Press Releases

“Human Rights Advocates Denounce Goldcorp’s New Plan to Improve Situation in Guatemala; Plan Lacks Real Action to Address Human Rights Abuses”

July 1, 2010

Washington, D.C.—Human rights advocates denounced Goldcorp, Inc’s plan to improve the situation at the Marlin mine in Guatemala because it allows for ongoing human rights violations.


“Guatemala Suspends Marlin mine”

Human rights and environmental organizations applaud the decision, urge President Colom’s government to protect communities against retaliation

June 24, 2010
Washington, D.C.—Guatemala’s President Alvaro Colom announced yesterday that he is suspending operations at the Marlin mine, which is operated by Vancouver-based Goldcorp, Inc. According to the Guatemalan government, the process to shut down the mine might take months. The Center for International Environmental Law and MiningWatch Canada are calling on the government to complete the administrative process in a timely fashion.

PR Marlin Suspension June 2010

“OAS’ Human Rights Commission Urges for Suspension of Mining Activity at Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine”

May 24, 2010

Washington, D.C.—As evidence mounts of human rights violations and health impacts at Goldcorp’s Marlin mine in the western highlands of Guatemala, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an independent body of the Organization of American States (OAS), has called on the Government of Guatemala to suspend mining activity at the Marlin mine and take steps to protect the health of the surrounding indigenous communities.


“Human Rights Leaders from Latin America Demand “Goldcorp, Stop Violating Human Rights:

Activists Travel from Latin America to Toronto to Pressure the Canadian Mining Company to Cease Operations in Guatemala and Honduras, Clean Up its Mess”

May 19, 2010

Toronto, Ontario –Representatives from communities affected by Goldcorp’s mines in Central and South America will attend its Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Toronto to demand that the company respect their rights.  They will be accompanied by representatives from a group of human rights organizations from the United States and Canada including the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Breaking the Silence, Rights Action, and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), among others.

Media Advisory AGM May 2010

“International Labor Organization Requests the Suspension of the Marlin Mine in Guatemala- Cites Lack of Consultation and Proper Impact Assessments”

March 5, 2010

Civil society groups have applauded the recent statements of the ILO requesting that the government of Guatemala suspend the mining operations of Goldcorp Inc/ Montana Exploradora (subsidiary) in San Marcos. The conclusion, based on a claim submitted by the Trade Union Confederation of Guatemala (UNSITRAGUA), emphasizes the government’s failure to consult the affected population prior to granting the license to then-Glamis Gold, and the inadequate assessment of environmental and agricultural harms, which the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman in Guatemala has since noted to the committee.

PR ILO Recommendations March 2010

“GOLDCORP TO BLAME FOR DAMAGED HOMES: Technical Study Confirms Goldcorp Inc’s Marlin Mine Responsible for Structural Damage on Housing in San Marcos, Guatemala”

November 16, 2009

Washington, D.C.—Goldcorp, the world’s second largest gold mining corporation, has been operating a highly controversial gold and silver open pit mine called “Marlin” in the Guatemalan highlands. The recent release of a technical study on damage to local residents’ homes concludes that that the company is liable for the damage, which it has been denying since 2005.

structural damage PR nov 09-1


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