@EnriqueViale
Protest in front of Government House in Mendoza, Argentina, against use of toxic chemicals in mining. Photo via Twitter (@EnriqueViale).

Background on Pro-Mining Law Amendments in Mendoza, Argentina

Banro's Twangiza mine, DRC

Banro Corporation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The international community remains concerned with the ability of transnational mining corporations to operate outside the law, with a lack of enforced accountability for violations committed. A culture of impunity has been perpetuated, partly due to jurisdictional challenges, and this must end. Canada is deeply implicated, based both on its stature as home of the largest number of mining companies and the preeminent centre of global mining finance, and its official policy and financial support for the industry. Canadian mining corporations that operate outside Canada and that violate domestic and/or international law and norms in the countries in which they operate must be held to account in appropriate tribunals. They must not be allowed to use complicated investment and corporate structures to raise jurisdictional challenges to such cases.

Banro Corporation, operating gold mines in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), serves as a case study for the need to find solutions to protect not only the diverse and sensitive eco-system of the region, but also the lives, dignity, and human rights of its people.

La vida como un ejemplo a seguir tiene un nombre, GLORIA.

Gloria Chicaiza Physically Gone But Forever Remembered

We wish to express our deep sense of loss for our comrade, Gloria Chicaiza Aguilar, who succumbed to complications from a lung transplant on December 28, 2019. 

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Federal Court of Appeal Shuts Down Taseko Mines Over "Prosperity" Mine Rejection

Integrantes de las asambleas ambientales se manifiestan en contra de la minería en la entrada a la Legislatura en Rawson, Argentina. Fuente: Asamblea Territorio

URGENT ACTION - Tell Multinational Mining Companies to Back Off: Chubut Already Said "No" to Mining

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“It’s not drought, it’s plunder” Climate Strike March, Santiago, September 2019. MiningWatch Canada photo.

Understanding Canada’s Silence on the Uprising in Chile

Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Selected Background Readings for "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?"

We prepared this list of key readings as background for the conference "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?" It is not exhaustive nor comprehensive, but we hope it represents some of the key threads in this discussion.

Finalizing the Working Meetings: Climate crisis, energy transition and mining extractivism in Latin America

Declaration of the Regional Gathering: Climate Crisis, Energy Transition and Mining Extractivism in Latin America, September 26-28, Santiago, Chile

Statement leading up to the COP25 in Santiago de Chile (now relocated to Madrid, Spain)

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Deep sea mining is not the future. Cartoon by Max Gustafson.

Mining the Deep Sea: Stories for Suckers, and Corporate Capture of the UN

Intag region present in protests "Ecuador free of Mining" (source: Marian Sofia Morillo Revuelque Títeres, Facebook)

Some Key Points to Understand What Is Going on in Ecuador in Light of Recent Massive Protests

Since October 2, Indigenous organizations, along with trade unions, social movements and peasant organizations have been demonstrating across Ecuador against a set of economic austerity measures (called the Paquetazo) imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international lending institutions that have resulted in increases of up to 120% in fuel prices; labour reforms that seriously undermine worker protections in Ecuador, such as job precarization, a downward “harmonization” of wages resulting in a 20% cut for new contracts in public sector jobs; and imposition of extractive projects (mining, oil, and gas) in a misdirected effort to solve the debt crisis. These mobilizations are indicative of a broad, decades-long opposition of Indigenous and campesino communities in particular to the imposition of extractive projects in their territories.