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.

Indigenous Wixarika Leader and Activist Murdered in Mexico (teleSUR)

Source: TeleSUR The Marakame Margarito Diaz Gonzalez was murdered at his home, in front of his wife, on Saturday. The Indigenous Wixarika Marakame, spiritual leader and community security council member Margarito Diaz Gonzalez has been murdered in his home in Aguamilpa, Nayarit, … Continue reading

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An Indigenous Mexican people are battling cartels and peyote tourism (VICE)

By Duncan Tucker Source: VICE News (Excerpt:) As dawn broke on a sacred mountaintop in northern Mexico, a group of indigenous pilgrims dragged a sacrificial calf into their stone circle and slit its throat. They then dipped candles in the warm … Continue reading

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BC Mining Resisters of the Year: Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANVIK) / Alliance of Novo Vizcayanos for the Environment (In The Philippines)

Every year in May, the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) holds the “BC Mining Person of the Year Award” gala. Illustrious past winners include Pierre Lebel of Imperial Metals (Mount Polley Mine) and John McManus of Taseko Mines (New Prosperity Mine). … Continue reading

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BC Mining Resisters of the Year: Bisha Mine Workers (in Eritrea)

Every year in May, the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) holds the “BC Mining Person of the Year Award” gala. Illustrious past winners include Pierre Lebel of Imperial Metals (Mount Polley Mine) and John McManus of Taseko Mines (New Prosperity Mine). … Continue reading

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BC Mining Resisters of the Year: Diocesan Coordinating Committee in Defence of Nature (CODIDENA) and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa (In Guatemala)

Every year in May, the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) holds the “BC Mining Person of the Year Award” gala. Illustrious past winners include Pierre Lebel of Imperial Metals (Mount Polley Mine) and John McManus of Taseko Mines (New Prosperity Mine). … Continue reading

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Communities denounce Tahoe Resources for trying to provoke conflict while operations at Escobal mine continue to be suspended

Courtesy of NISGUA: The Xinca parliament and the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa spoke out in a press conference on February 21 against attempts by Tahoe Resources to generate conflict in their communities. The company, whose Escobal mine has … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte re: Human Rights Defenders Tagged in Terror List

12 March 2018 We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in Vancouver, BC, Canada, express our grave concern on the recent spate of attacks against human rights defenders, activists, and political dissenters in the Philippines, through the inclusion of the names … Continue reading

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