Report on natural resource extraction and the Marlin Mine in Guatemala

By | 4 March, 2011

guatemala-huehuetenango-2010The Special Rapporteur has issued his report on the Situation of indigenous peoples of Guatemala in relation to natural resource extraction projects, and other projects, in their traditional territories. In an appendix to the report, he analyzes the human rights situation of communities affected by the Marlin mine in the municipalities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa, department of San Marcos.

In the report, the Special Rapporteur notes that Guatemala is currently experiencing a high degree of social unrest in connection with the natural resource extraction activities taking place in the traditional territories of indigenous peoples, which has serious impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights, and threatens governance and economic development. With his observations, the Special Rapporteur aims to identify the underlying causes of current problems, in order to help address these problems through specific recommendations in the light of relevant international standards. See advanced unedited version of the report (Spanish only)