Write to your MP On 24 September 2020 in the event How do Mining Companies Silence and Nullify the Actions...
Write to your MP
The Carbonnes de Cerrejon Ltd., mine in La Guajira, Colombia illustrates the immense importance of stronger controls over the actions of multinational companies that violate rights and damage the environment.
Despite obtaining important Court decisions ruling against Cerrejon, as well as entering into agreements with Cerrejon the Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities living around the mine, or those that have been forced to relocate (involuntary relocation), the majority of these have nt been implemented.
Social leaders in Colombia working on mining, land and environmental issues have been threatened and killed. Colombia remains the most dangerous country in the world for Human Rights Defenders, the UN issued a public Statement on 23 August which stated that in 2020 there had been 33 massacres in Colombia and they had received reports of 97 human rights defenders/social leaders killed (47 had been verified and the rest were in the process of being verified.
For a personal testimony of the impacts of the mine watch the video where Misael talks about the psychological impact of the threats that he and his family and other social leaders and their families have suffered, how a knock on the door always led to the question who might this be.
The UK needs legislation to impose a duty to prevent human rights abuses, as well as an offence of “failure to prevent” human rights abuses for all companies, including parent companies, along the lines of the 2010 Bribery Act.This would require all companies to put in place effective human rights due diligence processes (as recommended by the UN Guiding Principles), both for their subsidiaries and across their whole supply chain. The legislation should enable remedies against the parent company and other companies when abuses do occur, so civil remedies (as well as criminal remedies) must be provided.
European Commissioner for Justice has announced that the European Commission will introduce legislation in 2021 to make human rights due diligence mandatory for EU companies.and indicated that the new law would include provisions for corporate liability, as well as seeking to ensure access to remedy for victims of abuses. The UK needs similar legislation.
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