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The Indian Law Resource Center and indigenous leaders from Guatemala have a plan to stop the progress of a harmful nickel mine in indigenous territories. 


We need your help!

Leaders from Agua Caliente, a community of Maya Q'eqchi' Indians, are in  Washington, D.C., this week to raise international awareness about the abuse and injustices they face. Community leader Rodrigo Tot has been on the front lines of a legal effort to stop the mine.  Because of his efforts, his life and the lives of his legal team are under a serious threat.  In October 2012, Tot's son was murdered.  His death is believed to be retribution for the family's public opposition to the mine.

In order to ensure state protection for their lives and the security of the entire community, a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will take place on March 13th in Washington, DC.

Please make a donation today to help these leaders share their important story! Your generosity will help make their visit a success and allow the Center to continue this important work.

From 35 years of experience, the Center knows that bringing leaders facing serious threats to the U.S. is a critical tool to protect their human rights and security. It will apply pressure to the state of Guatemala to investigate past attacks and sends a strong message that the Maya Q'eqchi' people have international support.

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Center staff updating the Agua Caliente community about legal proceedings,  August, 2012.

The State of Guatemala has granted mining permits to various companies. Most recently the mine was sold to the Solway Investment Group, a Russian owned company. Because of the rich subsurface minerals, Agua Caliente has struggled to maintain their rights to their homeland for more than 40 years. 


Click on the stories below for more information on the case.

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