A new ban on mining in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could provide breathing space for fundamental reforms to resolve conflict and instability, but protection of civilians must remain paramount.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has sold its £1.9 million stake in blue chip Indian mining company, Vedanta, due to 'serious concerns' about its approach to human rights and the environment, particularly in the Indian state of Orissa.
A company in which the Church of England has a £29m shareholding will face allegations of human rights abuses and widespread environmental destruction as campaigners publish an ‘alternative report’ into its activities today.
An activist from the Yanomami people in the Amazon is to tell MPs at the Houses of Parliament that the world’s rainforests cannot be put under further pressure from multinational companies or illegal loggers and miners.
Catholic aid agencies CAFOD in the UK and Development & Peace in Canada are calling on multi-million pound mining giant Goldcorp to ensure their San Martin mine in Honduras does not leave a toxic legacy when it closes at the end of 2009.