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Ecuador: Report on the human rights abuses of mining projects by Corriente Resources, including alleged complicity with govt.'s violence - full report includes comments by the firm

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Company response
21 March 2011

China Railway Construction response regarding allegations of human rights abuses related to the activities of its subsidiary Corriente Resources in Ecuador

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Translation of the original company response in Chinese provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] My company participates and invests in Ecuador’s copper project. We are currently undertaking preliminary research projects and have not yet formally entered the mining stage. We are not aware of any violations of rights of indigenous peoples; this claim has no basis in fact. In recent years our company has continued to expand overseas. As we expand, we are paying serious attention to and actively participating in community social welfare activities, actively fulfilling our social responsibility, and striving for the sustainable development of our enterprises and the happiness of the local community to achieve a win-win situation. We are also committed to environmental protection, focusing on energy efficiency, people-centered operations, and adherence to the concept that our business and employees grow together.

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Company non-response
16 March 2011

Corriente Resources did not respond to: Report alleges human rights abuses at Corriente Resources mining projects, including complicity in violence by security forces

12 January 2011

Informes [links to the report in French, Spanish and English]

Author: Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos (CEDHU) & International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Exploitation minière à grande échelle en Équateur et violation des droits humains - Ce document résume l'intervention de Corriente Resources Inc, Exploration Société minière canadienne, par l'intermédiaire de ses filiales, exerce ses activités dans les provinces amazoniennes de Morona Santiago et Zamora Chinchipe au cours du période 2000-2010. Actuellement, l'enterprise transféré les actions du consortium chinois CRCC-Tongguan Intervención minera a gran escala en Ecuador y vulneración de derechos humanos (Resumen ejecutivo) - Este documento sintetiza la intervención de Corriente Resources Inc., empresa de exploración minera canadiense que, mediante sus subsidiarias, operó en las provincias amazónicas de Morona Santiago y Zamora Chinchipe durante el período 2000-2010. Actualmente las acciones de esta empresa han sido traspasadas al consorcio chino CRCC-Tongguan. Large-scale mining in Ecuador and human rights abuses - The present executive summary of the full report reviews the activities of Corriente Resources Inc., a Canadian mining exploration company which, through its subsidiaries, operated in the Amazonian provinces of Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe during the period from 2000 to 2010. Currently this company's shares have been transfered to Chinese consortium CRCC-Tongguan.

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12 January 2011

Large-scale mining project in Ecuador: urgent need for a moratorium to prevent human rights violations

Author: Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos (CEDHU) & International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

In the report, FIDH and CEDHU highlight and denounce: the lack of a appropriate consultation mechanisms; the land acquisition process, fraught with irregularities that jeopardise the right to an adequate standard of living and the legal protection against forced evictions; the lack of guarantees to protect local populations against the environmental impacts of a large-scale mining operations, especially compromising the right to water; the repression and criminalisation of the individuals who have expressed resistance towards large-scale mining projects…“Repression entailed violations of fundamental rights such as the right to physical and personal integrity, individual security and freedom, freedom of expression, human dignity and the right to fair treatment,” recalls Elsie Monge, Executive Director of CEDHU…“The State and businesses must cease any judicial harassment aiming at dissuading individuals who are questioning mining projects”, says…FIDH['s] Secretary General..."...the report published on the case of Corriente Resources Inc. underlines the urgency and necessity of adopting regulatory measures that oblige mining companies to respect human rights wherever they operate...”, highlights Domique Peschard, President of La Ligue des droits et libertés du Québec. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Corriente Resources to respond, but the company did not respond. We also invited China Railway Construction, one of the parent companies of Corriente Resources, to respond. China Railway Construction response is below]

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