Since 2001, Akara Resources plc operates the Chatree Mining Compley in Ohichit Province, Thailand. After claims of health and environmental hazards, authorities analysed 600 blood samples of locals from Thap Khlo district. They found manganese and arsenic in 329 of them. 6,000 people living near the mines may thus have been poisoned by heavy metals. Samples taken from soil, plants and crop up to 4km away from the mine also showed traces of arsenic, cadmium and manganese. ... →
Last week, we already reported on the failure of wage talks in the South African gold mining industry, the probability and the dangers of strikes. On Tuesday night, the protests started with 80.000 people participation. According to the National Union of Mineworkers, the labor action could last until Christmas. Of the 23 companies that are affected by the protest, 17 already had to halt operations or have a very low productivity. ... →
Three aboriginal groups called on the Canadian federal government to decline the current plan and order further review on the Gahcho Kue mine project, a joint venture of De Beers and Mountain Province Diamond Inc. Even though the project passed its environmental review last month, the local governments of Lutsel K’e Dene, Yelloknives Dene and Tlicho reject the company’s plan to reduce environmental impacts as insufficient. ... →
Today, Human Rights Watch released a report on child labor in Tanzanian gold mines. More than 200 people including 61 children in 11 small-scale mining sites were interviewed for the report. It reveals how children have to work under devastating working conditions such as 24 hour shifts while facing danger of injury or death by pit collapses or accidents with tools. ... →
Human Rights Violations in the DRC
AngloGold Ashanti is developing a goldmine in the Ituri district of the DRC. Issues of potential environmental impacts, social conflict, lacking community consent, displacement and corporate accountability exist.
Despite years of dialogue, AngloGold Ashanti is still not responding to the community’s key demands, or being transparent about their plans for the project. ... →