Guatemalan communities of the Peaceful Resistance La Puya have successfully defended their home from a dirty gold mine for the last 10 years. Now Guatemalan authorities are trying to cut them out of decision-making that will determine the future of the project.
The mine was suspended in 2016 because Kappes, Cassiday & Associates and the government failed to consult with communities before the mine went into operation. Now, a court-ordered consultation process is set to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Land and water defenders exercising their right to participate in the consultation face a new wave of threats and intimidation tactics that have characterized this project from the start, including a pending $400 million claim that the Nevada-based company brought against Guatemala under its free trade agreement with the U.S.
Join us to urge the Guatemalan government to conduct a consultation process that respects community self-determination and ensures their full, free and safe participation.
We write to express our support for the communities of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc who have peacefully opposed the Progreso VII Derivado mine for the last decade and who are now seeking accreditation to participate in the court-ordered consultation on the mine.
We urge the Ministry of Energy and Mines to ensure the full participation of the communities most impacted by the mine.
We call on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to ensure residents are able to freely and safely participate in the process and to say “no” to the mine, without risk of aggression, criminalization and intimidation.
We demand the Ministry of Energy and Mines not be influenced by pressures from the international arbitration suit against Guatemala filed by mine owner, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, under the terms of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).
Families on the front lines of mining, drilling, and fracking urgently need allies in their fight for environmental justice. Can you help us give them the support they deserve and win the clean energy future all of us so desperately need?