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Murders in mining country

Activist and community leader Mariano Abarca Roblero had just been released after eight days in jail for alleged anti-mining activity. In the town of Chicomuselo, near the Guatemalan border, people gathered for a weekend conference organized by the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA) to discuss the effects of mining and how best [...]

Photos from Toronto’s solidarity action with those murdered for Canadian mines

Around 25 people braved the bitter winds of the Toronto’s financial district on Friday in a vigil to protest the killings of three human rights advocates who were killed for speaking out against the unethical practices of Canadian mining companies in Latin America. Mariano Abarca Roberlo of Mexico, Adolfo Ich Xaman of Guatemala, and Marcelo [...]

Mexico activists targeted for their criticisms of a Canadian-owned mine

URGENT! CERRO DE SAN PEDRO, MEXICO: MEMBERS OF ANTI-MINING GROUP ASSAULTED BY NEW GOLD INC./MINERA SAN XAVIER WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS Community members receive death threats as conflict deepens around Canadian-owned Mexican mine Tensions are building in the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, where a Canadian-owned gold and silver mine has been forced to [...]

Parliament denies refugees appeal on the merits

Janet Dench: Yesterday, December 10, the House of Commons celebrated Human Rights Day by defeating Bill C-291, the bill that would give refugee claimants access to an appeal in the merits. It is not clear how many Members of Parliament saw the irony – immediately after announcing the defeat of the bill, the Speaker wished [...]

Canadian mining firm at centre of Mexican murder probe

Arrests of current, former staff of Canadian-owned mining company Blackfire in activist’s death come as Governor-General visits Mexico.

Chiapas Anti-Mining Organizer Murdered

Mariano Abarca Led a Growing Movement to Kick Canadian Mining Companies Out of Mexican Communities Mariano Abarca Roblero, one of Mexico’s most prominent anti-mining organizers, was shot to death on the evening of November 27, 2009, in front of his house in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. He left behind a wife and four children. Another man was [...]

Indigenous leader assassinated in Mexico

An attacker riding a motorcycle has shot and killed indigenous leader and anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca outside his home in southeastern Mexico. Abarca “was assassinated in a cowardly fashion outside his home” late on Friday, said Gustavo Castro, a spokesman for the Mexican Network of Communities Affected by Mining (REMA), adding that another member of [...]

Anti-mining group to stage 36 hour sit-in at Canadian Embassy in Mexico City

Demonstrators protesting Vancouver based New Gold Inc’s Cerro de San Pedro mine.

Reign of immigration raids in Southern Ontario continues

Nine female migrant workers arrested in Leamington, Ontario

Urgent Action: Human Rights Violations Against Anti-Mining Activist

Agustín Ríos Cruz is an odontologist (graduate of the Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca) and member of the CODEP-APPO (Coordinadora de Defensa de los Pueblos). Agustín Ríos had taken the charge of investigating the environmental impacts of mining projects, both open-pit mines and industrialized tunnel mining. His work was spurred by the presence of a [...]