Tomorrow at 5 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) we will discuss community health, mining in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos and the importance of carrying out the Peoples International Health Tribunal. Check out the live-stream at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tv-maya

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The Peoples’ International Health Tribunal’s online presence is growing! You can now show your support by via facebook, or tweet about us to your friends and colleagues using hashtag #tribunal2012. Make sure to add organizing and allied organizations like @mininginjustice and @CAMIGUA1 for tweet updates!

Today at 3 pm (Eastern Daylight Time Zone, Toronto time), check out VEA canal that will be interviewing residents from San Miguel Ixtahuacán about the Marlin Mine.

This is a part of a series of discussing the context and current situation that ultimately lead to the community decision to carry out the health tribunal.

Press Release: June 5th, 2012

Dear friends,

The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN), along with the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), the San Miguel Ixtahuacán Defense Front (FREDEMI), the Parrish Commission Kolol Qnan Tx’otx’ of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and the International Coalition against Unjust Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA), are pleased to announce the upcoming Peoples’ International Health Tribunal in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, Guatemala. Click here to watch our promotional video.

OVERVIEW
On July 14th and 15th, 2012, affected community members, scientists, academics, spiritual leaders, journalists and human rights advocates will come together to carry out an ethical, political and community-driven tribunal. This mechanism was developed to address the health and social impact of Canadian mining company Goldcorp, Inc. with specific attention to three cases:

  • The Marlin Mine operating in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala
  • The San Martín Mine until recently operating in Valle de Siria, Honduras
  • The Los Filos Mine operating  in Carrizalillo, Mexico

OUR JUDGES
Our jury members are distinguished individuals with a diversity of backgrounds/experiences, including activists, scholars, religious leaders, journalists, and medical professionals from the United States, El Salvador, Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico.

AREA OF FOCUS
The tribunal is focused on analyzing the behaviour and impact of the Marlin mine in Guatemala, the Los Filos mine in Mexico and the San Martín Mine in Honduras. The international jury will deliberate on the following questions:

  1. How has Goldcorp affected health and wellbeing of the communities in question?
  2. Does Goldcorp have the social license to operate in these particular communities?

And further, to consider the role/responsibility of the company and state-governments, in particular:

  1. What has been the response of the government and the company to the issue presented?
  2. What role have the local, municipal and federal Guatemalan authorities and the Canadian government played in relation to the company? What are the responsibilities of these institutions?

Please check out our promotional video, join us on facebook and stay tuned on July 14th and 15th for live streaming of the event!

This two day event will bring together mining affected communities from Canada, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala where Canadian mining company Goldcorp has, or, continues to operate. Through community testimony, an international jury will consider the following questions:

1. How has Goldcorp affected health and wellbeing of these communities?
2. Does Goldcorp have the social license to operate in the communities in question?

Secondly, the jury will consider the role and responsibility of other actors. Specifically,

  1. What has been the company’s and the government’s response to the presenting issue?
  2. What role have the local, municipal, federal Guatemalan’s authorities and the Canadiangovernment had in relation to the company? What is the responsibility of these institutions?