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12 Jan 2011

Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos (CEDHU) & International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Large-scale mining project in Ecuador: urgent need for a moratorium to prevent human rights violations

In the report, FIDH and CEDHU highlight and denounce: the lack of a appropriate consultation mechanisms; the land acquisition process, fraught with irregularities that jeopardise the right to an adequate standard of living and the legal protection against forced evictions; the lack of guarantees to protect local populations against the environmental impacts of a large-scale mining operations, especially compromising the right to water; the repression and criminalisation of the individuals who have expressed resistance towards large-scale mining projects…“Repression entailed violations of fundamental rights such as the right to physical and personal integrity, individual security and freedom, freedom of expression, human dignity and the right to fair treatment,” recalls Elsie Monge, Executive Director of CEDHU…“The State and businesses must cease any judicial harassment aiming at dissuading individuals who are questioning mining projects”, says…FIDH['s] Secretary General..."...the report published on the case of Corriente Resources Inc. underlines the urgency and necessity of adopting regulatory measures that oblige mining companies to respect human rights wherever they operate...”, highlights Domique Peschard, President of La Ligue des droits et libertés du Québec. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Corriente Resources to respond, but the company did not respond. We also invited China Railway Construction, one of the parent companies of Corriente Resources, to respond. China Railway Construction response is below]