Launch of 2009 BHP Billiton 'alternative report'
2pm, Tuesday 27 October, Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre
Mining Network is working on this report with groups in Australia, the
Philippines, Canada and the USA. There will be speakers from Colombia,
affected by the Cerrejon coal mine, of which the company owns
one-third. Company operations in Australia and the Philippines will
also be discussed. All are welcome.
Directions to the Human Rights Action Centre are here: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151.
Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
Public meeting on BHP Billiton in Colombia
7pm, Tuesday 27 October, Amnesty International UK's Human Rights Action Centre (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151).
Karmen Ramirez works with Wayuu Indigenous women's groups Cabildo
Wayuu Nouna de Campamento and Sutsuin Jiyeyu Wayuu - Fuerza de Mujeres
Wayuu (SJW-FMW). The Wayuu People live between the mine and the coal
export port of Puerto Bolivar. They are affected by the transportation
of coal from the mine and the militarisation of the area to protect the
Yoe Arregoces and Wilman Palmesano represent the Afrocolombian
communities of Roche and Chancleta, which face relocation as the
Cerrejon coal mine expands and which, despite company protestations of
goodwill, are being deprived of means of making a living while
negotiations on relocation continue.
Karmen, Yoe and Wilman are in London for the Annual General Meeting
of the world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, which owns
one-third of the Cerrejon mine along with two other massive
multinational mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange -
Anglo American and Xstrata. The AGM takes place at 11am on Thursday 29
October. Yoe, Wilman and Karmen will make clear to shareholders the
failures of BHP Billiton to ensure that the Cerrejon mine treats
affected communities justly. They will also speak at the launch of an
'alternative report' on the company's activities which will take place
at Amnesty UK's Human Rights Action Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 27 October.
Organised by LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign. Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
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