Brent Patterson writes in the PBI-Canada website about a recent visit to La Puya – ‘La Comunidad en Resistencia’ – as part of their accompaniment of the community fighting against the corrupt imposition of a gold mine on their territory, a fight that is going all the way to the World Bank.
In March 2012 residents from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc – an area known as La Puya, just north of Guatemala City – set up a 24-hour a day blockade at the entrance of the Vancouver-based Radius Gold Inc. El Tambor mine.
By February 2016, the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya won a Guatemalan Supreme Court ruling that provisionally suspended the mining licence because there had not been prior consultation with affected communities, as is required under Guatemalan and international law, in particular the International Labour Organization’s Convention 169.
In response, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates filed a claim with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, a World Bank arbitration mechanism, claiming its investor rights under the Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (that includes the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic) had been violated.
As the Peaceful Resistance approaches the 9th anniversary of their camp outside the mine site, the arbitration process at the World Bank continues.
You can read the full piece, ‘PBI-Guatemala visits the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya camp in opposition to mine once owned by Canadian company’, by clicking on the link.
The following are some of the pieces that have been featured on our website since the start of ‘La Resistencia’:
- ‘La Puya’: The Rhythm of Resistance
- ¡Que viva La Puya! – ¡Viva!
- The Environmental Impact Study of La Puya “is the worst I’ve seen in 42 years”
- La Puya – La Antorcha de la Dignidad (The Torch of Dignity)
- ‘Together we move forward’ – La Puya
You can access the monthly information packages (MIP) from PBI-Guatemala on the PBI-Guatemala website.
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