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Colombia: NGOs express concern over killing of opponent of Drummond’s coal project; includes statement by Drummond

Last 11th of September, Néstor Martínez, an Afro Colombian leader allegedly opposed to Drummond’s operations was killed by armed people.  By condemning the event, the Dutch NGO Pax for peace issued a public statement in their English website; previously, they had produced a report on attacks against human rights activists.  Drummond responds to it asking this NGO to rectify their accusations against the company. A previous response by Prodeco [part of Glencore] is available too.

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29 September 2016

“PAX shocked by murder of social activist Nestor Ivan Martinez”

Author: Pax for peace, Netherlands

“PAX shocked by murder of social activist Nestor Ivan Martinez” PAX is deeply shocked by the murder of Nestor Ivan Martinez, the leader of a social movement in Cesar, the Colombian mining region where European power companies obtain their blood coal. The organization he represented received serious threats two weeks previously in a pamphlet published by a new illegal armed group…PAX fears that this targeted killing could mark the start for a new wave of violence in the mining region, where paramilitary violence has already claimed tens of thousands of victims…Nestor Martinez was involved in several social movements and was a symbol for the fight against the negative impact of the coal mines in the Cesar region in northeastern Colombia. He was one of the activists who opposed the expansion of the mines owned by the American mining company Drummond. Last Sunday, 11 September 2016, two unknown armed men forced their entry into the farm of Martinez's brother in the village of Chiriguaná. They tied up his brother and his brother's wife, waited for Martinez to arrive and then shot him in the head with two bullets before the eyes of his family.

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29 September 2016

“Response to Pax Report “Civil Society Under Threat””

Author: Drummond

We have read the latest report published by Pax on their webpage regarding alleged threats against civil society in Colombia by what Pax calls neo-paramilitary organizations, which the Colombian authorities have described as criminal gangs (BACRIM is the acronym in Spanish)…Drummond condemns and denounces these gangs and their criminal acts.  Drummond has had no dealings or contacts with these gangs nor have we had contact with any other groups outside the law, as has been proven time and time again in U.S. and Colombian courts…Once again we ask Pax to rectify and withdraw the defamatory and false accusations that have been proven time and time again to be groundless.

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29 September 2016

“Stop Blood Coal- Campaign”

Author: Pax for peace, Netherlands

With the 'Stop Blood Coal campaign' PAX aims to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands people who have become victims of paramilitary in the mining area of Cesar, Colombia. We support these victims in their search for truth and reconciliation and push mining companies to take their responsibility and contribute to actual remedy for the victims…From 1996 to 2006, residents of the Cesar mining region of Colombia, from which European power utilities source most of their coal, have suffered greatly from paramilitary violence. At least 3100 people have been murdered, 55,000 farmers have been driven from their land and hundreds of people have disappeared…Perpetrators and witnesses have declared under oath in legal processes and to PAX (as registered in The Dark Side of Coal report) how the Cesar-based Drummond and Prodeco mining companies have supported the paramilitary forces with finance, equipment and information…

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15 September 2016

“’Civil Society Under Threat’: Paramilitary violence in the Cesar mining region 2012-2016”

Author: Pax for peace, Netherlands

Violence and threats are an everyday occurrence in Cesar, the Colombian mining region where European energy companies purchase blood coal for our power supply…This research by PAX shows that in Cesar at least 200 people have become victims of attempted killings and death threats in the past four years. The urgency of this issue is acute. Néstor Iván Martínez, a leader of one of the communities protesting mine expansion, was murdered in the week of this publication.

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