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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News release: (Ottawa) Eight Canadian organizations today sent a strongly worded letter to CEO John Morgan of Canadian mining company Infinito Gold, demanding that the company end its decade-long harassment of the people and the government of Costa Rica, and that it withdraw its April 4 threat to sue the small Central American country for US$1 billion if it is not allowed to build its Crucitas open-pit gold mine.

Monday, April 8, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) -- After more than two years of delay, the Guatemalan Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM) announced on Wednesday, April 3, that it had approved the exploitation licence for Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala. The announcement comes less than two weeks after four indigenous Xinca leaders were abducted while returning from a community referendum in El Volcancito, in which more than 99 percent of people voted against the Escobal project. One of those abducted was found dead the next day.

Friday, March 15, 2013

News release: A recent Guatemalan Constitutional Court decision regarding the 1997 Mining Law contradicts the country's international human rights obligations to respect Indigenous rights and is a step back from earlier jurisprudence. US, Canadian and Guatemalan organizations are asking how Canada's obligations to promote respect for Indigenous rights might also have been contravened.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Development and Peace and MiningWatch Canada stand in solidarity with our sisters in struggle for justice and health from the communities of the Siria Valley, Honduras while they demonstrate in Tegucigalpa for International Women’s Day.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Press Release: Tuesday night, Ottawa organizations and Aluna Theatre will co-present a play about the final moments in the life of Guatemalan land rights activist, Adolfo Ich Chamán, right before his brutal murder at the hands of private security contracted to a Canadian mining company. The staged reading, The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich, juxtaposes quotes from government and company websites with transcribed interviews with a Toronto lawyer and Adolfo’s widow. The murder is the subject of historic hearings taking place this week in an Ontario courthouse.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Open Letter: Canadian and US civil society organizations are calling for the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to open an investigation to determine who is responsible for recent violence surrounding Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine site in order that the case be brought to justice. They flag deep concern that the current investigation could be prejudiced and that public allegations against community members defending their right to live in a healthy environment could put them at risk of further violence or otherwise subject them to groundless legal actions.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

News Release: Join us for a unique evening of theater and discussion about environment and indigenous rights. A staged reading The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich recalls the murder of a Mayan community leader in context of a Canadian mining conflict with dialogue drawn from statements, interviews, and government and public websites. Guatemalan guests Lolita Chávez from the Indigenous Women’s Association ‘Voice of Resistance’ and Antonio Catalán from the Human Rights Defenders Unit will enrich the panel to follow.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ottawa – Washington, D.C. - Oxford – January 30, 2013. Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Thursday, January 24, 2013

(Press Release) On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the Honduran Congress quickly passed and ratified a new mining law that had been developed with support from the Canadian International Development Agency against the will of important sectors of Honduran society.

Monday, December 3, 2012

News release: A MiningWatch representative sees corporate impunity at the root of ongoing abuses by Toronto-based Excellon Resources that workers and communal landowners from the Ejido La Sierrita in Durango, Mexico have been protesting. Recent aggression against their protest camp in Durango coincided with escalating tensions in Oaxaca and the murder of two community activists in Chihuahua, where local groups are also fighting Canadian mining investments.