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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brief: 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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Communiqué: Following release of new report, the Ejido La Sierrita expresses indignation regarding the actions of the Canadian Embassy in failing to comply with its obligation to promote and protect our community’s human rights in the face of the violations perpetrated by the Canadian mining company Excellon Resources Inc.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

News release: A report based on internal documents obtained from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) concludes that Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.’s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract and poor working conditions, and supported repression against a peaceful protest.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

News release: On January 15, 2015, the Quebec Minister for Mines, Luc Blanchette and the Quebec Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, met with the Chiefs of the Wolf Lake and Eagle Village First Nations to discuss several matters including the proposed Matamec Rare Earths open pit mine. The Chiefs followed up their January 15th meeting with a letter they sent to the two Quebec Ministers’ today,

Monday, February 9, 2015

News release: Oxford (UK) and Ottawa (Canada) – Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID) and MiningWatch Canada (MiningWatch) recognise the significance of the settlement, announced on Friday 6 February 2015, of claims brought by Tanzanian villagers alleging that African Barrick Gold (now Acacia Mining) and its subsidiary were liable, through complicity, for killing and injuring of locals at the North Mara mine  by police guarding the mine. The claims, brought by leading law firm Leigh Day, were denied by the companies.

Friday, February 6, 2015

News release: MiningWatch Canada calls on the Province of British Columbia, but also other provinces and the federal government, to heed the warnings of the recent independent expert review panel report and not to delay fully implementing its recommendations.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Press Release: North American shareholders in Tahoe Resources should follow Norway's Council on Ethics’ lead and divest say Canadian and U.S. organizations. They urge Canadian and U.S. investors to make use of a report published last week that recommends the exclusion of Tahoe Resources from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) portfolio due to “unacceptable risk of the company contributing to serious human rights violations through its operation” at the Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala.

Monday, February 2, 2015

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

(Ottawa) MiningWatch Canada today announced the appointment of Ugo Lapointe as Coordinator of its Canadian program. “We are extremely pleased –in fact we feel very privileged – to have Ugo working for MiningWatch. He has nearly twenty years of diverse experience in the Quebec, Canadian, and international mining sector. His knowledge, experience, and great sensitivity to social and environmental issues will undoubtedly contribute hugely to MiningWatch’s mission and work,” said Jamie Kneen, Communications Coordinator for MiningWatch.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Open Letter: Last week, MiningWatch Canada and the Council of Canadians joined Amazon Watch and a dozen other environmental and human rights organizations to urge the Ecuadorian government to ensure a just, transparent, and expeditious investigation into the murder of indigenous leader and anti-mining activist José Tendetza. We also condemned the SWAT team raid on José Tendetza’s house and urge the investigators to refrain from intimidation tactics.