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OECD Guidelines complaint against GCM Resources over planned Bangladesh coal mine

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26 November 2014

Bangladesh: Locals at Phulbari blockaded district protesting the visit of Asia Energy’s country chief

Author: Daily Star [Bangladesh]

Locals at Phulbari...blockaded the upazila in Dinajpur district protesting the visit of Asia Energy’s country chief on the issue of an open-pit coalmine in the area...The blockade follows...reported widespread vandalism and protests after Gary Lye, country director of Asia Energy, went to the area to meet company officials there. The 12-hour blockade enforced by locals led by the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports started at 6:00am...Long route and local bus services, on Dinajpur-Dhaka however, remained suspended. However trains operated normally till filing the report at noon. 



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29 August 2015

Homage paid to Brave Protesters in Phulbari

Author: Raaj Manik, Phulbari Solidarity Group

...Phulbari Day...is...the day to commemorate mass protests that prevented a UK-based mining company, Global Coal Management PLC, from building a large-scale open-pit coal mine in Phulbari in north-west Bangladesh. Nine years ago, on 26th August in 2006, three brave protesters were shot dead in the mass protest that took place in opposition to plans by GCM, a London based AIM-listed corporation, who wanted to forcefully displace 130,000 people from their homes by grabbing 14,600 hectares of highly cultivable land in Bangladesh. The powerful demonstration in 2006 ended in tragedy when paramilitary force opened fire on a rally of 80,000, people, leaving three people killed and two hundred injured....On the ninth anniversary on 26 August 2015, the day was remembered with respect, as ever, and people’s resistance was celebrated by diverse groups and rights-activists across Bangladesh and in London...Locals in Phulbari called upon the government to remove fabricated cases against leaders of the Phulbari movement. They demanded for an immediate implementation of the Phulbari deal and called upon a permanent expulsion of Asia Energy, the Bangladesh subsidiary of GCM , from Bangladesh.

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31 August 2015

National Contact Point's final statement

Author: UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Follow up Statement after recommendations in complaint from IAP/WDM against GCM Resources 

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9 September 2015

Statement by GCM Resources

Author: GCM Resources

GCM Resources plc ("GCM" or the "Company"), a London based resource exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the UK National Contact Point to the OECD ("NCP") has today published a Follow-up Statement (the "Report") which completes the final stage of the OECD process...In the Report, the NCP advised there was no change in its findings as stated in the Final Statement from November 2014 and there was no basis to find GCM's actions either inadequate or inappropriate to the nature and context of the Company's operations...The NCP also noted that GCM has an obligation to consider and manage the environmental and social aspects throughout the project life cycle. The Company entirely accepts this responsibility and re-confirms its commitment to developing the Project in accordance with the highest international and national social and environmental standards, including the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.


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29 September 2015

UK Report Urges GCM Resources to Respect Human Rights Standards in Bangladesh

Author: Cultural Survival

The UK government has published a statement in September highlighting continued opposition and turmoil in Bangladesh over British company GCM Resources’ plans to build a massive open pit coal mine in Phulbari, located in the north west of Bangladesh...The investigation acknowledged that “GCM has aroused considerable opposition in Bangladesh, leading to violent protests, and an even more violent response by the authorities there...The new report urges GCM to comply with international standards for managing social and environmental impacts, and to do so before any plans for the project move forward.  “GCM will need to complete its updating of its plans, including making and publishing the [Human Rights Impact Assessment] it has committed to, before it begins work to acquire land for and develop the mine...The UK government states that GCM must take into account the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which stipulates that no developments can take place on Indigenous Peoples’ land without their ‘free, prior and informed consent’.

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21 December 2015

Protesters fight coal mining project in Bangladesh

Author: Dave Carr, Socialist Party

For the last nine years the Committee to Protect Oil, Gas and Natural Resources in Bangladesh has organised protests in central London outside the AGM of coal mining conglomerate Global Coal Management Resources (GCM)...Socialist Party members joined the 2015 protest on 18 December outside plush offices adjacent to Hyde Park Corner...Despite the government repudiation, activists fear that GCM will get a deal with the Bangladesh government to begin coal mining in Phulbari. GCM appears to be continuing its attempts to raise funds for this operation.


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10 May 2017

Bangladesh: Phulbari protesters give ultimatum to meet 6-point demands

Author: Bipul Sarker Sunny, Tribune [Bangladesh]

Leaders of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports have demanded immediate implementation of their six-point demands regarding the clash between police and people who protested the proposed Phulbari open pit coal mine in Dinajpur in 2006. They also asked the government to withdraw false cases filed against the protesters following the 2006 incident... The committee threatened to take to the streets and stage demonstrations if their demands were not met by August 26...Phulbari locals staged a protest on August 26, 2006 against coal extraction from an open pit in the area proposed by Asia Energy Corporation (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd. The protest turned violent when law enforcement agencies intervened, resulting in the death of three protesters and injuries to dozens more....The six-point demands are: cancellation of the agreement between the government and Asia Energy and a government declaration that no coal mining projects will be undertaken in the area, compensation for those injured and killed on August 26, 2006, the bringing of law enforcement members responsible for the deaths and injuries under investigation, return of the bodies of the protesters that could not be found, construction of a monument by the Phulbari bridge in memory of those killed in the protest, and compensation for the shopkeepers and rickshaw pullers who suffered damages by the law enforcement members during the clash.

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