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Colombia: NGO questions obstacles to citizen’s participation in consultation about AngloGold Ashanti’s La Colosa mining Project

Following a number of peaceful demonstrations and protests against AngloGold Ashanti’s open-pit mining La Colosa Project, the Mayor of Ibagué (Tolima) promoted a popular consultation that should have been taken place the first week of October 2016, allowing the population to decide on this planned Project.  However, the Colombian Administrative Court (Consejo de Estado) suspended the consultation.  Before that decision, Dutch NGO Pax for Peace issued a report (in Spanish) criticising the company activities about the consultation.  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited AngloGold Ashanti to respond to this report; the response is available

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Company response
10 November 2016

Response by AngloGold Ashanti

Author: AngloGold Ashanti

…AngloGold Ashanti Colombia (AGAC) promotes and respects human rights. In our values we commit to treating others with dignity and respect, which includes respect for human rights and an effort to operate according to the highest standards of responsible business conduct. For many years, we have been an active member of various sector-specific initiatives in Business and Human Rights, including the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (implemented in Colombia through the Colombian Mining and Energy Committee on Security and Human Rights (CME), of which we are a member), the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). Our commitment to human rights is furthermore evidenced through our continued membership of the UN Global Compact, and the alignment of our environmental policies and policies for community engagement with the standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Moreover, we promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and support the High Presidential Advisor for Human Rights in the implementation of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights...

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1 May 2009

“Report on the AGA mining project in Cajamarca”

Author: IKV Pax Christi (Now Pax)

This report offers a short overview of the basic findings and statements about the La Colosa gold project. They were collected during a visit by two IKV Pax Christi staff members, the Colombian non-governmental organisation Bioparque, and Dr Robert Moran from 10 February - 19 May 2009.

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