This study looks at the intersection of mining, development and human rights law. It examines in depth a range of areas, including both small-scale artisanal mining and large-scale mining. It concludes, speaking very generally, that the larger mining operations risk salient breaches of human rights related to land and the environment, whilst the smaller mining operations are more likely to create and perpetuate labor-related human rights problems.
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In 2009, Environmental Defender Law Center investigated claims by 28 Peruvian activists that they had been kidnapped and tortured at a mine site owned by English mining company Monterrico Metals. Recent court hearings have revealed new evidence. Trial is likely mid-2017.
Human rights in the context of extraction, exploitation, and development activities. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) report seeks to highlight the breadth and complexity of the problems caused by extractive and development activities in the region, and to set forth a comprehensive framework of Inter-American Human Rights standards on the subject.
Document outlining the International Criminal Court (ICC) change of focus to include crimes that result in “destruction of the environment”, “exploitation of natural resources” and “illegal dispossession” of land.
This video provides the full panel that occurred in April 2015 at Simon Fraser University in Canada. The different speakers talk on the accountability of Canadian companies abroad, the rights of indigenous groups in both a political and legal sense and the mindset of extractivism in Canada. There is a special focus on the different legal systems which arise in mining struggles – national, international and indigenous.
On June 26, 2014, under the leadership of Ecuador and South Africa, the UN Human Rights Council passed landmark resolution 26/9, establishing an open-ended inter-governmental working group (IGWG) that is mandated to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (hereinafter, the Treaty). It was a tight vote: the resolution was supported by 20 states, mainly from Africa and Asia, and opposed by 14, including the United States and the European Union, with 13 abstentions. The resolution strikes a nerve — and there is much expectation around it.
A false picture of a sustainable industry was painted for investors and other participants, in August 2016 at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which ignores the harmful impacts of the aggressive expansion of the palm oil industry on local communities.
The historical first Permanent Peoples Tribunal Hearing in Southern Africa exposed the crimes of Transnational Corporations in the region and the growing peoples resistance.
In a change of focus, Hague court will prosecute government and individuals for environmental crimes such as land grabs. The ICC said it would also prioritise crimes that result in the ‘destruction of the environment’, ‘exploitation of natural resources’ and the ‘illegal dispossession’ of land. It also included an explicit reference to land-grabbing…”
MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in…