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25 Jan 2007

Society of St Columban, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links, CEESP – the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, Irish Centre for Human Rights

Time to end destructive mining in the Philippines

In July/August 2006, Clare Short, the MP for Birmingham Ladywood led a team of human rights and environmental experts on a fact-finding visit to the Philippines in order to examine the impact of mining on the environment and people’s livelihoods. In her Foreword to the Report she says she was “deeply shocked by tthe Philippines and the mining companies have failed to comply with national law and international standards”...The full 66-page report...catalogues the findings of the team, and makes recommendations to a number of parties to improve the situation.