News & Articles

Jarrod Hepburn. “Closure looms for Guatemalan mine following interim measures issued by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; company has legal remedies available.” Investment Arbitration Reporter. Nov 25, 2010.

  • In a statement to IAReporter, Goldcorp spokesperson Tanya Todd notes that the company has ‘legal remedies under Guatemalan and international law to challenge any attempt by the Government to suspend mine operations that is not consistent with Guatemalan law’.

Tracy Barnett. “Gold On Hold.” Cultural Survival. Fall 2010.

  • In Guatemala, the Indigenous anti-mining movement is 600,000 strong and growing, but it’s still David facing the Goliath of the transnational mining industry.

Nathan Einbinder and Catherine Nolin. “Voices from the Edge: A Mayan community shares stories of its struggle to avoid forced eviction by a nickel mine.” Cultural Survival. Fall 2010.

  • “For the past 30 years… the mine site has remained empty and rusting in the wet wind. But still, there are vast reserves of nickel ore scattered throughout, and as long as the potential for reopening exists, those who live within the concession land – the “illegal squatters” as stated by Hud Bay Minerals – must, and will, be removed, by any means necessary.”

Daniel Brooksbank. “Controversial mining firm added to Dow Jones sustainability index.” ResponsibleInvestor.com. 4 November 2010.

  • Goldcorp Inc., the Vancouver-based global mining group targeted by investors over alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala, has been added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America.

“Canadian mining firms worst for environment, rights: Report.” Les Whittington Ottawa Bureau. 19 Oct 2010.

  • OTTAWA—Canadian mining companies are far and away the worst offenders in environmental, human rights and other abuses around the world, according to a global study commissioned by an industry association but never made public.

“Arsenic concentrations 26 times higher than WHO health standards.” COPAE. 15 Oct 2010.

  • An article written by Johan Van de Wauw of the Ghent University shows that the levels of arsenic are rising sharply in the groundwater of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, where Montana Exploradora (subsidiary of Goldcorp) exploits its Marlin mine.

“MONTANA LIED!” Magalí Rey Rosa. Prensa Libre. October 1, 2010.

  • Montana Explotadora in Guatemala, subsidiary of the powerful Canadian company Goldcorp Inc, has just taught us a major lesson in how to lie and deceive and get away with it.  Witness Montana’s paid advertisement that appeared yesterday: “The discharge of water at the Marlin mine was carried out in the presence of public regulatory agencies”. What really happened is that Montana discharged contaminated water into a stream in the basin of the Cuilco river.

Guatemala: GoldCorp Illegally Discharges Contaminated Waste And Water From Tailings Pond In Guatemala. Guatemala Government Files Criminal Charges Against Goldcorp.” Alberto Ramirez. Prensa Libre. 04 oct 2010.

  • Luis Ferraté, Minister of the Environment, has presented a criminal accusation to the Public Ministry against Montana Exploradora [Goldcorp Inc], insisting on an investigation into the discharge of residual waters from the tailings pond at the Marlin mine in San Marcos, because it may contaminate the Quivichil river.

Rights Action sends public letter to president of Simon Fraser University for accepting Goldcorp’s $10,000,000 “gift.”

“The Goldcorp Arts Centre in the Woodwards Building: Site of Displacement and Shame” Vancouver Media Coop. 23 Sept 2010.

  • “This morning, Vancouver based mining company Goldcorp announced that they would be donating $10 million to Simon Fraser University to fund the school’s arts centre in the already controversial Woodwards building in the Downtown East Side. The school will be known as the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.”

Goldcorp in Guatemala: Despite the despites, the struggle for human rights and the environment continues.” Grahame Russell, September 22, 2010.

  • Tensions mount again, as Goldcorp tries again to expand its “Marlin Mine” into the Mayan-Mam community of Sacmuj (municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, department of San Marcos, near the Mexican-Chiapas border).

Goldcorp Offers $3.4 Billion for Australian Rival. By Chris V. Nicholson. NYT. 3 Sep 2010.

  • “Goldcorp, the Canadian gold miner, said Friday that it would buy its Australian rival, Andean Resources, for $3.4 billion in cash and stock, topping an all-share offer from Eldorado Gold.”

Guatemala’s New Civil Conflict: The Case of Ramiro Choc. By Susan Fitzpatrick-Behrens. NACLA. 30 Aug 2010.

  • “On February 14, 2008 six police officers pulled community leader Ramiro Choc from a public bus to Guatemala City, detained him, and took him to an unknown location. In the seconds before the police reached him, Choc had called his lawyer — a call he believed saved his life. Choc, a Q’eqchi’ community leader, has been fighting for indigenous people’s land rights in Guatemala’s volatile departments of Alta Verapaz and Izabal since the 1990s. His story illustrates both the tension and boisterous mobilization of the people around land and natural resource issues in this area of Guatemala. To this mobilization, the Guatemalan government is responding by criminalizing peasant leaders, militarizing regions slated for development projects, and using environmental “protected areas” to exclude indigenous people. This combination of ingredients has become the core of Guatemala’s new civil conflict.”

Obama’s Hard Stance on Guatemalan Labor: A Monumental Step for Labor Rights or Mere Political Maneuvering? August 24, 2010

  • “On July 30th, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S. would file a formal complaint against the Guatemalan government for violating labor standards under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The case against Guatemala, brought when Congress is becoming increasingly polarized over ratifying further free trade measures, may be an attempt by the Obama administration to quell democratic labor-related concerns by demonstrating that the labor provisions included in FTAs can and will be enforced.”

Karyn Keenan. “Canadian Mining: Still Unaccountable.” NACLA Report on the Americas, May/Jun 2010.

  • Not only do Canadian mining operations in Latin America cause significant environmental damage, but they are also associated with social disruption and human rights violations, and generate conflict with and among local communities. Those who oppose mining operations are often harassed and intimidated. In recent months, several critics of Canadian mining companies have been murdered in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Moreover, according to a former cabinet minister from Argentina who recently testified before Canadian Parliament, Canadian mining companies unduly influence the legislative process in her country.

Physicians for Human Rights. “Scientists Find Elevated Levels of Potentially Toxic Metals in Some Guatemalans Living Near Canadian-owned Mine, Recommend Further Studies,” 14 May 2010.

  • Environmental health scientists from the University of Michigan find that a sample of Guatemalans who live near a controversial gold and silver mine in the country’s western highlands have higher levels of potentially toxic heavy metals in their urine and blood than a sample of residents who live farther from the mine.
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