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

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

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

Amnesty: Urgent Action – Communities Threatened by Mining in Guatemala

Via Amnesty International: Before 11 January 2012, Guatemala’s minister responsible for mining must decide whether to allow a mine in Santa Rosa department, southeastern Guatemala, to begin extracting metals and minerals. Local communities have not been consulted about the plans. The company planning to carry out the mining, Minera San Rafael S.A., is a subsidiary … Continue reading

FAQ: What You May Not Know About Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine in Guatemala

For those that have taken our action asking the Canadian Pension Plan to vote FOR the shareholder resolution, you may have received or may soon receive a response from Goldcorp, which demonstrates why urgent action is still necessary. As you will find summarized in the FAQ sheet, the company fails to address key issues that … Continue reading

30 Second ACTION for Human Rights: Tell the Canadian Pension Plan to vote for shareholder resolution

Tell the Canadian Pension Plan to vote for shareholder resolution Resolution asks Goldcorp to respect international law and voluntarily suspend the Marlin mine in Guatemala The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board currently has $256 million worth of shares in Goldcorp, the company that operates the highly-contested Marlin mine in Guatemala’s western highlands. In May 2010, … Continue reading

Amnesty International: URGENT ACTION: Mine Activists Beaten and Threatened

Posted: 04 March 2011 Guatemala: Mine activists attacked Photo Credit: Community members from San Miguel Ixtahuacán demonstrate on 28 February 2011 against continued operation of the Marlin Mine despite a suspension order from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights [Copyright: COPAE] On 28 February, 200 members of the communities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán municipality were … Continue reading

International Organizations Denounce Recent Wave of Death Threats and Crimes Against El Salvadoran Anti-Mining Movement

On February 10, 2011, forty nine international civil society organizations expressed their concern over a series of detentions and robberies against members of an El Salvadoran environmentalist organization that have taken place during the last six months. The letter notes a disturbing tendency in Mexico and Central America of increasing violence against environmental defenders, too … Continue reading

Urgent Action: Suspend Operations at the Marlin Mine

–Versión en español abajo– Stand in solidarity with the communities of Sipacapa and San Miguel Ixtahuacán in the struggle for their rights against Goldcorp Inc.’s open-pit Marlin mine in Guatemala. In May 2010, 139 organizations signed a letter of international support urging the government of Guatemala to comply with the precautionary measures established by the … Continue reading


THREATS AGAINST LOCAL LEADERS ESCALATE On Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the small community San José Nueva         Esperanza in the village Maquivil, municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Ms. Diodora  Antonia Hernández Cinto was shot. Two unknown young men showed up at her house asking for a place to stay. When they were … Continue reading