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It has been seven months that operations at Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine have been suspended and, once again, residents are speaking out about what they perceive as a further attempt on the part of the company and its supporters to provoke conflict, delegitimize their right to peaceful and lawful protest , and undermine the independence of a judicial process over two of the company’s licences. Below is a translation of a press release from the Xinka Parliament and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa concerning an incident on Thursday, February 15th, in which...
This recent blog (below) from our friends and partners at West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL) sums it up well. MiningWatch Canada and a team of lawyers supported by WCEL's Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund program helped Bev Sellars to file those private charges on August 4, 2017, for violations of BC laws. Unfortunately, BC has a policy which, in practice, never allows private prosecutions to go forward. This needs to change. Now, everyone is waiting to see if the Federal Crown will lay its own charges for violations of the Fisheries Act (after dismissing MiningWatch Canada's private...
Your support is needed in response to the dire situation facing Hondurans in the aftermath of national elections in late November that have been widely-denounced given evidence of electoral fraud and a campaign of state violence against hundreds of protests across the country since. Activist Edwin Espinal is one of over twenty political prisoners being held in a maximum security prison where he could spend years before ever seeing a judge. Please take action here , to write to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and your own MP calling for diplomatic action, urging that Edwin and...
The high cost of Canada’s diplomacy on behalf of Canadian mining companies came under public scrutiny during the week of February 5 when the son of murdered Mexican community leader Mariano Abarca and supporters presented a complaint to the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (PSIC) over the role of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico in the conflict over Blackfire Exploration’s Payback mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. The complaint alleges that the acts and omissions of the Canadian Embassy contributed to putting Mariano Abarca’s life in danger and that the Embassy may not have followed Canadian...
The Trudeau government has finally presented draft legislation to reform the federal environmental review process. Since the new process is being presented as innovative and radical, but also aimed at promoting investment and “certainty” for corporations, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if it fails to deliver on promises of evidence-based decisions, promoting sustainability and combatting climate change, and respect for Indigenous rights. It’s hard to respond definitively to a legislative package that’s 412 pages long, including the Impact Assessment Act, the Navigable Waters Act, and...
While visiting with community members at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea in December 2017, MiningWatch was alerted to the death of Boi Nelson Nai, a 15 year old indigenous Ipili boy of the Mamai Kensa Clan from Panadaka village in the Special Mine Lease Area of the mine. Boi Nelson Nai was killed when he was run over by a PJV loader truck on the Anawe waste dump on October 3, 2017. The family is still seeking compensation for his death. MiningWatch requested information from Barrick Gold in a letter of February 5, 2018 regarding this incident, in particular...
Mariano Abarca embassy
More than eight years since the unsolved murder of Mariano Abarca in Chiapas, Mexico, his son and a group of Mexican human rights defenders have presented a submission to the Public Sector Integrity Commission (PSIC) regarding the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and its support for Canadian mining company Blackfire Exploration’s operations in Chiapas. The Commissioner has 90 calendar days from the date of filing the complaint to decide whether or not to investigate. We need your support to urge the Commissioner to investigate given the importance of this case to the family in their ongoing fight...
Communiqué from The Collective for the Defense of Malagasy Lands - TANY Summary: Landowners impacted by the Graphite Exploration Mining Project in Ambatolampy - Vohitsara, Brickaville District, have filed a complaint with the Toamasina District Court demanding the termination of DNI Metals' mining operations. The verdict of the Court of First Instance classifies the request of the owners as "unwelcome," whereas the history of the facts documented and the text of the "interim relief order" publicized by the court confirm the existence of dysfunctions and abuses in the activities and the...
The Borneo Case
Yes, it's not specifically mining-related, but MiningWatch is deeply concerned about corruption and illegal activity in the mining sector, and that means we are deeply concerned about Canada's role in facilitating corruption, including its apparent inability – or unwillingness – to investigate and prosecute such activity. Next week a group of indigenous activists from Malaysia, accompanied by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), will travel to Canada to call attention to the decades of clear-cut logging that has razed the rainforests of Borneo and allegedly enriched a Malaysian family...
More than eight years since the murder of Mariano Abarca, an outspoken community leader in Chiapas, Mexico, his son and a group of Mexican human rights defenders will visit Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto from February 5 to 9. Mariano led his community's struggle against the social and environmental impacts of Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine. The delegation will file a complaint ask for an investigation into whether the Canadian embassy acted recklessly and without authority in pressuing the government of the state of Chiapas in Mexico to end protests. They will also participate in public...