We are pleased to host lawyer Rafael Maldonado from the Guatemalan Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS). CALAS is one of the most important centres for environmental justice in Guatemala. It carries out research, education, advocacy and legal protection in defence of the rights of communities affected by mining, bio-piracy, and environmental destruction. Mr. Maldonado will talk about his ongoing work with community members from southeastern Guatemala who have been criminalized due to their opposition to Toronto-listed Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine project that they fear will detrimentally affect their community’s water and wellbeing. He will also discuss related violence in connection with the company and legal actions CALAS is undertaking.
Emily Dwyer, Coordinator for the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA), will provide an update about the network’s ‘Open for Justice’ campaign and how you can get involved in efforts toward legislated access to justice in Canadian courts and an independent Ombuds office for victims of abuses of Canadian mining firms operating abroad.
Co-sponsored by MiningWatch Canada, the America’s Policy Group, Public Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund and the CNCA.
Tuesday March 18 2014
@ 25One Community (2nd Floor, 251 Bank St.)
Light refreshments will be provided
Struggle against Tahoe Resources in southeastern Guatemala: http://www.miningwatch.ca/article/road-justice-speaking-tour-brings-attention-canadas-role-guatemala-mining-conflict
CNCA’s Open for Justice campaign: http://cnca-rcrce.ca/take-action-today-to-ensure-canada-becomes-open-for-justice/ and http://www.miningwatch.ca/openforjustice/