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Submission to the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into business & human rights

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Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights:

Rio Tinto and the impact of the Mandé Norte/Murindó mining exploration project on indigenous Embera and Afrocolombian communities in the provinces of Choco and Antioquia, Colombia

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Anglo American AGM: protests from Alaska and Colombia

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A delegation of native leaders and commercial salmon fishermen from Bristol Bay, Alaska, travelled to London to attend the Anglo American annual general meeting (AGM) on 15 April. The company owns roughly 70% of the highly controversial Pebble Mine Project.  The mine, if it were approved and constructed, would be the largest copper and gold mine in North America.  But the delegation asserted the local community’s commitment to never letting the project move forward. Read the report at http://riotintoagm2009.wordpress.com/friends-in-london-and-elswhere/ and the delegation’s own website at http://ak2uk.com/index.html, where you can see a preview of the film Red Gold.

 

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US delegation report on Rio Tinto AGM

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Lutheran pastor, Jon Magnuson, from Marquette, Michigan, USA, presented the Rio Tinto board with a document signed by one hundred faith leaders of ten faith traditions in Marquette, Baraga and Keweenaw counties. Magnuson said that the document was part of a petition that collected roughly ten thousand citizen’s names in opposition to Rio Tinto’s Eagle Project nickel and copper mine, located on the Yellow Dog Plains, in Marquette County.

“Many of our parishioners and members of our faith communities are . . . involved in the mining industry,” said Magnuson. “But on this particular project we have taken a very strong position - in this place, at this time, for these specific reasons. And one is the massive environmental damage that is threatened to the Great Lakes and the second and most prominent concern is that, what we perceive and experience is a cavalier dismissal of the claims of one of the major Indian tribes in Michigan, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.”

See the full report on  http://riotintoagm2009.wordpress.com/.

 

Colombia: No to Muriel Mining and Rio Tinto

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On 28 February the “Consulta de los Pueblos” (Peoples’ Referendum) in Usa - Kirrandara hill ended with a categorical “no” to the mining industry. It is the first time that a referendum of this sort has taken place in Colombia.

The population of about 1,500 indigenous and Afro-Colombian people expressed their view of the Mandé Norte mining project proposed in their ancestral territories. It was an initiative of the affected people themselves, most of them ancestral inhabitants of Murindó and Jiguamiandó in the biodiverse department (province) of Chocó.

US-based Muriel Mining Corporation is currently carrying out exploration in the area. It has a Joint Venture agreement with Rio Tinto.

See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=9135

 
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