Letter to:SEPREM (Secretaria Presidencial de la Mujer), Guatemala, from:Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors, Canada
Carta a: SEPREM, Secretaria Presidencial de la Mujer, Guatemala; De: Bufete de abogados Canadienses “Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors”.
It has been more than two years since the former Minister of International Development, Bev Oda, announced that the (also former) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would fund partnerships between non-governmental organizations and mining companies.
Please read and sign this petition in solidarity with Mayan Q'eqchi' Communities in Guatemala as they continue their 50 year struggle against mainly Canadian mining companies, denouncing and resisting: murders; violent forced evictions and land thefts; rapes; shootings; criminalization of dissent.
March 31, 2014 is the second anniversary of the violent death of Nahomy, Ángel and Juan Carlos, biology students from the estudiantes Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). They died violently on the property of CGN (Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel) in El Estor.
Goldcorp doesn't get to brag about kabillions of dollars in extraction profits without hearing the other side of the story from Carmen and other Mayan community leaders resisting and denouncing Goldcorp's devastating harms and violations.
The Council of Sipakapan People reports that on March 7, 2014, community members participated in a peaceful march, coordinated with 11 parishes in the San Marcos highlands.
As precedent-setting lawsuits continue in Canada, against Hudbay Minerals and CGN (Hudbay's former subsidiary in Guatemala, Gautemalan Nickel Company), Hudbay/CGN's former security chief, Mynor Padilla, faces murder and shooting-wounding charges in April in Guatemala.
Please contact your senators and members of congress to pressure them to demand that the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank comply with the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Bill and ensure implementation of the Chixoy Dam Reparations Plan.
Article: A Living History of the Maya in Guatemala City by Laura C. Mallonee