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Response by Pan American Silver
Author: Pan American Silver, Published on: 15 July 2019
...At Pan American Silver, we are committed to managing our operations in a socially responsible manner with utmost respect for human rights. We adhere to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. We do not tolerate threats or any forms of violence. In specific reference to the Escobal mine in Guatemala, we are working towards building enduring, positive relationships with all stakeholders in the region, and to establishing a reputation as an honest, credible partner. At this stage, we are focused on actively listening in order to create a space for dialogue and to gain a deeper understanding of people’s expectations and concerns about the mine. The Guatemalan government must also complete the ILO 169 indigenous consultation, which is being led by the Ministry of Energy and Mines. We will respectfully support and participate in the consultation process. We regard the process of consulting with communities of interest and indigenous peoples very seriously, and are committed to investing the time necessary to do this right. These are not processes where strict timelines can be established ahead of time. We are not providing any timeframe for the potential restart of the Escobal mine...