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Oaxacalifornia June 29, 2010

To the Governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz:
To the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa:
To the International Human Rights Organizations:
To Social Organizations, Indian National and International Migrants:
To the Media at the local, national and international levels:

The Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) in the strongest terms, we are joining our voices to the thousands of voices of social organizations, indigenous peoples, migrants and human rights organizations worldwide to fully reject the injustice that we are currently witnessing in the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala, Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. We hold the governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, directly responsible for these injustices, who in collusion with his political ally, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the President of Mexico has assumed a position of negligent in failing to intervene to resolve this aged conflict that has now become international, when two human rights representatives were killed at the hands of paramilitaries that the government in power are supporting.

We continue to see the alliance between these corrupt and arrogant politicians. In 2006, when we witnessed the largest social conflict in Oaxaca, the Governor succeeded with threats on the federal government to support with the Federal Preventive Police (PFP) to violently evict from the state capital the people who demanded the resignation of the Governor. And now at all costs, the Governor wants to maintain fear among the citizenry to ensure the success of the candidate of his party (PRI) to win the elections this 4th of July for the governorship of Oaxaca.

It is clear how much the federal government and state government will not hesitate to violently evict those who oppose their interests, by utilizing the federal police and military. We have clear examples of repression of the APPO in Oaxaca in 2006, and another more recent example when police and the military violently evicted in October of 2009, protesters against the action of the federal government to lay off thousands of union workers from the electric company “Luz y Fuerza”. Another example is the violent eviction of women and families of miners who claimed the bodies of their husbands who were trapped inside the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila on February 19, 2006.

Now when there is clearly a paramilitary group identified in the municipality of San Juan Copala that has violently murdered on April 27 of this year two social activists, the Mixtec Betty Cariño and Jyri Jaakkla from Finland, neither the Governor nor the President lift a finger to intervene and let the international caravan carrying food and medicine to enter the community of San Juan Copala.

In addition, both levels of government are antagonistic to what is happening in San Juan Copala, being the First of January 2007, the Municipality was declared autonomous by the lack of attention from governments to the people. Now at all costs, the two levels of government are backing up a paramilitary group in broad daylight to terrorize this town.

Enough of such barbarism and arrogance from the state and federal government. It is time to intervene and resolve the situation of terror experienced by children, women and men of the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan Copala. The FIOB demands governments to intervene immediately to resolve the conflict and to comply with the following.

      o Break the siege and guarantee freedom of transit to the community of San Juan Copala.
      o Punish with the whole weight of the law to paramilitary groups that operating in the region that have terrorized entire families. These paramilitary groups are directly responsible for the murders of the representatives of human rights mentioned above.
      o Ensure the safety of the participants of the humanitarian caravans that bring food and medicine supplies to San Juan Copala.
    o Ensure stability and lasting peace in this region.

The Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB) is a grassroots organization composed of indigenous communities and individuals settled in Oaxaca, Distrito Federal, Baja California, Mexico and California, USA. Its mission is to contribute to development and self-determination of indigenous migrants and non-migrants and fight in defense of human rights with justice and gender equity at the binational level.

For the above reasons, we are confident that migration will continue to grow within the country and more to the United States, in the absence of total governance in the state of Oaxaca. We demand to relevant authorities fulfill their duties and responsibilities of governing with justice and peace for all.

“For respect to the rights of indigenous peoples”

By the bi-national leadership of FIOB:
Gaspar Rivera Salgado, Binational General Coordinator
Odilia Romero, Binational Coordinator for Women’s Affairs
José González, California State Coordinator
Bernardo Ramirez Bautista, Oaxaca State Coordinator
Isaiah Silviano Lopez Rosas, Baja California State Coordinator
Leoncio Vasquez, State Vice-Coordinator in California
Nayamín Cosio Martinez, State Women Coordinator in California
Jesus Estrada, Santa Barbara Regional Coordinator
Bertha Rodriguez, Communications Coordinator
Rufino Domínguez Santos, Binational Council

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  • estimados del frente de la misma forma nos autodenominamos frente independiente de la juventud en defensa de la educacion. y quiesieramos contactar con ustedes

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