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Human Rights Commission's Climbdown a Wake-up Call for Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, Not Indicator of Goldcorp’s Performance

Author: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), MiningWatch Canada, Published on: 5 January 2012

CIEL and MiningWatch Canada...expressed deep concern at the political pressure being brought to bear on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the western hemisphere’s primary organ for protecting human rights. Under substantial pressure from governments, the IACHR decided in late December to modify an earlier order regarding the controversial Marlin mine in Guatemala, the subject of an ongoing human rights complaint. IACHR lifted its order to suspend operations at the mine, while leaving other measures in place. CIEL and MiningWatch Canada cautioned that the move should not be seen as evidence that the company is acting responsibly or that violations of human rights and threats to community well-being in Guatemala have been addressed...The modification of the IACHR order does not affect the underlying petition, currently under consideration at the Commission, which alleges that failure of the government to obtain the free, prior, and informed, consent of the communities before developing the Marlin mine.

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