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Open letter: 190+ organizations call for investigation following assassination attempt against Xinca community leader

January 21, 2021 TO: María Consuelo Porras, Attorney General, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Guatemala; Augusto Jordán Rodas Hernández, Ombudsman, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Guatemala; Sean McAleer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Guatemala, Pan American Silver; Michael Steinmann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pan American Silver; Ross [...]

2021-05-09T19:22:27-04:00January 21st, 2021|General blog, Signed Letters|

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|

The Life & Legacy of Topacio

On August 13th, the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network will be announcing the winner of the 5th annual Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award. This award is coordinated by the network and awarded through the collaboration of five other civil society groups across Canada. The award was created to honor the memory [...]

2021-04-12T11:39:50-04:00August 7th, 2020|General blog|

In Resistance, there is Revival: Delegation Reflection

Photo: Delegation visits the Xinka Parliament (Photo credit: Xinka Parliament) From February 22-29th, a Canadian delegation visited communities and organizations resisting the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The delegation was organized by BTS and Mining Watch. Charlotte Connolly writes about the experience. The week-long delegation to the Escobal Mine, facilitated by [...]

2021-04-12T11:36:16-04:00March 10th, 2020|Delegation, General blog|

BTS Delegation to Guatemala – Day 11

November 20, 2019 By Laura Robinson Today we met with the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala with the goal of sharing the stories we had been trusted with during this delegation. After leaving Antigua yesterday, we spent the evening preparing questions in order to ask how the Canadian government was handling [...]

2021-04-12T18:07:07-04:00November 22nd, 2019|Delegation, General blog|

Press release: Indigenous people call on Pan American Silver to cease local interference out of respect for consultation process in Guatemala

May 8, 2019 (Vancouver/Victoria/Ottawa/Tatamagouche/Washington, D.C.) Ahead of Pan American Silver’s annual shareholder meeting in Vancouver today, the Xinka Indigenous Parliament released a statement calling on the company to stop attempts to engage with communities outside of the court-ordered consultation process over the Escobal silver project. They insist that the company’s [...]

2021-04-14T13:22:04-04:00May 8th, 2019|Press releases|

Canadian Government Reneges on Promise to Create Independent Human Rights Watchdog for Corporations Operating Abroad

For Immediate Release Canadian Government Reneges on Promise to Create Independent Human Rights Watchdog for Corporations Operating Abroad Ottawa, ON / Tatamagouche, NS / Guatemala City (April 8, 2019) - The Government of Canada failed today to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) with real powers to investigate [...]

2021-04-12T11:40:26-04:00April 8th, 2019|Press releases|
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