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Sharp rise in killings of activists defending land rights against encroachment of agribusiness, logging & mining, finds Global Witness

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21 June 2012

Tampakan Project

Author: Xstrata

On March 30, 2007, Xstrata Copper assumed management control of the Tampakan copper-gold project through its Philippine-based subsidiary Sagittarius Mines, Inc (SMI)…The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed mining operation was completed in December 2010 and is expected to be submitted to the Philippine government in late 2011 following an extensive stakeholder consultation program that commenced in June 2011. Separate EIAs for off-site infrastructure, including a port facility, power station, transmission lines and concentrate pipeline, are expected to be completed in 2012.

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19 June 2012

Survey finds sharp rise in killings over land and forests as Rio talks open

Author: Global Witness

New figures collected by Global Witness on the killings of activists, journalists and community members who were defending rights to land and forests show the true, shocking extent of competition for access to natural resources. The briefing, A Hidden Crisis?, finds that over 711 people appear to have been killed in the last decade – more than one a week. In 2011 the toll was 106 people, almost doubling over the past three years…Billy Kyte, campaigner at Global Witness said, “This trend points to the increasingly fierce global battle for resources, and represents the sharpest of wake-up calls for delegates in Rio. Over one person a week is being murdered for defending rights to forests and land.”

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19 June 2012

[PDF] A Hidden Crisis? Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests

Author: Global Witness

This briefing highlights the human cost of the intensifying competition for land and forests, as the world gathers for critical environment and development talks in Rio…We counted the numbers of people killed over the past decade…defending their human rights or the human rights of others related to the environment, specifically land and forests…The briefing shows:…The countries with the highest reports of killings are Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and the Philippines. In these…countries there are continuing concerns about domestic and foreign private sector involvement in these killings…Global Witness believes that these trends are symptomatic of the increasingly fierce competition for resources, and the brutality and injustice that come with it. [refers to Siforco (previously part of Danzer Group now owned by GBE), Xstrata]

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Article
9 November 2011

Statement of Danzer Group to the Greenpeace Report of 7th November 2011

Author: Danzer Group

Fact is: Danzer and SIFORCO never intended nor facilitated any violence against the people of the village Yalisika. These incidents happened beyond the control and responsibility of SIFORCO, still we were concerned in helping the people of Yalisika in the best possible way, e.g. by giving medical care…In case of a conflict SIFORCO follows an internal two‐step strategy: First, and with absolute priority, we try to find a mutual, peaceful agreement…However, in cases of offences against law, SIFORCO…has to involve the local administration in a second step…We cannot be hold accountable for the unacceptable way this issue was handled by the local police and public forces. Therefore we welcome and support all independent efforts to investigate thoroughly the Yalisika event…

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