The Aucaner (or N’djuka) Maroon community of Nieuw Koffiekamp is located in the heart of the Gross Rosebel mining concession. Relocated in the 1960s to make way for a hydroelectric dam, Nieuw Koffiekamp now faces a second relocation which, according to a human rights expert, “would be tantamount to [its] cultural and social death.” Maroon authorities were not consulted about the project, and groups within the community vociferously oppose relocation. Suriname lacks legislation that requires mine proponents to undertake environmental impact assessments and is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that does not recognize the rights of indigenous or tribal populations. Critics argue that the country’s draft Mining Act discriminates against these populations and a UN human rights body has called on the Government of Suriname to rectify this problem.
Sutton Resources Ltd. Mine acquired by Barrick Gold Corp. in 1999.
EDC: $173 million political risk insurance
MIGA: US$172 million guarantees
CPP: $351 million
Bulyanhulu is among the most controversial Canadian mining operations in the world. Artisanal miners were forcibly evicted from the concession area by Tanzanian troops in 1996 when the concession was held by Barrick’s predecessor, Sutton Resources. A storm of allegations surround the evictions including one that as many as 52 miners were buried in mine shafts. Barrick denies these allegations. A former Tanzanian Attorney General and an international team of researchers, lawyers and NGOs have called for an independent inquiry into the evictions. The World Bank Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) found that the evidence regarding the alleged deaths was unconvincing and did not recommend an independent inquiry, deferring this decision to the Government of Tanzania. No inquiry has been held, and the CAO report has been widely criticized by NGOs.
Press Conference: Regulating the Activities of Canadian Mining Companies
- José De Echave, CooperAcción, Peru
- Thomas Akabzaa, Coordinator, Africa Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society, Ghana
- Jacques Saramin Boengkih, Director, Agence Kanak de développement, New Caledonia
Monday, November 13 at 12:45
Norway cancels illegitimate debt
On October 2, in an unprecedented move, Norway's International Development Minister, Erik Solheim, announced that the Norwegian government would unilaterally and unconditionally cancel US$80 million (NOK520 million) of illegitimate bilateral debt held by Ecuador, Egypt, Jamaica, Peru and Sierra Leone. Acknowledging that these debts stemmed from a “development policy failure”, Oslo also accepted that as a creditor country it had a shared responsibility for the debts. Furthermore, the cancellation will not form part of Norway’s Overseas Development Assistance, meaning that it will be additional to current aid spending.
THE GALLON ENVIRONMENT LETTER
Canadian Institute for Business and the Environment
Canadian mineral industry abroad lawless
Mining controversies fly under the radar
By Terry Glavin
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Last month, in Ecuador's Imbabura province, "ecoterrorists" kidnapped seven technical staff associated with the Vancouver-based mining company Ascendant Copper. Two of the workers escaped almost immediately; three were released the following day, and the last two hostages were freed after a four-day standoff, but only after 60 police officers moved in. The result was the arrest and conviction of two radicals from an extremist organization operating in the mountains.
Canadian miners, explorers taken to task by African NGOs
By: Rodrick Mukumbira
Posted: '09-OCT-06 10:00' GMT © Mineweb 1997-2006
WINDHOEK (Mineweb.com) --A call has been made to the Canadian government by African civil society organisations for it to regulate Canadian mining companies operating internationally.
Struggle at the top of the Andes
Fondo Mundial de Alternativas - http://www.forumdesalternatives.org/articulo.php?id=1620
Activists Push for Sustainable Mining
Stephen Leahy | IPS
Publicado el 01/10/2006
Civil society activists want the Canadian government to impose mandatory human rights and environmental standards on Canadian mining and oil companies operating in Latin America and other developing regions.