As the film Gold Fever is being screened around the world, I had the chance to visit some of the Mayan Mam communities in San Miguel Ixtahuacan (San Marcos, Guatemala) directly suffering the harms and violations caused by Goldcorp Inc’s cyanide-leaching, mountain-top removal “Marlin” mine
CYANIDE DREAMS: ECOTOURISM AND MEGA-MINING DON’T MIX IN HONDURAS, an article by RACHEL DEUTSCH
The June 2009 military coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Honduras brought to power the military-backed regime of President Pepe Lobo that favours the interests of the powerful economic sectors of Honduras ... and the interests of global companies and investors, while using repression against the Honduran people's pro-democracy movement and against members of the newly formed LIBRE political party.
Rights Action is please to help announce the World Premiere of “Gold Fever” at the 2013 Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY): http://environment.yale.edu/film/2013/gold-fever/
- open letter to women of Siria Valley , by Mining Watch and Development and Peace
- article by Mary Durran, Development and Peace
- links to 3 “cover-up” articles about how Goldcorp and Honduran authorities covered up reports about health harms caused by Goldcorp’s mine
7.4 Earthquake strikes off coast of north-western Guatemala, by the department of San Marcos where Goldcorp operates its very harmful open-pit, cyanide leaching, mountain-top removal gold mine. Concern has been expressed about the structural stability of the tailings pond, full of cyanide and other chemicals, built high on a mountain side.
A Public Letter to the United Church of Canada. Cathy Gerrior - an indigenous First Nations woman whose mother is a survivor of the forced Canadian Residential School system - expresses her dismay about how the United Church of Canada continues to invest its Pension Fund in the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc, despite widely documented and continuing health and environmental harms and other human rights violations. This is the third article / letter cathy has written since she returned from an educational / solidarity trip with Rights Action to visit mining harmed communities in Guatemala.
- Article by Jennifer Moore: CANADA'S PROMOTION OF MINING INDUSTRY [IN HONDURAS] BELIES CLAIMS OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- Commentary by Grahame Russell: "HONDURAS: A VIOLENCE, REPRESSION AND IMPUNITY CAPITAL OF THE WORLD"
In the late 1990s, early 2000s, global (mainly Canadian) mining companies received mining concessions from Guatemalan governments when the most powerful politician in Guatemala was former General Rios Montt, now on house arrest for being one of the intellectual authors of Guatemala's genocide and State repression against its own population in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s.
Media Release from a Popular International Health Tribunal, that took place July 14-15, 2012, in the shadow of Goldcorp Inc's open-pit/ mountain-top removal, cyanide leaching mine, in Mayan Mam territories of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, department of San Marcos, Guatemala.