Luis & Adolfo Garcia
Luis Fernando García (left) and father Adolfo Augustin García

How a quasi-military project was created to protect Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine

On November 24, 2014, Donald Paul Gray, vice president of Tahoe Resources Inc., submitted an affadavit to the British Columbia Superior Court that sheds light on the powerful interests at play since 2011 in connection with private security companies contracted for the Escobal mining project in San...
San Martin mine
Goldcorp's San Martin mine in Honduras - Council of Canadians photo.

Honduran organizations fight to have Canadian-backed mining law declared unconstitutional

A short summary of two constitutional challenges submitted to Honduras' Constitutional Court against the General Mining Law passed in January 2013 with technical assistance paid for with Canadian overseas development aid.
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Canadian Embassy went too far to protect mining company interests in Mexico, critics say

The CBC's Karen Pauls covered our report documenting the involvement and responsibility of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico in the violation of community and human rights in Durango. Her online story noted, "MiningWatch report says Canadian diplomats were complicit in repression of peaceful...

It takes a lot of hot air to keep the balloon afloat
It takes a lot of hot air to keep the balloon afloat

Discredited Fraser Institute Mining Survey Resurfaces

Wow. We asked ourselves how the Fraser Institute could bring back its annual global mining survey after Press Progress’ devastating exposé "...

A message from Jamie Kneen to the Alternative Mining Indaba, Cape Town, February 10, 2015

"Mining if necessary, but not necessarily mining"

Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Development: The Role of the African Mining Vision and Its Implementation

Presentation by Jamie Kneen to the Alternative Mining Indaba, Cape Town, February 10, 2015

I’d...

World Bank protest
Protest outside World Bank-sponsored “Conference on Sustainable Development of Natural Resources” in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Honduran Organizations Demand Support for Farming Not Mining in Protest of World Bank Sponsored Event

Last week, the Honduran National Coalition of Environmental Networks and Organizations (CONROA by its initials in Spanish) protested a World Bank-sponsored “Conference on Sustainable Development of Natural Resources” in Tegucigalpa. They demanded support for farming not mining, and for community...
Ayotzinapa somos todos
Photo credit: Sharon Murillo (http://regeneracion.mx/). Picture by Students of University of Texas, El Paso.

Speculation Over Delayed ‘Three Amigos’ Meeting Forgets Ayotzinapa, Avoids Tough Questions for Mexico and Canada

Prime Minister Harper’s decision to indefinitely postpone the North American Leaders’ Summit – better known as the annual ‘Three Amigos’ meeting – likely has a lot to do with his own electoral calculus. But it also does Mexican President Peña Nieto a huge favour and avoids uncomfortable questions...
Support demonstration for Wilderness Committee
Support demonstration for Wilderness Committee

“The Process Is the Punishment”: Taseko Takes Wilderness Committee to Court Over Fight to Save Fish Lake

(Guest blog by Dawn Hoogeveen) A crowd gathered in front of B.C.’s law court in Vancouver on Monday morning in support of the Wilderness Committee. It was the first day of a lawsuit instigated by Taseko Mines Limited, which is suing the environmental organization for defamation....

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Jose Tendetza e hijos
Jose Tendetza with his children, June 2013

José Tendetza's murder is more blood on Canada's hands

José Tendetza should have been in Lima, Peru last week at the climate change talks as one of the powerful Indigenous voices speaking about the destruction that the...

Marinduque meeting
Catherine celebrates with Marinduque Board officials, their decision to turn down a woefully inadequate offer made by Barrick Gold in an almost ten-year-old suit against the company. 

Philippine Province’s Lawsuit against Barrick Gold Could End Up in Canada

In August, I was invited to travel to Marinduque Island in the Philippines to meet with civil society organizations, municipal elected officials, and the elected Provincial Board. The topic on people’s minds was a long-running lawsuit pitting the Provincial Board against Canadian mining giant...

Mariano Abarca: Our Struggle, Our Land, Our Water, Our Resistance, Our Hope - Bety Cariño

Five Years After Mariano Abarca Was Murdered for his Resistance Against Blackfire Exploration, We Demand Justice!

The following letter has been sent to authorities to demand a response from the Mexican and Canadian authorities to ensure justice for his death. This video is from a vigil in front of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City mere days after the Mariano's November 27, 2009 murder, held by the...

Magige Ghati Kesabo
Magige Ghati Kesabo is the first named claimant in a case commenced in London against UK-based African Barrick Gold. He holds a photo of his son, Emmanuel Magige Ghati, who was allegedly shot and killed by police on 16 May 2011 at the North Mara mine.

Lawyers Say Barrick Thwarts Access to Justice for Victims of Violence

(Ottawa) New evidence is emerging that Barrick Gold’s dealings with victims of violence by mine security and police at mine sites in Papua New Guinea and in Tanzania is primarily designed to protect the company from legal action, rather than to provide fair...

Do No Harm, Canada

Blog: The Inter American Human Rights Commission – an independent office of the Organization of American States – has added its voice to a growing list of human rights bodies calling on Canada to prevent mining abuses and hold Canadian companies and state agencies responsible to account.

‘Cracks’ in Canadian Policy for Overseas Mining, Evidence of an Abyss

“Despite Canada’s assurances that there is good policy, we continue at the commission to see a number of very, very serious human rights violations occurring in the region,” said Commissioner Rose-Marie Antoine for the Inter American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) in Washington this week....