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Guatemalan activist Yuri Melini who campaigns against mining impacts wins Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders

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8 May 2009

Guatemalan anti-mining activist wins rights prize

Author: Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

A leading Guatemalan environmentalist [Dr. Yuri Melini] who recently survived an assassination attempt won...the Front Line Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk...for his efforts to stop the rapid development of mines in the mineral-rich Central American nation.

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Author: Associated Press [Dublín]

Un defensor del medio ambiente de Guatemala [Dr. Yuri Melini] que recientemente sobrevivió un intento de asesinato fue galardonado…por sus esfuerzos por contener la explotación minera en detrimento del ambiente…[con] el premio anual que otorga Front Line a los defensores de los derechos humanos en riesgo...Melini ha indicado de qué modo las minas arruinaron el ambiente, incluyendo la contaminación del agua potable, y cómo han desplazado a los pobladores mayas de sus aldeas y granjas sin recurso legal.

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