The Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice Committee

July 15, 2010 07:00 ET

Montreal NGO Investigates Claims of Mining Injustices in Central America

The Social Justice Committee seeks truth behind Canadian mining

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 15, 2010) - The Social Justice Committee has sent a delegation to Central America to meet with community leaders angered by Canadian mining companies operating in the region.

"There is a lot of hostility towards Canadian mines and their effects on human rights and the natural environment," said group leader Rev. Ernie Schibli of St. Edward the Confessor Mission in Pointe Claire. "Canada's reputation in Central America has been tarnished."

The delegation is meeting with communities affected by the Aura Minerals San Andres mine in Honduras, the Goldcorp Marlin Mine in Guatemala, and the Pacific Rim El Dorado mine in El Salvador. They are also meeting with mining issues groups concerning access to land, food and water.

Goldcorp, a Canadian gold mining company, was recently ordered to suspend operations at its Marlin mine by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights after claims of human rights violations and environmental damage in Guatemala. 

Outcry in El Salvador has also led the suspension of mining permits nationally. Affected Canadian mining giant, Pacific Rim, is now suing the country for loss of profits.

When the delegation returns from Central America on July 16th, 2010, Schibli and the group will be available to speak with local media about their findings. They will also upload interviews with affected communities on the SJC website and hold a public talk.

Schibli, who has been taking groups down to Central America since the conflicts of the 1970s, hopes the trip will help shed light on the controversy surrounding Canada's mining industry abroad.

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The Social Justice Committee is an independent human rights organization based in Montreal providing education and advocacy about global poverty and inequality.

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