Mining is linked to water pollution, deforestation and environmental degradation, as well as conflict and violence due to land grabbing, the fracturing of the social fabric of communities, and human right violations in Honduras. According to survey results, community residents experience high levels of water and food insecurity and limited access to education and health services.
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What is a “conflict mineral”? The recently-approved EU legislation on responsible mineral sourcing defines a conflict mineral as tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold which originates from any region in the world affected by, and which is used to finance, armed conflict. Equivalent US provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act includes a wider list of minerals, but limits the conflict area to that of the Central African Great Lakes Region, chiefly the eastern Kivu district of DRC.
Under Zola’s analysis, if the vicious beast is choking, so are the people living in its midst. At least this is the case with two mining communities I experienced earlier this week when I accompanied a Zambian Jesuit, Fr. Charles Chilufya SJ, in some fieldwork examining environmental and social degradation caused by large-scale mining.
The Canadian company Agnico said it will sell its shares of Belo Sun miner in Pará . The statement was made after Avaaz , an organization that organizes virtual undersigned, sent the miner a petition with more than 700,000 accessions against gold exploration on the site.
Environmental contamination, especially pollution of water sources, is causing significant concern in areas where Jesuits are based, according to a global survey conducted by the Justice in Mining Network. The survey also showed there is strong interest in mining justice issues, but indicated that many Jesuits and lay colleagues feel they have insufficient knowledge and expertise to take action.
We are writing to you on behalf of Father Melo (Rev. Ismael Moreno, SJ), the Jesuit who has accompanied the Honduran people for more than 20 years. He is appealing to the international community for immediate help: “We need you to organize delegations that come to accompany us, to witness what is happening here and to share it with the world.” This delegation of ecumenical faith leaders will do exactly that.