Dirty Profits 1-6

Dirty Profits 6: 

The global extractives industry is heavily involved in some of the worst labour, environmental and human rights violations. The rights of communities, farmers and indigenous people are being trampled in the push for ever more extraction. Indeed all businesses must respect and contribute to the society where they operate, and investors too have a critical role to play, particularly in the current mining upturn.   ... →

Brazilian President Temer extinguishes protected Amazon reserve

  Bild (Ausschnitt): © Rainforest Action Network [CC BY NC 2.0] - flickr

In the last week of August, Brazilian President Temer, who has previously been arrested for corruption, released a huge nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest for raw material exploitation. The nature reserve is located in the national park Reserva Nacional do Corbe e Assiciados (Renca) in the northern states of Amapá and Para. The area of ​​the released reserve is four million hectares, approximately an area ​​the size of Denmark.   ... →

Another mining activists in Colombia killed

On January 7, Aldemar was assassinated by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle on the route from El Hatillo to La Loma in broad daylight. He was a community leader and active trade unionist, until recently employed in the mine of Colombian Natural Resources (CNR). He leaves his wife and three children behind.

The murder of Aldemar is not an isolated incident.   ... →

Glencore Plc: subsidiary company pollutes river in Kazakhstan impacts reaching as far as Russia

At the end of May 2016 it emerged that spilled wastewater from a mine operated by Kazzinc Ltd in Ridder (Kazakhstan) has polluted the river Ulba, a tributary of the Irtysch, over a length of hundreds of kilometres. Locals are reporting breathing difficulties as far as 700 metres from the river. At the beginning of June, the grey coloured water is likely to reach its one million city- Omsk (Russia)- after covering a distance of 1100 kilometers.   ... →

Update: South Africa’s highest court allows class action case against Mining companies.

About 500 000 former and existing miners have now been given the opportunity to jointly sue 32 mining companies for damages in the millions of dollars, thanks to the recent decision of the court in Johannesburg. The initial case was brought forward by a group of 60 miners but is set to expand to cover thousands of elderly men from the poorest rural areas of South Africa as well as Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Mozambique,.   ... →

Rosia Montana: Goldmine ad acta?!

The Rosia Montana gold mine will seemingly not be put into operation in the near future. According to the “Deutsche Welle”, the Rosia Montana Cultural landscape has been added to the tentative list of Romania’s UNESCO world heritage sites.. This action is the first step towards including this site in the World Heritage register, which would grant international protection and support to the area.   ... →