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19 Apr 2015

Danish Institute for Human Rights

Mining and oil industries in Niger threaten human rights

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A new study sheds light on the serious human rights impacts that mining and oil industries have in Niger. Fumes, waste water and toxic material concern the local communities in the fragile West African state.  Economic growth is welcome in Niger... However, extractive industries might hurt local communities more than they contribute to progress.  That is the conclusion in a new baseline study that sheds light on a number of adverse human rights impacts of mining and oil industries in Niger by ROTAB, a coalition of civil society organisations in Niger. The team visited four different regions where uranium, gold and oil are being extracted. They met with affected community members and workers as well as with government and companies representatives... Nomadic shepherd communities are being particularly hurt when they lose access to land but they are not being compensated for the loss, as they hold no formal land titles.

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Niger: NGO report details harms to health, livelihoods & other human rights of mining, oil & gas operations

尼日尔: 报告介绍采矿、石油和天然气项目在当地对健康及生计等的危害

尼日爾: 報告介紹採礦、石油和天然氣項目在當地對健康及生計等的危害