European NGOs have released a human rights impact assessment on Glencore Xstrata’s Tampakan project. It stresses that the company has shown “insufficient respect for the rights of the affected population”. As one representative notes, “a mix of government failure, a poor and marginalised population, and armed conflicts are the worst possible preconditions for operating an open-cast mine of these dimensions.” In the meantime, as Glencore Xstrata considers whether it will continue with this project –  regardless of these problems, plus local government hostility – powerful Philippine investors are holding onto their shares.