Complete and Permanent Closure of Pascua Lama: The Power of Conviction and Persistence

January 23, 2018 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Barrick GoldChile.

On Wednesday, January 17, the Chilean Environmental Superintendence (SMA) ordered the permanent closure of Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama open pit gold mine project and imposed a fine of approximately $12 million on the company. The agency’s decision follows five years of investigation and a series of community complaints about environmental infractions at the project site. • Read More »

Take Action: National Security Bill Puts Land and Environment Protectors in Jeopardy

December 12, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Human Rights.

Join MiningWatch and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) to sign and share this online action to alert Members of Parliament to problems with the Liberal government’s National Security Act 2017, Bill C-59. Far beyond a threat to the privacy of Canadians, it puts land and environment protectors in danger of continuing to be • Read More »

Protect Jacko Lake and the Pípsell Cultural Area from Mining – Take Action Now!

December 1, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: KGHM AjaxBritish ColumbiaEnvironmental AssessmentIndigenous Rights.

The Stk’emlupsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) in British Columbia is ramping up its #Me7ePipsellTa7aAjax (Yes Pípsell, No Ajax) campaign and is calling on the public, friends and allies to press the federal and provincial governments to respect SSN’s decision not to give its free, prior, informed consent for the proposed KHGM Ajax open-pit copper/gold mine • Read More »

Does the Canadian Government Have a Message for Mining-Affected Communities in Mexico?

October 25, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

Guest blog by Daniela Pastrana, Periodistas de a PIe Journalists Network, @danielapastrana Translated from the original in Spanish by Christian Filip This month, during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to Mexico, multiple videos circulated showing Mexican women legislators acting like teenagers, pushing one another aside in order to take a selfie with the leader who has been • Read More »

House Subcommittee Hearings on Mining in Latin America a Public Disservice

October 18, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Corporate Social ResponsibilityHuman Rights.

The committee hasn’t heard from people most directly affected by Canadian mining operations in the region. The federal Liberals came into office promising to take action on human rights abuses associated with one of Canada’s largest and most controversial areas of foreign investment abroad: mining. But a rare study on the issue in the House • Read More »

This Week in Ottawa: Breaking the Silence – Mexican human rights defenders to testify about worsening crisis

October 15, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman Rights.

From October 16 to 18, a delegation of nine Mexican human rights experts will be in Ottawa to shine a light on the acute human rights crisis in Mexico. The visit is taking place just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s state visit to Mexico. During their visit, the Mexican human rights defenders will testify to Parliament’s • Read More »

Mexican Network of Mining Affected People Tries to Extract a Response from Trudeau

October 12, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: MexicoHuman RightsIndigenous Rights.

On the eve of Prime Minister Trudeau’s first official visit to Mexico, the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Prime Minister Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian mining companies • Read More »

Tahoe Resources’ Social Licence in Guatemala Non-Existent, as Uncertainty Plagues Escobal Permits

September 26, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Tahoe ResourcesGuatemalaIndigenous RightsMilitarisation/Criminalisation.

On the heels of two months of lobbying in Washington D.C. and Ottawa seeking government intervention on its behalf, Tahoe Resources announced on September 10th that the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice had reinstated the operating licence for its Escobal project in southeastern Guatemala. Questions remain over this court decision, which is now under appeal, • Read More »

DNI Metals Digs Itself in Deeper in Madagascar

September 25, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: Madagascar.

As we wrote in our September 12, 2017 news release, we have received a series of worrying allegations regarding DNI Metals Inc.’s Vohitsara graphite project in Madagascar, which are backed up by solid documentation. We had previously written to the company and got messages denying all the allegations, but as yet, we have received no specific response. Although DNI • Read More »

Public Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 13, 2017 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: CanadaIndigenous Rights.

Canada needs a legislative framework to fulfill the promise of this vital human rights instrument The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a crucial framework to achieve reconciliation. Such a human rights-based approach is essential to address the racism and discrimination that has caused such profound harm to Indigenous peoples in • Read More »