One of the highlights of protests at last week’s Rio Tinto Annual General Meeting was the presentation of an appeal to the UN from Australian Aboriginal elder, Yvonne Margarula – raised by a British colleague to the company chairman.
In her letter Yvonne Margarula, representing the Mirrar traditional owners, re-affirmed her people’s implacable opposition to Rio Tinto’s ERA subsidiary  expanding its uranium mining, by entering on its territory.
Ms Margarula  voiced her people’s solidarity with the citizens people of Japan in the wake of the recent tsunami and the disaster at the Fukuruma  plant – one fuelled by uranium dug up from Australian Aboriginal territory.