Conference report: "A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation & land rights violations" - Peace Brigades Intl.

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1 June 2012

[PDF] A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations - Conference Report October 2011

Author: Peace Brigades Intl.

PBI UK organised the conference ‘A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations’. Our idea was to analyse why violations continue to occur, and what can be done to address the gaps in policy, legislation, and enforcement to ensure that HRDs [human rights defenders] confronting human rights and environmental abuses receive better protection…PBI staged a public event targeted a wide variety of stakeholders ranging from civil society to government and business…The conference brought together human rights defenders from Mexico and Colombia, as well as experts from academia, non-governmental organisations, the mining industry, government and the legal profession to discuss and debate key issues of concern around the impact of large scale extractive, agribusiness and infrastructure projects on rural communities and those who advocate on their behalf. [refers to Anglo American, Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), Vedanta, Xstrata]

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1 January 2011

Conference - A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations [UK]

Author: Peace Brigades Intl.

Indigenous and traditional farming communities pay a high price for taking a stand against large-scale extractive, agribusiness, and development projects threatening their land. Repressive tactics by state and non-state actors work to silence dissent and allow profitable business ventures to proceed. Despite international mechanisms designed to protect these communities, they continue to suffer land rights violations and environmental degradation, and their advocates continue to be threatened and attacked. What more can governments, business, international institutions, and civil society do to make these protection mechanisms more effective?...Keynote speakers: James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples[,] Michael Mansfield QC, leading UK civil rights lawyer[,] Nick Matthieson, investigative journalist, author of the report Piping Profits

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