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The Liberal government is much more, well, liberal with their use of the words “human rights” that the previous Conservative government. In practice, however, this means little more than business as usual, particularly where big business is involved. This was evident in the Minister of Foreign Affairs’ recent response to our e-petition concerning the murder of world-renowned Honduran Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres and the attempted murder of Mexican activist Gustavo Castro nine months ago. The petition, in concert with the persistent demands for an independent and impartial investigation...
Tired of waiting for fair compensation from mining giant Barrick Gold for gross sexual violence, 119 indigenous women from Papua New Guinea call for United Nations intervention. They sent this video message to the 5th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights taking place this week in Geneva.
Strike at HudBay's Constancia mine; Photos: Human Rights Without Borders - Cusco
Sources: Peruvian Observatory of Mining Conflicts, Human Rights Without Borders – Cusco Since Monday, about 1,000 community members from the district of Chamaca in the province of Chumbivilcas, in the southern region of Cusco, have been occupying the installation of HudBay Minerals’ Constancia mine . On Tuesday, the community of Uchuccarco – also in the district of Chamaca, and one of the communities directly affected by the Constancia project – joined the protest. Together, all eleven communities within the district of Chamaca are participating in this action as part of the Chamaca Defence...
Damage to Home in La Cuchilla, San Rafael Las Flores
In February 2016, houses in the village of La Cuchilla in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, began to crack and on April 19th, the houses began to fall down. The community is located less than 3 kilometers from Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine, which has been operating an underground silver mine since January 2014. Like many of those who live near the Escobal mine, community members from La Cuchilla have denounced constant vibrations from blasting and heavy truck traffic related to mining activity. The vibrations are so prevalent that community members have been registering the times of...
Peru mining protest
Stories of bloody, degrading violence associated with Canadian mining operations abroad sporadically land on Canadian news pages. HudBay Minerals, Goldcorp, Barrick Gold, Nevsun and Tahoe Resources are some of the bigger corporate names associated with this activity. Sometimes our attention is held for a moment, sometimes at a stretch. It usually depends on what solidarity networks and under-resourced support groups can sustain in their attempts to raise the issues and amplify the voices of those affected by one of Canada’s most globalized industries. But even they only tell us part of the...
Guatemalan Delegation and CCIJ with Mining Justice Alliance at BC Court of Appeals, Nov 1, 2016
On April 27, 2013, Adolfo García was one of seven men shot and wounded as he tried to escape the advance of Tahoe Resources’ private security guards just outside the gates of the company’s Escobal silver mine where they had been peacefully protesting. This week, Mr. García was in Vancouver, along with Guatemalan lawyer Rafael Maldonado from the Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS), to observe a hearing at the BC Court of Appeal over whether or not he and six others will be able to pursue justice against Tahoe Resources in Canada. In solidarity with Mr. Garcia and Mr...
MiningWatch Canada is filing a private prosecution to lay charges against the BC Government and Mount Polley Mine Corporation for violations of the Canadian Fisheries Act in connection with the 2014 tailings pond disaster. Summary On October 18, 2016, MiningWatch Canada filed a private prosecution against the B.C. government and the Mount Polley Mining Corporation for violations of the federal Fisheries Act in connection with the 2014 tailings pond disaster—the largest mine waste disaster in Canadian history. MiningWatch claims that the massive 2014 spill was caused by the negligence of both...
Berta Cáceres; Photo: Sandra Cuffe
Join the call for #Justice4Berta / #JusticiaParaBerta , sign and share our petition here . Seven months have passed since the brutal murder of Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras and the attempted murder of Mexican activist Gustavo Castro, and we are still a long way from justice. While several people have been detained for this crime, there is little confidence that the investigation – plagued with irregularities, including that the investigation files have been stolen not just once, but twice – will lead to convictions or that the authors of the crime will be identified...
Acacia’s Response to Globe and Mail Article raises more questions than it answers about human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania. RAID and MiningWatch Canada note that Barrick has also responded to the newspaper article ' Police killed 65, injured 270 at Barrick mine in Tanzania, inquiry hears ’, recognising that violence at North Mara (‘there have been confrontations with police resulting in deaths’) is a matter of concern for Barrick as a majority shareholder in an affiliated mine. Acacia, which seeks to consign violations at North Mara to history, has yet...
Angélica Choc with photo of Adolfo Ich; Photo: mimundo.org
Over eighty organizations from Canada, the US, Europe and Guatemala, and 650 individuals, have signed onto a statement to express international solidarity with women defenders throughout Latin America and with all people who are defending their water, land, life and territory. These individuals, solidarity groups, and social and environmental justice organizations are deeply concerned about the rising number of attacks against land and environment defenders throughout Latin America, particularly at the hands of multinational extractive companies and related actors, often taking place with...