New Research Shows Mongolia Forced to Give Up Control Over Natural Resources

Mining Watch Canada | (Amsterdam, 19 February 2020)

Leaked documents show hijacking of Mongolian development agenda

New research by SOMO and OT Watch shows how one of the world’s largest copper mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, was negotiated at the expense of the Mongolian people. Leaked documents expose how mining companies Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill Resources, the US embassy, the IMF and the World Bank compelled the Mongolian government into offering generous corporate incentives that leave the country with debt, environmental damage and a loss of democratic control over their natural resources. Read more

PRESS RELEASE: New report names top British companies responsible for toxic mining legacies

London Mining Network | Feb 19, 2020

BHP and Rio Tinto have a long history of extracting minerals then pulling out, leaving devastation in their wake. Climate justice organisation London Mining Network reveals the extent of this in a new report.

London Mining Network has published a new report entitled ‘Cut and run: How Britain’s top two mining companies have wrecked ecosystems without being held to account’. The report includes examples from Southeast Asia of where the British-Australian multinationals BHP and Rio Tinto have left legacies of conflict and environmental destruction, long after they’ve fled the scene. Read more

Implement Forest Rights Act in state, say residents

The Tribune | Feb 15, 2020

Say govt must protect interests of forest-dependent communities

Demand for effective implementation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) on ground is gaining momentum in the Saraj valley of Mandi district.

A public meeting was organised in Thunag over the issue yesterday, where panchayat representatives, gram sabha members, forest rights committee representatives and women from the Saraj block marked their participation. Read more

कर्नाटक: अवैध खनन एवं वन अपराधों के 15 मामलों के आरोपी को बनाया गया वन एवं पर्यावरण मंत्री

The Wire Hindi | Feb 13, 2020

लौह अयस्क समृद्ध बेल्लारी जिले से चार बार के विधायक आनंद सिंह को सोमवार को कर्नाटक की बीएस येदियुरप्पा के नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा सरकार में खाद्य एवं नागरिक आपूर्ति मंत्री बनाया गया था लेकिन पोर्टफोलियों में बदलाव की मांग के एक दिन बाद ही उन्हें वन, पर्यावरण एवं पारिस्थितिकी मंत्री बना दिया गया.

बेंगलुरु: कर्नाटक की बीएस येदियुरप्पा के नेतृत्व वाली भाजपा सरकार ने लौह अयस्क समृद्ध बेल्लारी जिले से चार बार के विधायक आनंद सिंह को वन, पर्यावरण एवं पारिस्थितिकी मंत्री बनाया है. सिंह पर साल 2012 से अवैध खनन और वन अपराधों के 15 मामले दर्ज हैं. Read more

Why no Haryana-type welfare plan for silicosis victims of Gujarat? NGO asks govt | Feb 12, 2020

Regretting that the Gujarat government has still not taken any policy decision to pay assistance for the welfare of those suffering from silicosis, a fatal occupational disease, the health rights NGO People’s Training and Research (PTRC), has wondered why is this happening even though there exists a government resolution (GR) of 2014 to offer Rs 1 lakh to the unorganized sector workers who die an unnatural death. Read more

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