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Urgent Action: Call on Canadian representatives to respond as Guatemalan government moves to expel witnesses to police violence at US-Canadian mine site.
(Updated) Last week, Guatemalan authorities informed two Peace Brigades International (PBI) volunteers that their temporary residence permits were cancelled and that they had ten days to leave the country. Both volunteers witnessed a violent eviction on May 23rd at 'La Puya' - just north of Guatemala City-, where US-based Kappes, Cassidy & Associates and Vancouver-based Radius Gold are trying to develop the El Tambor mine project.
Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver project in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, southeastern Guatemala, is the subject of local opposition and ongoing legal processes against the validity of the exploitation licence. Community leaders have faced repression, criminalization and violence for their efforts to promote community consultation processes.
Contents: ‘On the Road for Justice’ Speaking Tour to Bring Attention to Guatemala Mining Conflict, Need for Remedy in Canada Over One-Quarter Million People Side with Costa Rica in Imminent Battle with Canadian Company Infinito Gold African Barrick’s Confidential Compensation Agreements Questioned at Troubled Tanzania Mine Rejection of New Prosperity Project Provides Clarity to Industry: Lake Destroying Projects and Projects Without Indigenous Consent Need Not Apply New Federally Funded Academic Institute a Tool to Support Mining Industry New Study Debunks Mining Company “Falsehoods” Regarding El Salvador Ejido Carrizallillo Announces Agreement with Goldcorp, Ending 33-Day Strike Canadian Mining Investment Benefits Eritrea’s Repressive Regime Groups Rally on Parliament Hill To Demand Ombudsman for Extractive Industries Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy Up in the Air Yet Again
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The federal government is engaged in a review of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy for the international operations of the Canadian extractive sector. As part of this review, MiningWatch was invited to participate in a civil society roundtable consultation hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), as well as in an in-depth interview by the Department’s Office of Audit, Evaluation and Inspection; both meetings were in December 2013.
Like moths to a flame, Ontario’s political leaders have been circling the potential mining developments known as the Ring of Fire during the 2014 election campaign. Advancing development in the area received ink in the Liberal, NDP, and PC platforms and was a focal point of yesterday's northern leaders debate. The Liberal platform continues their budget promise of $1-billion for infrastructure but removes the condition of federal support. Under the Liberals' watch a “Framework Agreement ” has been signed between Ontario and the Matawa First Nations beginning a process for dialogue on...
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Last week saw a sensational headline in Canadian Business Magazine: The slaves of Eritrea: Canadian mining company Nevsun has been accused of using forced labour to build a mine in Eritrea. How could something like that happen in the modern business world? The news wasn’t so much the allegations, now a couple of years old, that contractors at Nevsun Resources’ Bisha gold-copper mine in Eritrea had used forced labour, under inhumane conditions. It was that the Canadian government’s response to those allegations, exposed through an Access to Information request, was to worry about the...
Letter from MiningWatch Canada and Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) in response to a letter and attachments received from African Barrick Gold dated 11 March 2014, concerning the project-level non-judicial grievance mechanisms at the company's North Mara gold mine in Tanzania.
Blog Entry: On Thursday, April 9th, the negotiating team for the Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico, published a response to Goldcorp’s Vice President for Mexican Operations, Horacio Bruna. The team chastises the company directors in Mexico for treating them with disrespect and their proposal with contempt.