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Draft resolution of Human Rights Commission re: OceanaGold's role in Didipio [Philippines]

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20 January 2011

Draft resolution of Human Rights Commission re: OceanaGold's role in Didipio [Philippines]

Author: Christopher Louie Ocampo, Executive Assistant, Office of the Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights, Philippines

...the CHR...made the following findings: 1. OGPI violated the Right to Residence, the Right to Adequate Housing and Property Rights of several residents in Didipio... 2. OGPI violated the Right to Freedom of Movement...3. OGPI violated the Right to Security of Person...4. OGPI violated the indigenous community’s Right to Manifest their Culture and Identity...5. OGPI has not violated the right to water of the people in Didipio...

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Article
18 January 2011

CHR wants FTAA of Oceana Gold revoked [Philippines]

Author: Angela Lopez de Leon, Malaya [Philippines]

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Monday recommended to the Aquino administration the revocation of the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) issued to foreign mining company Oceana Gold Philippines (OGPI) for the firm’s alleged violation of the rights of the indigenous people of Barangay Didipio in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya...the CHR also ordered all concerned agencies... to report on concrete actions they have taken to protect the rights of the affected community...CHR chair Loretta Ann Rosales said the commission found OGPI liable for violating the rights of some Didipio dwellers to residence, adequate housing and property when it forcefully evicted them without a valid court order and without provision for adequate relocation as required by law...

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Article
18 January 2011

Groups cheer CHR decision against mining in Vizcaya

Author: Alyansa Tigil Mina, Philippines

The Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is lauding the Comission on Human Rights (CHR) for its investigation and recommendation on the case of human rights violations in the Didipio Gold Project...The people of Didipio have long resisted the entry of OceanaGold, fearful that this large-scale mining will introduce physically dislocation, cultural displacement and loss of livelihood...

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Company response
24 November 2009

OceanaGold response to human rights commission inquiry, allegation of rights abuses at Dipidio mining site

Author: OceanaGold

OceanaGold is a responsible miner with a successful track record of designing, building and operating gold mines in New Zealand...Our Company works closely with the communities in which it operates...Since acquiring the Didipio project in Northern Luzon, Philippines in 2006, OceanaGold has been applying those same standards to the project that have been at the core of our business...

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