Mining and Indigenous Rights – The Struggle for Self-Determination in Central America

A panel discussion featuring
Guatemalan indigenous community leader

Pascual Bernabe Velásquez

Assembly of Huehuetenango in Defense of Natural Resources Friday, March 5, 2010 | 6:30 – 8:30pm
Ethnic Cultural Center at the UW
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Black Room

Maya-Q’anjob’al women vote to express their opposition to mining  in a community consultation in Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango, Guatemala  in August, 2006. (Phil Neff photo)

Let the Communities Decide!

– More than 600,000 people participating in community consultations have voted NO to the expansion of harmful mining projects in Guatemala.
– In his presentation, Pascual Bernabe Velásquez will speak about the consulta movement and civil resistance against the expansion of mining projects in Guatemala.
– At the same time, mining companies are using DR-CAFTA to sue the government of El Salvador for refusing to approve mining projects.

With a photo exhibit by James Rodriguez

Hosted by the UU Central America Network and Seattle CISPES.  Co-sponsored by the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, the UW Student Labor Action Project, Casa Latina, and the Community Alliance for Global Justice.
Speaking tour organized by Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA)

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