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

Technology and the Environment: Discover the Truth

by Alicia Aleman Arrastio Two days ago we were celebrating the world´s environment day. ALBOAN, one of Justice in Mining´s core group members, celebrated this important date by launching new and interesting content on its conflict-free technology website. Of course, you already know that there is a link between the environment and our much-loved technological … More Technology and the Environment: Discover the Truth

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

Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

(By Boshra Yazahmeidi) Teachers of primary and secondary school as well as adult education programs now have access to engaging content, exercises, and activities that raise student awareness of the origins of the products they consume. The main products under focus in these educational materials are mobile phones, tablets, and computers. What many don’t know … More Educational Material Exposes the War Concealed in Our Electronic Devices

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

Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

(by Kimberly Fraser) In May of this year, an Australian mining company, Danakali Ltd, submitted an application to Eritrea for a mining licence for its Colluli potash project. If their licence is approved, they will be entering an ethical minefield that has seen other international mining companies become mired in human rights problems. Pending approval, … More Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Patxi Alvarez, Director of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, highlighted the work of the Justice in Mining Network and other Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks at the recent conference on sustainability hosted by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. “A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life … More JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

(by Kimberly Fraser)  In June of this year Rio Tinto cut its ties with Bougainville by divesting itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL). The company split its shares between the Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, ensuring that both parties now have an equal share of 36.4 per … More Lack of access to justice for Bougainville