERS! Since 1990, Global Response has
organized over 100 international letter-writing campaigns, and in
43% of them we have already celebrated victories!

* MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION to support Global Response. We
need and appreciate your support!

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Paula Palmer, Executive Director
Global Response

PO Box 7490
Boulder, Colorado 80306
United States

Tel +303/444-0306

Global Response organizes effective international letter-writing
campaigns to protect the environment and the rights of indigenous
peoples. See action alerts for adults, teens and children at
www.globalresponse.org  

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