Natural Resources

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Extractive companies have had adverse impacts on a broad array of human rights, such as resettlement of communities without adequate consultation and compensation; environmental degradation and its effects on health, sources of livelihood and access to clean water; as well as charges of forced labor, rape and even extrajudicial killings by security forces protecting company assets, with some cases meeting the legal definition of corporate complicity.

John Ruggie 

Natural resources are at the beginning of every supply chain. Their development is essential to the production of energy, consumer goods and food. This means that there are high stakes involved in their use, development and depletion. Natural resources can therefore be a great source of wealth for both governments and local communities, and bring benefits to all citizens. In practice, however, investments in oil, gas, coal, minerals, renewable energyand large-scale agriculture are often entwined with human rights abuses. This is particularly the case in some of the world’s poorest – but most resource-rich – countries. Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, it is the responsibility of the companies developing these resources, as well as their buyers and investors, to safeguard the human rights of workers and communities affected by their activities. 

As Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege explained in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: 

We love nice cars, jewellery and gadgets. I have a smartphone myself. These items contain minerals found in our country. Often mined in inhuman conditions by young children, victims of intimidation and sexual violence. 

When you drive your electric car, when you use your smart phone or admire your jewellery, take a minute to reflect on the human cost of manufacturing these objects. 

As consumers, let us at least insist that these products are manufactured with respect for human dignity.

In this “Big Issue” area, discover sector-specific analysis, initiatives, and news coverage, as well as general coverage and guidance on responsible natural resource development.

For example, for the extractives sector you can find:  

In the agricultural sector, you can find: 

Please also see our Renewable Energy & Human Rights page for tools and resources on that sector.

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25 March 2019
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Autor: Don Makatile; Sunday Independent (South Africa)

“Mantashe ropes in colleagues to help deal with violent mining strike” 17 March 2019...

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25 March 2019
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Autor: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

“Citizens call for responsible investment” ...

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Artigo
24 March 2019
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Autor: Hereward Holland, BusinessDay

"IMF urges South Sudan to halt dubious oil-backed loans", 19 March 2019....

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Artigo
22 March 2019
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Autor: Bulawayo News24 (Zimbabwe)

“Zimbabwe diamonds to be classified as conflict gems” 15 March 2019...

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Artigo
19 March 2019
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Autor: Ben Robinson Drawbridge, Radio New Zealand

"Call for PNG deep sea mining licenses to be cancelled", 14 March 2019...

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Artigo
19 March 2019
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Autor: Agence Ecofin (Suisse)

"Les politiques minières de 10 pays africains évaluées par les dirigeants de grandes compagnies", ...

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História
19 March 2019
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19 March 2019
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Autor: Radio Okapi (RDC)

"Ituri : deux Chinois et un Congolais tués lors d’une incursion des Maï-Maï dans la mine de Bihombo", 17 mars 2019...

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Artigo
18 March 2019
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Autor: Agbonkhese Oboh, Vanguard (Nigeria)

“Delegates to Africa Climate Week urged to reject ‘false’ solutions to climate change” ...

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Artigo
18 March 2019
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Autor: Arnaldo Vieira, The East African

"30 killed in Angola mine collapse", 17 March 2019....

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