A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the Guatemalan government must respect the right to information and consultation with the local population before granting any kind of mining permits.
After three years of negotiations, followed by six weeks of sometimes violent controversy, Bolivia is poised to adopt a new mining law. It is the first major overhaul of the country’s mining sector since 1997, when ex-President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (Goni) inaugurated the existing neoliberal mining code as part of an overall plan to privatize Bolivia’s economy.
The growing role of Canadian mining companies across Latin America has been put under the spotlight at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington following the presentation of a damning report.
In Cajamarca province in Peru plans to open new mines are constantly under development, and local people, environmentalists and human rights activists are in a continuous struggle. Until now local communities could book several stage wins in their struggle to protect Cerro Quilish. They have been fighting for years to prevent the mountain turning into a polluting pit as they witnessed with Yanacocha mine, situated just about 5 km North-East of Cerro Quilish. The mountain is part of the cultural identity of the inhabitants and of spiritual importance to them.
The last evening of DocuLatino 2014 in Gent was a special one- film maker Juan Javier Rivera Andia had come to present and explain his four video installations that make up the documentary The Owners of the Land.