ILO investigates claim that Guatemalan licence to Skye Resources for nickel mining project violated intl. convention on protection of indigenous peoples

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16 August 2005

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

Author: Asociación Estoreña Para el Desarrollo Integral (AEPDI) [Guatemala]

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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12 August 2005

Open Letter To: The President of the Republic of Guatemala, the Minister of Energy and Mines, the President of Skye Resources/Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, S.A.

Author: [leaders of 20 communities in Guatemala]

We, the elected and appointed representatives of twenty Q’eqchi’ Mayan communities...DEMAND...The immediate suspension of the illegally granted license...The repair of the damages caused by exploration activities.. The company not to continue misleading, dividing and intimidating our communities.

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