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30 Jun 2019

London Mining Network

“Mining company disregards Colombia’s Constitutional Court to exploit Bruno river”

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… On June 5-6th 2019, the Inter-institutional Roundtable for the Arroyo Bruno [in La Guajira community, Colombia] convened within the framework of the SU-698 Sentence of 2017. In this way, the Constitutional Court safeguards the fundamental rights to water, food security and the health of more than 30 Wayuu communities in La Guajira, which are under threat due to the diversion of the Arroyo Bruno by the company Carbones del Cerrejón…[Various organizations, communities and entities] attended the roundtable meeting, because [they] recognize the importance of what is being decided in this space. [They] publicly and formally expressed [their] disagreement with the proposed agenda and with the imposed dynamics of the meeting, and…[They] also publicly demanded access to the decisions that the roundtable had already made behind closed doors and insisted on guarantees for the attendance and participation of the independent experts that are an integral part of the debate…[They] insisted that the departure point be to discuss the EIGHTH ORDER of the sentence… In response to [their] proposal, representatives of Cerrejón and of state entities, such as the moderator from the Ministry of the Environment…[and] To [their] surprise, from the words of the Ministry of the Environment, [they] learned that upon being notified of the sentence, the previous roundtable had already made a decision regarding the EIGHTH ORDER to maintain the hydraulic barrier that diverts the Bruno…