Urgent Action – Call Goldcorp to Negotiate with Ejido or Close Mine

URGENT ACTION: Call on Goldcorp to Negotiate in Good Faith with the Ejido Carrizalillo or to Initiate Mine Closure Plan

Monday, April 07, 2014

Join the Ejido’s call for good faith negotiations without repression

Since the morning of Tuesday April 1, the Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico has blocked operations at Goldcorp’s Los Filos mine in revindication of their territorial rights following expiration of the company’s land use contract with the community and its failure to negotiate a new one on time.

In their statement announcing the mine shut down, the Ejido’s negotiating team stated that they would “suspend mine operations until the company demonstrates greater disposition to negotiate or – failing that – demand that it begin to close the mine according to Mexican law to reduce the environmental and health damages that have occurred.” They requested the presence of Mr. Horacio Bruna, Vice President of Goldcorp’s Mexican Operations, at the blockade in order to proceed with talks.

In the flurry of news that has been coming out of the Mexican press, representatives of the Ejido emphasize concerns  they have about the long term environmental and health costs of Goldcorp’s highly profitable open-pit gold and silver operation located a mere kilometre from their community.

On Friday April 4th, the Ejido issued another statement indicating that they were filing a lawsuit for restoration of their lands as a result of the company’s continuing refusal to renegotiate a new land use contract under more just conditions for the ejido.

They also called for national and international supporters to be on alert for any acts of intimidation, reprisal or repression against them on the part of the company or related groups.

Please show your support for the Ejido Carrizalillo and call on Goldcorp to expedite good faith negotiations, without repression, intimidation or other provocations that could lead to violence, toward a new land use contract that respects the Ejido’s territorial rights.

Use this online action to send your message automatically or send your own message or comment to:
Brent Bergeron, Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Goldcorp
brent.bergeron(at)goldcorp.com

Anna M. Tudela, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp
atudela(at)goldcorp.com

Jeff Wilhoit, Investor Inquiries
info(at)goldcorp.com

SAMPLE LETTER

To Goldcorp Management:  

Since April 1, 2014, the residents of the Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico have been exercising their territorial rights and taking back their lands given your company’s failure to negotiate a new contract with more dignified conditions for the community. It is the local population and not Goldcorp that has stopped work at the Los Filos mine, given that the company no longer has a land use contract for the coming year with the ejido.

Goldcorp should expedite good faith negotiations toward a new contract with the Ejido Carrizalillo that respects the human rights and land rights of the owners of more that 1,000 hectares that the company rents. The contract should ensure better conditions for workers and public health, as well as take responsibility for the serious damages that the project has already generated in the health of the local population, their lands and the environment.

We demand that at no point in this process that repression, intimidation, provocation of community divisions, or any other type of retribution or violence be used by the company or related groups against the population of Carrizalillo, respecting that they are exercising their rights in accordance with Mexican law.

If the company is not willing to fulfill its responsibility, or does not desire a new contract, it should immediately ensure and guarantee the return of ejidal lands. It should also make its closure and post closure plan for the Los Filos mine public. This plan should include all the relevent technical and financial aspects, including water management and monitoring for acid mine drainage, measures to protect public health, especially for people already suffering from diverse illnesses; measures to protect the environment and soils; the withdrawal of equipment and adequate management of toxic wastes; and an independently guaranteed financial surety to cover the full costs of this process with independent verification mechanisms.

Attentively,

Include a copy of your letter to:
Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird
john.baird(at)parl.gc.ca

Canadian Ambassador to Mexico Sara Hradecky
sara.hradecky(at)international.gc.ca

The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board
contact(at)cppib.com

General Secretary for the Government of Guerrero
secretariageneral(at)guerrero.gob.mx

Mexican Agrarian Attorney’s Office
pagraria(at)pa.gob.mx

SEDATU: Secretary for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development
jcramirez(at)sedatu.gob.mx

Secretary of the Economy of Mexico
ildefonso.guajardo(at)economia.gob.mx

SEMARNAT: Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico
c.secretario(at)semarnat.gob.mx

MiningWatch Canada
jen(at)miningwatch.ca

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EVENT MARCH 29: TWO NATIONS ONE STRUGGLE

TWO NATIONS ONE STRUGGLE MARCH 29

Forum featuring:

Marilyn Baptiste, council of Xeni Gwet’in, Tsilhqot’in Nation, speaking on Tsilhqot’in resistance to Taseko’s proposed mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake)

Marilyn Baptiste is a member of Xeni Gwet’in, one of the communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, whose territory largely lies to the west of the Fraser River and Williams Lake, BC.

A former Chief, Baptiste became known as a spirited speaker who traveled the province on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation to explain the importance of Teztan Biny to the Tsilhqot’in people and to call for the cancellation of plans to destroy the lake in order to install a huge open-pit copper and gold mine. Taseko Ltd., the mining company that holds the claim, named the proposed mine ‘Prosperity’.

Tsilhqot’in people have spent three decades defending Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Nabas, and the upper Dasiqox (Taseko) watershed from the threat of the massive open-pit gold and copper mine. In 2010 and 2013, two independent federal environmental review Panels investigated the mine proposal. After careful assessment, and months hearing testimonies of locals and environmental scientists, the independent panels have condemned the proposal – twice – because of the impacts to Fish Lake, grizzly bears and the Tsilhqot’in’s rights to protect their territory. Despite all this, Taseko is still pushing the federal government to allow the mine.

Oscar Morales, from San Rafael Las Flores, Guatemala, speaking on threats and violence related to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine near his home.

Oscar Morales is an agronomist and the Coordinator of the Committee in Defense of Life and Peace in San Rafael Las Flores – community that has borne the brunt of the violence, militarization and environmental threats related to Tahoe’s mine.

More than half of the communities in the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores, where the Escobal project is located, have declared opposition to the mine. In five neighbouring municipalities, in the departments of Santa Rosa and Jalapa, the majority of the population – which numbers in the tens of thousands – has voted against the mine in municipal referenda. Nonetheless, Tahoe Resources reported in January that the Escobal mine is operational, claiming that: “unanticipated social issues have been addressed.”

Oscar is deeply concerned about the environmental and social impacts of Tahoe’s project and has been an advocate for the community consultations that have taken place throughout Santa Rosa.

The mine-related conflicts experienced by San Rafael Las Flores, and other communities in Guatemala, bring to the forefront the need for the Canadian government to facilitate access to justice for abuses committed in Canada and abroad. Oscar Morales is one of several Guatemalan delegates visiting Canada (Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia) as part of a speaking tour linked to the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability’s Open for Justice campaign. The CNCA campaign calls for legislated access to Canadian courts for people who have been harmed by the international operations of Canadian companies.

This event will take place on Saturday March 29 at 7 pm

1803 East First Avenue at Salsbury Drive. – Coast Salish Territory

Organized by Café Rebelde Collective

Endorsed by Mining Justice Alliance, Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Streams of Justice,  Langara Social Justice Collective and Amnesty International.

Info: caferebeldeinfo@gmail.com

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Mar 14: UBC’S NEW MINING INSTITUTE AND THE BIG PICTURE – FREE EVENTS

ALAIN DENEAULT DOUBLE HEADER AT UBC

UBC’S NEW MINING INSTITUTE AND THE BIG PICTURE, AND

‘RETAKING THE UNIVERSITY’: STUDENT ACTIVISM CONFERENCE

14 March 2014

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(1) 12-1:30PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH

NORM THEATRE, STUDENT UNION BUILDING

PUBLIC LECTURE: UBC’s New Mining Institute and the Big Picture

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/232457570272486/

UBC now hosts the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID), funded and mandated by CIDA to promote growth of Canada-based mining companies in their operations overseas. It partners with companies that have been accused of human rights abuses, bullying, and a transfer of far greater costs than benefits to communities and countries. Now through the CIIEID, our university departments may be legitimizing these abuses. The UBC community should have a say in the matter!

Three quarters of the world’s mining companies are headquartered in Canada, with around 1200 of them headquartered in Vancouver alone! Alain Deneault will discuss why Canada is the legal haven of choice for the world’s mining industry, and put the CIIEID in context with Canadian legal, financial, and foreign policies.

Alain Deneault teaches critical thought in the political science department at the Université de Montréal and conducts research for the Quebec section of the Tax Justice Network. He is co-author of the book Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption, etcriminalité en Afrique (Écosociété, 2008). His books most recently translated into English include Offshore: Tax Havens and the Rule of Global Crime (New Press, 2012) and Paul Martin and Companies: Sixty Theses on the Alegal Nature of Tax Havens (Talonbooks, 2005). His latest book Canada: A New Tax Haven will be released by Talonbooks in 2015.

 

(2) 2-4PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH

NORM THEATRE, STUDENT UNION BUILDING

SILENCE IS GOLD film & discussion of SLAPPs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/300379343444035/

Facing a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation – a SLAPP – is perhaps the worst nightmare for academics and journalists investigating and publishing original research that challenges the practices of large corporations. SLAPPs are meant to intimidate and silence critics: the high costs of a lengthy legal battle can exhaust and distract a researcher, and can lead to self-censorship. Learn about SLAPP legislation in Canada, and how Alain Deneault managed the lawsuits when SLAPPed by mining companies Barrick and Banro.

The film Silence is Gold raises key concerns about the practices of Canadian mining companies, the role of Canada on their behalf, the legal system that still allows corporations to intimidate researchers and journalists into silence, and points to the light at the end of the tunnel.

3) 5 – 6:30 PM FRIDAY 14 MARCH

THE UNIVERSITY AND THE CAPACITY TO RESIST
With Dr. Stephen Collis
Forestry CAWP 2916
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1477205412500934/

Howard Caygill, in ‘On  Resistance’, defines resistance as the building and maintenance of the  capacity to resist. In this talk Dr. Stephen Collis will discuss the  possibilities for building our capacity to resist within the existing  neoliberal university, in alternative, free universities, and beyond the university. Ultimately, drawing on his own experiences as an academic  and organizer, he proposes a “School for Resistance” that might take up  the interstices between the capacity building of universities and that undertaken by grassroots social justice movements.

The talk will be given by Stephen Collis, a poet, activist and professor of contemporary literature at Simon Fraser University.

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These events are sponsored by the SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTRE

and are part of the RETAKING THE UNIVERSITY

student activism conference 12-14 MARCH 2014

WEB: ubc-sjc.ca

Facebook: ubcsocialjusticecentre

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/238816686302808/

Deneault events poster: Deneault_UBC_Lecture&Film_14MAR

We would like to remind everyone that this event and this university  are on unceded Coast Salish territory. While we are analyzing the  university and the world, it is important to acknowledge our place in  the on-going history of Canada as a colonial-settler state. The impact  of colonization continues to this day, affecting both our material  circumstances as well as our understanding of ourselves and the world.

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Environmentalist and communicator from the Siria Valley, Honduras denounces threats (GOLDCORP related)

Environmentalist and communicator from the Siria Valley, Honduras denounces threats

Monday, February 17, 2014

Translated from the original posted by Honduran journalist Dina Meza on February 14, 2014 in facebook:

Carlos Amador, an environmentalist and communicator from the Siria Valley in Honduras, is denouncing that over the last few months he has been watched and followed by unknown individuals using vehicles with tinted windows and without license plates. He attributes this situation to the work he does in the area in defence of the environment and through exercising his freedom of expression through local radio and television programs.

Amador is a well-known environmentalist and member of the Siria Valley Environmental Committee that has spoken out against environmental contamination and deforestation due to mining and logging. This struggle has brought with it legal persecution.

On July 5th [2011], operating under an arrest warrant from the Public Ministry, Amador together with Marlon Hernández from the Siria Valley Environmental Committee were temporarily detained by local police and given a prison sentence with substitute measures such that they had to sign in every 15 days at the court house. 15 other people had to follow the same procedure. All were accused of having obstructed a forestry management plan in the community of Tepalitos, in the municipality of El Porvenir, illegally granted in 2009.

Ten months ago, Channel 14 opened in the community of El Porvenir where Amador directs the program “In Contact with the News”, which is broadcast Monday to Friday from 7 to 8pm. The program covers environmental issues in the Siria Valley, including information that a new mining company will initiate operations in three communities of the Siria Valley.

Being followed since November 2013

The environmentalist is afraid for his life, given that since last November motorcyclists have been following him every time he goes to Tegucigalpa to carry out different errands and to meet with other environmentalists. “A black motorcycle has followed me on four occasions,” he stated with worry.

But the watching and following is also happening in his own community, near the school where he works as a teacher, as well as around the television station where he broadcasts his program, as well as a radio program called, “The Direct Line with the People”, broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays, during which the local environmental struggle is regularly discussed and the opening of new mining operations rejected.

He mentioned that on January 15th of this year, a man arrived at his school and said that he had come because he was interested in  sponsoring children. He noted, “What is disconcerting about this case is that he drove one of the two cars that were parked outside during his television show. I realized this when I noticed that he was driving a grey vehicle without licence plates and with tinted windows, similar to the other vehicle [he had seen it with] that is white with a double cabin.”

Mining operations have brought along serious consequences for the health of residents in the Siria Valely who have been suffering since Entre Mares, S.A. de C.V. puts its mine into operation. Entre Mares, S.A. de C.V. is a subsidiary of Canadian company Goldcorp.

The environmentalist movement of the Siria Valley, with support from Dr. Juan Almendares Bonilla, a doctor, physiologist, investigator, past Rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and member of Friends of the Earth International made nationally and internationally known on November 2, 2011, their concerns over the impacts of environmental contamination on the residents of the Siria Valley in the department of Francisco Morazán, where Goldcorp operated until about 2008.

Concentrations of lead have been found in a number of people analyzed that are above acceptable levels according to World Health Organization (WHO) standards. The mining company began operating in Honduras in 2000 and closed its mine in 2008, however, despite serious reported impacts on the health of residents in the municipalities of Cedros, San Ignacio, and El Porvenir, all located in the Siria Valley, to date, the company has not compensated those affected who continue to live with the consequences that are believed to be linked to environmental contamination.

Not another Entre Mares

The tireless struggle of Carlos Amador in defence of the environment is what makes him run risks. He says, “I don’t want another Entre Mares because it has left us with serious consequences in the Siria Valley.”

Since 2011, residents of several local communities have noted that agricultural equipment for tilling the soil would arrive and then leave covered up with tarpaulins. Later on they realized that in the community of El Suyatal, in the municipality of Cedros that a mining concession had been granted without prior community consultation.

In addition to this situation in the Siria Valley, environmentalists in Santa Barbara have been struggling as part of the Santa Barbara Environmental Movement for which they have also suffered persecution and threats.

In Nueva Esperanza near the town of Tela, in the department of Atlántida, two members of the Honduras Accompaniment Project (PROAH), Daniel Langmeier and Orlane Vidal were abducted [for several hours at gunpoint in July 2013]. PROAH is an organization that works to prevent or deescalate high risk situations in which the lives of human rights defenders in Honduras are at risk.

The company Minerales Victoria has been operating in this area. The company’s project started up in the community without adequate prior consultation and against their will. Armed guards regularly intimidate the community, threatening those who refuse to sell their lands to Lenir Pérez, as well as others who have organized to peacefully oppose mining.

The Indigenous Lenca people who are part of the Honduran Council of Popular and Indigenous Council (COPINH by its initials in Spanish) have undertaken an ongoing struggle to demand that development of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project stop for having violated their territory, privatized their water through concessions, including the Gualcarque River and its tributaries for more than 20 years, and for destroying cultural and economic heritage that also means displacement and loss of their inalienable human rights to water, and violation of Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

This overall situation has gotten worse with the coup d’etat in 2009 that gave way to the granting of national territory in concessions to mining companies and transnational hydroelectric firms in association with national companies and individuals who have a lot of economic and political power in Honduras.

Original in Spanish in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dina.meza.73

This translation from:

http://www.miningwatch.ca/article/environmentalist-and-communicator-siria-valley-honduras-denounces-threats

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BCCLA Files Complaint Against RCMP and CSIS For Spying on Enbridge Pipeline Opponents (BCCLA)

News Release from BCCLA

Posted February 6, 2014

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) filed two complaints today against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The complaints allege that the two agencies illegally monitored and spied on the peaceful and democratic activities of community groups and First Nations opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. These groups include ForestEthics Advocacy, Dogwood Initiative, LeadNow.ca, the Idle No More movement, and others.

The BCCLA alleges that the RCMP and CSIS interfered with the freedoms of expression, assembly and association protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by gathering intelligence about citizens opposed to the Enbridge project through a range of sources. The complaints also claim that the spying activities potentially included illegal searches of private information. The complaint against CSIS further alleges that the spy agency broke the law by gathering information on the peaceful and democratic activities of Canadians, which it is banned by law from doing. The documents released made clear that none of the groups under surveillance posed any threat to the National Energy Board hearings or public safety.

“It’s against the law and the constitution for police and spy agencies to spy on the lawful activities of people who are just speaking out and getting involved in their communities. That’s why we have filed these complaints,” said Josh Paterson, Executive Director of the BCCLA. “This is bigger than an environmental debate – it’s a question of fundamental human rights. There are plenty of undemocratic countries where governments spy on people that they don’t agree with. That’s not supposed to happen in Canada, and when it does, it can frighten people away from expressing themselves and participating in democratic debate.”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, who attended one of the meetings that was spied upon, stated: “I was shocked and disgusted to learn that the police and the National Energy Board colluded to keep track of First Nations people who are simply speaking out, including those who participate in Idle No More. This is the kind of thing we’d expect to see in a police state, and it’s a violation of our freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.”

See more information, and read the full News Release on the BCCLA website

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Mining Justice Alliance Statement on the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID)

The new CIIEID institute, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and housed at UBC, SFU and EPDM, raises many concerns. Mining and resource extraction is unavoidably a highly impactful industry: water and land are damaged to extract and process mineral resources, and people living on the land, and depending on its water and soil for their survival, are displaced. Extractive companies are disproportionately based in Canada (some 75% of the global industry), from which base they operate globally, because this situation is beneficial to them: Canadian corporate and tax laws and the Canadian Government superintend the transfer of profits to these corporations, while simultaneously transferring the attendant social and environmental costs to the communities affected by extraction.

The Canadian government already extends a substantial amount of corporate welfare to the extractive industries, using public funds to aid the foreign activities of already wealthy private corporations. CIDA’s activities in particular have a history of maintaining uneven development and colonial exploitation: Canadian-based companies benefit and host communities and nations suffer depletion and social and environmental degradation.

CIIEID will be more of the same, if not an outright expansion of these already unjust practices. Universities are being used for their cultural and especially intellectual capital: if corporate advocacy comes from a university-based institute it has the appearance of rigorous and disinterested scholarship, rather than the biased assistance of the private accumulation of wealth that it actually is.

CIDA has suggested that the new Institute “will help developing countries reap the benefit of their natural resources, and also benefit Canadian companies in fair, transparent, and foreseeable regulation in the extractive sector.” These interests are squarely at odds, and the statement obfuscates who really benefits from such advocacy. The Institute has also been described as “a partnership between the Federal government, the private sector, and Canadian civil-society organizations.” Once again, this is not a level playing field, and such partnerships almost always promote and protect private profits at the public expense.

Furthermore, an extractive industries institute whose advisory council and strategic partners include numerous industry representatives has little hope of reflecting anything other than industry interests.

Finally, we believe that the institute will negatively impact academic freedom: the current government of Canada has shown a consistent pattern of vetting and often muzzling the reports of researchers working under its umbrella organizations. How can the values of academic freedom be maintained when private corporations, who profit from the Institute’s activities, and the government agencies which advocate on their behalf, oversee those same activities? We can only conclude that this is nothing more than another nail in the “public” university’s coffin.

Where once concerns were raised about a “military-industrial complex” finding a base of operations in public universities, we now see the development of what might be called a “resource-industrial complex” taking up residence in these same institutions.

Mining Justice Alliance (MJA), organizing in support of the social justice concerns of communities directly affected by the extractive industry, joins UBC and SFU students in calling for an Institute free of corporate involvement; directly responsive and accountable to communities impacted by extractive projects; including a majority of representatives of affected communities and civil society in its leadership and decision-making positions; and respectful of indigenous communities right to free, prior, and informed consent. Failing this, we call upon the universities in question to reject the CIIEID.

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Central American Declaration on Extractive Model. Pronunciamiento : Ante la Avanzada del Modelo Extractivista

Organizations from across Central America gathered in Nicaragua this month to work together in facing extractive industry advancement.   Spanish below.

DECLARATION

 

BEFORE THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE EXTRACTIVE MODEL IN THE CENTRAL AMERICAN REGION:

 

As organizations who work in defense of life and the integrity of the central American territory, we have gathered in a Regional Meeting called “Experiences and Perspectives from Social Struggles Facing Mineral Mining Exploitation”,  held in Managua, Nicaragua and appealing to national and international public opinion:

 

 

We declare:

 

That the extractive industries of transnational capital, complicit with governments and the international financial system, are currently in a process of invasive and destructive expansion in our region, utilizing manipulative and coercive strategies including the eviction of residents from their lands, the displacement of populations, negative environmental effects, national and international social conflicts, provoking the tearing of the social fabric, the loss of identity and the violation of fundamental human rights, principally the right to water, and the free self-determination of communities.
 
Multinational corporations dedicated to the extraction of natural non-renewable resources are advancing and imposing their model of development through the use of lies, threats, as well as the “purchase of consciousness” and political will.
 
The rights of Indigenous and tribal peoples are being systematically violated by the fact that internal laws and international conventions, such as the Convention 169 of the OIT (International Labour Organization) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, have been rendered worthless.
 
The Central American region is an environmentally vulnerable region, with a high population population density that is growing.  Extractive activities are contributing to the acceleration of loss of natural resources that are essential for life.
 
Central America is a region that aspires to peace. It is a region with environmental, cultural, and, social wealth, as well as ample opportunities for sustainable development, independent of the extractive industries that threaten the life of the Central American population.

 

For these reasons we demand:

 
From the Governments:
 

a)    To create and implement development policies that favour the needs of the citizens, with respect for fundamental economic, social and human rights – above all, the right to life, to a healthy environment, and to water.
 
b)   To respect for the decisions of peoples and communities that have declared, via community consultation and other mechanisms of democratic popular expression (traditional and non-traditional), their opposition to the extractive industry in Central America.
 
c)    To implement processes of integration for the actualization of the agreements and conventions designed to preserve our natural resources and avoid social-environmental conflicts
 
d)   To guarantee the physical safety of those who openly and peacefully protest in defense of life and our natural resources.
 
e)    To objectively value and comply with the Convention 169 of the ILO and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are calling on the general population, civil society organizations, churches, social movements, and the international community to unite and join in the work of defending life and the search for economic alternatives that can sustain us without destroying human and environmental wealth in our region.

“CENTRAL AMERICA IS NOT FOR SOLD, IT IS LOVED AND DEFENDED”
No to the extractive industry in Central America.
MANAGUA, NICARAGUA December 5 2013

El Salvador: International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador

Honduras: National Netowrk of Communities Affected by Mining, Siria Valley Environmental Committee, National Coalition of Environmental Networks in Honduras.

Nicaragua: The ‘Save Santo Domingo Movement’ Strategic Group of Matagalpa, Catholic Church of Rancho Grande – Matagalpa, Associaltion of Municipal Development – Camoapa, Communities of Santa Pancha and Mina El Limón

PRONUNCIAMIENTO
ANTE LA AVANZADA DEL MODELO EXTRACTIVISTA EN LA REGION CENTROAMERICANA:
Las organizaciones que trabajamos en defensa de la vida y la integridad del territorio centroamericano, nos hemos reunido en el Encuentro Regional: “Experiencias y perspectivas de luchas sociales ante la explotación minera de metales”, realizado en Managua, Nicaragua, a la opinión pública nacional e internacional:

Manifestamos:

Que las industrias extractivas de capital transnacional en complicidad con los gobiernos y el sistema financiero internacional, están en un proceso de expansión destructivo e invasor de nuestra región utilizando estrategias coercitivas y manipuladoras, el cual provoca el despojo de tierras, desplazamiento de poblaciones, impactos negativos al medio ambiente, conflictos socio ambientales nacionales e internacionales, provocando el rompimiento del tejido social, la perdida de la identidad y la violación a los derechos humanos fundamentales, principalmente el derecho al agua y la libre determinación de los pueblos.

Que corporaciones multinacionales dedicadas a la extracción de recursos naturales no renovables avanzan e imponen su modelo de desarrollo mediante mentiras, amenazas, compra de conciencias y voluntad política.

Los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y tribales están siendo sistemáticamente violados al no hacer valer las leyes internas y los convenios internacionales, como el Convenio 169 de la OIT, y la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas Sobre los Derechos de Los Pueblos Indígenas.

La región centroamericana es un territorio ambientalmente vulnerable, con alta densidad poblacional en crecimiento, por lo que las actividades extractivas contribuyen a acelerar la pérdida de los bienes naturales esénciales para la vida. Centroamérica es una región que aspira a la paz, tiene una riqueza natural, cultural y social con altas capacidades para desarrollarse de manera sostenible, independientemente de todas las industrias extractivas que atentan contra la vida de su población. Por las consideraciones anteriores demandamos:

A los Gobiernos:

a) Crear e implementar políticas de desarrollo que favorezcan a las necesidades de sus ciudadanos y ciudadanas, bajo un marco de respeto de los derechos humanos fundamentales, económicos y sociales sobre todo el derecho a la vida, a un ambiente saludable y al agua.

b) El respeto a las decisiones de los pueblos y comunidades que se han pronunciado por medio de consultas comunitarias, y otros mecanismos de expresión democrática popular, tradicionales y no tradicionales en contra de la industria extractiva en Centroamérica.

c) Implementar procesos de integración donde se promuevan y cumplan los tratados y convenios de protección de nuestros bienes naturales compartidos para evitar la generación de conflictos socio- ambientales.

d) Garantizar la integridad física de quienes se manifiesten abierta y pacíficamente en defensa de la vida y de nuestros bienes naturales.

e) Hacer valer de forma objetiva el Convenio 169 de la OIT, y la Declaración de las Naciones Unidas Sobre Derechos de Pueblos Indígenas. Hacemos un llamado a la población en general, organizaciones de sociedad civil, iglesias, movimientos sociales, y la comunidad internacional, a unirse en el trabajo de defensa de la vida y la búsqueda de alternativas económicas que aporten sin destruir los bienes humanos y naturales de nuestra región.

“CENTROAMERICA NO SE VENDE, SE AMA Y SE DEFIENDE”
No a la industria extractiva en Centroamérica MANAGUA, NICARAGUA 5 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2013

El Salvador: International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador

Honduras: Red Nacional de Comunidades afectadas por la Minería en Honduras Comité Valle de Siria Coalición Nacional de Redes Ambientales de Honduras

Nicaragua: Movimiento Salvemos Santo Domingo Grupo Estratégico de Matagalpa Iglesia Católica de Rancho Grande – Matagalpa Asociación de Desarrollo Municipal – Camoapa Comunidades de Santa Pancha y Mina El Limón – León

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