Canadian Govt. sought to intervene to protect Excellon Resources in Mexico from concerns over environmental impacts, labour issues, says NGO report

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25 February 2015

Canadian Embassy went too far to protect mining company interests in Mexico, critics say

Author: Karen Pauls, CBC News (Canada)

Canadian diplomats and trade commissioners went further than they should have in their quest to protect the interests of mining company Excellon Resources Inc. in a dispute with local workers and landowners at a silver mine in Mexico, critics say...Landowners were upset [according to the report]...because Excellon wasn't meeting its contractual obligations, for example, to build a water treatment plant for the polluted water coming from the mine...In one email, the ambassador agreed to a meeting with the protesters "to listen, possibly to gather intel helpful to the company." ...The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade denied the accusations... Excellon's Cahill writes, "The embassy was helpful in making introductions and scheduling the two meetings.… Information was not relayed through the embassy."

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25 February 2015

Community Responds to Report Revealing Complicity of Canadian Embassy in Excellon Violations against La Sierrita

Author: Ejido La Sierrita de Galeana, Tlahualilo, Durango (Mexico)

We, the community of ejido[1] La Sierrita, express our indignation regarding the actions of the Canadian Embassy in failing to comply with its obligation to promote and protect our community’s human rights in the face of the violations perpetrated by the Canadian mining company Excellon Resources...The report demonstrates the unconditional support which the Canadian State offered to Excellon in order to protect the company’s economic interests at the expense of our human rights...[in] particular...[during] July to November 2012, when we carried out a peaceful protest on ejido land bordering the La Platosa mine.

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Article
25 February 2015

full report: "Unearthing Canadian Complicity: Excellon Resources, the Canadian Embassy, and the Violation of Land and Labour Rights in Durango, Mexico"

Author: MiningWatch Canada and United Steelworkers

Documents obtained from the Canadian Department of Foreign Afairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)...directly implicate the Canadian Embassy in Mexico in...Excellon Resources’ efforts to avoid addressing violations of its agreement with the agricultural community (Ejido) on whose land it operates the La Platosa mine...This included Embassy tolerance of, and even support for, violent state repression against a peaceful protest at the Ejido La Sierrita during the summer of 2012...The results of our analysis in this report reinforce our concern that Canadian missions abroad are promoting and protecting the interests of Canadian mining companies to the detriment of the individual and collective rights of affected communities. In this case, the Canadian state’s lack of accountability mechanisms for abuses occurring is also glaring.

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Company response
29 September 2013

Response by Excellon Resources: La Sierrita community presents documents in judicial case allegedly proving that Excellon Resources is infringing on their land rights.

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