Fifteen members of the U.S Congress sent a letter to the President of Guatemala Alvaro Colom, expressing their concern regarding the Marlin mine’s impact on the indigenous people of Guatemala.
“From the start, this project has violated people’s rights,” says Caitlin Dunklee, the US Mining Organizer with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. “Under international law, indigenous communities have the right to free, prior and informed consent about what happens on their lands. Communities have never consented to this mine, and continuing operations have led to further harm.”
The letter asks the Government of Guatemala to comply with precautionary measures that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued in May 2010.
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