Yesterday, Blue Planet Project organizer Claudia Campero spoke at a media conference in Mexico City about the report Justice for San José del Progreso. KaosEnLaRed.net reports (in Spanish), “The report documents more than a dozen human rights violations in the community by the Canadian company Fortuna Silver Mines, as well as the state of Oaxaca and federal governments, following the imposition of a mining project.”
The article notes, “It was demanded that the Canadian government require mining companies to be accountable to the justice system of Canada on their activities in other countries and ‘act according to the recommendations of the report and investigate the human rights violations of companies outside of Canada,’ said Claudia Campero representing the Council of Canadians.”
Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan and Council of Canadians political director Brent Patterson participated in the November 2012 “Observation Mission” in San José del Progreso that produced this report. It found that, “rights have been violated to the population as a result of mining, among them: the right to life, the prior, free and informed consent, respect for collective ownership and integrity of the territory to self-determination, a healthy environment, association and assembly, defenders of human rights and justice.”
The article adds, “It was noted that members of the Observation Mission will hold meetings to present the report to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, the Diplomatic Delegation of the European Union, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Economy, and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources.”
Photo: Campero at the media conference for the Justice for San José del Progreso report.