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18 Jan 2011

Angela Lopez de Leon, Malaya [Philippines]

CHR wants FTAA of Oceana Gold revoked [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...