Honduras: Villagers submit letter to Canadian Ambassador on pending conflict between community & mining firm Aura Minerals

Author: Rights Action & Comite Ambientalista de Azacualpa & Patronato de Azacualpa (Honduras), Published on: 16 May 2017

“Canadian Ambassador & CSR Counsellor misled Honduran villagers in community environmental defense struggle with Toronto-based Aura Minerals”, 4 May 17  

 …Dear Ambassador Michael Gort and CSR Counsellor Jeffrey Davidson, [a]s the leaders of the Azacualpa Environmental Committee and the elected council (patronato) of the community of Azacualpa in the municipality of La Unión…we felt it is extremely important to write you and express the following: Since our meetings…we have not had any official communication with either of your offices regarding our discussions and concerns raised about the on-going conflict between our community and Minerales de Occidente (MINOSA), the Honduran subsidiary of Canadian mining company, Aura Minerals…[W]e are concerned to learn that Mr. Jeffrey Davidson has made statements reported in the Canadian media outlet The Hill Times and that he “personally helped to facilitate a peaceful resolution to a dispute between Toronto-based Aura Minerals and the community of Azacualpa over the expansion of a mine in Honduras.” …These statements are particularly concerning to us because they suggest that a successful solution to the conflict between Aura Minerals/MINOSA and our community…In fact, all the concerns expressed to both Canadian officials, continue today and the community finds itself facing further conflict and violations by MINOSA/Aura Minerals with total complicity of the Honduran government…

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Related companies: Aura Minerals