Mining groups AGM action
Campaigners from four countries will visit London next week to protest against the actions of mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American.
Activists, union leaders and community representatives from Colombia, Mongolia, South Africa and the USA will come to London to join forces with a number of UK NGO's. A coalition of UK-based groups, which includes the London Mining Network, War on Want, World Development Movement, Colombia Solidarity Campaign and ACTSA, will hold a series of events culminating in protests at the AGMs of the two controversial mining companies.
International activists will question the companies on a range of issues including:
- Rio Tinto’s controversial Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia, which has been the subject of a complaint to the World Bank over its impact on local herders.
- Rio Tinto’s construction of a massive copper mine in Arizona on land that is scared to local indigenous peoples.
- Anglo American’s failure to provide decent compensation and medical services for the thousands of ex gold miners who are now suffering from silicosis
- The Cerrejon coal mine in Colombia, co-owned by Anglo American, where communities whose homes were destroyed by the expansion of the mine have not been compensated.
The visits follow complaints being made to the newly-launched Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) by a number of civil society groups over the issue of human rights and environmental abuses being carried out by London-listed mining companies. A letter to the FCA signed by nine different civil society groups has called on the FCA to “ensure that UK Stock Exchanges do not continue to act as a haven for those mining companies whose human rights and environmental records leave so much to be desired.”
Richard Solly, the coordinator of London Mining Network, one of the organisations facilitating the visits, said:
“The London Stock Exchange is littered with mining companies like Rio Tinto and Anglo American that are embroiled in numerous controversies around the world. It’s scandalous that the scope of new Financial Conduct Authority doesn’t extend to ensuring that such controversial companies comply with basic human rights and environmental standards”
‘Stories of Resistance'
Mining-impacted communities bear witness’ – Public event
Mon 15 April – 6.30-8.30pm
Amnesty International UK’s Human Rights Action Centre, 17 – 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Rio Tinto AGM protest
Thurs 18 April – 10-11am
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1.
Anglo-American AGM protest
Friday 19 April, 1-2pm
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1
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