Rights Action - March 8, 2011 Goldcorp Impunity Watch

feb 28 
(Photo: COPAE, Feb 28, 2011.  "We demand that the government close Montana's [Goldcorp's] mine that it is illegally operating here in San Miguel Ixtahuacan & Sipakapa.)

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Indigenous villagers protesting environmental & health harms & other human rights violations caused by Goldcorp Inc's mine in Guatemala

BELOW: An Urgent Action from Amnesty International

See previous communiqués, prepared by Rights Action and other organizations, concerning this latest outbreak of repression against indigenous community members protesting harms and violations caused by Goldcorp's "marlin" mine in Guatemala:

* Feb 28: http://rightsaction.org/articles/Goldcorp_mine_violence_022811.html 
* Mar 1: http://rightsaction.org/articles/Goldcorp_Miners_attack_locals_030211.html 
* Mar 2: http://rightsaction.org/articles/Goldcorp_Miners_take_hostages_030211.html

feb 28  
(Photo: COPAE, Feb 28, 2011)

Keep sending letters to your media, politicians and government officials, to Goldcorp, to the Canada Pension Fund and other funds invested in Golddcorp, etc.  Insist on getting a response to your concerns and demands. [See names, emails and addresses below]

This is not a local, Guatemalan issue.  This is an issue of the governments of Canada and Guatemala, of Goldcorp, of the major investors (like the Canada Pension Plan), etc, who have been informed, over and over, of the environmental and health harms and other human rights violations that have occurred and continue to occur regularly since 2004.

The repression of February 28, 2011, is but the latest "incident".  Over the past years, documentation of the harms and violations has been met by denials and omissions of the governments of Canada and Guatemala, of Goldcorp, of the major investors (like the Canada Pension Plan), etc.

On request, Rights Action can provide extensive documentation about environmental and health harms and other human rights violations at and around this mine site since 2004: info@rightsaction.org.

WHAT TO DO:  see below

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From Amnesty International:

UA 57/11 AI Index: AMR 34/002/2011 of 3 March 2011

On 28 February, protesters against [Goldcorp Inc's] Marlin Mine in western Guatemala were attacked.  One protester, Aniceto López [member of ADISMI & FREDEMI organizations], was taken to the office of the local mayor, where he was allegedly beaten and threatened with death for speaking out against the mine.

On 28 February, 200 members of the communities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán municipality were protesting against the Guatemalan state's failure to suspend extraction activities in the Marlin mine. The mine is located in the San Miguel Ixtahuacán municipality, in the San Marcos department of western Guatemala.  Activities have continued at the Marlin Mine, owned by Montana Exploradora de Guatemala, S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldcorp [Inc, a huge Canadian gold mining company], despite an order from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that activities be suspended until the effects of the mine on local indigenous communities are properly assessed.

The protests, organized by the Front in Defense of San Miguel Ixtahuacán (FREDEMI), lasted around 12 hours. When the protesters left, the bus they were travelling in was stopped and the protesters were forced to get off the bus and were beaten and robbed. Some protesters were taken from the group and attacked individually.

* Miguel Bamacá, who the IACHR has already requested the Guatemalan government protects, and Aniceto López were singled out. 
* Aniceto López was reportedly taken to the office of the local mayor where he was beaten in the face, robbed of his documents and possessions, and threatened with death. 
* Others were seriously injured, such as Fredy González, who was hospitalized due to an injury caused by being hit by a firearm.

Miguel Bámaca and Aniceto López were released later that evening, seriously injured, and are in fear for their safety and the safety of their families.  The Ministry of the Interior has already been asked to ensure that the Police protect these individuals.


* Call for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats and attacks on Aniceto López and Miguel Bámaca, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice. 
* Urge the authorities to take immediate steps to provide appropriate protection to members of the 18 Mayan communities who were granted protective measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and to activists working on alleged human rights violations as a result of mining operations. 
* Urge them to comply with the precautionary measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to suspend activities in the Marlin mine.

Attorney General: Licda. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey 
Fiscal General de la República y Jefa del Ministerio Público 
8ª Avenida 10-67, Zona 1 
Antiguo Edificio del Banco de los Trabajadores 
Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA 
Fax: 011 502 2411 9124 
Salutation: Dear Attorney General / Estimada Sra. Fiscal General

Minister of the Interior: Lic. Carlos Menocal 
Ministro de Gobernación 
6ª Avenida 13-71, Zona 1 
Ciudad de Guatemala, GUATEMALA 
Fax: 011 502 2413 8658 
Salutation: Dear Minister / Estimado Sr. Ministro


His Excellency Georges de la Roche Plihal 
Ambassador for the Republic of Guatemala 
130 Albert Street, Suite 1010 
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5G4 
Fax: (613) 233-0135 
Email: consular@embaguate-canada.com

FREDEMI - Front in Defense of San Miguel Ixtahuacán 
Aniceto Lopez: anisetolopezd@yahoo.es 
Javier de Leon: nimjavier@gmail.com 
Carmen Mejia: carmenmejiaa@gmail.com

The request for precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on 20 May 2010 asked that the Guatemalan government suspend operation of the Marlin mine, owned by Montana Exploradora de Guatemala, S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldcorp, and implement measures to prevent environmental contamination until the IACHR reaches a final decision on the petition presented by the communities to the IACHR. The IACHR also requested that the Guatemalan government take any necessary measures to guarantee the life and physical integrity of the members of the 18 Indigenous communities.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous People (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/indigenous/rapporteur/) visited Guatemala from 14-18 June 2010 in order to analyze the application of the principles of consultation with Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala, in particular with relation to extractive industries, and with a special focus on the situation of Indigenous Peoples living near to the mining operations in San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa. At the end of his visit, the Special Rapporteur stated that he had received allegations that on many occasions the Guatemalan government had granted licenses for the exploitation of natural resources in Indigenous territories without the necessary consultations with local Indigenous Peoples. He added that he had received testimonies alleging that there had been harassment and attacks against community leaders, and that the testimonies imply that the security forces and private companies could be behind such incidents.

On 23 June 2010, the Guatemalan government announced that they would comply with the IACHR request to suspend the mining company's operations, but added the next day that this would take some time as legal and administrative processes would have to be followed. The mining company's operations continue to date.

The defense of human rights is a legitimate activity, fundamental for the advancement of human rights for all. The authorities in Guatemala have demonstrated an unjustified delay in adopting and implementing a Program of Protection for human rights defenders at risk and a Protocol of Investigation for cases of abuses against them. It is essential that the Guatemalan authorities take seriously their responsibility to ensure that human rights defenders are effectively protected so that they can carry out their work safely and free from fear, as established in the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted by the Organization of the United Nations in 1998. (See Public Statement Index Number: AMR 34/005/2010 and open letter to the President of Guatemala Index Number: AMR 34/004/2010: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR34/005/2010/es and 

FREDEMI (the Front for the Defence of San Miguel) is an alliance of diverse communities and organizations that resist the extractive work of the Marlin Mine. The Front aims to carry out legal and resistance actions around the mining activity in San Miguel Ixtahuacán.  The Front represents the people that presented the petition to the IACHR.

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Prepared by: Urgent Action Office of Amnesty International Canada 
1992 Yonge St, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1Z7 
(416) 363 9933 ext 325 / Fax (416) 363 3103 

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Since 2004, Rights Action has been funding the peaceful, community development and human rights defense work of ADISMI (the Association for the Integral Defense of San Miguel Ixtahuacan), a founding member of FREDEMI.  Many times since 2004, we have raised funds for emergency response work, including support family members of shooting victims, repression victims, and people who have died due to diseases and health problems most probably caused by the mining operation.

We ask for your financial support, now, to send more funds to ADISMI (FREDEMI) to support family members of these attacks, to provide emergency health support to repression victims, and for legal defense work related to these most recent violations.

Make check payable to "Rights Action" and mail to:

* UNITED STATES:  Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887 
* CANADA:  552 - 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8

CREDIT-CARD DONATIONS: http://rightsaction.org/contributions.htm

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LETTER WRITING NEEDED (Contact info below) 
Please send your own letters to Goldcorp Inc., to Canadian politicians and government officials, to the Canada Pension Plan (and other pension funds with investments in Goldcorp) holding them responsible for this latest of harms and violations caused directly or indirectly by its mining operation, and demanding a suspension of Goldcorp's mining operation.


Chuck Jeannes, President & CEO 
666 Burrard Street, Suite 3400, Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2X8 
Main: (604) 696-3000, Direct: 604-696-3076, Chuck.Jeannes@goldcorp.com 
Kim Keras, executive assistant, Kim.Keras@goldcorp.com 
Goldcorp Inc, 3201-130 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, ON, M5H0in5, T: (416) 865-0326 
Tim Miller, VP Operations, Central America, Tim.Miller@montana.com.gt 
Dina Aloi, VP Corporate Social Responsibility, Dina.Aloi@goldcorp.com, T: (416) 865-0326 
David Deisley, legal counsel, david.deisley@goldcorp.com 
Jeff Wilhoit, investor relations, Jeff.Wilhoit@goldcorp.com 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS, T: (866) 696-3055, local (604) 696-3055, Directors@Goldcorp.com 
HUMAN RESOURCES, hr@goldcorp.com 
GUATEMALA CITY: Jim Schenck, jamess@montana.com.gt, Lisa Wade, lisa.wade@montana.com.gt



Governor General of Canada, David Johnston 
Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1A-0A1 
info@gg.ca, (613) 993-8200, 800 465-6890 
Duncan Mousseau, Director, Policy, Planning and Correspondence 
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper 

Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon 
509-S Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6 

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) Peter Kent 
125 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G2 
(613) 992-0253, kent.p@parl.gc.ca 
Gilles Duceppe, leader, Bloc Quebecois 
1200 Papineau Av, #350, Montreal, QC, H2K 4R5 

Jack Layton, leader, New Democratic Party 
221 Broadview Ave, Suite 100, Toronto, ON, MM 2G3 

Elizabeth May, leader, Green Party 
Saanich Gulf Islands EDA, PO Box 20076, Sidney, BC, V8L 5C9 

Michael Ignatieff, leader, Liberal Party 
656 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON, M8Y 1K7 

Bob Rae, Liberal, Foreign Affairs Critic 
(613) 992-5234, RaeB@parl.gc.ca

Francine Lalonde, Bloc Quebecois, Foreign Affairs Critic 
(613) 995-6327, LalonF@parl.gc.ca

Paul Dewar, NDP, Foreign Affairs Critic 
1306 Wellington St. W, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 3B2 
dewarp@parl.gc.ca, 613-946-8682

Larry Bagnell, Liberal 

Stockwell Day, Conservative 
days@parl.gc.ca, 613-995-1702

Peter Julian, NDP International Trade Critic, Rm 178, Confederation Bldg., Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 

John McKay, Liberal MP, Scarborough-Guildwood 
(613) 992-1447, MckayJ@parl.gc.ca, 613-947-4609 
Claire Lehan, Legislative Assistant 
(613) 992-6512, McKayJ8@parl.gc.ca 
549-D Centre Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

Kevin Sorenson, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, Room 518, Justice Building, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 
(613) 947-4608, SorenK@parl.gc.ca, 613-992-2971

Dean Allison, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson, 4994 King Street, Beamsville, Ontario, L0R 1B0 
allison.d@parl.gc.ca, 905-995-2772

Marketa Evans, Global corporate responsibility commissioner 

CANADIAN Embassy in Guatemala 
Ambassador Leeann McKechnie 
Karin Reinecke, Assistant to the Ambassador 
Jennifer Chacon 
13 Calle 8-44 Zone 10, Edificio Edyma Plaza, Ciudad de Guatemala 
(502) 2363-4348, 2365-1201, gtmla@international.gc.ca


One Queen St. East, Suite 2600, Toronto ON, M5C-2W5 
CPP Investment Board: csr@cppib.ca, 416-868-4075, 1-866-557-9510.  Lisa Baiton, VP Stakeholder & Government Relations, CPPIB, (416) 868-6612, lbaiton@cppib.ca, www.cppib.ca;


5650 Yonge St, Toronto, Canada, communications@otpp.com;  Lynne Olver, Communications, 416-730-6518, lynne_olver@otpp.com

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Rights Action: Grahame Russell, info@rightsaction.org, www.rightsaction.org

FREDEMI - Front in Defense of San Miguel Ixtahuacán / ADISMI - Association for Integral Development of San Miguel Ixtahucan 
Aniceto Lopez: anisetolopezd@yahoo.es 
Javier de Leon: nimjavier@gmail.com 
Carmen Mejia: carmenmejiaa@gmail.com

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