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Briefing: oil workers strike in Casanare, Colombia

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Since BP began oil exploration and production in Casanare Colombia in the early 1990s, six thousand people have been assassinated and three thousand people disappeared. Every time there have been complaints or protests in opposition to BP's interests, the community leaders concerned have been killed. This indicates an elimination strategy of violent social control. The agents have been the military and paramilitary groups, but BP as a corporation hás itself been complicit in the human rights violations.

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News of the Dirty Coal Tour 2014

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The world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton,held its AGM in London on Thursday 23 October. Colombia Solidarity Campaign worked with other groups in London Mining Network (LMN) including Coal Action Network, Coal Action Scotland, Down to Earth, War on Want and WDM, and with People and Planet and Fossil Free Universities groups, to host representatives of Colombian communities affected by the company’s part-owned Cerrejon coal mine and Indonesian organisations working to stop BHP Billiton develop a massive new coal project in the rainforest of Central Kalimantan.

They attended the company’s AGM to tell shareholders about the destruction of Colombian communities and livelihoods by the Cerrejon mine and the potential impacts of BHP Billiton’s proposed mine in Indonesia. There was an article about the issues in the Guardian. They spoke at a public meeting at SOAS in London, having been prevented at the last minute from speaking at University College, London (UCL), which is sponsored by BHP Billiton. Students in Fossil Free UCL were pretty upset about this. We tried to arrange for the visitors to meet with UCL officials, but we didn’t get very far.

Then our visitors headed off around the country, to the University of East Anglia in Norwich; Sheffield University; Durham University, Newcastle University, then up to Scotland where they spoke at Glasgow University and in Edinburgh. They met with community groups fighting new opencast coal projects in northern England and southern Scotland, and with Members of the Scottish Parliament. Returning south, they met with Bangladeshi groups working to stop UK-listed GCM Resources construct a massive opencast coal mine at Phulbari in Bangladesh, with members of London’s Latin American community, students at Oxford University Fossil Free, and parliamentarians at Westminster.

Anglo American, which co-owns the Cerrejon coal mine with BHP Billiton and Glencore, got upset when we met with parliamentarians.

Take action! Stop forced displacements by Cerrejon Coal in Colombia - sign letter to CEOs of Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Glencore.

 

Colombia: a choice between mining and food?

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By Richard Solly

Last month, I represented Colombia Solidarity Campaign on a delegation organised by US organisation Witness for Peace to La Guajira in northern Colombia. We went to visit communities and workers affected by the massive opencast Cerrejón coal mine, owned by London-listed companies Anglo AmericanBHP Billiton and Glencore.

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No! to Santos

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No to Santos' Dirty War in Colombia! No to Mining Multinationals Destroying the Environment and Communities!

Yes to Real Human Rights for All! Yes to Peace with Social Justice!


The Colombia Solidarity Campaign has called a picket from 5.00pm on Thursday, 9th November outside  Chatham House HQ at 10 St James Square, Piccadilly, London SW1Y 4LE

COME AND SUPPORT THIS PROTEST - OUR VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD

The official event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm p.m. https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/chatham-house-prize-2017-president-juan-manuel-santos

 

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Visitors from La Guajira Colombia coming!

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Wednesday 17 October, Beyond BHP: protesting the world’s biggest mining giant 10am to 11am outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1: demonstration against BHP as it prepares for its AGM inside the building

Wednesday 17 October, 6pm to 9pm, Beyond BHP: protecting lives from the world’s biggest mining giant 6pm-9pm at UCL Institute of Education, London: Public event with speakers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and the USA and creative contributions from Threepenny Festival Arts Association

Join us 13-20 October for eight days of art, discussion and protest with leading environmental human rights defenders visiting London from Latin America to share their experiences resisting the world’s largest mining company, which has been devastating communities with impunity for decades. For more information about our Colombian visitors and what they need see below:

 

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