'Toxic Toronto' bus tour; a trip through the mining industry's belly of the beast
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network hosted a "Toxic Toronto" bus tour around the financial district on March 5; Photo: MiningWatch

Latin American Organizations Denounce the Deadly Impacts of Mining During PDAC 2017

This week, while an anticipated 20,000+ people wine and dine, discussing multi-million dollar deals and dreams during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada mining convention (PDAC 2017) at the Toronto Metro Convention...

Berta Cáceres, Nelson García and Tomás García; Artist: Pat Perry
COPINH Leaders Berta Cáceres, Nelson García and Tomás García, "Wake up humanity, we're out of time"; Artist: Pat Perry

The World Demands Justice for the Murder of Berta Cáceres

On March 2, 2016, Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, an organizer with the Lenca people’s resistance in Honduras, was murdered despite security...

Mural of Marcelo Rivera on the Casa de Cultura in San Isidro, Cabañas, El Salvador; Photo: MiningWatch

In El Salvador, OceanaGold Must ‘Pay Up and Pack Up’

After seven years, four murders and US$24 million in total legal costs, in October 2016, a little-known World Bank tribunal trashed OceanaGold’s claim...

Video about the origins of the mining conflicts in Nankints, Morona Santiago, Ecuador; By Minka Urbana

Persecution of Indigenous Leaders Persists in Ecuador

With deep concern, we share the following statement from the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission of Ecuador (CEDHU its initials in Spanish) denouncing the arrest of a Shuar Indigenous leader in southeastern Ecuador. This is part of an ongoing campaign of militarization, criminalization and...

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake). Ramsey Hart photo.

Prosperity Mine – A Precautionary Tale: The Importance of Environmental Assessments

Ecojustice and MiningWatch Canada head to court this week to defend Fish Lake ("Teztan Biny" in Tŝilhqot’in) from a risky mining project.

Mining projects often put...

The Marcopper mine
Placer Dome/Barrick Gold's Marcopper mine, Marinduque, Philippines. C. Coumans photo.

Canada Needs a Human Rights Ombudsperson for the International Mining, Oil and Gas Sectors

Human rights abuses at Canadian-owned mining sites around the world are widespread and well-documented. Victims of such abuse have nowhere to turn to seek justice.

MiningWatch has joined with the Canadian Network on Corporate...

Arthur Manuel
Arthur Manuel

In Memoriam: Arthur Manuel

The staff and Directors of MiningWatch Canada are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Arthur Manuel. We extend our most sincere...

Blood of Extraction, Ottawa Book Launch January 11th

"Blood of Extraction" – Ottawa Book Launch with Authors Todd Gordon and Jeffrey R. Webber

Join us for the upcoming Ottawa book launch of Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America with authors Todd Gordon and Jeffrey R. Webber that...

Dozens of International Organizations and Networks Call for End to State of Emergency and Militarization in Ecuador's Southern Amazon

Today, nearly fifty international organizations and networks sent the following letter to Ecuadorian authorities urging an immediate end to the militarization and the State of Emergency that was declared in the southeastern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago last week. Instead of force,...

Berta Cáceres

Canada’s Hollow Human Rights Commitment on Honduras and Human Rights Defenders

The Liberal government is much more, well, liberal with their use of the words “human rights” that the previous Conservative government. In practice, however, this means little more than business as usual, particularly where big business is involved.

This was evident in the Minister...

Porgera Women Send Message to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Video Message from Porgera Women to UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Tired of waiting for fair compensation from mining giant Barrick Gold for gross sexual violence, 119 indigenous women from Papua New Guinea call for United Nations intervention. They sent this video message to the 5th annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights taking place this week in...

Strike at HudBay's Constancia mine; Photos: Human Rights Without Borders - Cusco
Strike at HudBay's Constancia mine; Photos: Human Rights Without Borders - Cusco

Communities from the District of Chamaca Strike at HudBay Minerals’ Constancia Mine in Cusco, Peru

Sources: Peruvian Observatory of Mining Conflicts, Human Rights Without Borders – Cusco

Since Monday, about 1,000 community members from the district of Chamaca in the province of Chumbivilcas, in the southern region of Cusco, have been...

Damage to Home in La Cuchilla, San Rafael Las Flores
Damage to Home in La Cuchilla, San Rafael Las Flores; Photo: Comité de Gestion de Aldea La Cuchilla para Resarcimientos

Community members protest damage to homes near Tahoe Resources' mine, fear violent reprisal

In February 2016, houses in the village of La Cuchilla in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, began to crack and on April 19th, the houses began to fall down. The community is located less than 3 kilometers from Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine, which has been operating an underground...

Peru mining protest
Military responds to mining protest in Peru. (Photo by Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu, CATAPA)

More than a few bad apples: "Militarized neoliberalism" and the Canadian state in Latin America

Stories of bloody, degrading violence associated with Canadian mining operations abroad sporadically land on Canadian news pages. HudBay Minerals, Goldcorp, Barrick Gold, Nevsun and Tahoe Resources are some of the bigger corporate names associated with this activity. Sometimes our attention is...

Guatemalan Delegation and CCIJ with Mining Justice Alliance at BC Court of Appeals, Nov 1, 2016
Guatemalan Delegation and CCIJ with Mining Justice Alliance at BC Court of Appeals, Nov 1, 2016

The Uphill Battle for Justice over Violence at Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine in Guatemala

On April 27, 2013, Adolfo García was one of seven men shot and wounded as he tried to escape the advance of Tahoe Resources’ private security guards just outside the gates of the company’s Escobal...

Background: MiningWatch Canada Charges Against B.C. Government and Mount Polley Mine

MiningWatch Canada is filing a private prosecution to lay charges against the BC Government and Mount Polley Mine Corporation for violations of the Canadian Fisheries Act in connection with the 2014 tailings pond disaster.

Summary

On October 18, 2016,...