Launch of 2009 BHP Billiton ‘alternative report’
2pm, Tuesday 27 October, Amnesty International UK’s Human Rights Action Centre
London Mining Network is working on this report with groups in Australia, the Philippines, Canada and the USA. There will be speakers from Colombia, affected by the Cerrejon coal mine, of which the company owns one-third. Company operations in Australia and the Philippines will also be discussed. All are welcome.
Directions to the Human Rights Action Centre are here: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151.
Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
Public meeting on BHP Billiton in Colombia
7pm, Tuesday 27 October, Amnesty International UK’s Human Rights Action Centre (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151).
Karmen Ramirez works with Wayuu Indigenous women’s groups Cabildo Wayuu Nouna de Campamento and Sutsuin Jiyeyu Wayuu – Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu (SJW-FMW). The Wayuu People live between the mine and the coal export port of Puerto Bolivar. They are affected by the transportation of coal from the mine and the militarisation of the area to protect the company’s interests.
Yoe Arregoces and Wilman Palmesano represent the Afrocolombian communities of Roche and Chancleta, which face relocation as the Cerrejon coal mine expands and which, despite company protestations of goodwill, are being deprived of means of making a living while negotiations on relocation continue.
Karmen, Yoe and Wilman are in London for the Annual General Meeting of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, which owns one-third of the Cerrejon mine along with two other massive multinational mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange – Anglo American and Xstrata. The AGM takes place at 11am on Thursday 29 October. Yoe, Wilman and Karmen will make clear to shareholders the failures of BHP Billiton to ensure that the Cerrejon mine treats affected communities justly. They will also speak at the launch of an ‘alternative report’ on the company’s activities which will take place at Amnesty UK’s Human Rights Action Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 27 October.
Organised by LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign. Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
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