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Amidst a spike in violence 3,900+ sign petition demanding Pan American Silver respect the Xinka Peoples’ rights to free and prior consent

Dear Pan American Silver, When you purchased the Escobal mine in 2019, you knew about the broad opposition to the project and that there had been violent repression against those involved in the fight. Now, your refusal to halt local programs in Xinka communities is fomenting tension and division. These [...]

2021-04-15T13:17:58-04:00April 15th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Urgent Actions|

7 Year Anniversary: Honouring the Life and Resistance of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco

Today, April 13th, 2021, marks the 7th anniversary of the murder of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. At the age of 16, she was a member of the peaceful resistance against a Canadian-owned silver mine near her home in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.  Topacio was a co-founder of the Mataquescuintla youth movement to resist [...]

2021-04-13T15:13:59-04:00April 13th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Uncategorized|

Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis

A new report Consultations at Risk: Advances in the Escobal Mine Consultation Overshadowed by Constitutional Crisis examines the ongoing consultation process of the Xinka people by Guatemala's Ministry of Energy and Mines during the 2020 Constitutional Crisis. The document was produced by EarthWorks, IPS- Global Economy Program and the Maritimes-Guatemala [...]

2021-06-09T11:48:56-04:00January 4th, 2021|BTS Report, Defense of Territory, General blog|

Xinka Parliament Announces Breakthrough in Escobal Mine Consultation Process, Rejects Pan American Silver’s Bad Faith

Photo credit: Xinka Parliament On October 15, 2020, the Xinka Parliament announced that Guatemalan authorities have finally recognized their representatives elected to participate in a consultation on the Escobal silver mine. Along with other agreements, this breakthrough could allow the court-ordered process over the future of the mine to advance after being [...]

2021-04-13T09:03:38-04:00October 28th, 2020|Current Events in Guate, Defense of Territory, General blog|

Two Years After the Ruling: A Historic Achievement in the fight and resistance of the Xinka People

By: Maria Reyes, Consultant for communications support for the SAGE project  Two years have passed since the Constitutional Court of Guatemala ordered the Ministry of Energy and Mines to consult with the Xinka people regarding the Escobal mine and other extractive projects.  The ruling from September 3rd, 2018, case file [...]

2021-06-09T11:50:19-04:00October 15th, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog|

August 9th — International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

By: Maria Reyes, Consultant for communications support for the SAGE project  The Indigenous Xinka people claim the right to self-determination and to free, prior and informed consent. The Peaceful Resistance communities of the Xinka people in Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa have fought for their right of self-determination; along with [...]

2021-06-09T11:56:20-04:00August 10th, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog|

Global Solidarity with Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Workers at Risk from Mining Pandemic Profiteers

BTS joined 300+ organizations in releasing a statement which denounces the four ways multinational #mining companies are profiting from the #COVID19 pandemic, at the expense of people and planet. Read the statement and full list of signatories below. The mining industry is one of the most polluting, deadly, and destructive [...]

2021-06-09T11:59:18-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Defense of Territory, General blog, Signed Letters|
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