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The lives of human rights defender Victor Andrés Cruz Chi and his family, from Colima, Mexico are under threat. They are being targeted for their work in support of the indigenous community of Zacualpan that has been resisting the presence of mining concessions on their land and for Victor's persistant willingness to confront state collusion in human rights violations taking place. The following is a translation in English the online urgent action being circulated by the Mexican National Network of Human Rights Organizations for the Rights of All (REDTDT its initials in Spanish). These...
Members of the Mokopane community in Limpopo province, where Ivanhoe Mines subsidiary Ivanplats is building the Platreef platinum mine, today protested inside and outside the Pretoria office of the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) as well as picketing the Canadian High Commission.
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 Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa. His affidavit points to the relationship between private security companies and military and intelligence services that carry out large military projects in Afghanistan and Iraq, and with mining and construction operations in Guatemala. Article by Guatemalan journalist Luis Solano.
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.
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 protest." The CBC also provided related links: The Accountability Gap: Canadian Mining Companies in Mexico Original ATIP documents MiningWatch Canada/Steelworkers report Mexican landowners win ruling over Excellon Excellon Resources Inc. And a quite detailed article on the issue:...
Wow. We asked ourselves how the Fraser Institute could bring back its annual global mining survey after Press Progress’ devastating exposé " Now ordinary Canadians can skew Fraser Institute's data from home ”. Apparently the answer is simple -- pretend that nothing is wrong with the methodology (or that there actually is a methodology), just as they always have. Really, it’s nothing more than a content-free exercise in leveraging industry pressure for deregulation and government support. It clearly has little to do with actual mining investment or activity if companies keep investing in...
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 like to start by congratulating the organisers on a successful event and thanking them for the opportunity to speak. I wish I could be there with you, but instead I am stuck with -20 degree temperatures and crisp snow and will just have to do my best to enjoy the skiing, tobogganing, and ice-skating. To begin to address the question of large-scale mining and development, much less ‘...
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 consultation to be binding on Honduran government decisions over any and all mining activities.
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 about how Canadian economic interests fit in.
(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. Recent attention has been turned to the use of lawsuits to harass activists – dubbed “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation” (SLAPPs) with the “frivolous legal battle” launched against Burnaby residents opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. During Burnaby Mountain protests, the activists...