Letter blasts Harper government for killing Bill C-300, a law that would have held Canadian mining companies accountable for human rights and environmental abuses abroad.
Ghent/San Marcos, 15 of October 2010 - In September the Guatemalan Ministry of Environment caught the Canadian mining company Goldcorp on illegal discharges of its water basin into the rivers of San Miguel Ixtahuacán. At first Goldcorp made it seem like the discharges had happened by the rules, but gave no reaction after the Ministry published an accusation against the mining company.
With the greatest urgency CATAPA asks the suspension of all activities of the Marlin mine and the application of the other precautionary measures which the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights requested of the Guatemalan government.
Source: Huffington Post, 01/06/10
Author's note: Last week, following the visit of U.N. Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights James Anaya, the Guatemalan government agreed to abide by his requests and those of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights, the Catholic Church, the International Labor Organization and others and has ordered the temporary suspension of operations at the Marlin Mine in the indigenous lands of Western Guatemala.
MEXICO CITY, Apr 30, 2010 (IPS) - A violent incident in which two activists were killed in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has raised fears among human rights groups of a return to the unrest and severe clashes between protesters and police that virtually paralysed the state in 2006.