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Mining conflicts in Guatemala


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Mining conflicts and indigenous peoples' access to justice in Guatemala
Elisabet Rasch,
Wageningen University

In Guatemala, grassroots organizing against megaprojects such as open pit mining, oil extraction, and hydroelectric dams goes hand in hand with increased criminalization of social protest and violations of the human rights of activists/defenders. This results in numerous communities demanding a clean environment, participation, and justice - all at the same time. Defenders not only face foreign companies, but are also caught in the middle of armed and non-armed actors that contest the same territory and its natural resources. Their resistance/'defence of their territory' is considered as a threat to internal security (and to narco control). In this lecture I will share my findings of my recent fieldwork in Guatemala, during which I talked to several NGO's and policy makers, as well as with human rights defenders about how they perceive and experience criminalization and how it impacts their actions and feelings of security.

VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam - Lecture room 2.02 - 2nd floor
TIME: 15:30h