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Ecuador: NGOs file request for review with OECD Canadian National Contact Point over impacts of EcuaCorriente’s activities on local communities

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25 July 2013

Canadian complaints office should investigate destructive large-scale mining project in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Author: CEDHU (Ecuador), FIDH and MiningWatch (Canada)

…FIDH, its member organization in Ecuador, CEDHU, and MiningWatch Canada…have filed a request for review with the Canadian National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises…EcuaCorriente S.A. (ECSA)…The Chinese consortium CRCC-Tongguan acquired the Ecuadorian subsidiary…[part of] Corriente Resources…[but has] two subsidiaries in Canada...The complaint calls for respect of the human rights of mining-affected communities…including indigenous rights to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent and the right of the population in general to live in a healthy environment, free of contamination…The complaint also calls for the company to desist from further mining operations in Ecuador, given the serious risks and impacts on human rights and the environment, both current and foreseeable…

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