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PAX report on role of mining companies in allegedly promoting paramilitary violence catalyses push to boycott “blood coal” in Europe & USA

“Why Drummond and Glencore are accused of exporting Colombian blood coal”, 2 Jul 2014 

The push to boycott “blood coal” exported from Colombia by Drummond and Glencore is gaining momentum in Europe after the publication of a report in which dozens of victims and victimizers testified that the multinational mining companies financed and promoted death squads. “Blood coal”…is the term used by…PAX…to refer to coal extracted from areas in Colombia where paramilitary violence has been particularly severe. According to [PAX]…coal coming from the Colombian mines of the Glencore and Drummond multinationals has been stained by blood, as several members of the death squads guilty of an estimated 2,600 homicides…have testified their formation was supported and financed by the mining firms….The NGO wants [the Dutch] parliament to ban the trade of Colombian coal until the multinationals in question have implemented appropriate measures to guarantee the end of human rights violations…and compensated victims of the violence they are accused of having financed…

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