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In the chaos following national elections in Honduras on November 26, Canadian authorities must take a strong public stand and forcibly denounce evidence of electoral fraud and violent repression of public protests. Across Honduras, tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating their discontent over evidence of electoral fraud by the government-controlled electoral tribunal. As widely reported , while early trends in the vote count indicated that opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla was on track to win, delays, irregularities and evidence of vote-rigging since then favour...
Protect Pipsell from KGHM Ajax Mine
The Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) in British Columbia is ramping up its #Me7ePipsellTa7aAjax (Yes Pípsell, No Ajax) campaign and is calling on the public, friends and allies to press the federal and provincial governments to respect SSN’s decision not to give its free, prior, informed consent for the proposed KHGM Ajax open-pit copper/gold mine in its territory. With the support of MiningWatch Canada, SSN has launched a new web site and online action, Protect Pípsell , where the public can learn more about the cultural and ecological significance of this area, and why it...
As a member of OECD Watch, MiningWatch and other member organisations have launched a campaign calling for the improved effectiveness of OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) so that NCPs can provide access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses. NCPs were established as a means to ensure business compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and offer a state-based non-judicial grievance mechanism for victims of corporate abuse to seek remedial justice. Governments that adhere to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have an obligation to...
This is a statement by REMA, the Mexican Network of those Affected by Mining. Victor and Marcelino Sahuanitla Peña were assassinated for fighting for the few, tattered labour rights that still exist in Mexico, rights that powerful and corrupt Canadian transnational corporations - among many others - fail to respect or guarantee for workers at their mines. The assassination of the two men joins a long list of women and men who have fallen in connection with Canadian mining companies. Just last year, a similar situation arose in connection with the Los Filos mine operation of...
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...