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.