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New Gold Inc.: Portrait of a Canadian company violating Mexican laws

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CDHAL TO PROTEST AT NEW GOLD’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
OF SHAREHOLDER’S ON MAY 6TH, 2010

NEW GOLD INC.
PORTRAIT OF A CANADIAN COMPANY VIOLATING MEXICAN LAWS

TORONTO, 6 MAY 2010 – The Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL) will join its voice to the Frente Amplio Opositor – FAO Montreal and Mexico, as well as many other concerned citizens who will be demonstrating their deepest frustration and utter indignation towards Canadian mining company, New Gold Inc., at its annual general shareholder’s meeting taking place at the Toronto Board of Trade on Thursday, May 6th 2010.

At the centre of all the controversy is an open-pit mine located in the historic Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, in the State of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In November of 2009, a Mexican superior court, the Federal Tribunal of Administrative and Fiscal Justice, nullified the environmental permit for the mine and ordered operations to cease. After being shut down for more than three months, the project started again in March, despite the lack of an environmental permit.

Marie-Dominik Langlois, coordinator of the CDHAL declares: « The case of New Gold is one among many others that are concerning increasingly more people and investors in Canada, where these companies are financed. Human rights abuses are far too common. But the blatant disregard of Mexican high court rulings truly puts New Gold in a different category with regard to its legal standing and the future of its mine ».

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Press contact :
Leslie Ning – Project Officer
Committee for Human Rights in Latin America – CDHAL
mines@cdhal.org / cellular : 514.663.4359