Yesterday, March 2, 2016,the Comunidad en Resistencia at La Puya celebrated their fourth year of peaceful resistance against the El Tambor gold mine.
This anniversary was especially momentous, coming just after the Guatemalan Supreme Court’s February 22 ruling to suspend the mining license of the US-based company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates. This is a great victory for La Puya and for communities’ right to prior consultation.
It was the result of a legal motion filed on behalf of the community of La Puya by the Guatemalan human rights organization, the Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action (CALAS), back in August 2014.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was based on the grounds that KCA, and its subsidiary EXMINGUA, had initiated operations without prior consultation with the affected communities, as is required under Guatemalan and international law, in particular ILO Convention 169.
Community members from La Puya chanted “Long live La Puya!” and “Yes to Life, No to Mining!” upon hearing the positive ruling from the Supreme Court. “What we have here today with this resolution is the product of many years of struggle,” stated community member Doña Licha.
You can read the press note regarding this great news on the GHRC website, here, which also contains much background and history of the struggle.
To read the latest edition of their El Quetzal publication, click here.
This edition contains:
- Letter from the Director
- GHRC Visits Political Prisoners
- US Congress Calls for Halt to Illegal Mining at La Puya
- GHRC Joins Call for Justice for Violence, Ecocide in Petén
- IACHR Hears Challenges faced by Human Rights Defenders
- Jimmy Morales: Guatemala’s Next President
- Alliance for Prosperity, or for Poverty?
- Human Rights Case Updates
- GHRC’s Speaking Tour and Annual Award Ceremony