Colombia Solidarity Campaign submission to UK Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding Mandé Norte/Murindó mining project

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15 July 2009

Statements by Muriel Mining regarding Mandé Norte/Murindó project – NGO rejoinders

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In May 2009, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Muriel Mining Corporation (MMC) to respond to a report by Colombia Solidarity Campaign, “Rio Tinto and the impact of the Mandé Norte/Murindó mining exploration project on indigenous Embera and Afrocolombian communities in the provinces of Choco and Antioquia, Colombia”
includes links to:
- Muriel Mining response, 16 May: “Muriel Mining respects the traditions, culture and beliefs of the communities who lives on the territory around area of influence of the exploration project.”
- Rio Tinto statement, 6 May
- ABColombia rejoinder, 16 June: “Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP) and Peace Brigades International (PBI)...were the subject of insinuations apparently made by Muriel Mining, implying links with illegal armed actors in Colombia”
- Muriel Mining rejoinder, 6 July: “It hasn’t been the intention of Muriel to discredit any organization...”
- Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP) rejoinder, 3 July: "This fresh stigmatisation of CIJP’s actions seeks to distract attention from the factual and legal grounds for arguing that there has not been a true and genuine consultation process, and that the Muriel’s exploration has been on sacred land..."

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23 April 2009

[DOC] Submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights: Rio Tinto and the impact of the Mandé Norte/Murindó mining exploration project on indigenous Embera and Afrocolombian communities in the provinces of Choco and Antioquia, Colombia

Author: Colombia Solidarity Campaign

Rio Tinto is currently associated with a highly controversial mining exploration project in Colombia: La Muriel Mining Corporation’s Mandé Norte/Murindó project …On the strength of the testimony of the Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, the Colombia Solidarity Campaign believes that the Mandé Norte/Murindó project is having a serious, negative impact on human rights. The Mandé Norte/Murindó project is being pursued on collectively-owned Indigenous and Afrocolombian land against the express wishes of the communities involved. It is alleged that it has been accompanied by intimidation, deceit, manipulation and falsification of community consultation procedures, militarisation, terrorisation and forced displacement of families.

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