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Friday, April 11, 2014

News release: With the election of a new government in Quebec, the Coalition Quebec meilleure mine (Better Mining Coalition) invites Premier Phillippe Couillard and all the elected members of the National Assembly to pursue an agenda of reforms that will ensure that mining developments respect citizens, communities and the environment while ensuring a more equitable distribution of the collective wealth extracted from our non-renewable resources. The Coalition has identified five major themes for these reforms.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

News release: More than 300 civil society organizations with millions of members are supporting El Salvador in its legal battle with Canadian mining company Pacific Rim at the World Bank. Labor, environmental and grassroots groups from Canada, the U.S. and El Salvador submitted a letter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on April 10th demanding a review of the lawsuit against El Salvador.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Press Release: Colombia’s Ministry of Environment announced the delimitation of the Santurbán Páramo, a high-altitude wetland ecosystem that supplies water to millions of people in the country. While the ministry disclosed some aspects of the measure to the media, it has not released full details. These include the full extension of the demarcation, exact coordinates and which mining operations are inside or outside of the defined area.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MiningWatch Canada prepared this brief for an expert meeting on practical solutions to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' “effectiveness criteria.”  The data for this brief is derived from the work of MiningWatch Canada and our local and international partners on a project-level non-judicial grievance mechanism at Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, as well as our initial engagement on a similar mechanism at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Open Letter: Sixteen Canadian and US organizations have sent a letter of solidarity to Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico who are taking back their lands after their land use contract with a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Goldcorp ended late March 31, 2014. They are demanding more just terms from the company and have been speaking out about health and environmental harms.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Communiqué: The permanent assembly of Carrizalillo decides to bring a suit for the restoration of their lands and for Goldcorp to begin implementing its closure program at the Los Filos mine in Guerrero, Mexico, stating that the company has refused to negotiate a contract that would provide dignified terms for the community.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Communiqué: Local Landowners who are members of the Ejido Carrizalillo in the municipality of Eduardo Neri, Guerrero, Mexico have issued this communiqué stating that they will shut down Goldcorp's Los Filos mine following a breakdown in negotiations over their land rental contract. They call on the company's VP of Operations in Mexico to replace local directors in the negotiations and call on the national and international community to be on alert for any acts of intimidation, eviction or repression that might occur as a result.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Canada has a rising debt to mining-affected communities around the world. Meanwhile, aggressive government promotion of NGO-mining company partnerships is likely to be of greatest benefit to corporate public relations, and to restrain participating NGOs from joining the fight against corporate impunity in solidarity with affected communities and workers.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Together with RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development), the London Mining Network, and CORE (the Corporate Responsibility coalition of the UK) have put together a briefing note for investors in UK mining company African Barrick Gold and its majority shareholder Barrick Gold Corporation regarding human rights violations at the North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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