Mine in Guatemala: Clear and Objective Consultation

After the Constitutional Court decided to keep the "Extracción Minera Fénix" project suspended, the private sector is asking the authorities to start the community consultation process as soon as possible, in an objective and clear way.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The operations of the mine located in the department of Izabal were suspended since July 2019 as a result of a legal appeal filed by a group of neighbors, who argued that the community consultation process for the operation of the mining project had not been exhausted.

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The last decision of the Constitutional Court that was communicated on June 19, 2020, was that the license of the mining right called "Extracción Minera Fénix", in the name of Compania Guatemalteca de Níquel, Sociedad Anonima, will continue to be suspended until the community consultation process is exhausted within 18 months.

After hearing the Court's ruling, on June 24 the Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) called on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to begin the consultation process as soon as possible and in the most objective and transparent manner.

"It is essential to avoid manipulation and misinformation by people interested in maintaining the confrontation and poverty in the country," the private sector statement concluded.

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The Constitutional Court decided to keep the "Extracción Minera Fénix" project, located in the department of Izabal, suspended and ordered the community consultation process to be carried out within 18 months.

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