November 25, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Amnesty International (AI) revealed new evidence Monday indicating a Belgian mining company, Groupe Forest International, lied about bulldozing homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The homes were destroyed during a 2009 police operation to clear the area of small-scale miners who were ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday halted the development of a gold and copper mine until proper consultation can be conducted with indigenous and local communities. The mine, owned by Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, is expected to be worth approximately USD $4 billion. However, the Diaguita ...[read more]
August 25, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking ...[read more]
June 30, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in five cases. In Mach Mining v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the court will consider whether and to what extent a court may enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) mandatory duty to conciliate discrimination claims ...[read more]
February 3, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by ...[read more]
June 19, 2013
by G. Redd
Chinese-owned mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are contributing to a culture of human rights abuses, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. AI claims that those companies should be held accountable for the longstanding, ongoing human rights abuses related to child ...[read more]
January 20, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
More than 140 nations gathered in Geneva for a UN forum agreed on Saturday to a legally binding treaty addressing the use of mercury, a metal that is infamous for its detrimental effects on health and the environment. The treaty, named the Minamata Convention on Mercury for a city in Japan that ...[read more]
January 15, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Investing in Eritrea's mines without assurance of fair labor practices could lead to allegations of complicity in human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Tuesday. The 29-page report, titled "Hear No Evil: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea's Mining Sector," ...[read more]
December 31, 2012
by Sarah Steers
On December 31, 2007, President George W. Bush signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, ignoring dissent from within his own administration. The bill allowed state, county and municipal offices to divest from companies that did business in or with Sudan, including firms that ...[read more]

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