Suspension of mining license in San Rafael
The Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals suspended the mining license for the San Rafael Mine, El Escobal. It also ordered the Director of the mine, Fernando Castellanos, of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, to negotiate the complaints presented by social organizations against mining activities. The sentence was given by the Center of Legal, Social and Environmental Action (Calas).
Three lawsuits against HudBay in Canada to move forward
The lawsuits seek to hold Hudbay Minerals responsible for shootings and gang rapes committed by their subsidiary in El Estor, Guatemala. After the ruling by a Candadian judge, the cases can move forward in Canadian courts. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, 13 Mayan Guatemalans, said the decision is a “wake-up call” for Canadian companies about their responsibilities at foreign mining projects. Continue reading