Indigenous Governing Council of Mexico
Representatives to Hold Press Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
Where:  Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
802 N 7th Street Phoenix, Arizona
When:  Thursday September 26, 2019
12:00 PM Noon
Phoenix, AZ – On the five year anniversary of the Forced Disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students in Guerrero, Mexico a delegation of representatives from the Indigenous Governing Council of Mexico will hold a press conference in Phoenix to present the evidence of the systemic violations of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico and the complicity of the present government of President Manuel Lopez Obrador AMLO in normalizing the regime of impunity for violence against the Indigenous Peoples.
The violation of the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the overt manipulation by the administration of AMLO to substitute bureaucratic consultations with selective groups of indigenous constituencies will be addressed in the context of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Article 32
  1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.
  1. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
In spite of these provisions of UNDRIP Article 32, the official Mexican government’s translated version of the English language text of the USMCA was never made available either to the Indigenous Peoples or the general public. Only Mexico’s negotiating team, which included staff from exiting president Enrique Peña Nieto along with those of president elect AMLO, were allowed access to review of terms of the agreement, which was signed by Peña Nieto on November 30, and then affirmed by AMLO in his speech in Mexico City on December 1st, 2019.
Concejo Indígena de Gobierno MéxicoAsamblea de los Pueblos Originales7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Jueves 26 de Septiembre ThursdayNAHUACALLI
Embajada de Pueblos Indígenas
802 N 7th Street
Phoenix Arizona
¡Ni Perdón, Ni Olvido!
Acción de Solidaridad y Protesta Internacional con
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Frente el Consulado de México
320 E. McDowell    Phoenix, AZ