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Justice for Berta Cáceres and Security for Gustavo Castro Now!
(Montreal/Toronto/Ottawa) Today, fifty Canadian organizations and networks sent a letter calling on the Canadian Government to pressure Honduran authorities and review Canadian foreign policy after another member of Berta Cáceres’ organization was murdered this week. On Tuesday, Nelson Noé García Laínez from the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was murdered in the community of Río Chiquito. The Indigenous leader was on his way home from helping a group of families that government security forces had just violently evicted when he was shot dead in the...
Canadian Malartic Mine, Quebec
(Letter presented to Kamloops City Concil's Public Presentation Session on 15 March 2016) Mr. Mayor, Councilors, First, I would like to thank you for allowing me to speak here today, in the beautiful city of Kamloops. I would also like to thank MiningWatch Canada for this opportunity, and the people of Kamloops for their warm welcome and generosity since my arrival on Sunday. My name is Diane Gagnon, born and raised in the Abitibi mining region, Quebec, and now a resident of Malartic –home to the largest gold mine and the largest open pit mine on the edge of a city in Canada. I am a...
Thousands attend Berta Cáceres' burial in La Esperanza, Honduras; Photo: Telesur English
“Even though it's very hard and very painful, we have learned to fight with joy.” - Berta Cáceres, cited this week by Canadian journalist Sandra Cuffe Dozens of organizations from across Canada and Quebec signed a communiqué sent to Canadian politicians today, condemning the assassination of Honduran environmental justice activist Berta Cáceres and calling on the government of Canada to express repudiation at her murder and to urge the Honduran government to support an independent, international investigation into this despicable crime. Berta Cáceres, founder of the Civic Council of...
Community meeting in Chiapas, Mexico with Gustavo Castro
Embassy of Honduras in Mexico Mexican Consulate in Honduras Inter American Commission on Human Rights SIGN THE ONLINE URGENT ACTION HERE . Early this morning, March 3, 2016, armed individuals forcibly entered and assassinated Honduran activist Berta Cáceres , founder of COPINH, in her home in La Esperanza, department of Intibucá in southwestern Honduras. Our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro Soto was injured during the attack. Gustavo is Mexican and a member of the organization Otros Mundos Chiapas /Friends of the Earth-Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples ( REMA its...
Berta Cáceres
Shocking and terribly sad news from the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras: March 3, 2016 This evening at approximately midnight, the General Coordinator of COPINH, Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibucá. At least two individuals broke down the door of the house where Berta was staying for the evening in the Residencial La Líbano, shot and killed her. COPINH is urgently responding to this tragic situation. Berta Cáceres was one of the leading indigenous activists in Honduras. She spent her life fighting in defence...
Malartic Blast
Earlier this week, local residents affected by the giant Canadian Malartic’s open pit gold mine voted unanimously in favour to move ahead with a class action lawsuit over the impacts the mine has on their property, health, well-being, and overall quality of life. Montreal-based lawyer, Michel Bélanger , will take the case. Bélanger is a well-known environmental and class action lawyer who has won multiple high-profile cases in Quebec. These include a recent class action suit against tobacco companies, the Ciment St-Laurent case in the early 2000s, the Saguenay dam breach and subsequent flood...
San Andrés mine, Copán, Honduras
Aura Minerals ' gold mine in La Unión, Copan, Honduras can not expand without exhuming and relocating hundreds of family members buried in the community cemetery. Aura Mineral's subsidiary MINOSA has not compiled with even the basic standards for cemetery relocation, including receiving legal permission from the next of kin, presenting a relocation strategy that is fair and acceptable to the local communities, adequate monetary compensation, and community consultation. The communities still use and value the cemetery and plan to continue protecting it. Just two weeks ago, two community...
Time to Clean Up BC Mining
W rite to BC's Premier now! Just as Premier Christy Clark announces more direct and indirect subsidies to the mining industry, groups are calling on the BC government to better industry practices and stronger regulations to protect the environment, communities, and taxpayers from further environmental liability related to mining. The Wilderness Committee recently released a new publication (or here ) – produced with support from MiningWatch Canada and Clayoquot Action – demanding that BC’s mining industry clean up its act and be constrained by tougher environmental laws governing the creation...
Thousands Demonstrate Against HudBay's Constancia Mine
This week, thousands of affected-community members protested against HudBay Minerals ’ Constancia open-pit copper mine in southern Peru. The Velille Defense Front (FUDIV) convened the 72-hour peaceful preventative strike , which took place from Monday to Wednesday. The communities decided to protest after invitations to government and company officials requesting talks over economic, social and environmental issues received no response. Human Rights Without Frontiers – Cusco reported that the protests “had a massive turnout,” receiving supported from the major social organizations in the...
Constancia copper mine
After failed attempts to dialogue with HudBay Minerals , the Velille Defence Front, community presidents, community boards, the Chumbivilcas Defence Front and nearby districts have announced a preventative strike for 72 hours starting January 25, 2016 against the company’s Peruvian subsidiary HudBay Perú S.A.C. HudBay’s open-pit Constancia copper project is located within the districts of Velille, Chamaca and Livitaca, in the province of Chumbivilcas, department of Cusco, Peru. The community organizations of Velille are demanding that the company meet various economic, social and...