Report documents violence associated with Canadian mining companies in Latin America; company comments included

The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP) published a recent report documenting cases of alleged incidents of violence associated with Canadian mining companies in Latin America.

JPAL also invited companies to send their comments; these are included at the end at the report. 

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Author: Proyecto Justicia y Responsabilidad Corporativa (Canadá)

“Se reportan más de cuatrocientos incidentes de violencia vinculados con las explotaciones mineras canadienses en América Latina durante los últimos quince años”, 24 de Octubre de 2016

Un reciente informe elaborado por el Proyecto Justicia y Responsabilidad Corporativa (JCAP, por sus siglas en inglés), bajo el título de “La marca canadiense”, refiere que la violencia generalizada es común y corriente en las actividades de las compañías mineras canadienses en países latinoamericanos…ocurridos en trece países entre los años 2000 y 2015. Sus autores subrayan que estos incidentes, si bien terribles en sí mismos, son solo una muestra de la violencia que se perpetra en las minas de propiedad canadiense alrededor del mundo…El informe del JCAP expone que las actuales leyes y políticas canadienses resultan inefectivas para determinar si puede exigirse responsabilidad a las compañías mineras de este país por los incidentes que se recogen en el informe…En las explotaciones mineras canadienses en América Latina, entre 2000 y 2015…Se produjeron al menos 30 asesinatos selectivos relacionados con los conflictos mineros…Al menos 44 personas resultaron muertas, y 403 heridas (sin contar las víctimas por accidentes de trabajo)…Más de 700 personas fueron arrestadas o detenidas…Las corporaciones involucradas en estos incidentes solo reportaron 24,2% de las muertes y 12,3% de las lesiones relacionadas con su funcionamiento…

El informe completo en inglés está disponible aquí. 

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25 October 2016

Report: The “Canada Brand”: Violence and Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America

Author: Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP)

This is the first report to profile specific forms of violence and criminalization associated with Canadian mining projects in Latin America over a fifteen year period…[W]e provide observations about the violent incidents studied…make observations about the degree of company disclosure…identify four questions about company responsibility for the violence and criminalization…[and] we reflect on the current state of Canadian government policies and legislation…Of the 14 countries that we studied,  deaths  occurred in 11; injuries were suffered in 13;  and legal  complaints, warrants, arrests and detentions, were issued in 12. Physical violence was by far most prevalent in Guatemala, which accounted for 27.3% of deaths, 50% of disappearances, 22% of injuries, and 73.3% of instances of sexual violence. By contrast, criminalization and legal complaints were most prevalent in Mexico, which accounted for 42.3% of warrants and legal complaints, and 13.2% of arrests, detentions, and charges. It should be noted that Mexico was home to the highest number of mining projects (6) linked to reported violence…[Refers to Aura Minerals, Ascendant Holding, B2Gold, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, Blackfire Exploration, Candente Copper, Cornerstone Capital Resources, Corriente Resources, Fortuna Silver, Glencore, Goldcorp, Gran Colombia Gold, Greenstone, Guyana Frontier Mining, Hudbay Minerals, IAMGOLD, Kokopelli, MAG Silver, Manhattan, Mitsubishi Corporation, New Gold Minerals, Minefinder, Pacific Rim, Petaquilla Mining, Radius Gold, South American Silver, Tahoe Resources, Teck, Torex Gold Resources, Voyageur Minerals & Yamana Gold]

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24 October 2016

The “Canada Brand”: Violence and Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America

Author: Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP)

…The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project has documented troubling incidents of violence associated with Canadian mining companies in Latin America. In general, neither the Canadian government nor industry are monitoring or reporting on these incidents…This Report documents incidents that are corroborated by at least two independent sources. We found…44 deaths, 30 of which we classify as “targeted”; 403 injuries, 363 of which occurred in during protests and confrontations; 709 cases of “criminalization”, including legal complaints, arrests, detentions and charges; and a widespread geographical distribution of documented violence...In addition, our research shows that Canadian companies that are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange do not include reports of violence in their mandatory reports on company performance…The Canadian government continues to promote the “Canada Brand” by relying on voluntary, non-enforceable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) codes to measure company conduct…Neither office conducts investigations, nor do they have the power to sanction companies directly or compensate victims. Their only power is to recommend the withdrawal of Canadian government financial and embassy support…

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