Trump and the Extractive Industries

By Guillermo Otano, Conflict-Free Technology Campaign, ALBOAN Foundation The extractive industries have traditionally been one of the least transparent sectors in today’s globalized economy, already opaque for the average person. Extractive industries include businesses and operations engaged in “the exploration, extraction, sale, processing and other significant activities relating to oil, natural gas or minerals”. Many … More Trump and the Extractive Industries

Conflict minerals: the importance of accompanying measures alongside regulation

(By Alicia Aleman Arrastio) There is a big gap between a formal law approved in the European Parliament and effective rights being granted on the ground. That gap is as wide as the existing physical, emotional and even ontological distance between the spotless EU Parliament and the muddy ground of a mine site in eastern … More Conflict minerals: the importance of accompanying measures alongside regulation

Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

(A Review of the CIVICUS/PYWP report by Alicia Aleman Arrastio) According to a recent report by the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the global coalition Publish What You Pay (PWYP), the fight for justice in mining is becoming increasingly perilous as democracy is weakening worldwide. International solidarity is more necessary than ever: we … More Against All Odds – the Perils of Fighting for Natural Resource Justice

Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Jesuit organisations around the world have lent their weight to a campaign in support of the creation of a Canadian ombudsman office to receive complaints concerning the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies. The Canadian government has previously indicated it is giving serious consideration to establishing such an office. The campaign is being spearheaded by … More Jesuits Support Campaign for Canadian Ombudsman on Mining

Adani Mine among Projects in Jeopardy Following Native Title Court Decision

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A federal court ruling to invalidate a Western Australian native land-use agreement may have implications for over 200 Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUA) nation-wide, including the controversial Adani coalmine in Queensland. The court based its decision on the Native Title Act which requires “all” claim group representatives to have signed the ILUA … More Adani Mine among Projects in Jeopardy Following Native Title Court Decision

Mining Firm’s $250m Claim against El Salvador Dismissed

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A multinational mining company that sued the tiny Central American country of El Salvador $250m for refusing to let it mine for gold has had its claim dismissed by the World Bank tribunal. In addition, the mining company has been ordered to pay $8m towards the $12m legal costs incurred by the … More Mining Firm’s $250m Claim against El Salvador Dismissed

International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The International Criminal Court (ICC) is a United Nations-backed court that has historically ruled on cases of genocide and war crimes since it was set up in 2002. However, in what is a positive outcome for environmental defenders, the ICC declared its decision in September to expand its priority cases to include those crimes … More International Criminal Court Expands Priority to Include Cases of Environmental Destruction

Human Rights in European Business – A Practical Handbook for Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Defenders

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi)  If you are a civil society organisation or legal professional working to defend the rights of vulnerable communities from the business practices and actions of foreign companies linked to European Union (EU) Member States, then this handbook may be of use to you. The handbook targets its practical guidance to cases of … More Human Rights in European Business – A Practical Handbook for Civil Society Organisations and Human Rights Defenders

Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) It is something of a historic moment when the state ranked second in economic performance in a country that has heavily relied on mining decides to introduce legislation to ban all exploration and development of unconventional onshore gas.  This is Victoria. Unconventional gas mining refers to the extraction of natural gas from … More Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance (by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Australia is the latest country to seek candidacy for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a voluntary mechanism that promotes transparency, accountability, and good governance in the extractive industry sector. In a nutshell, compliance with the EITI requires participating minerals and … More The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance