If you support the following declaration (after the jump), we would appreciate the expression of your support. All you need to do is sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/FAOmpt1/
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Halt the impunity! New Gold – Minera San Xavier must respect Mexican law!
To the publics of Mexico and across the World.
On the 24th of September, 2009 the ninth Tribunal of the first circuit courts ordered the Federal Tribunal of Fiscal and Administrative Justice to emit its sentence on the suit presented by Pro San Luis Ecologico (Exp. 170/00-05-02-9/634/01-PL-10-04-QC-DA, pages 239 and 240). It reads:
The project also violated official regulations that protect rare species of cacti that are endemic to the region. It jeopardized the valley of San Luis Potosi through its massive and irremediable contamination of a territory occupied by more than 1.3 million people as well as its aquifer. This is without mentioning the irreversible damage to the historical heritage of the nation.
The land use change licence obtained by New Gold-Minera San Xavier in 2006 was no accident. It was drafted in the law offices of Angel Candia Pardo, lawyer for the company and for the Partido de Acción Nacional in the state of San Luis Potosí. Together with individuals from the private sector, three levels of government, the Canadian managers of the company an open pit mining project was developed at the cost of ignoring national laws, the health of the inhabitants of San Luis Potosí and environmental heritage of future generations of Mexicans.
Ample proof of all of this was presented by members of the FAO to New Gold-Minera San Xavier but it has been steadfastly ignored by the various parties that had bearing on this case. Thanks to the protection of this illegal license the company has caused wide-spread destruction of the area. In only 34 months, without even working at full capacity, the company has, amongst other things, levelled two patrimonial mountains and has buried extensive areas of a territory that had been protected by law. We are before one of the most dramatic and representative cases of the environmental impacts generated by the generalized corruption that exists in our country.
For all these reasons, the following signatories demand the immediate execution of the sentence passed on the 24th of September, that is, the immediate and definitive cessation of the illegal operations of New Gold-Minera San Xavier in San Luis Potosí. We also ask, with respect and vigour, that the legislature forms an inter-parliamentarian commission to fully investigate this matter in order to establish where responsibilities lie.
We will be closely watching to assure the strict application of the State of Law by the relevant authorities as well as any instance of contempt to the courts that would maintain the operations of New Gold – Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro.
Halt the impunity!
New Gold – Minera San Xavier must respect Mexican law!!