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Mexico: Defend jailed workers - drop the charges now

In partnership with the Proyecto de Derechos Ecónomics, Sociales y Culturales, A.C. – Project for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ProDESC), Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la República Mexicana – National Mining Union (SNTMMSSRM) and IndustriALL Global Union.

On 10 November 2013, two days before the latest hearing in the Ejido La Sierrita's agrarian court case against the Canadian mining company Excellon Resources Inc., public security officials arbitrarily detained Omar Pacheco, Adolfo Gómez Chareo, Julio Orona, Héctor Pacheco, Luis Orona, and Ricardo Calderón, all members of the La Sierrita de Galeana community in the State of Durango and relatives of ejidatarios (communal landowners). Furthermore, two days previously, Héctor Pacheco was arbitrarily detained and beaten in detention. None of those detained arbitrarily were brought before a judge and no arrest warrants were shown. The six community members have since been released, but the climate of intimidation and violence remains. All but the last three people named are also affiliated to Local 309 of the National Mining Union (SNTMMSSRM) and were fired by Excellon last year for demanding their labour rights.

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