Malawi: Human Rights Watch report says communities in mining areas "face serious problems with water, food and housing"; companies comment

A recent report by Human Rights Watch says mining in Malawi has put local residents at health risks and led to their loss of livelihoods. It says  families "living near coal and uranium mining operations face serious problems with water, food, and housing, and are left in the dark about health and other risks from mining". Paladin Energy stated that it maintains the required health and safety programs. Malcoal responded that they "strive to help government reduce rural poverty". Eland Mining said they had suspended operations in Malawi. Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Eland Mining to make additional comments to the specific allegations made in the report. We shall add the response to this report if Eland Mining sends it.

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4 October 2016

Human Rights Watch calls for protection of communities around Lake Malawi from negative impacts of mining

Author: Human Rights Watch

"Malawi: Mining Puts Residents at Risk: Urgent Need to Protect Rights of Lake Malawi Communities"

Malawi’s government has failed to protect the rights and livelihoods of people living in nascent mining communities, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released on eve of the International Right to Know Day. Families living near coal and uranium mining operations face serious problems with water, food, and housing, and are left in the dark about health and other risks from mining.

The...report, “‘They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi,” examines the impact of extractive industries on communities in some of Malawi’s first mining areas, in Karonga district located on the northwestern shores of Lake Malawi. Malawi’s government has promoted private investment in mining and resource extraction to diversify its economy. But environmental risks are common in resource extraction and mining significantly contributes to climate change, which in turn affects governments’ ability to realize the rights to health, water, and food.

 

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4 October 2016

Human Rights Watch report on how mining is negatively impacting lives in Malawi

Author: Human Rights Watch

"They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi"

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