Guatemala: New report exposes abuses & intimidation against those opposing Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine linked to private security companies

The report, Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala, was written by Luis Solano and commissioned by the International Platform Against Impunity in Central America and MiningWatch Canada. The document contains allegations of human rights abuses related to the mining activities of Tahoe Resources in El Escobal, Guatemala.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Tahoe Resources to respond to these allegations; the response is available here.

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Company response
22 December 2015

Tahoe Resources response

Author: Tahoe Resources

…For years, Tahoe Resources Inc. (Tahoe) and its Guatemalan subsidiary, Minera San Rafael (MSR), have been criticized by various non-governmental organizations that have misrepresented the facts surrounding MSR´s operations at the Escobal mine in Guatemala. The Under Siege piece by Luis Solano, as well as written attacks published by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, carelessly mix fact with fiction and rest on unfounded conjecture. Tahoe provides this response to at least partially set the record straight regarding MSR´s strong ethical practices and the positive effect of its business for the local communities in Guatemala…Tahoe and MSR have no information about the threats against Mr. Maldonado other than the information reported in the electronic media…

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Article
1 November 2015

Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala

Author: Luis Solano, International Platform Against Impunity in Central America & MiningWatch Canada

...The case of the Escobal mining project has become an emblematic case of criminalization of social protest and restrictions on the liberty of association and peaceful protest in Guatemala…Peaceful opposition to the Escobal mining project involves various municipalities…where all or part of the mining licences held by the Canadian-U.S. transnational Tahoe Resources and its subsidiary Minera San Rafael (MSR) are located…Good-faith community plebiscites have been organized to peacefully demonstrate opposition…Government and company efforts ranged from facilitating relationships with communities and leaders…to try to convince them of the benefits of the project; to military, counterinsurgency type actions in order to neutralize and/or dismantle the supposed threats to the continuation of their project…

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