Displaying 21 - 30 of 739
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...
Photo of demonstration in the central plaza of Mexico City. The message reads: "It was the state"
It is two years today since the disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico with no sign of their whereabouts, except for the remains of 19-year-old Alexander Mora Venancio. International experts have shown the Mexican authorities’ version of events to be impossible, but the government sticks to its own unbelievable story and refuses to follow leads that would take them to the door of the army – believed to have been involved in the crime and to have important information about what took place – while it continues to...
Oil pollution in Ecuador
Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00pm @ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. W., Floor 2, Room 212 Organizers: International Human Rights Program of the University of Toronto (IHRP), MiningWatch Canada, Educators for Peace and Justice, and Union of People Affected by the Oil Operations of Texaco (now Chevron) (UDAPT) Sponsored by: Latin American Studies of the University of Toronto (LAS) This week the court of Toronto will hold a trial concerning the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian sentence condemning Chevron to pay for the remediation of the damages caused in the...

A North-South Dialogue on Extractivism: Resistance and Alternatives by MiningWatch Canada

This workshop was held on August 11, 2016, as part of the World Social Forum in Montreal. It was jointly presented by Kairos and MiningWatch Canada. Predatory extractivism — the exploitation of natural wealth for short-term profit without regard for its consequences — is being challenged ever more fiercely both intellectually and theoretically and on the ground. Indigenous and popular movements, writers and thinkers in different parts of the world use different approaches and strategies, but the fundamental struggle for ecological, climate, and social justice is the same. This workshop...