Vedanta protests in Orissa intensify

Hundreds of tribespeople, many carrying bows and arrows, marched in protest against a bauxite mine planned by Britain’s Vedanta Resources Plc, police and eyewitnesses said. The protesters, including hundreds of women, danced and shouted slogans as they marched...

Peru rights groups denounce torture at mine

Two Peruvian human rights groups are demanding a full government investigation into allegations of police torture against protesters in 2005 at a northern mining project, citing photographs of the apparent abuse received from an anonymous source. The photos, published...

Rio Tinto Suspends $205 Million Uruguay Port Project

Mining company Rio Tinto has put off plans to spend $205 million to develop a port facility in Agraciada, Uruguay, a company spokesman said Wednesday. “Rio Tinto is postponing the expansion of the Corumba mine and associated logistics, which includes the iron...

US legal team visits PNG in case involving Rio Tinto

AN American legal team fighting for Bougainville people in a major compensation case against Bougainville Copper Ltd (owned by Rio Tinto) will go to Papua New Guinea to see the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and President James Tanis. The visit comes after the...

Peru Support Group statement on Rio Blanco

Peru Support Group statement, 12 January 2009 NEW ENVIRONMENTAL AND DEVELOPMENT THREATS IN PERU. ACTIVISTS ‘CRIMINALISED’. The Peru Support Group (PSG) is concerned that recent government decisions in Peru will lead to a major expansion of mining in the Río Blanco...

London-based Monterrico Metals given green light in Peru

5 January 2009 PIURA, Peru – The government of Peru has approved the request of British mining company Monterrico Metals to acquire a buffer zone around eight core mining concessions of the company’s Rio Blanco Project in the high mountains of northern...

Bangladesh: democracy in – means UK company out!

The return of a democratically elected government to Bangladesh has brought renewed calls for a withdrawal of all energy-related contracts previously signed without the consent of the people. Prime among these contracts is that for the huge Phulbari coal project,...

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New London Mining Declaration

The international Mines and Communities network has now published its updated declaration on mining and invites communities and organisations to sign on to it. All LMN supporters are asked to read and consider the new London Declaration on mining and to sign it if...