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20 Mai 2019


Response by Newmont

…The report referenced above contains an inaccurate statement on page 27 which indicates “the Guatemalan government agreed to suspend operations pending the outcomes of an administrative process, but never followed through.” This is not accurate as there was an extensive, multi-agency process conducted by the Guatemalan government resulting in an official resolution from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) related to the claim. The final determination by the MEM, upon completion of the process, is documented in Resolution Number 0104 dated July 8, 2011 whereby the MEM determined that there was no cause to suspend the Marlin Mine operations…The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested the suspension of the Marlin Mine in May 2010 as a precautionary measure until an assessment could be made regarding environmental, public health, and housing concerns that had been raised. The IACHR requested a response from Guatemala within two months. A response was provided within the allotted time by the Guatemalan Presidential Commission on Human Rights (COPREDEH), requesting additional review time.   The Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) in Guatemala is the competent authority to resolve matters related to the Mining Law, including any administrative process to suspend mining operations…