On the show today, we mentioned a Guatemalan group called CEIBA, which works to support people who are struggling with the impacts of mining by Canadian companies. Here’s the trailer for their video, El oro o la vida – which translates to “gold or life.”
Also worth checking out is a testimonial and call for action from the human rights group Rights Action.
In this post, Grahame Russel – one of the directors of Rights Action – gives a shocking account of brutal repression faced by Mayan people in Guatemala, including the gang-rape of at least five women by police, soldiers, and private security guards working for a mining company:
On January 17, 2007, again close to 800 heavily armed soldiers, police and CGN company private security guards arrived in Lote 8, at 930am. This time, the men were in the fields working, or hiding in the forests; villagers thought the “security” guards were coming to detain the men and older boys.
The result, this day: 100 make-shift huts burnt and destroyed – the corner posts were chain-sawed to the ground; all remaining personal belongings stolen or burnt. And, at least 5 women were gang-raped by soldiers, police and private security guards working for Skye Resources (now HudBay).
Finally, check out MiningWatch Canada, which describes itself as :
a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.