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International Support Builds for Indigenous Rights of Shuar People in Conflict with Solaris Resources in Ecuador

OTTAWA, Canada, October 1, 2020 – There has been an explosion of international and national support for Ecuador’s Indigenous Shuar People, announced the Governing Council of the Shuar Arutam People (CGPSHA in Spanish) in a press conference yesterday. A week-long letter campaign coordinated by MiningWatch Canada and Amazon Watch to ensure that Canadian company Solaris Resources hears […]

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New Report Highlights Deep Sea Nodule Mining Danger to Pacific Ocean and Island Nations

May 19, 2020 – A new report analysing over 250 peer reviewed scientific articles finds that the impacts of mining deep sea polymetallic nodules would be extensive, severe, and last for generations, causing essentially irreversible species loss. The report, Predicting the impacts of mining deep sea polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean, also notes that there […]

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COVID-19 in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Mining Companies Put Indigenous Communities at Grave Risk

May 14, 2020 – More than 100 organizations from around the world have signed onto an open letter to show their support for the Shuar Arutam People (PSHA) in the Ecuadorian Amazon as they confront a possible COVID-19 outbreak in their territories. The initiative responds to the PSHA’s urgent demands of the Ecuadorian government following the death of two […]

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Global Organizations Condemn Violent Dispersal of Indigenous Peoples’ Mining Barricade in the Philippines

Manila/Ottawa, April 29, 2020 – Over 190 non-governmental organisations from the Philippines and across the world have signed a statement condemning violent police action against a peaceful community barricade at a mining site in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya on 6 April 2020. The indigenous peoples’ barricade was set up in July 2019, following the expiration of Canadian-Australian mining company […]

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Tanzanian Victims Commence Legal Action against Barrick Gold in UK

Ottawa/London, Feb. 10, 2020 –  A group of seven Tanzanian human rights victims launched a legal claim at the British High Court against subsidiaries of Canada-based Barrick Gold, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, alleging serious abuses by security forces, including local police, employed at Barrick’s North Mara gold mine. The claim was […]

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Why the Rush for Seabed Mining? Intrigue, Collusion and Interesting Bedfellows

July 17, 2019 – Start-up companies are driving a speculative rush for seabed minerals in an unholy alliance with the very UN body charged with regulating them, the International Seabed Authority (ISA). A hard hitting report released today exposes blatant corporate capture of the ISA and the manipulation of Pacific regional decision-making processes by deep sea mining […]

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Intl. Media Expose Human Rights Abuses by Security at Barrick Gold’s North Mara Mine in Tanzania

June 19, 2019 – Yesterday news outlets in several countries simultaneously released the results of investigations by a consortium of journalists into human rights and environmental abuses at Barrick Gold’s North Mara gold mine in Tanzania.[1] This exposé by, among others, Canada’s Toronto Star, UK’s Guardian, and Switzerland’s Tagesanzeiger confirm findings of six years of […]

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Hundreds take to streets to call for justice for communities abused by Canadian mining

Toronto, May 6, 2019 – National human rights, faith and labour organizations along with concerned Torontonians rallied in Toronto to call for a Ombudsperson with the power to investigate corporate abuses abroad. The Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) was created last month, 15 months after its first announcement, but their proposed powers were stripped. […]

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Investigators’ Study of Canadian/Swedish Mining Project in Ecuador Yields Disturbing Results

Jan. 21, 2019 – Three researchers from the Andean University Simon Bolivar (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar) in Quito, Ecuador have published the results of a 6-month monitoring study of the El Zarza community near Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte mine project, currently under construction. The study, “Fruta del Norte: La manzana de la Discordia” (Northern […]

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Game Over. Canadian Mining Company’s Papua New Guinea Deep Sea Mining Experiment Fails

Papua New Guinea, December 11, 2018 – Nautilus Minerals’ aspirations to be the world’s first deep sea mining company sink to the bottom of the ocean on news that the project support vessel critical to the development of the company’s deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea has been purchased for repurposing by Indian company MDL Energy. Dr. Helen Rosenbaum of […]

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Pebble Mine Investment Risk Warning: Report Examines Hunter Dickinson Track Record

OTTAWA, March 5, 2018 – A report released by MiningWatch Canada examines the track record of Vancouver-based international mining corporation Hunter Dickinson Inc. (HDI) and exposes its affiliate Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ltd., the company promoting the controversial proposed Pebble mine in Alaska’s sensitive Bristol Bay, as a highly risky speculative investment, calling its risk levels […]

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Salvadoran Legislature Votes for Water Over Gold, Becoming First Country to Ban Metal Mining Outright

SAN SALVADOR/OTTAWA, March 30, 2017 – In a startling development driven by a groundswell of opposition to the social and environmental risks that mining poses to this Central American nation, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly voted Wednesday to become the first country to ban mining for gold and other metals, in effect canceling any projects now […]

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Precedent-setting step toward justice in civil suit against Tahoe Resources in Canada for violence in Guatemala

GUATEMALA, Jan. 27, 2017 – Canadian and US civil society organizations wholeheartedly welcome a British Columbia Court of Appeals’ decision that Vancouver is the preferred forum for a civil suit to be heard against Tahoe Resources concerning violence against peaceful opposition to its silver mine in Guatemala. Announced yesterday, the decision opens the door for […]