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4 Aug 2021

Rainforest Action Group

Ecuador: NGO report denounces alleged human rights violations around Gina Rinehart's mining company

"Human rights violations at Gina Rinehart’s Ecuador mining concession", 04 August 2021

...Residents shouted ‘illegal!’ as military trucks rolled in followed by 11 trucks and other vehicles from the Hanrine Ecuadorian mining company. Five people were detained during the clashes. Hanrine has five concession areas in Buenos Aires where they hope to explore for copper and gold, totalling more than 12,000 hectares.

In June, a provincial judge issued precautionary measures against Hanrine. This followed events where hundreds of company personnel blocked the only access road in and out of the town for more than 40 days, hoping to force locals to allow them passage to the concession Imba 1. The court ruling gave Hanrine ten days to leave the area. However the company appealed, and last week a Quito judge accepted a protection action filed by Hanrine. The new ruling provides that necessary security measures be made  to guarantee the free movement of company officials...

On April 21, the Ombudsman's Office of Ecuador called on the National Government to suspend all mining activities in the area, after what it deemed was excessive military force against inhabitants, and citing risks of spreading the Covid-19 Brazilian strain in a community with limited health facilities...

Hanrine is also suing Mario Ruiz, a member of the National Assembly who opposes mining in the region and who was instrumental in denouncing the company’s behaviour to the Assembly and to human rights and legal organisations. In April, Assemblyman Ruiz was held against his will and threatened for several hours by the company...

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