Mexico: Ongoing dialogue with Excellon Resources, Inc.
On August 4th, 2011, the ESCR-Net Secretariat reiterated its concerns of threats to and harassment of workers by Excellon authorities regarding the workers' right to unionize in the La Platosa mine in Durango, Mexico. ESCR-Net urged Excellon representatives to respect the workers' right to join a union of their choosing and to uphold the workers' human rights to integrity, to security, and freedom of association.
Furthermore, the Secretariat urged Excellon and all of its employees to retract previous statements which delegitimize or question the reputability of human rights defenders, especially given the heightened security risks this type of defamatory language can pose to human rights defenders in Mexico. Excellon has denied any response.
Read the entire letter here.