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Holding Mining Companies Accountable

Contamination of food and water, forced labour, cancer and lung disease, environmental degradation, armed conflict . . . the list of human rights violations caused by the extractive industries is long and unacceptable.

The Post-2015 sustainable development agenda must transform resource extraction, the violence it causes and the development model that promotes it, writes Kathryn Tobin of the Mining Working Group at the UN (MWG), a civil society coalition working in 27 countries.

But how should a country or community determine whether a new extraction project should be allowed to go ahead?

To answer this question, the MWG has developed a Rights-Based Litmus Test for policy-makers – based on states' international obligations – which has four basic principles:

Live from the Vedanta AGM

Our campaign against the British mining company Vedanta is coming to a head today, as we're heading over to their AGM this afternoon to protest. If you haven't been following the campaign, you can read about it properly here.

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ActionAid UK | Bollocks to Poverty
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