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  • This blog serves as a centralized hub for news, studies, urgent actions, and multimedia on issues regarding the Marlin Mine in Guatemala's Western highlands. Owned by Goldcorp, Inc., the second-largest gold mining company in the world, Marlin is an open-pit and underground mine and Goldcorp's lowest-cost mine. The mine began operations in 2005 and is licensed to continue until 2015. Local communities worry about the damaging environmental and health effects of the mine, insist that their rights as indigenous peoples have been violated, and have become targets of threats and increasing criminalization because of their opposition to the mine. **A note on using this site: To search for news articles, first click on "News/Noticias" then search within the page.
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URGENT ACTION: Call for investigation and company departure in response to recurring violence in area of Canadian-owned silver project

URGENT ACTION: Call for investigation and company departure in response to recurring violence in area of Canadian-owned silver project    On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at around 8 pm, the President of the Xinca Indigenous Parliament and three other Xinca leaders were abducted by a group of heavily armed masked men while on their way … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Highest Court Denies Justice to Indigenous Peoples Affected by Mining

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013   Contacts: Amanda Kistler -  Center for International Environmental Law: akistler(at)ciel.org, 202-742-5832 Jen Moore – MiningWatch Canada: jen(at)miningwatch.ca, 613-569-3439   Guatemala’s Highest Court Denies Justice to Indigenous Peoples Affected by Mining   (Washington, D.C./Guatemala City/Ottawa) – On March 1, Guatemalan national press reported that the country’s highest court upheld … Continue reading

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Corte Constitucional de Guatemala niega justicia a pueblos indígenas afectados por la minería

PARA DIFUSION INMEDIATA 15 de marzo de 2013 Corte Constitucional de Guatemala niega justicia a pueblos indígenas afectados por la minería (Washington, D.C./Ciudad de Guatemala/Ottawa) – El 1 de marzo, la prensa nacional de Guatemala dio a conocer que la corte más alta del país declaró sin lugar, un recurso de amparo interpuesto por el Consejo del Pueblo Maya de … Continue reading

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Tell Guatemalan Authorities: NO Extraction License for Tahoe Resources

Tell Guatemalan Authorities: NO Extraction License for Tahoe Resources   Just over a year ago, we asked for your help to protect the wellbeing of communities in San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala, by contacting the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) to halt the licensing of a silver mining project owned by the Canadian … Continue reading

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International Organizations Call for Better Protection for Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2012   International Organizations Call for Better Protection for Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala   (Washington, D.C.) – In the context of growing threats against human rights defenders, particularly those working in defense of the rights of indigenous peoples and the right to a healthy environment, thirty two international organizations … Continue reading

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Guatemala’s Highest Court to Hear Landmark Indigenous Challenge against Mining Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 20, 2012 (Washington D.C./Guatemala City) Today, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the 1997 mining law for failure to consult with the country’s indigenous peoples who make up more than half the population. The lawsuit, filed by the Western Peoples Council (CPO), contends that both … Continue reading

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International delegation sends strong message to Goldcorp at annual shareholders meeting in South Porcupine, Ontario

International delegation sends strong message to Goldcorp at annual shareholders meeting in South Porcupine, Ontario   30 April 2012   On Thursday, a Colorado-based mine and environmental engineer, two Honduran teachers, and a Maya indigenous community leader made the long trip to Timmins, Ontario to participate in Goldcorp’s Annual General Meeting. Accompanied by several US and Canadian member organizations of the Coalition Against Unjust Mining … Continue reading

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Delegación internacional envía un mensaje firme a Goldcorp en su asamblea anual de accionistas en South Porcupine, Ontario

Delegación internacional envía un mensaje firme a Goldcorp en su asamblea anual de accionistas en South Porcupine, Ontario Monday, April 30, 2012 (Ottawa/Toronto) El pasado jueves [26 de abril de 2012], un ingeniero de minas y medio ambiente de Colorado, dos maestros de Honduras y un dirigente de una comunidad indígena maya hicieron el largo … Continue reading

M4 RESOLUTION ON THE EXTRACTIVE MINING MODEL

M4 RESOLUTION ON THE EXTRACTIVE MINING MODEL     Mining companies invade our land and all of them, the majority Canadian,violate our fundamental human rights.  Throughout Mesoamerica, mining has displaced people from their homes and indigenous territories and has generated serious health problems in places like Valle de Siria in Honduras, San Miguel Ixtahuacán in Guatemala, and Carrizalillo in Mexico. In passing through our territories, the companies have poisoned springs and divided communities and families; they have deforested land, destroyed biodiversity and threatened food sovereignty in rural … Continue reading

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Cast Your “Vote” – Guatemalans Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Goldcorp’s Mess

Your support is needed to help defend the rights of indigenous peoples living in Guatemala’s western highlands. The Canadian mining company Goldcorp could leave impoverished communities with a multi-million dollar bill to pay after it has extracted all of the gold from the Marlin mine. On April 26th, Goldcorp shareholders will decide if the company will post a … Continue reading

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