Solomon Islands: Locals protest in response to proposed renewal of Australian miner's licences

A media report (linked below) cites growing resistance to the renewal of Pacific Bauxite's licences to prospect and operate on Nende Island in the remote Temotu province of the Solomon Islands. It is alleged that there was inadequate consultation and a flawed licensing process when the initial prospecting licence was granted in 2016. Local landowners are opposing a renewal of the Australian miner's licences.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Pacific Bauxite to respond to these concerns. The company did not. 

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3 April 2018

Pacific Bauxite did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Pacific Bauxite to respond to concerns raised about the company’s activities on Nende Island in the Solomon Islands involving lack of adequate consultation and a flawed licensing process, giving rise to opposition from local landowners. The company did not respond. 

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26 March 2018

Tensions in Temotu as expiry of Aus miner's licenses loom

Author: Radio New Zealand

15 March 2018

Tensions are rising in Temotu as an Australian miner's licences to prospect and operate in the Solomon Islands' province approach their expiry date.

Pacific Bauxite secured a prospecting license in 2016 with the support of some local landowners and obtained a provincial business license, after a change in the local government, to begin working on Nende Island.

But it has met with stiff opposition from other landowning groups who accuse the company of operating illegally and are trying to take it to court...

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