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

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

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

Urgent Action: NO Extraction License to Tahoe Resources!

It is a crucial moment to take action in defense of communities threatened by mining in Guatemala. NO extraction license to Tahoe Resources! Before January 11, 2012, Guatemala’s Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources must decide whether to allow Tahoe Resources to develop a silver and gold mine in the province of Santa Rosa. Local communities … Continue reading