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Hondurans farmers want to shut down an iron mine

By Mark A. Bonta / October 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Hondurans farmers want to shut down an iron mine

Exercising sovereignty over land is a difficult and dangerous in Honduras, and often a last resort for defenseless and endangered communities. In Guapinol, Tocoa, in the eastern region of Colon, local farmers have taken the law into their own hands, blocking a road and setting up a makeshift community which, amazingly to them, has already […]

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Mine protestors await eviction following ruling

By Mark A. Bonta / September 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Mine protestors await eviction following ruling

Non-violent Honduran protestors blocking a mining access road near their village of Guapinol over the last couple of months predicted that their encampment would not last. But they were unprepared for the severity of the national government’s threatened response. According to a court order, the 18 environmental protestors are to be arrested and hauled before […]

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Mining opponents win dubious victory

By Mark A. Bonta / September 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Mining opponents win dubious victory

In 2017, when the house walls of residents in Xinca indigenous communities of southwestern Guatemala began to crack, they blamed the nearby San Rafael Mine, run since 2014 by the Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Mining operations were shut down following protests and a court case in which the Xinca charged that they had not been […]

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Will accountability come to Hudbay?

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Will accountability come to Hudbay?

Q’eqchi’Maya women suing a Canadian mining company for alleged human rights violations have “changed our law for the better,” one lawyer told The Guardian. Irma Yolanda Choc Cac and ten other women say that employees of a Hudbay subsidiary committed rape, arson and murder in a campaign against anti-mining activists in Guatemala. The case has […]

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