Guatemala: Mining company, Incamin, accused of attacks against indigenous association

The Nuevo Dia Ch’orti Indigenous Association (Central Campesina Ch’ortí Nuevo Día, CCCND) has accused owner and security staff of the Cantera Los Manantiales mine, owned by company Incamin, of violently breaking up the peaceful demonstrations the communities have maintained against the mining project and shooting at the back of the organisation´s building. The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre attempted to contact Incamin to invited them to respond, but were unsuccessful.  

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4 July 2019

Further attacks and attempted break-ins against Central Campesina Cho´rtí Nuevo Día

Author: Frontline Defenders

…The Nuevo Dia Ch’orti Indigenous Association (Central Campesina Ch’ortí Nuevo Día, CCCND) provides legal support and visibility to indigenous Chortí communities in the region of Chiquimula, Guatemala. The communities supported by the organisation face threats and human rights violations due to the implementation of hydroelectric and mining projects on their territories. On 1 July 2019, the alleged owner of Cantera Los Manantiales, in Olopa, Chiquimula, violently tried to break-up the occupation that Ch’ortí communities have maintained for four months now as a peaceful demonstration against the mining project that the company carried out without prior consultation and in violation of international legal conventions. When he was challenged by members of the community, he and his son violently attacked members of the community and called their personal security staff and others, who shot at the building of the association repeatedly. In the midst of the attack, one of the perpetrators hit indigenous authority Irma Mendez, provoking bruises and contusions in her face. In this violent outburst, they also damaged one of the organizations motorcycles. When the police showed up to gather evidence and take a statement, there was a dialogue between the members of CCCND and the owner of Cantera los Manantiales, however, no one was arrested…

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