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.

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Extractives   Renewable Energy   Agriculture

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10 July 2017
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作者: Wahyu Chandra & Rahmat Hardiansya, Mongabay

"Locals mount fierce resistance against sand mining, land reclamation in Makassar", 11 July 2017...

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5 July 2017
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作者: Vietnamnet

"Sand exploitation out of control as violators threaten authorities", 06 July 2017...

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30 June 2017
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作者: William Mapote, VOA-Serviço em Português para África (Mozambique)

"Ordem dos Advogados abre processos contra multinacionais em Moçambique-Em causa, violações de direitos humanos das comunidades rurais", 29 de junho de 2017...

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14 February 2017
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作者: El Comercio (Perú)

“Minera Volcan paraliza operaciones en su planta de óxidos”...

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14 February 2017
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作者: Center for Human Rights and Environment (CHRE)

“Argentina Federal Government Recognizes Glaciers in Mining Areas”- 25 January 2017...

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13 February 2017
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Dentro de las acciones tendientes a avanzar en la operación en 2018 de la hidroeléctrica de Ituango, organizaciones locales vinculadas al Movimiento Ríos Vivos denunciaron un nuevo desalojo, que habría revictimizado a desplazados por el conflicto...

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8 February 2017
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作者: Acción por la Biodiversidad

“La Policía reprimió a guaraníes, detuvo a 5 personas y luego los liberó”...

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8 February 2017
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作者: Rights & Resources Initiative, RRI

“Comunidades de Perú impiden expansión de plantación de aceite de palma en tierras de los shipibos”...

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6 February 2017
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Desde puntos de vista distintos, se presentan análisis desde las organizaciones de la sociedad civil respecto de la correlación entre crecimiento de la demanda de minería de oro, ligado a mercados ilegales con graves impactos en el aumento de la...

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6 February 2017
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Following complaints before the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil over alleged negative impacts by Plantaciones de Pucallpa (part of United Cacao Limited, a company owned by Dennis Melka), a palm oil plantation expansion has been blocked. The Shipibo...

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