A team comprising two retired judges of the High Court, two retired IAS, three retired senior IPS officers in addition to senior advocates, journalists and social workers has completed its 2-day inquest. A preliminary report is below.
Campaigners gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London on Saturday, to protest over the killing of at least 13 unarmed people, including four Catholics, by police in India on Tuesday, who had been demonstrating against British company Vedanta Resources' copper smelter in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu. A further 20 people, including a Catholic priest, are being treated in hospital for their injuries.
Australian law firm Phi Finney McDonald said Wednesday it plans to sue world’s No.1 miner BHP, arguing the company misled investors over the 2015 collapse of a dam at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil, which killed 19 people and became the country’s worst ever environmental disaster.
On 23 April 2018 the Amadiba Crisis Committee, represented by their lawyers Richard Spoor Inc. and the Legal Resources Centre, is taking the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) to court over attempts to mine their land in Xolobeni on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. The applicants will request the court to rule that the DMR cannot issue a mining license without the community’s consent. If successful this case will set a precedent for other communities affected and threatened by mining in South Africa and across the African continent.