In Guatemala, Goldcorp’s subsidiary (40%) Tahoe Resources started operating its Escobal silver mine in January 2014 despite communities having voted several times against the mining project on environmental and social grounds and submitting a list of complaints. Protests against the mine1 led to a military state of emergency in April 2013.2 According to an Appeal court´s ruling from July 2013, the license was not legitimately granted because the complaints from local communities had not been considered.3 People who took part in this protest filed a civil lawsuit against the company in June 2014 in Vancouver.4 The plaintiffs claim that the security personnel of Escobal fired tear gas and rubber bullets at them during their peaceful protest5.
- Goldcorp Out of Guatemala (Blog, 2014):http://goldcorpoutofguatemala.com/2014/05/08/sixteen-year-old-girl-murdered-in-violence-associated-with-tahoe-resources-mine-canada-pension-plan-urged-to-divest/ (accessed 8.10.2014) [↩]
- MiningWatch Canada (2014):http://www.miningwatch.ca/article/background-tahoe-resources-goldcorp-and-mining-conflict-guatemala (accessed 8.10.2014) [↩]
- Mining.com (2013):http://www.mining.com/guatemala-suspends-operating-licence-for-tahoes-escobal-mine-19932/ (accessed 8.10.2014) [↩]
- Canadian Centre for International Justice (2014): http://www.ccij.ca/programs/cases/index.php?DOC_INST=24 (accessed 8.10.2014) [↩]
- Amnesty International (2014):http://www.amnesty.ca/sites/default/files/mining-in-guatemala-rights-at-risk-eng.pdf (accessed 8.10.2014) [↩]