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28 July 2017

Canada: Supreme Court rules National Energy Board failed to properly consult with Inuit on seismic testing, but gives green light to Enbridge pipeline

In a pair of unanimous decisions, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that the National Energy Board has the authority to conduct consultations on the government's behalf, and that it did so adequately in one case and insufficiently in another. The Clyde...

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27 July 2017
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25 July 2017

"Public letter from Cerrejón to Global Witness on the 2016 Defenders of the Earth Report"

Author: Lina Echeverri, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Cerrejón

We have read carefully the 2016 Defenders of the Earth report, published by Global Witness. The loss of any human life is cause for sorrow, and this is particularly the case where people are killed as they are trying to defend their land and their...

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24 July 2017

Guatemala: Supreme Court confirms suspension of Tahoe Resource’s El Escobal mining licence; experts criticise attacks against local human rights defenders

Author: Nina Lakhani in Casillas, The Guardian (UK)

 “The Canadian company mining hills of silver – and the people dying to stop it”, 13 Jul 17  ...

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23 July 2017

Peru: UN Working Group statement raises concerns about social conflicts associated with large-scale business operations

Following a country visit to Peru, UN Working Group experts raised concerns about the high number of social conflicts related to large-scale business operations and noted that the majority of cases are related to protests by local communities against...

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21 July 2017
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Tras una visita de una semana, en la que se desplazaron a varias regiones del país, el Grupo de Trabajo de la ONU sobre empresas y derechos humanos llamó la atención sobre la situación de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos y la creciente...

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14 July 2017

Colombia: Analyst explains conflicts involving indigenous leaders, agribusiness and extractive industries in Cauca

Author: Robin Llewellyn for InterContinental Cry

“Clouds of uncertainty: A web of impunity, corruption and extractivism confronts indigenous leaders in Colombia’s southwest”...

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14 July 2017

Peru: UN experts recommend halting oil production talks to protect livelihoods of indigenous peoples

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Peru must halt oil talks until indigenous rights and contamination are taken into account” – UN experts - 13 July 2017...

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13 July 2017

"Defenders of the Earth: Global killings of land and environmental defenders in 2016"

Author: Global Witness (United Kingdom)

In 2016, at least 200 land and environmental  defenders were murdered – the deadliest year on record. Not only is this trend growing, it’s spreading – killings were dispersed across 24 countries, compared  to 16 in 2015. With many killings unreported,...

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12 July 2017

"Cerrejón's position on Global Witness's "Defend the Earth" report"

Author: Cerrejón (Colombia)

Regarding the recent Global Witness report... Cerrejón: Categorically rejects any threat to the lives and dignity of social and human rights leaders. In case we have known of such threats, the company has asked the competent Government authorities to...

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