“Mining is Equal to Misery”: The Human Rights Situation of Persons Affected by the Extractive Industries in the Americas

“Mining is Equal to Misery”: The Human Rights Situation of Persons Affected by the Extractive Industries in the Americas April 1, 2012 By Megan Wakefield El Cerrejón Coal Mine in the Guajira, Colombia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. Petitioners: Indian Resource Law Center, Centro de Estudios para la Justicia Social “Tierra Digna,” Asociación Colectivo Mujeres al Derecho, Comisión Intereclesial … Continue reading

Situation of Human Rights Defenders and Access to Justice in Guatemala

Situation of Human Rights Defenders and Access to Justice in Guatemala March 28, 2012 By Thais-Lyn Trayer C Commissioner José de Jesús Orozco Henriquez, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders Petitioners: Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos de Guatemala (FAMDEGUA) / Centro de Análisis Forense y Ciencias Aplicadas (CAFCA) / Fundación Sobrevivientes / Centro … Continue reading

HONDURAS- ONG’S DENUNCIARÁN GRAVES VIOLACIONES DE DERECHOS HUMANOS EN EL BAJO AGUÁN, HONDURAS, ANTE LA CIDH

Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH), Asociación de Agencias de Desarrollo ligadas al Concejo Mundial de Iglesias (APRODEV), Iniciativa de Copenhague para Centroamérica y México (CIFCA), Organización Internacional por el Derecho a la Alimentación (FIAN Internacional), Regional Latinoamericana de la Unión Internacional de los Trabajadores de la Alimentación, Agrícolas, Hoteles, Restaurantes, Tabaco y Afines (Rel-Uita), … Continue reading

Los candidatos evitan tocar el oro

http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20111011/54228639439/los-candidatos-evitan-tocar-el-oro.html   Los candidatos evitan tocar el oro El debate electoral obvia debatir sobre la mina de Goldcorp, cuestión de vida o muerte para pueblos maya de Guatemala 11/10/2011 – 00:18h Andy Robinson | San Marcos Es cuestión de vida o muerte en las comunidades de los maya mam y sipacapense del altiplano. Pero, a … Continue reading

Landmark Vote Upholds Indigenous Rights on Belo Monte

Landmark Vote Upholds Indigenous Rights on Belo Monte By: Brent Millikan and Zachary Hurwitz –http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/blog/zachary-hurwitz/2011-10-18/landmark-vote-upholds-indigenous-rights-belo-monte 18 October 2011  On Monday, federal judge Selene Maria de Almeida voted in a landmark opinion in Brazilian courts that the Belo Monte Dam licenses are illegal and must be cancelled due to what is now widely-accepted evidence that the Brazilian government did not hold proper … Continue reading

FIAN: Action Case Guatemala – Goldmining destroys access to water and violates indigenous rights

Action Case Guatemala – Goldmining destroys access to water and violates indigenous rights  Guatemala: Open pit mining project threatens subsistence basis of indigenous communities In Guatemala the Marlin Gold Mine has a profoundly negative effect on local indigenous communities’ access to food and water. The mining activities use massive amounts of water and contaminate remaining … Continue reading

Denuncian daños de minería en Guatemala ante Unión Europea

http://www.prensalibre.com/noticias/politica/Denuncian-mineria-Guatemala-Union-Europea_0_554344798.html?print=1 Prensa Libre y EFE 14/09/11 – 20:29 POLÍTICA Denuncian daños de minería en Guatemala ante Unión Europea El obispo de San Marcos, en Guatemala, Álvaro Ramazzini, expuso este miércoles ante altos funcionarios de la Unión Europea  (UE) los perjuicios de la minería extractiva en su país, y criticó el reciente acuerdo de asociación entre las … Continue reading

Maude Barlow in Guatemala: Bearing witness to a destructive mining industry

Maude Barlow in Guatemala: Bearing witness to a destructive mining industry By Maude Barlow | September 13, 2011 In early September I had the honour of taking a memorable trip to Guatemala — strikingly beautiful but haunted by a violent past and a troubled present. I was the guest of Asociacion Aqua Rios y Pueblos … Continue reading

Peru leads the way for Latin America’s indigenous communities

Peru leads the way for Latin America’s indigenous communities A new law recognising the land ownership rights of Peru’s native inhabitants sets an important regional precedent A new law protecting the land rights of Peru’s indigenous people should help to avoid a repeat of the violent scenes in Bagua in 2009. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP In … Continue reading