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ILO Investigates Claim Charging Violation of Convention 169 Regarding Skye Resources’ Guatemalan Nickel Project

Author: Asociación Estoreña Para el Desarrollo Integral (AEPDI) [Guatemala], Published on: 16 August 2005

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is currently investigating a claim filed in March 2005 charging that Guatemala’s government violated its obligations under Convention 169 when it granted mine exploration licences to Skye Resources’ Guatemalan subsidiary in December 2004...It charges that when the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines granted the...licenses for an area of approximately 260 square kilometres, populated by nineteen communities with a population of about 6,000 indigenous people, it “failed to adopt measures to safeguard the integrity of the Q’eqchi’ Mayan people.” [also refers to EXMIBAL (now part of Skye Resources)]

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Related companies: Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN) (part of Solway Group) EXMIBAL Skye Resources (part of HudBay)