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Guest blog by Daniela Pastrana, Periodistas de a PIe Journalists Network, @danielapastrana Translated from the original in Spanish by Christian Filip This month, during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Mexico, multiple videos circulated showing Mexican women legislators acting like teenagers, pushing one another aside in order to take a selfie with the leader who has been promoting his government to the world as feminist. Radio Fórmula reporter, María Eugenia Rojas, went even further. Using one of only two questions Mexican journalists could ask at the end of a...
MiningWatch Canada responds to a letter of September 21, 2017, from Barrick Gold’s subsidiary Acacia Mining, in regard to ongoing alleged excess use of force by mine security at the North Mara Gold Mine Ltd. in Tanzania, including another death of a villager allegedly shot by mine security on August 4, 2017. We also raise ongoing concern about the equitability of the mine’s grievance mechanism used to address such violence. Our concern is echoed in recent public statements made by retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie, who visited the mine in August.
Michael Levitt
The committee hasn’t heard from people most directly affected by Canadian mining operations in the region. The federal Liberals came into office promising to take action on human rights abuses associated with one of Canada’s largest and most controversial areas of foreign investment abroad: mining. But a rare study on the issue in the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights seems designed to justify the do-nothing status quo, since the process precludes any critical examination of Canada’s current policy. The subcommittee has been holding hearings on “Human rights...
On October 11 th , representatives from the departments of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa who have been participating the protest camp against Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine since June held a press conference to denounce attempts to discredit and criminalize their movement, specifically recent damage to a helicopter . Local leaders speaking to Guatemalan press in the municipality of Casillas repudiated the attack on the helicopter and raised concerns about this and other acts of provocation that they suspect Tahoe Resources may be behind and could be using to create conflict and an...
From October 16 to 18, a delegation of nine Mexican human rights experts will be in Ottawa to shine a light on the acute human rights crisis in Mexico. The visit is taking place just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to Mexico. During their visit, the Mexican human rights defenders will testify to Parliament’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights, as well as to members of the Senate Human Rights Committee. The experts work in diverse sectors such as women’s rights, forced disappearances and torture, labour issues, journalism and freedom of expression, indigenous...
On the eve of Prime Minister Trudeau’s first official visit to Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian mining companies to make big profits. Canadian investment in Mexico - the principal destination abroad for Canadian mining investment after the U.S. - is expanding precisely in the most deadly places for anyone to get by on a daily basis, let alone speak out in defence...
On the heels of two months of lobbying in Washington D.C. and Ottawa seeking government intervention on its behalf, Tahoe Resources announced on September 10th that the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice had reinstated the operating licence for its Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala. Questions remain over this court decision, which is now under appeal, and a final ruling from the Constitutional Court could be months away. However, regardless of the court’s verdict, the Escobal project clearly lacks a social licence to operate. Operations have been stalled since June 7 th when...
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As we wrote in our September 12, 2017 news release, we have received a series of worrying allegations regarding DNI Metals Inc.’s Vohitsara graphite project in Madagascar, which are backed up by solid documentation. We had previously written to the company and got messages denying all the allegations, but as yet, we have received no specific response. Although DNI has begun to address these issues, serious reports about unfair compensation, harassment , and entering and destroying lands without landowners’ consent still stand to be resolved. DNI claims “there are no disputes between DNI and...
Please circulate! The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) is hiring an Indigenous Caucus Coordinator to support communities affected by mining across North America. MiningWatch Canada is a Steering Committee member of WMAN JOB POSTING APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 JOB TITLE: Indigenous Caucus Coordinator TIME OF WORK: Part Time (10-12 hours/week, more when coordinating an event, $US30/hour) GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: WMAN is a network of Indigenous, conservation, and public interest groups that works to limit the adverse environmental, economic, and social impacts of the mining industry in...
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Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the racism and discrimination that has caused such profound harm to Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Violations include uprooting Indigenous peoples from their territories and resources, failure to honour Treaties, tearing Indigenous children from their families, and making Indigenous women, girls...