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US mining company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) and its Guatemalan subsidiary have pushed forward the El Tambor mining project in Guatemala despite overwhelming community opposition – and without consulting local residents about the project, as required under Guatemalan and international law.
Now, on July 15, a Guatemalan court ruled in favor of local residents by ordering the suspension of KCA’s construction activity at the El Tambor gold mine until a community consultation is held and residents approve the project. The court also ordered the municipality where the mine is located to ensure that EXMINGUA – the Guatemalan subsidiary of KCA – complies within the next 15 days.
This is an important opportunity to support community rights over corporate interests. The company is likely to appeal the decision. Please sign our petition now to urge KCA to simply comply with this ruling.