¡Support Indigenous-Led Call for Self-Determination/México Oct. 12 2001!
- Demonstrate to the Mexican Government of Vicente Fox-Quezada, that WE SEE
THRU their call of 'total support' for the newest U.S. War, while:
-the U.S./British/Corporate-led War against innocent people of Afghanistan
-while the U.S. & Mexican Governments further militarize their false border;
-while Mexican@ workers continue to hemmorage north fleeing Neo-Liberal
Begining this Friday October 12 2001 Estaci�n Libre (EL)joins with The
Chiapas Community Defenders' Network-Red de Defensores, to support the
Zapatistas & all Indigenous Peoples of M�xico, to help them set a precedent
for Indigenous Rights around the World---holding the Mexican Government
accountable under the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Convention
169. The ILO's Convention 169 is an international agreement recognizing
Indigenous Rights Justice & Self-Determination.
8)Sample Letter/E-Mail to Mexican Government
To Local National International Civil Society & all Press/Media
2) WHAT: 1st-Phase of a Fax E-mail Phone-Call Letter & Petition Campaign
starting Friday October 12 2001, the same day as The Chiapas Community
Defenders Network-La Red de Defensores demands the Mexican Government comply
with International Labor Organization Convention 169, which recognizes basic
human rights, including Indigenous Peoples' Right to live on & defend
ancestral lands. La Red de Defensores will file a complaint with the ILO
against the Mexican Government (see sample letter below).
3) WHEN: Begining Friday, October 12, 2001, all day, 1st-Phase
4) WHERE: To Your local Mexican Consulate/Embassy Fax E-mail Phone-Call &
-To Find the local Consulate http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm
**Please CC a copy of your demand(s)/Consulate responses to the Contacts
Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles California USA:
Los Angeles Mexican Consulate 2401 W. 6th St. L.A. CalifAztlan 90057
Ph: 213-351-6800-6807 F: 213-389-9249 E-mail: consulme@...
5) WHY: As M�xico sinks into another economic recession, as Chiapas & other
predominantly Indigenous/Campesino Mexicano regions remain under attack by
the government's Low-Intensity War, On October 12 2001 The Chiapas Community
Defenders Network-La Red de Defensores is filing 1 of 3 Cases with the
International Labor Organization (ILO) demanding the Mexican Government
comply with Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples. ILO Convention
169 was ratified by the Mexican government in 1990, but the Vicente
Fox-Quesada Administration continues to blatantly disregard this convention,
trying to dismiss the San Andreas Peace Accords signed in 1996 with the
Zapatista Army of National Liberation, in Chiapas M�xico.
6) LOCAL CONTACTS:
-Los Angeles CA.: John-EL: 323.261.4513 down4brown68@...
-Orange County CA.: Bethania-UCI: 949.823.9281 drjones34@... -
-Riverside CA.: Carlota-EL: eyesopen13@...
-S.F.Bay Area CA.: Shaw San-EL: 408.255.3192 ssinmexico@...
**Please CC a copy of your demand(s) and Consulate responses to the Contacts
The Chiapas Community Defenders Network-La Red de Defensores is a network of
Indigenous Zapatista Representatives defending human rights in their
communities, including the rights of non-Zapatistas. All
members of this network are elected by their communities and trained in
Mexican and International Human Rights Law.
On October 12 La Red de Defensores will file the first of three cases
against the Mexican Government for its failure to comply with Convention 169
of the International Labor Organization (ILO). In 1990 Mexico ratified ILO
Convention 169 which obligates state governments to recognize and strengthen
the Rights of Indigenous Populations in the following respects:
-The right to land
-The right to be consulted in decisions that affect them
-The right to respect for their own institutions and customs
-The right to manage and control their own development
The Zapatistas along with the vast majority of Indigenous Groups in M�xico
have dennounced the legal farce, known as the recently passed
Foxista Reform on Indigenous Rights & Culture. Ind�genas in M�xico are also
dennouncing the increased militarization of their home regions, as
Chiapanec@s are outraged over the continued military occupation of 3
"withdrawn" bases in the conflict zone.
There are 3 Cases to filed by La Red de Defensores against the Mexican
Government. The 1st case, which focuses on paramilitary activity and state
complicity, will be filed October 12 2001. The other 2 cases will challenge
the validity of the recently passed Indigenous Law, and the
the legitimacy of presidential land expropriations & militarization in
Chiapas. These other 2 cases will be presented on later dates.
In 1996 the San Andres Accords were signed by the Mexican Government and the
Zapatistas. However, peace negotiations stalled when the Zedillo Government
failed to submit the resulting COCOPA Legislative Proposal, already a
compromise for the Zapatistas, to the Senate. Disheartened by this blatant
show of disrespect, the EZLN in 1996 demanded 5 signs that the government
was to demonstrate, if it was serious about negotiations, which the Zedillo
Administration never fulfilled.
When Vicente Fox-Quesada was elected President, the Zapatistas reduced the
number to 3 signs as a show of good faith in order to re-start the peace
talks. Unfortunately, the Fox administration has NOT FOLLLOWED THROUGH on
these 3 signs. The three signs are:
1-Implementation of the San Andres Accords through the COCOPA Proposal,
2-Liberation of all Zapatista Political Prisoners, and
3-Withdrawal of the military from 7 key bases in the Conflict Zone
To the disappointment of Indigenous Groups all over M�xico, the Foxista
so-called Reform on Indigenous Rights and Culture, signed into effect August
2001, refuses to recognize Indigenous representatives and governing
Rather than respecting the Zapatista call for Autonomy, this so-called legal
reform subordinates Indigenous community control of land use and ownership
to national private property law. Already the Mexican government has opened
the Lacandon jungle in the conflict region of Chiapas in Southeastern M�xico
to petroleum drilling, bio-prospecting and wood pulp plantations, all in
disregard of the fragility of jungle biodiversity. Furthermore, the Plan
Puebla-Panam� pimped by Vicente Fox will run miles of highways through
southeastern M�xico, displacing thousands from their homes and communities,
to search for work along the U.S.-M�xico Border, or, to work for dimes in
regional assembly lines.
To date, 9 Zapatista Political Prisoners remain incarcerated in Chiapas,
Tabasco and Quer�taro under false charges. The Zapatista Political Prisoner
organization, La Voz de Cerro Hueco describes the presos as hostages of the
government, pawns to be used to force the Zapatistas to cave-in on their
demands. The military has not withdrawn from the 7 bases, but rather,
relocated to other bases and checkpoints. 3 of the "withdrawn" bases remain
under government control, while the lands have not been returned to
neighboring Zapatista communities.
According to The Chiapas Community Defenders-La Red de Defensores, over 104
military operations have taken place between April and July of 2001 while
paramilitary harassment/attacks have also increased. In fact, 11
members of the government-created & sponsored paramilitary group Paz y
Justicia, those responsible for the church massacre in Acteal of 45
unarmed civilians on December 22 1997, those 11 Paz y Justicia members were
released after serving only 5 months in prison.
The Zapatistas rose up in 1994 on January 1st, the day NAFTA was enacted,
demanding community control of their, and our destiny. The Zapatistas have
been an inspiration to those of us who struggle today for
Self-Determination. The Zapatistas continue to be an inspiration to many
anti-globalization campaigns today. Please support them in their efforts
towards Indigenous Autonomy.
For more information please contact The Chiapas Community Defenders
Network-La Red Defensores at:
reddedefensores@... or project169@...
Estaci�n Libre is a non-profit group whose mission includes linking
Working-Class Chican@/Mexican@/Centro-American@/African/Asian Pacific
Islander & Indigenous Peoples with the Zapatista Movement.
You can contact Estaci�n Libre at e-libre@...
8) SAMPLE LETTER/E-MAIL:
Friday, October 12, 2001 [Name of Consul Deputy]
Consulate General of M�xico in [City] [Address] [City, State ZIP] [Tel: ]
To Deputy Consul [Insert Name]:
I am writing to express my solidarity with The Chiapas Community Defenders
Network-La Red de Defensores in their efforts to hold the Mexican government
accountable to Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, to
which M�exico became a signatory in 1990.
As you know, ILO Convention 169 obligates state governments to recognize &
strengthen the rights of Indigenous populations in the following respects:
The right to land,
The right to be consulted in decisions that affect them,
The right to respect for their own institutions and customs, and
The right to manage and control their own development
I support Indigenous Rights and believe in Indigenous Peoples'
entitlement, as human beings, to live on their ancestral lands and
I demand that the Mexican Government complies immediately with the "three
signs" in order to re-open dialogue with the EZLN.
President Vicente Fox has claimed to follow through on these signs:
1) the release of all Zapatista political prisoners,
2) the complete withdrawal of the military from 7 key bases in the conflict
3) the implementation of the San Andres Accords through the Cocopa proposal.
However, I am aware that 1) 9 Zapatista political prisoners remain
incarcerated in Chiapas, Tabasco and Quer�taro; 2) 3 former military bases
remain under government control without the consent of neighboring
communities; and 3) the recently signed Reform on Indigenous Rights and
Culture has been rejected by scores of indigenous groups across the
nation. This rejection stems from the Reform's failure to recognize
Indigenous representatives and governing structures while subordinating
control of land, use, and benefits to national private property law.
Furthermore, I know that during the months of April through July alone,
more that 104 military movements took place in Chiapas. While 7
checkpoints were withdrawn (according to official announcements), 12
additional checkpoints have been installed. As the Chiapas Community
Defenders Network-La Red de Defensores files their complaints
against the Mexican government, I demand that justice be done.
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