Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca (UNOSJO)

The Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca (UNOSJO) is a Zapotec indigenous organization, established in 1990 by 26 regional and community-based indigenous campesino organizations in Oaxaca’s Juarez Mountains.

The Zapotecs are one of the largest indigenous groups in the region. UNOSJO works to promote the rights of the Zapotec people and has been the leading organization defending resource rights for Juarez mountain communities, most notably in their work on saving forests from illegal logging, protecting watersheds and access to water and defending collective indigenous land rights.

UNOSJO has been the leading indigenous voice in efforts to unmask the presence of genetically-modified (GM) corn in the Oaxacan countryside, and undertook research to detect the first traces of GM corn in the Zapotec communities. UNOSJO is an active participant in the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the Network in Defense of the Creole Corn, and in the Mexican Coalition in Defense of Water (COMDA).