Communities impacted by mining deliver message of resistance to Tahoe Resources

Today, the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa & Jutiapa and the Xinca People's Parliament sent a letter to US and Canadian mining company, Tahoe Resources, and their Guatemalan subsidiary, Minera San Rafael, expressing firm opposition to their Escobal silver mine and reiterating their demand for the permanent closure [...]

2019-12-27T17:43:23+00:00August 15th, 2018|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Statement from the peaceful resistance to Tahoe’s Escobal mine, currently blocking mine-related traffic in Casillas

For more than five years, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have opposed the project operating in their territories. Through 18 community and municipal referenda, multiple legal actions, and different sits-ins, encampments, and protests, impacted communities continue to show that Tahoe Resources has no social license for its project. [...]

2020-01-01T21:25:09+00:00June 21st, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Communities maintain peaceful demonstration in protest of negative impacts of Tahoe Resources’ mine in Guatemala

Featured photo credit: Jorge Tobías Pineda Herrera Since June 7, 2017, communities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala have maintained a 24-hour peaceful protest of mine-related traffic. They are denouncing the constant tremors they believe are the result of mining activities, the constant heavy truck traffic, and the [...]

2020-01-01T21:25:17+00:00June 15th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

US Securities and Exchange Commission asked to investigate mining company’s failure to disclose secret lawsuits

News Release August 11, 2016 (GUATEMALA CITY/OAKLAND/TORONTO) - The US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is being asked to investigate a Canadian mining company with offices in Reno, Nevada and operations in Guatemala. The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP), based in Canada, will submit a thirty-five-page report on [...]

2019-12-27T18:40:09+00:00August 11th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Se pide a la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos que se investigue la no revelación de juicios secretos de una compañía minera canadiense

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA Se pide a la Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos que se investigue la no revelación de juicios secretos de una compañía minera canadiense 11 de agosto de 2016 (GUATEMALA/OAKLAND/TORONTO) – La Comisión de Bolsa y Valores de Estados Unidos (SEC) recibirá una petición [...]

2019-12-25T01:27:02+00:00August 11th, 2016|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Crumbling political support for Tahoe Resources in Guatemala

Article written in collaboration with MiningWatch Canada and the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network.  If the militarized security strategy that Tahoe Resources has used to put its Escobal silver mine into operation isn’t enough to raise questions about the ethics of the company’s operations in Guatemala, the recent resignation of Guatemalan President [...]

2018-01-10T20:01:25+00:00September 11th, 2015|Escobal, Justice and accountability|

Communities defend right to clean water, continue to speak out against Tahoe’s dirty mine

In honor of World Environment Day, communities impacted by Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine did what they have consistently done since the mining company came on to their lands - stand up for land, water and life against mega-development extraction. The situation is critical: just over a year into the [...]

2018-01-10T20:12:58+00:00June 12th, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Tahoe Resources’ Administrative Manager detained on charges of industrial contamination

(Guatemala City/Ottawa) Monday, a Guatemalan judge denied bail to the Administrative Manager and Legal Representative, Carlos Roberto Morales Monzón, of Tahoe Resources’ subsidiary, Minera San Rafael S.A., and ordered him to pre-trial detention on charges of industrial contamination. The Guatemala's Public Prosecutors' Office for Crimes Against the Environment launched [...]

2019-12-27T18:41:01+00:00April 15th, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Norwegian Fund Divests from Tahoe Resources, Canadian and U.S. Investors Urged to Follow Suit

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (Ottawa/Guatemala) North American shareholders in Tahoe Resources should follow the Norway's Council on Ethics’s lead and divest say Canadian and U.S. organizations. They urge Canadian and U.S. investors to make use of a report published last week that recommends the exclusion of Tahoe Resources from [...]

2019-12-27T18:41:29+00:00February 3rd, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Tahoe Resources’ former security manager to be tried in Guatemalan court

Source: Center for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) - MiningWatch Canada - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) (Guatemala City/Ottawa) On Wednesday, a Guatemalan judge decided that Tahoe’s former security manager, Alberto Rotondo, should stand trial for his role in a shooting attack on peaceful [...]

2019-12-27T18:41:45+00:00December 18th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Un vistazo al futuro? Mapas comunitarios muestran el potencial de Tahoe Resources para ampliar operaciones mineras

Click here for English.  Los mapas que se encuentran abajo son parte de un proceso colectivo de las comunidades afectadas por la minería, con el objetivo de ampliar el conocimiento sobre las licencias de exploración y explotación sobre los departamentos de Santa Rosa, Jalapa y Jutiapa. La iniciativa fue [...]

2019-12-25T01:20:59+00:00December 9th, 2014|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Human rights defenders from Barillas convicted despite irregularities in proceedings

An excerpt from a press release issued by the Guatemalan Unit for the  Protection of Human Rights Defenders (UDEFEGUA): "On Thursday, November 13, the trial court judge in Villa Nueva sent Oscar Morales, a leader in the resistance movement in San Rafael las Flores, to trial for allegedly threatening the [...]

2019-12-27T18:20:20+00:00November 20th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|

A glimpse into the future? Community maps show Tahoe’s potential to expand

Haga clic aquí para leer en españo. The maps below were created as part of a collective, community-based process to build awareness around the existence of mining exploration and exploitation licenses in the department of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa. The initiative was led by local Guatemalan communities and [...]

2018-01-11T20:10:01+00:00November 12th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Guatemalan Prosecutor summons Tahoe Resources CEO to testify about criminalization of community leaders

For additional background on this case see the article: A cheat sheet for Kevin McArthur on Tahoe Resources' tactics to silence opposition in Guatemala PRESS RELEASE  Friday, October 17, 2014 Source: Committee in Defense of Life and Peace of San Rafael Las Flores - Guatemalan Centre for Environmental, Social [...]

2019-12-27T19:01:24+00:00October 17th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Lawsuit Against Tahoe Resources a Wake Up Call for Investors and Canadians

Source:  MiningWatch Canada - Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) - Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network June 18, 2014 (Ottawa/Tatamagouche/Guatemala City) A civil lawsuit filed today in Vancouver against Tahoe Resources for negligence and battery in connection with a shooting at the company’s silver project in [...]

2019-12-27T18:41:59+00:00June 18th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Demanda en contra de Tahoe Resources – señal de alerta para inversionistas y canadienses

Fuente: Alerta Minera Canadá - Red en Solidaridad con el Pueblo de Guatemala (NISGUA) - Red Rompiendo el Silencio de las Provincias Marítimas y Guatemala 18 de junio de 2014 (Ottawa/Tatamagouche/Guatemala) Se presentó hoy día una demanda civil en Vancouver contra Tahoe Resources por negligencia y agresión en relación [...]

2019-12-25T01:27:30+00:00June 18th, 2014|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Organizaciones internacionales exigen justicia ante ataque armado en contra de líderes comunitarios opuestos a la mina Escobal de Tahoe Resources

Merilyn Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, 1997 -2014 (Foto: Danilo Zuleta) Han pasado dos semanas desde el ataque mortal contra Alex y Topacio Reynoso, lideres comunitarios de Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, quienes estuvieron oponiéndose activamente a la mina El Escobal de Tahoe Resources en el sureste de Guatemala. Murió Topacio, quien tenía solo [...]

2019-12-25T01:32:09+00:00May 1st, 2014|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

International organizations demand justice in deadly attack against opponents of Tahoe Resources’ mine

Merilyn Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, 1997 - 2014. (Photo: Danilo Zuleta) Two weeks have passed since the deadly attack against Alex and Topacio Reynoso, community leaders from Mataquescuintla, Jalapa who were actively opposed to Tahoe Resources' Escobal mine in southeastern Guatemala. Topacio, just 16 years old, was killed, [...]

2019-12-27T18:46:09+00:00May 1st, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Organizations in defense of territory denounce violence against their communities

Late Sunday night, around 10:30PM, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Tahoe Resources' Escobal Mine, Edwin Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Topacio were on their way home from Matequescuintla after attending an activity there. Topacio was shot and [...]

2019-12-27T18:26:01+00:00April 15th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Escobal, La Puya|

‘On the Road for Justice’ Speaking Tour to Bring Attention to Guatemala Mining Conflict, Need for Remedy in Canada

(Ottawa) How is it that when community leaders wrongfully targeted in the wake of violence connected with Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in Guatemala they spend months in jail, while the company’s former head of security, accused of ordering guards to open fire on protesters last April, is first given [...]

2017-12-08T22:05:25+00:00March 18th, 2014|Tour|

NISGUA leads delegation with UUCA to Guatemala

UUCA delegates gather with NISGUA staff in Antigua. All photos: David McTaggart This past December, NISGUA organized and hosted a ten-day delegation with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA), home to NISGUA Sponsoring Community, Partners for Arlington and Guatemala (PAG). 
Twelve members of the UUCA congregation formed the [...]

Tens of Thousands Oppose Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Project in Guatemala

Please show your support for mining-affected communities in the area of Tahoe's Escobal project! Take action with this online petition directed at President, CEO and Director of Tahoe Resources, Kevin McArthur. (Versión original en español abajo) (Guatemala City/Ottawa) Contrary to Tahoe Resources’ recent claims, tens of thousands of people oppose [...]

2019-12-27T17:34:54+00:00December 24th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Tahoe Resources on the defense as opposition to the Escobal mine gains ground

While community opposition to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal project grows and wins support from the Constitutional Court, the company remains on the defense trying to convince investors that it enjoys “strong local community support.” However, the record of local votes in neighboring communities and municipalities, betrays a different reality.    More [...]

2018-01-12T09:27:46+00:00December 11th, 2013|Escobal|

Jalapa says NO to mining! Guatemalan Constitutional Court hears case related to Tahoe Resources’ mining license

Jalapa has said NO to mining. Photo: Xinka Parliament On Sunday, November 10, in a community consultation in the municipality of Jalapa, 23,152 people said NO to chemical metal mining. Members of Santa María Xalapán and other indigenous Xinca communities in Jalapa requested the popular vote in order to [...]

2019-12-27T17:21:04+00:00November 19th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Communities in Totonicapán and Quetzaltenango hold community referenda on mining

"The Council of Ancestral Authorities of the 31 communities of Momostenango welcomes you to the good faith community consultation" (All Photos: NISGUA) On Sunday September 1, the municipality of Momostenango held the third community consultation in the department of Totonicapán. In all three referenda in Totonicapán, as well as [...]

2019-12-27T17:21:19+00:00September 13th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Huehuetenango|

Querellantes guatemaltecos celebran la efectiva suspensión de la licencia otorgada a Tahoe Resources

(Ottawa/Ciudad de Guatemala) El martes pasado, la Sala Primera de la Corte de Apelaciones del Ramo Civil y Mercantil notificó al Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social (calas) su aceptación del recurso relacionado con la licencia de producción de Tahoe Resources para el proyecto Escobal de esta empresa. [...]

2019-12-25T01:28:46+00:00August 9th, 2013|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Guatemalan complainants celebrate effective suspension of Tahoe Resources license

CALAS and the Xinca Parliament announce the suspension of Tahoe Resources' mining license on Wednesday morning. Photo: Prensa Libre (Ottawa/Guatemala City) On Tuesday, the Civil and Mercantile Division of Guatemala’s First Court of Appeals notified the Centre for Environmental and Social Legal Action (CALAS) that it is upholding an [...]

2019-12-27T18:42:52+00:00July 25th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Indigenous organizations denounce proposed mining moratorium

In a televised program broadcast from outside Tahoe Resources’ conflictive Escobal mine project, President Otto Pérez Molina announced a proposed two-year moratorium on the granting of new mineral mining licenses. A similar moratorium put in place under the Colom presidency was lifted under the Molina administration, allowing for the [...]

Complaint asks for investigation into Tahoe Resources after wiretap evidence implicates employees in violence at Escobal mine

On Saturday April 27, mine security at Tahoe Resources' Escobal project opened fire on community members peacefully gathered outside the mine site. Six men were shot and seriously injured. This incident set of a chain of events, eventually resulting in the declaration of a state of siege in four [...]

2019-12-27T18:43:06+00:00June 3rd, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Se solicita a Comisión de Valores en Canadá investigar a Minera Tahoe luego de que escuchas telefónicas vincluan a sus empleados en hecho violentos en Guatemala

PARA DIFUSIÓN INMEDIATA 3 de junio 2013 (Toronto/Ottawa) El Proyecto Justicia y Responsabilidad Corporativa (Justice and Corporate Accountability Project - JCAP) en Canadá entregó el día viernes una queja a la Comisión de Valores de la provincia de Ontario en relación a la empresa Tahoe Resources (TSX: THO; NYSE: [...]

2019-12-27T17:36:28+00:00June 3rd, 2013|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Tahoe Resources Investor Alert calls Guatemala project a Dangerous Investment

(Ottawa/Guatemala City) – Yesterday, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and MiningWatch Canada warned Tahoe Resources investors against further investment in the Escobal silver project, given lack of community support and increasing violence and repression in the area. Risks identified include: Tahoe Resources does not have the social license to [...]

2018-01-16T15:21:24+00:00May 9th, 2013|Escobal|

Guatemalan government declares state of siege in municipalities surrounding Tahoe Escobal mine

During the early hours of Thursday, May 2, one day after the first anniversary of the state of siege in Santa Cruz de Barillas, Huehuetenango, the Guatemalan government declared another state of siege in four municipalities surrounding Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine. The imposition of martial law comes less than one [...]

2018-01-16T15:22:46+00:00May 3rd, 2013|defensa del territorio, Escobal|

Attacks Continue against Peaceful Resistance in San Rafael Las Flores

Police in San Rafael las Flores, April 11 Source: resistencapacificaelescobal.blogspot.com While representatives from mining affected communities from throughout Mesoamerica gathered in Huehuetenango to discuss strategies to confront the expansion of mining in their territories, the peaceful encampment in San Rafael Las Flores was violently evicted by members of the [...]

2019-12-27T18:30:36+00:00April 12th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Mining license approved in wake of violence, investigation into murder pending

Today, NISGUA and the International Coalition against Unjust Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA), presented a petition with over 4,000 signatures to Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz asking her to launch an investigation into the murder of Xinca leader Exaltación Marcos Ucelo. Ucelo was abducted, together with three other [...]

2019-12-27T18:43:22+00:00April 8th, 2013|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|