In March 2014, human rights lawyer and activist, Rafael Maldonaldo, travelled to Canada to speak about the human rights violations and injustice taking place in San Rafael de Las Flores Guatemala - a region that is home to farmers and the country's Xinka community. "I want Canadians to know that the silver, and possibly the gold, that is being extracted from Guatemala - is bloodstained" he said. He also spoke about the lack of consultation between the country's government and Tahoe Resources Inc. (a Canada-based mining company), and the local communities in the region. This story is an exploration of the allegations, and a documentation of the voices of the communities impacted by Tahoe's Escobal Mine in San Rafael and surrounding areas.
Watch "On the Road for Justice" with Rafael Maldonado (3:50 minutes May 2014)
On March 18th, 2014, Guatemalan lawyer Rafael Maldonado spoke in Ottawa (capital city of Canada) about the Human Rights violations taking place near the site of Tahoe Resources Inc. - a silver mining company owned by a Canadian firm.
Watch "Roberto González Ucelo message to Otto Pérez Molina" (2 minutes July 2014 Spanish)
President of the Xinca Parliament in Guatemala, Roberto González Ucelo shares his personal message to Guatemala President Otto Pérez Molina
Filmmaker Maggie Padlewska
One Year One World - YouTube Channel
Read: Canadian Centre of International Justice
Read: Tahoe Resources website - ESCOBAL
Read: "Guatemalan Complainants Celebrate Effective Suspension of Tahoe Resources' Licence" (July 2014)
Read: "Lawsuit Against Tahoe Resources a Wake Up Call for Investors and Canadians (June 2014)
Read: "Guatemalans file lawsuit against Canadian mining company for 2013 shooting" (June 2014)
Read: Landmark Suit against Canadian Mining Firm Filed in BC (June 2014)
Read: "After Kidnappings and Killing, Canadian Silver Mining Project Advances in Guatemala" (April 2014)
Read: "TAHOE RESOURCES / GOLDCORP in Guatemala : Repression Going From Bad To Worse" (April 2013)