Guatemalan agricultural exporters have questioned the measure taken by the Treasury to seize bank accounts in order to recover unpaid taxes, arguing that it is affecting their operations.
Arguing that the measure is attached to the law, the Tax Administration has defended its right to take injunctive measures such as seizing bank accounts in order to recover taxes that companies have stopped paying.
Goldcorp To Implement Human Rights Assessment Recommendations; Commits To Integrate Human Rights In Business Process
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 30, 2010 – GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) today presented its initial response to the recently completed independent human rights assessment (HRA) prepared by On Common Ground Consultants Inc. The report is the result of an eighteen month assessment of how the Marlin mine which is operated by Montana Exploradora de Guatemala, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldcorp, has affected human rights, and whether the Company has in place and is implementing effectively policies and procedures to mitigate the risks of potential conflicts with international human rights standards.
The temporary suspension announced by President Alvaro Colom won’t take effect immediately.
Representatives from Goldcorp, owner of the mine, remarked that they will continue operating while the investigation takes place.
PrensaLibre.com printed statements by President Alvaro Colom: “We answered to the CIDH’s request, but there is a due legal and administrative procedure. The company has its rights, and the accusations still have to be proven”.
The government announced it will impose precautionary measures against Marlin gold mine; on the same day the minister of Energy and Mines resigned.
The Inter-American Human Rights Commission (CIDH) had required the government to temporarily shut down the mine, owned by Goldcorp, as a precautionary measure to prevent environmental and human rights damages, while they investigate the matter.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called on the government to shut the project, pending an investigation into alleged human rights abuses and environmental problems.
María-Isabel Rivero, commission press director, says the call to cease mining is obligatory in Guatemala. She assured that this is necessary to prevent the conditions from worsening in the year or two it would take to investigate the matter, should the alleged human rights and environmental concerns found to be valid.
"We can overcome the challenges we share with a sense of unity ... or we can continue with the hackneyed debates of the past."
The president of United States wrote this column for Grupo de Diarios América, which includes some of the most important newspapers in the region.
In the lobby of the 5th Summit of the Americas, Obama sent a message of renewal in the form of relations with the rest of the American nations, emphasizing the need to stop looking to the past and start betting on the future.
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