World Bank / Inter-American Development Bank funded Chixoy Dam project in Guatemala (1975-1985): 440 indigenous villagers massacred; dozens of communities forcibly evicted and otherwise harmed
A new year in Guatemala ; same problems of violence, repression and impunity related to mining. The first two weeks of January witnessed outbreaks of violent protests and attacks at three mining operations. Dozens have been wounded; at least 3 people have been killed.
We salute the "Idle No More" movement in Canada. Rights Action is honored to support and learn from Indigenous Peoples led organizations and movements in Guatemala and Honduras that have long been at the forefront of work and struggles to transform how their unjust and unequal societies function and operate, all the while struggling to transform the unjust and unequal relations between the global north (particularly the USA and Canada) and Central America.
Article by OFRANEH , the Fraternal Organization of Black and Garifuna Peoples
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GUATEMALA'S CHIXOY DAM: where development and terror intersect, a report by Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign, in The Guardian.
SIGN-ON LETTER to the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, concerning reparations they owe for the Rio Negro / Chixoy Dam destruction, death and illegal evictions
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.
"Shame on the DJSI North America for including Goldcorp Inc. on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI North America). What “rigorous indicators” are you using to consider Goldcorp a leader in the areas of environmental and social performance?" Grahame Russell (co-director Rights Action)
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.