The Marlin Gold Mine in Guatemala is alleged to have profound bad effect on the local indigenous people. Their easy access to food and water is being ruined as the mining activities make use of substantial amount of water and also pollute the left over. This is affecting the health of the communities as toxic levels of heavy metal have been found in blood and urine of the local populace.
There is heavy resentment among the large number of populace against the Marlin Mining project and community consultations in 2005 revealed that 90 percent of the population are against the project. In the year 2010, the expert committee from the International Labor Organization declared that the Government has given the license to mine even without taken into consideration the plight of the affected communities.
However, in the year 2010, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights decided to grant protective actions for the members of the 18 indigenous communities in the Guatemalan Western Highlands. This measure helped the communities as the Marlin Mine activities was suspended temporarily giving momentary respite to the populace. The Marlin Mine was operated by Canadian Corporation Goldcorp.
It has also come into light, human rights defender along with the members of the community were fiercely suppressed for showing their resentment against the mining project. Also criminal activity has been noticed in the region where a leader of the movement was shot at her home for speaking out against the mine. However, local authorities along with human rights activist frequently visited the area trying to help the affected people and also to show their support for struggle against the mine. This is helping the community by way of providing international visibility of the case which means more help from different sectors.