US and Canadian Organizations Alarmed Over Illegal Mining

A blog post on MiningWatch Canada links to a letter sent to the CEO of Goldex Resources about illegal mining in Guatemala.

Seven organizations, including MiningWatch Canada, sent a letter to the President & CEO and Director of Goldex Resources about recent claims of illegal mining in southern Guatemala, within the area granted for the El Pato project reportedly owned by the Canadian mining firm. Community members have reported threats against land and environmental defenders who have been denouncing these activities.

The organizations ask Goldex to publicly clarify its relationship with the companies involved with extracting minerals from the El Pato project area, to clarify the company’s relationship with the landowners on whose land this illegal operation has been taking place, and to put a stop to these illegal activities that only generate unrest, tension, and insecurity in the area.

The organisations who signed on to this are: Earthworks, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, MiningWatch Canada, Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA), Observatorio de Industrias Extractivas, Guatemala, and Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala (PAQG).

You can read the full piece, and the letter, on the MiningWatch Canada website here, US and Canadian Organizations Alarmed Over Illegal Mining at Goldex Property in Guatemala.

Categories: Corruption, Environment, Human Rights, Impunity, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Legal, Lobbying, Mining, Resource Extraction, Violence

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