Paladin lawsuit (re Malawi)


Paladin In May 2007, a group of NGOs sued Paladin Africa (part of Paladin Resources) and the Government of Malawi in Malawi High Court, seeking to halt uranium exploration by the company at the Kayelekera project in Karonga district.  The plaintiffs requested that the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project be made public and that the local communities be consulted prior to the project’s commencement; the government had argued that the findings of the assessment were classified.  They also demanded a legally binding agreement between local communities and Paladin requiring the company to protect their environment and health.  The plaintiffs claimed that uranium mining would cause environmental degradation and pollution of local lakes and rivers, leading to groundwater contamination.  The NGOs claimed that Malawi did not have appropriate laws in place to license or permit the mining of uranium in a safe manner.

The NGOs withdrew the case in November 2007 after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the company and the government.  As part of the agreement, the Malawi Government agreed to enact new legislation regulating uranium mining and transportation prior to permitting Paladin’s uranium exploration to begin.  The government also agreed to invest a portion of its revenues from the mine in the local community.  Paladin's agreement with the government was amended to provide for additional investment in water treatment facilities for the Karonga district.

In August 2011, the Karonga Natural Resources Justice Committee petitioned the Malawi Government for access to information that would permit them to monitor the mining activities in the region for compliance with fundamental human rights and labour standards. 

- “Karonga locals take on uranium miners”, Nyasa Times, 25 Aug 2011
- “Malawi’s Legal Battle over Uranium Mining Subsiding”, Gregory Gandwe, Ground Report, 20 Dec 2007
- “Activists drag Malawi government to court over uranium mining project”, APA News, 13 Jun 2007
- “Concerns Over Paladin Mine”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 Apr 2007

- Paladin Energy: Kayelekera
- Citizens for Justice: Community Monitoring and Action Research [focuses on ongoing monitoring in Kayelekera]

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Article
3 July 2013

The mining boom in Malawi: implications for community development

Author: Paul Justice Kamlongera, in Oxford University Press & Community Development Journal

...[T]here has been an unprecedented increase in the number of foreign companies looking to invest in the mining sector. However, in a country where mining sector regulations are woefully inadequate...it is important to adopt approaches which ensure that the benefits of mining are maximized and that its adverse community-level impacts are minimized...[T]his paper critically examines how the rapid increase in mining activities in Malawi is affecting local livelihoods. In doing so, the paper explores how civil society has influenced the development of the corporate social responsibility strategies of incoming companies and how well the needs of communities are being met. Given the inadequacies of mining regulations, greater participation from civil society actors and the communities themselves in decisions pertaining to mine development is a key to effective community development in emerging mineral economies such as Malawi. [refers to Paladin Energy, Nyala Mines]

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Article
29 October 2012

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin - Issue 7

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Full text of October 2012 issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. Refers to lawsuits against adidas, Amesys (part of Bull), Anadarko, Anglo Platinum (part of Anglo American), Areva, Blackwater, BP, CACI, Cameron International, Chevron, Copper Mesa Mining, Curacao Drydock, DynCorp, Esmor Correctional Services (part of Correctional Services Corporation), Ford, Global Horizons, Halliburton, L-3, PA Child Care, Paladin, Shell, SNCF, Texaco (part of Chevron), Transocean.]

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Lawsuit
27 September 2012

Paladin lawsuit (re Malawi)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In May 2007, a group of NGOs sued Paladin Africa (part of Paladin Resources) and the Government of Malawi in Malawi High Court, seeking to halt uranium exploration by the company at the Kayelekera project in Karonga district.  The plaintiffs requested that the Environmental Impact Assessment for the project be made public and that the local communities be consulted prior to the project’s commencement; the government had argued that the findings of the assessment were classified.  They also demanded a legally binding agreement between local communities and Paladin requiring the company to protect their environment and health .  The plaintiffs claimed that uranium mining would cause environmental degradation and pollution of local lakes and rivers, leading to groundwater contamination.  The NGOs claimed that Malawi did not have appropriate laws in place to license or permit the mining of uranium in a safe manner.

The NGOs withdrew the case in November 2007 after reaching an out-of-court settlement with the company and the government.  As part of the agreement, the Malawi Government agreed to enact new legislation regulating uranium mining and transportation prior to permitting Paladin’s uranium exploration to begin.  The government also agreed to invest a portion of its revenues from the mine in the local community.  Paladin's agreement with the government was amended to provide for additional investment in water treatment facilities for the Karonga district.

In August 2011, the Karonga Natural Resources Justice Committee petitioned the Malawi Government for access to information that would permit them to monitor the mining activities in the region for compliance with fundamental human rights and labour standards.

- “Karonga locals take on uranium miners”, Nyasa Times, 25 Aug 2011
- “Malawi’s Legal Battle over Uranium Mining Subsiding”, Gregory Gandwe, Ground Report, 20 Dec 2007
- “Activists drag Malawi government to court over uranium mining project”, APA News, 13 Jun 2007
- “Concerns Over Paladin Mine”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 5 Apr 2007

- Paladin Energy: Kayelekera
- Citizens for Justice: Community Monitoring and Action Research [focuses on ongoing monitoring in Kayelekera]

Article
6 September 2007

Malawi: Torn between the lure and danger of uranium

Author: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

A project to mine uranium in northern Malawi...promises to spur economic development in the area, but fears of serious health hazards...have aroused the country's civil society...(NGOs)...have called for an independent review of the environmental impact study, and are concerned about the possible social impact on neighbouring communities and exposure to radiation...Paladin has maintained that the EIA "was conducted in strict accordance with the law and to the highest international standards". [Refers to Paladin Africa (part of Paladin Resources Ltd)]

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Article
17 July 2007

Malawi: Uranium Mining Sparks Controversy

Author: Pilirani Semu-Banda, Inter Press Service

Malawi will have its first-ever modern mining project located in the northern town of Kayelekera in Karonga by early next year if plans by an Australian mining company, Paladin (Africa) Limited, are successful...controversy has been dogging the project since its hatching stages with fears from the public that the mining of uranium poses serious health hazards, such as cancer and disability in infants due to radiation...An information brochure from the mining company says Paladin will ‘‘carefully’’ monitor the radiation which people at the mine will be exposed to and will ensure that levels are always as low as can be achieved reasonably...

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