Under ruggedly beautiful mountains close to Peru’s border with Ecuador lie billions of dollars worth of copper owned by British-based firm Monterrico Metals. In August 2005, hundreds of Peruvian subsistence farmers and their families staged a protest against Monterrico. They said the owner of the Rio Blanco mine was operating unlawfully, and that the mine’s potential environmental impact was not sufficiently taken into account before work began. The Peruvian national ombudsman later upheld that view.
Why is the UK coalition government proposing a bill that will make it harder for people from poorer countries to get legal redress for human rights violations?
See http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2011/oct/28/uk-bill-threatens-global-human-rights?newsfeed=true.