Category Archives: Conflict and Repression

Mining often occurs in undemocratic, occupied and/or disputed regions where human rights violations are routine. Mine construction can involve forced resettlement, in-migration of outsiders—including armed groups hired as mine security—and sudden differences in wealth, creating tensions between neighbours. Increased violence, militarization, alcoholism, and prostitution can turn peaceful villages into conflict zones. Commonly-reported abuses include threats, rape, disappearances, shootings, and murders of union leaders or those organizing opposition to mines. In Canada, violent repression is less common, but activists, academics and journalists are silenced through threat of lawsuits.

News Release: Murder of Young Assistant from Guatemalan Environmental Organization is Evidence of Escalating Risk to Human Rights Defenders

(Ottawa/Toronto/Vancouver/Reno/Washington/Guatemala) North American organizations are dismayed and deeply troubled by the execution-style murder of 22 year-old Jeremy Abraham Barrios Lima, assistant to the director of the Guatemalan Centre for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS), on Saturday in Guatemala City. … Continue reading

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Book Review: More than a few bad apples (Jen Moore)

Jen Moore reviews the new book Blood of Extraction by Todd Book & Jeffery R. Webber: “Militarized neoliberalism” and the Canadian state in Latin America By Jen Moore Military responds to mining protest in Peru. (Photo by Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu, … Continue reading

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Oct 18th: Breaking the Silence – 20 Years After Invasion & War in the Congo

Congo Week Event with Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo Tuesday October 18th @ 6:30 pm 1803 E 1st Ave, Vancouver Grandview Calvary Baptist Church unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səlil̓wətaʔɬ territories On Facebook: ** This is a free event. … Continue reading

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Report – Mining, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Conflict: OceanaGold and the El Dorado Foundation in El Salvador

The full report, executive summary, and a print version are available for download here, at MiningWatch’s website. This report documents the current activities of the El Dorado Foundation, which was originally established by Pacific Rim Mining in El Salvador in 2005, … Continue reading

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Urgent Action: Safety of human rights defenders in Colima, Mexico (MiningWatch)

Urgent Action: Mexico – Concerns for the safety and security of human rights defenders opposing mining activities in the state of Colima TAKE ACTION HERE: Over the past year, environmental and indigenous rights organisations in the municipality of Comala, Colima State, Mexico, … Continue reading

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“Miners Shot Down” playing at Amnesty International Film Festival – Vancouver

Miners Shot Down Directed by Rehad Desai Saturday, October 18 VPL Central Branch Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level 12:50 pm / doors open at 12:40 pm In August 2012, mineworkers in one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines began a wildcat … Continue reading

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Community Leader Oscar Morales Highlights Conflict Over El Escobal Mine (El Quetzal)

(This story can be found on page four of El Quetzal Issue #17, linked below.)

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