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28 Jun 2022


Armenia: NGO report calls on govt. to revoke license for exploitation of Amulsar gold mine over harms to local communities & environment

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"Amulsar: Human Rights Violations and Environmental Negligence in the Search for Gold" Report Presented to Public at Large, 28 June 2022

On 28 June, 2022, the presentation of  "Amulsar: Human Rights Violations and Environmental Negligence in the Search for Gold" report was held. The meeting was organized by the International Federation for Human Rights, CEE Bankwatch Network and the Civil Society Institute and EcoLur Informational NGO...

The report highlights the failure of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC, a branch of the World Bank) – two multilateral development banks that respectively supported the project from 2007 to 2017 and 2009 to 2021 – to uphold their human rights and environmental obligations in accordance with international standards and their own policies...

“The IFC and the EBRD failed to bring high standards of transparency, participation in decision-making and accountability to the mining project. Instead of leading by example and adding value, the EBRD refused to communicate to civil society about Amulsar and tolerated dozens of SLAPPs by Lydian, which was unprecedented in our experience. I hope the EBRD's accountability mechanism will soon deliver a critical review and recommendations for effective remedy,” said Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath, strategic area leader at CEE Bankwatch Network...

The full versions of the report in the Armenian and English are available...