Guatemala: Don't Undermine our Rights
GUATEMALA: STOP TARGETTING LAND DEFENDERS! Tell Guatemala's Attorney General that land defenders deserve protection, not prison, for their efforts to protect water and crops.
- Background: Mining and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala For more information about human rights defenders opposed to mining developments in Guatemala, read our backgrounder.
- Amnesty Report: Mining in Guatemala: Rights at Risk: New report details scale of mining conflict in Guatemala and makes recommendations for change.
- Amnesty Report: We Defend the Land with Our Blood: Territory, Land and Environmental Rights Defenders Under Attack in Guatemala and Honduras (2016)
- Amnesty intervenes in Tahoe case: Read our factum and other legal documents filed in BC Supreme Court and the BC Court of Appeal. For further reading, our coalition partner, CAMIGUA, has posted a slide-show timeline of events at Tahoe Resource's Escobal mine in south-east Guatemala.
- Canadian Extractives In Central America Slideshow Amnesty International Canada proudly presents Canadian Extractives as Development: Myth or Reality?, a new photo exhibit by award-winning documentary photographer James Rodriguez.
- Films we love: Gold Fever and Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth. Learn how you can screen these gorgeous documentaries in your community.
VIDEO: Interview with Yolanda Oqueli - Guatemala Yolanda talks about the value of international solidarity for human rights defenders such as herself.Written and Directed by Timo Schmidt.
This short film explores the relationship between indigenous rights and mining operations around the world.VIDEO: A message of solidarity from AI Canada members to Yolanda Oqueli and members of the Northern Metropolitan Front (FRENAM).
NEW DOCUMENTARY: One Year One World presents a new 11 minute documentary on the Tahoe Resources silver mine in Santa Rosa, Guatemala.
Fiona Koza and Tara Scurr
Business and Human Rights Campaigners
Guatemala is host to several internationally-owned, large-scale gold, silver and copper mines. Yet the country's mining laws and regulations do not adequately safeguard the human rights of people nor do they guarantee processes for seeking the consent of Indigenous peoples to industrial activities on their lands.
Alarmingly, people opposed to large-scale mining development or those simply wishing to have a voice in what development activities take place in their communities are threatened, attacked, or even killed for standing up for their rights. Human rights defenders protecting land and the environment in Guatemala are some of the most at-risk people in the world.
Canadian mining projects in Guatemala are widely associated with human rights abuses and have increasingly come under international scrutiny and been subject to civil lawsuits in Canada. Canada has also come under fire for not doing more to fulfil its commitments under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Amnesty International believes that the governments of Guatemala and Canada must ensure that human rights are protected without exception.
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GOOD NEWS: January, 2017: Seven Guatemalan men who were shot by Tahoe Resources private security guards in 2013 scored a major victory in BC's Court of Appeal. Learn more by reading our press release and blog.
Read our press release in Spanish.
Background: BC-Registered Tahoe Resources (TAHO) was named in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The civil suit alleges that Tahoe Resources is responsible for the shooting of seven men during a protest by mine security personnel in April, 2013.
NEW REPORT: September 2016: Shocking new report, Defending the Land with Our Blood: Territory, Land and Environmental Rights Defenders Under Attack in Guatemala and Honduras, exposes dangers faced by human rights defenders. Some of the projects they oppose are owned by Canadian companies! See our Take Action section for more.
BLOG: One year after Amnesty publishes a report exposing the risks to human rights from mining in Guatemala, serious issues remain. Read more
Write a Letter, Save a Life:
In 2015, AI activists wrote hundreds of letters of support during our annual Write for Rights event to seven men shot during a peaceful protest outside a Canadian mine in Guatemala.
PRESS RELEASE: Guatemala stokes conflict around mining by failing to consult communities. Sept 19, 2014
AMNESTY REPORT: Read Amnesty's new report called Mining in Guatemala: Rights at Risk.
Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, warns Canadian mining companies not to tarnish Canada's 'brand' abroad. 27 November, 2014.
WHAT IS CANADA DOING ABOUT CANADIAN CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY FAILURES?
How familiar is your MP about the impacts Canadian oil, gas and mining companies have on human rights? Are they aware of the lawsuits against Canadian companies likeTahoe Resources for human rights harms? What do they think about the barriers to justice faced by people who have been harmed by Canadian companies overseas? What do they think of Canada’s corporate social responsibility policy?
ACTION: Ask your MP to support Amnesty’s call for an Extractives Sector Ombudsperson to investigate allegations of human rights harms by Canadian extractives companies. You can find out more on our Open for Justice campaign page.
Lifesaver action for ages 9 & up: Provide justice in Canada for people harmed by Canadian companies abroad.