Diodora Antonia Hernandez Cinto (a Mayan-Mam campesina woman from the mountainous village of San Jose Nueva Esperanza) was shot point-blank in the head and left for dead by two local men (mine workers) who ran off into the night.
Not surprisingly, Goldcorp Inc. did not agree, at its annual general meeting in Vancouver (May 18, 2011), to a shareholder's resolution to suspend its "Marlin" mine in Guatemala, as ordered by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), an institution of the Organization of American States (OAS).
Concerning HudBay Mineral's nickel mining interests in Guatemala, it is our understanding that the bc-IMC has over $281,000,000 invested in HudBay Minerals and the CPP over $42,000,000. We write you now, as HudBay is about to hold its annual shareholder meeting.
At approximately 6:30 am, March 28th, Garifuna, indigenous and pro-democracy movement leader Miriam Miranda was shot in the stomach with a tear-gas canister and illegally detained by police during a peaceful road occupation in a Garifuna community, Triunfo de la Cruz in Tela Bay, Northern Honduras.
No functional justice system exists to protect the fundamental rights of communities. Rather, administration of justice officials and security forces are part of the repression.