Chileans sue Swedish mining company Boliden

A group of 707 Chileans sued the Swedish mining company Boliden and demand $ 13,9 million in compensation. The libellants claim that the company dumped toxic waste near their homes in Arica in the eighties and that this caused health problems, such cancer, breathing difficulties, rashes, aching bones and miscarriages. The company rejects any responsibility in the matter: Boliden blames a local company they paid to take care of the waste and the Chilenean authorities for allowing to build houses on the dump site.   ... →

Child Gold Miners in Tanzania: Life- and health-threatening working conditions

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.   ... →

Vale S.A.: Forced resettlement of the iron foundry´s neighbours

Environmental and health damages in Brazil

The 380 Families, who are living next to Vale´s iron foundry in Piquià de Baixo in the North-Brazilian state of Maranhão, are more and more often forced to resettle to other places. Indeed, over the past 25 years, five factories have been erected next to the village.Their pollution und environmental damages leave the inhabitants with no option but to abandon their homes.   ... →