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Activists Call for Protection of Xinka Leaders Participating in Escobal Mine Consultation

Today six U.S. and Canadian human rights and environmental organizations filed a letter with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) supporting a request to extend precautionary measures for activists opposed to the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The mine has faced strong local opposition from the day it started operations in 2011, opposition that [...]

2021-08-18T16:15:25-04:00August 18th, 2021|Defense of Territory, Signed Letters|

COVID-19 and Consultation

Photos taken during the pre-consultation phase meetings for the Escobal Mine (Photo credit: Xinka Parliament) In Guatemala, the unfortunate social and economic effects of the spread of COVID-19 can be observed. Guatemala is currently situated 2nd amongst Central American countries based on biweekly confirmed COVID cases per million. [...]

2021-08-25T09:16:27-04:00August 17th, 2021|Defense of Territory|

Community and environmental concerns not “pertinent” to Pan American Silver’s business

Vancouver-based mining company Pan American Silver held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 12th: the final shareholder meeting for retiring founder and Board Chair Ross Beaty. To shareholders attending online, Beaty narrated a glowing chronicle of Pan American Silver’s socially and environmentally responsible history in Latin America. Yet, when [...]

2021-06-09T11:31:00-04:00May 17th, 2021|Defense of Territory|

En medio de un aumento de la violencia, más de 3.900 personas firman una petición exigiendo a Pan American Silver que respete los derechos del pueblo Xinka

Estimada Pan American Silver, Cuando compró la mina Escobal en el año 2019, estaba al tanto que había una intensa oposición local al proyecto y que había habido una represión violenta contra las y los involucrados en la resistencia. Su negativa a detener los programas locales en la población Xinka [...]

2021-04-16T07:07:16-04:00April 15th, 2021|Espanol|

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|

Letter To the Canadian Government Re: Escalating Violence in Advance of Xinka Consultations

The following letter outlines our concern for the recent attacks against the peaceful Xinka resistance to the Escobal mine ahead of the pre-consultation. It was sent to the Canadian Government, including the Canadian Embassy in Guatemala, Global Affairs Canada, Cabinet Ministers, and the Organization of American States on March 30th, [...]

2021-04-15T14:12:33-04:00March 30th, 2021|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|
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