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Guest blog by Ellen Moore, EARTHWORKS Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining company with head offices in Reno, NV, began production at the Escobal silver mine in San Rafael Las Flores located in southeastern Guatemala in January 2014. Beginning in 2011, residents in San Rafael Las Flores, Mataquescuintla, and other nearby municipalities who oppose the project have suffered violent repression and systematic criminalization of local leaders. Operations at Escobar have been effectively suspended beginning in June 2017, first as a result of direct community action, and then by order of the court in...
On Tuesday, members of the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa together with the Xinka People’s Parliament of Guatemala delivered the following letter to the attention of Tahoe Resources' new CEO, James Voorhees, and Executive Chair, Kevin McArthur. They call for an end to the environmental harms, community division, militarization and repression that the project has brought into their lives, and demand that Tahoe Resources permanently close the mine. TAKE ACTION to join them in calling for the closure of the Escobal mine The community members presented the letter to...
Over sixty international organizations wrote the Guatemalan Attorney General this week expressing deep sadness and concern following the brutal murder of Ángel Estuardo Quevedo on July 12, 2018, an active a member of the Peaceful Resistance movement of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa against Tahoe Resources' Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala. August 1, 2018 Dear Attorney General María Consuelo Porras Argueta: We are writing to express our profound sadness and concern at the killing of human rights defender Ángel Estuardo Quevedo in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima on July 12,...
For mining, oil, gas, forestry, fishing, and any other industrial projects. Before 4pm on Monday (July 30), take 3 minutes to submit your comments online . Let the provincial government know you want new environmental assessment laws that must go beyond what it is currently proposing in its Discussion Paper to: Ensure independent evidence and oversight of assessments, including peer review of scientific information, and mandatory independent and Indigenous-led review panels; Provide more meaningful public participation and participant funding; Address cumulative impacts through...
MiningWatch Releases Video and Critique of the Mine’s Grievance Mechanism In a video released by MiningWatch Canada, women living in villages around Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania speak out publicly for the first time about the sexual violence they suffered at the hands of private and public (police) mine security at the North Mara mine. They also discuss the inadequacies of the remedy they have received from the mine’s grievance mechanism, and the ongoing hardship they continue to suffer as a result of their rapes. MiningWatch has interviewed over a hundred men, women...
Early last week, over thirty organizations and 160 individuals sent a letter to Mexican authorities, the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and the President of Canadian mining company Almaden Minerals expressing concern about the murder of Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez and threats of criminalization and violence against Indigenous communities in the Sierra Norte de Puebla who are fighting mining and hydroelectric projects. Before his murder, Manuel Gaspar was one of eight people facing charges pressed by the national electrical utility company (CFE) for participating in the blockade of a major new...
Eritrea mining
It was sheer coincidence, but more than a tinge of irony coloured yesterday's news that the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Nevsun Resources' appeal of a court ruling that accusations against it regarding the use of forced labour at its Bisha mine in Eritrea should be heard in British Columbia, not Eritrea, just as a new report revealed evidence of the Eritrean regime's use of forced labour and exposed transnational mining companies' contributions to supporting the regime. A group of Eritrean refugees allege that as military conscripts, they were forced to work for an Eritrean military...
On June 11, over fifty Guatemalan and international organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala raising deep concern about Embassy interference and threats of international lawsuits that they believe are putting undue pressure on the country’s Constitutional Court and pose further risk to residents demonstrating against the project . A decision is currently pending from the court concerning the current suspension of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine. Notably, on May 21, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala released a public statement highlighting the importance of natural...
The Sisson Mine project (Northcliff/HDI/Todd Minerals) is currently applying for permission to dump millions of tons of mining waste into the headwaters of the pristine Nashwaak river and watershed. The federal government, through Environment Canada, is accepting comments from the public until May 3, 2018 . Act now to reject this project and protect the Nashwaak river The Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB), in partnership with the Nashwaak Watershed Association , the Wolastoqey Nation Grand Council, as well as many local organizations and communities are calling on the solidarity of...
From April 27 to 30, MiningWatch partners will be joining delegates from Canada and the Global South will participate in the International Gathering of Women Resisting Extractivism in Montreal. This gathering will bring together more than 40 land and life defenders from around the world to share their experiences and strategies of resistance, as well as to speak out against the threats they are facing because of their work. The gathering will highlight the impacts of extractivism on Indigenous women and the important steps they are taking to ensure the well-being of their...