Action: send a letter to the authorities in Mexico to demand cancellation of mining Concessions Wirikuta


¡We demand cancellation of concessions affecting the Wirikuta Protected Natural Area!


 Enrique Peña Nieto

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal
Secretary of Economy

Mario Alfonso Cantu Suarez
General Coordinator of Mining

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong
Secretary of the Interior

Jaime Martinez Veloz Cleopas
Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples of Mexico

Juan Jose Guerra Abud
Secretary for Environment

Raúl Plascencia Villanueva
Chairman National Human Rights Commission

Javier Hernández Valencia
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico

James Anaya
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples


BACKGROUND: The Wixárika Regional Council has requested for more than a month and a half the cancellation of seven mining concessions in which illegal mineral exploration work has been carried out as part of the project called Universo, by the Canadian company Revolution Resources.


In this context, in the Protected Natural Area of ??Wirikuta, drillings and holes have been made that have caused environmental damage, illegally, since the necessary environmental permits were not granted by the competent authorities, as mandated by various federal laws (General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection – LGEEPA – and the General Law of Sustainable Forest Development) and rules of the State of San Luis Potosi (Environmental Law).


However, to date the Ministry of Economy has not canceled the mining concessions, despite the fact that the Mining Law indicates cancellation as a consequence of non-compliance with Article 20 thereof, which determines that any exploration or exploitation work that takes place in protected areas, may only take place with authorization, permit, or concession as applicable, of the authorities that are in charge of the Natural Protected Area.


Furthermore, Article 27 of the Mining Law provides that holders of mining concessions are required to abide by the general provisions and official Mexican standards applicable to the mining and metals industry regarding mine safety and ecological balance and protection environment; for both, the holders of the 7 concessions would have had to, before beginning mining exploration, request an environmental impact assessment, as required by Article 28 of the Ecology Law.


Finally, we note that these 7 concessions are part of the 72 mining concessions granted without proper information, consultation and consent of the Wixárika People, as mandated by Article 1 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States, so they should be declared null and void or canceled, as stated in Recommendation 56/2012 of the National Human Rights Commission, accepted by the Ministry of Economy.


For this, the Wixárika Regional Council requests friends, civil society organizations, academics and other indigenous peoples send this urgent action to the following recipients.


URGENT ACTION ISSUED BY: Jalisco Association for the Support of Indigenous Groups (AJAGI) and the Mexican And Environmental Law Center (CEMDA)