MINING & Human Rights DELEGATION TO GUATEMALA
THE UNJUST GLOBAL "DEVELOPMENT" MODEL,
GOLD MINING, and
INDIGENOUS & HUMAN RIGHTS IN GUATEMALA
After receiving a general overview to the history of Guatemala (focusing on historic repression, genocide and impunity; racism against Mayan peoples; and the unjust economic-"development" model), this delegation will look closely at the operations of North American mining companies: particularly Goldcorp Inc. operating its open pit, cyanide leeching "Marlin" mine in Mayan territories of the department of San Marcos.
This trip will be led by Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action.
WHEN: Sunday April 12 - April 17, 2008. Arrive at designated Hotel in Guatemala City, by the afternoon of Sunday, April 12. Leave country on Saturday April 18. If folks want free time in and around Guatemala City, arrive a day or so early, or depart a day or so late.
WHERE: Guatemala City and communities in department of San Marcos.
COST: US$575 (Cdn$675) / person. You are responsible for your own travel to and from Guatemala.
DEADLINE: A.S.A.P. As soon as we get a minimum # of confirmed participants, we will confirm the trip.
FOR WHOM: Anyone concerned about understanding better the unjust global economic order, learning more about Guatemala and about Goldcorp Inc's gold mine, and about community-based resistance and work for equality, justice and environmental well being.
ITINERARY: During the 5 full days (and 6 nights) in Guatemala, our group will have a series of meetings and events in Guatemala City, and a 4-day, 3-night trip to rural Mayan communities affected by Goldcorp Inc., a Canadian/ U.S. gold and silver mining company, where we will have a community visits and meetings with the mining-affected peoples and communities.
RISKS: Rights Action will have an open discussion with participants about potential risks: crime; health; etc. Participants will sign a waiver, accepting responsibility for what might happen during the trip.
COSTS: US$575 (Cdn$675). This includes: 2 or 3 meals a day for 5 days; lodging for 6 nights; in-country; transportation; translation; guiding; honorariums for local community-based groups that participants visit with. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel to and from Guatemala.
MORE INFO http://www.rightsaction.org/