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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...
Pierre Alarie
The Canadian Ambassador to Mexico is apparently not worried about violence, kidnapping and extortion at Canadian mine sites. This despite a Canadian mining executive having admitted this year to the Business News Network to having a good working relationship with organized crime groups in Sinaloa, workers being kidnapped and killed at a Canadian mine site in Guerrero, and half a community fleeing from their homes because of threats and violence around yet another Canadian mine in Guerrero. Speaking to the press in Guerrero, Mexico on Friday during an annual mining fair that took place in...
Efemçukuru
By Üstün B. Reinart for the Aegean Environmental Platform (Turkey) Community groups, professional associations, and environmentalists want Eldorado Gold out of Efemçukuru, Izmir, while the company manœvres behind closed doors to illegally increase capacity three-fold. Eldorado Gold Corp (through its Turkish arm Tuprag) is operating a controversial gold mine at Efemçukuru, near Izmir, Turkey. Efemçukuru is near a village known for its olive groves, vineyards, forests, and organic agriculture, on a hillside behind the city of Izmir. Efemçukuru is within the catchment area of Tahtali...
Los Filos
Among questions about the Syrian refugee crisis and Canada’s military deployment abroad, the central role of the Canadian mining industry in the dispossession and forced displacement of many thousands of people around the world, including countless men, women, and children murdered, wounded, and raped, deserves serious attention when Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair head into the Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Toronto this Monday. While it is unlikely that a debate that carries the name of one of Canada’s biggest mining magnates will permit critical questions about Canadian mining...
The Supreme Court of Canada
In a small but significant step towards ending corporate impunity for destroying the environment and people’s health, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Ecuadoran villagers should be allowed to try to get hold of Chevron assets in Canada, to collect on the $US9.51 billion that Ecuadoran courts had awarded them for extensive pollution of the Amazon rainforest. MiningWatch Canada intervened in the case ( Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje, 2015 SCC 42 ) in order to support the idea that transnational corporations should be held to account for their abuses, regardless of where they took...