president Gustavo Alanis-Ortega added, "We're a country that is always ratifying international treaties and legislating national laws, but then the implementation is very poor.
I hope the trend will be different," the CEMDA
Among the groups signing the appeal to the mayor were Alconsumidor, Bicitekas, Centro de Derechos Humanos Francisco de Vitoria, Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustm Pro, CEMDA
, Centro Nacional de Comunicacion Social, El Poder del Consumidor, Frente Amplio Opositor a la Supervia, Grupo de Estudios Ambientales, Organizacion de Litigio Estrategico en Derechos Humanos, and Mujer y Medio Ambiente.
CEMDA has joined more than 40 other international environmental organizations in bringing concerns about El Zapotillo and several yet-to-be constructed dams in Latin America before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) at a hearing in Washington in early November.
Through case studies, we document how governments generally disregard important international obligations and standards, such as the need to conduct proper environmental and social-impact assessments," nearly a dozen organizations, including CEMDA, International Rivers, and the Asociacion Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), said in the recent report, Large Dams in the Americas: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?
In addition to opposition from CECOP, CEMDA
, and several other organizations, La Parota became a focal point during the issues-oriented campaign by the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional EZLN) during the 2006 presidential election (see SourceMex, 2006-01-18 and 2006-10-04).