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Poster in Colombia: “I say yes to life, no to mining"
A poster in Támesis, Colombia that reads: “I say yes to life, no to mining.” Photo: MiningWatch

This site is an educational tool and resource centre that makes connections between Canadian mining interests and the growing trend of criminalization against dissent and social protest involving land and environment defenders across the Americas.

The materials presented here have been developed based on the report “In the National Interest? Criminalization of Land and Environment Defenders in the Americas,” published by MiningWatch Canada and the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) in Fall 2015.

With this site, we hope to create a platform to foster further discussion about the systemic problems of extractivism and colonialism and their connection to Canada, to profile new and ongoing cases of criminalization, and to amplify calls for action coming from our organizations and others who are working in solidarity with affected communities and on related issues.

“By and large, what we are seeing is part of a concerted attack, oriented to avoid and limit debate on serious economic, social and environmental policy questions, and to stop any meaningful challenge to established power and practices. It may be deliberately planned or opportunistic, but it is neither capricious nor accidental. Rather, it is taking place during a period in which demands for respect and recognition of individual and collective human rights, democratic participation, and especially Indigenous rights have expanded…Such struggles have collided with economic interested – long-established post-colonial ones as well as new and rapidly growing globalized neoliberal capital interests, including in the are of large-scale mining…”

Canada's @CORE_Ombuds must have the #power2investigate alleged #humanrights violations by Canadian companies. Take action today and call on the government to honour its promise! https://t.co/2bRyAY24uR

@AICanadaBHR @MiningWatch @kairoscanada @mininginjustice @HMcPhersonMP

20 years ago, Tambogrande, #Peru became a global symbol of #mining resistance. Now, once again, a Canadian company is trying to mine there. https://t.co/RRf1JjhUzT

Today, 190+ organizations globally signed a letter of concern on the recent attempted killing of Xinka community leader Julio Gonzalez, who's been outspoken against a mine owned by CDN company #PanAmericanSilver

Read the letter: https://t.co/wHkzfLMF3i

#ResistEscobal #Guatemala

⚠️☢️⚠️☢️ALERTA⚠️☢️⚠️☢️
En Chubut, se trataría el proyecto de zonificación minera el próximo miércoles 27 de enero,en una sesión extraordinaria que convocará el Gobierno de @arcionimariano
La información que llega a las asambleas es que cuentan con 13 votos a favor
#ChubutAGUAzo

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