Guatemala: Report on indigenous rights abuses by mining companies & govt.; includes companies' comments

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20 October 2014

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Author: Amnesty International

"Guatemala: Mining in Guatemala: Rights At Risk", Sep 2014

Disputes around mining have been widespread in Guatemala in recent years. Across the country Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous communities have protested against the installation of mine sites on their lands and near their homes… As this report outlines, communities worried about the impact that mining might have on their human rights have consistently complained that they are not adequately consulted when…[mining] projects are proposed… Many of the high profile mining companies currently operating in Guatemala are subsidiaries of Canadian companies. Amnesty International calls on all companies to fulfil their responsibility to respect human rights in the context of their operations and specifically urges the Canadian government to enact legislation that would establish mandatory corporate accountability standards for Canadian extractive companies operating abroad… Two issues consistently arise in the conflict over mining: consultation and security operations…[Refers to: Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN) (part of Solway Group),  EXMIBAL, Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala (part of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates), Glamis Gold (part of Goldcorp), Goldcorp, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates,  Montana Exploradora (part of Goldcorp)¸ Radius Gold (part of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates), Solway Group, Skye Resources (part of HudBay), Tahoe Resources]

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Company response
4 January 2013

[DOC] Kappes, Cassiday & Associates response

Author: Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Given the fact that the protest has been on-going for nine months now, the lack of violent acts is an amazing testament to the responsible behavior on both sides...The articles which you link to, repeatedly refer to the illegality of the mine. The mine has been fully permitted...Part of the permitting process involved a 3-year process of community involvement...We have not been able to identify any human rights issues. The anti-mining protestors have not presented any human rights issues. Nor are there any health people being worried about their water supply, air quality, or quality of life: we have had an on-going effort for the past three years in which we placed knowledgeable people in the local communities with an attempt to identify and address these issues...[W]e are doing everything we think is possible to reach out to, educate, and dialog with, the local communities.

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