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Company Response

17 Sep 2013

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates

Kappes, Cassiday & Associates response to press articles raising concerns that its operations are affecting indigenous peoples in Guatemala

[The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Kappes, Cassiday & Associates to respond and the company sent the following response ] ...Nacahuil is not very close to our project – probably an hour’s drive from it. Nacahuil is sufficiently far from the mine that happenings there are not related to our project. The “massacre” was a very unfortunate event, but was simply a local issue. It is really sad that such things occur. While our project would probably not have any beneficial effect on Nacahuil, in fact it would significantly improve the conditions in the nearby communities and lead to less violence due to domestic and communal frustrations.

Part of the following timelines

Guatemala: 11 personas asesinadas y 17 heridas en comunidad indígena opositora de minería de oro; autoridades investigan hechos

Guatemala: Presentan informe sobre “realidades y desafíos frente a la democracia y el desarrollo” en particular el respeto por los derechos de pueblos indígenas

Land rights defenders increasingly the target of repressive measures, says the Observatory

Defensores de derecho a la tierra cada vez más son objeto de medidas represivas, dice el Observatorio

Guatemala: Commentary alleges violent attacks against land defenders resisting El Tambor mine; incl. co. responses