Minera San Rafael Can Operate Again

A ruling by the Guatemalan Supreme Court has granted an action for infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in favor of the environmental group that claimed there was a lack of consultation with the local community, but the ruling does allow the mining company to resume work.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The condition is that the Ministry of Energy and Mines must carry out the community consultation established by ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples. Licenses to operate the mine were suspended in early July.  See: "Another Mining Company Suspended in Guatemala"

S21.gt reports that "...Although the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) granted a definitive injunction in favor of the Center for Legal and Environmental Action (CALAS) so that the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) could amend the procedure by which it granted operating licenses to the San Rafael Mine, the resolution allows the extractive company to continue with its operations."

"... Mining operations have been suspended since July 5 by a provisional injunction that was granted to the CALAS. However, according to a spokesman from the Judicial Agency (OJ), Angel Pineda, the final judgment of the injunction action always revokes the ruling in the provisional ruling, therefore the company can resume operations."

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