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[PDF] A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations - Conference Report October 2011

PBI UK organised the conference ‘A Dangerous Business: The human cost of advocating against environmental degradation and land rights violations’. Our idea was to analyse why violations continue to occur, and what can be done to address the gaps in policy, legislation, and enforcement to ensure that HRDs [human rights defenders] confronting human rights and environmental abuses receive better protection…PBI staged a public event targeted a wide variety of stakeholders ranging from civil society to government and business…The conference brought together human rights defenders from Mexico and Colombia, as well as experts from academia, non-governmental organisations, the mining industry, government and the legal profession to discuss and debate key issues of concern around the impact of large scale extractive, agribusiness and infrastructure projects on rural communities and those who advocate on their behalf. [refers to Anglo American, Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), Vedanta, Xstrata]