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Ecuador: Indigenous peoples oppose Chinese mining projects over environmental & social concerns

After protests on the impacts by Chinese mining operations on indigenous peoples at the Condor Cordillera, communities are expecting the new Govt. of Ecuador to review the permits given to EcuaGold mining (part of Junefield). Also, an independent “tribunal recently held by indigenous peoples mentioned CRCC & Tongguan abuse of their right to free, prior & informed consent. Business & Human Rights Resouce Centre invited Junefield to respond. The company was not reachable for comment.

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3 October 2017

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5 September 2017

“Indigenous communities resist Chinese mining in Amazonian Ecuador”

Author: Mongabay

5 September 2017

…Tensions between indigenous populations, the state, and a Chinese mining company continue to rise in Ecuador’s Cordillera del Cóndor, part of the mountainous Amazon headwaters area. This past weekend, a tribunal was held in the regional hub of Gualaquiza in a show of resistance to mining abuses. Attending were communities in the Morona-Santiago, Azuay and Zamora Chinchipe regions, with NGO support from Acción Ecológica, Minka Urbana, YASunidos and others…The principal points of grievance revolve around two government mining concessions that lie within indigenous Shuar territory: the Mirador and Panantza-San Carlos open-pit copper mines run by Ecuacorriente S.A. (ECSA), owned by the Chinese consortium CRCC-Tongguan…Since then, many key development projects financed and managed by Chinese companies, have been initiated, including eight hydroelectric dams, oil concessions in the ITT region of Yasuní National Park, and the Mirador, Panantza-San Carlos, and Río Blanco mining complexes.

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