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Letter to Mongolian Foreign Ministry about arrests of civil society leaders protesting against mining, from Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID)

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27 July 2011

[PDF] [Centerra Gold comments re mining in Mongolia]

Author: Stephen Lang, Centerra Gold

In all of its operations, Centerra strives to meet the highest international standards...In Mongolia, Centerra was closely involved in the development of the ground-breaking Responsible Mining Initiative and it continues to give the Initiative strong support...In close cooperation with its host communities, Boroo has also been deeply involved in social investment...In sum, Centerra Gold has established a very positive track record in Mongolia, and has enjoyed strong support from its host communities...Against this background, I hope it is evident that Centerra takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously...Centerra has not advocated and would not advocate any weakening of Mongolia's environmental standards...It is regrettable that some individuals chose to fire rifles at our facilities at Gatsuurt in 2010, putting our unarmed Mongolian security team at risk. This violent behaviour was totally unprovoked...If there are differences of view, they should be resolved through dialogue rather than violence...

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3 July 2011

[DOC] RE : Arrests of Leaders of Fire Nation (Gal Undesten) and United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL)

Author: Tricia Feeney, Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID)

I am writing to you as a matter of some urgency regarding the reports we have just received concerning the recent arrests of leaders of Mongolia’s environmental movement...The arrests on 23 June 2011 of the leaders of Fire Nation and the United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL) would appear to be related to their opposition to mining undertaken in areas where such activities are prohibited by law because of the risk to Mongolia’s rivers and key water sources...While the Government of Mongolia has banned the activities of some smaller Mongolian companies, foreign mining companies have been allowed to continue, allegedly because they have threatened legal action if their licences are revoked. [refers to Centerra Gold and Puuram LLC]

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