Environmental & indigenous activists from India, Indonesia, Philippines, UK, Kenya & Ghana accuse Canadian mining companies of environmental harm at WTO meetings
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Author: Lindlyn Tamufor, Third World Network-Africa
Twenty-three indigenous peoples and environmental activists from India, Indonesia, Philippines, United Kingdom, Kenya and Ghana -- forming International Caucus on Mining and the WTO – presented a demand to the Canadian Embassy in Hong Kong calling for the removal of Canadian mining companies from their countries. The Caucus...accused the companies of causing environmental damage and pillaging their resources. Samit Carr of Mines Minerals and Peoples of India explained that the action coincided with the fifth anniversary of the killing by ALCAN of three unarmed tribal villagers of Tikiri who were protesting the Canadian company’s huge bauxite and aluminum project...
Author: Michael Hanley, President & CEO, Alcan Bauxite & Alumina
...violence broke out at a protest against the [Utkal] Project four years ago and three local villagers were shot and killed by police. After the incident, the Project partners decided to temporarily curtail Project activities pending results of a judicial inquiry into the incident. Following the recent completion of the judicial inquiry, and after being satisfied with the commitment received from state authorities regarding responsibly maintaining law and order, the partners have resumed Project development. [also refers to Birla/Indal (Indian Aluminium, part of Aditya Birla Group)]