MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Asia-pacific Update

Published by MAC on 2007-02-13


Asia-Pacific update

13th Feburary 2007

An APEC meeting in Australia has set out plans to promote cross-border cooperation within the Asia-Pacific region, in order to liberalise mining investment even further.

The behest to observe "responsible" use and disposal of mining/mined materials has been tacked on to the APEC proposal (of course!) - although the Australian government claims its own companies don't need to be so disciplined: they're good enough.

This risible proposition has been undermined by a statement from three leading human rights and mining "watchdogs."

And Australian NGOs are furious at UK-Swiss Xstrata's proposal to destroy Aboriginal sacred sites.

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