MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Human Rights And Extractive Industry

Published by MAC on 2005-12-09


Human Rights and extractive industry

by ESCR

9th December 2005

More than twenty NGOs have contributed to a major report, published under the auspices of the International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR, New York), aimed at the United Nations - specifically Professor John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Human Rights and Business (SRSG). To date Ruggie's meetings with various NGOs, business and governments, have sparked widespread criticism for failure to focus on binding regulations for extractive firms, and meaningfully involve community organisations. The professor will be continuing his consultations through 2006.

The Report cites several cases, already covered on the MAC website, confirming our contention that mining companies are getting away with complicity in numerous human rights abuses.

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