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WHAT IS WIRIKUTA?

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WIRIKUTA?

 

       APPENDIX 1

WHAT IS MODERN INDUSTRIAL MINING?

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF MEGA MINING?

 

 

Consequences:

• Pollution of surface water and groundwater.

• Acid drainages and heavy metal drag.

• Toxic fumes and vapors (including radioactive compounds).

• Desertification and destruction of the soil for agricultural purposes.

• Elimination and slaughter of animals and plants.

• Increases in respiratory, intestinal, dermatological, renal and reproductive           diseases in people who live in nearby areas including a higher incidence of            lung cancer, bladder cancer and leukemia. The incidence of cancer climbs by        800%).

• Children born with mental deficiencies and malformations.

• Subjugation of human rights.

• Modification and loss of the landscape values.

• Disappearance of tourism, farming and agro industrial activities.

 

 

APPENDIX 2

AGREEMENTS AND LAWS THAT PROTECT WIRIKUTA

• The State of San Luis Potosi approved on June 29th of 2010 the LAW OF INDIGENOUS CONSULTATION. Under this law the following subjects will require consultation: THE GRANTING OF CONCESSIONS, CONTRACTS AND OTHER LEGAL INSTRUMENTS AFFECTING THE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THEIR LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

- Articles 6 and 7 of Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization on the Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ratified by the Senate and the President of the Mexican Republic) dictate that governments must consult the indigenous peoples concerned each time legislative or administrative measures will affect them directly. The peoples concerned shall have the right to decide their own priorities for the process of development of the lands they occupy or otherwise use to the extent that it affects their lives, beliefs, institutions and spiritual welfare.

• On April 28th of 2008, with PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON as a witness, the Pact of HAUXA MANAKA FOR THE PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE WIXÁRIKA CULTURE was signed by the governors of San Luis Potosi, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit and Zacatecas, and by the president of the Wixárika Union of Ceremonial Centers. The witnesses were the President of the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Honorable Chamber of Senators and the General Director of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples. According to this pact, the traditional rulers and governors of states as well as the Federal Government are committed to protecting and enhancing the historical continuity of the sacred sites and pilgrimage routes of the Wixárika people. It also includes agreements to establish rights of way, co-responsible care of natural resources, preservation of plants and animals needed for rituals and the disclosure of Wixárika culture as the heritage of the nation.

• The Management Plan for the Reserve of Wirikuta, developed in conjunction with the Wixaritari, establishes protection for the water, soil, flora and fauna of the sacred Wirikuta Reserve as well as restrictions on toxic mining.

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