Mining giants accused of ‘serious human rights abuses’ and ‘devastating environmental pollution’ at Colombian mine

Glencore, BHP and Anglo American run a mine linked to alleged displacement of communities and ‘extreme’ impact on natural world, reports Harry Cockburn

Tuesday 19 January 2021 02:05
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Coal from the Cerrejón mine in Colombia is marketed exclusively by Ireland’s Coal Marketing Company
Coal from the Cerrejón mine in Colombia is marketed exclusively by Ireland’s Coal Marketing Company
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Three international mining giants are to be investigated over alleged “serious human rights abuses” and “devastating environmental pollution” at the Cerrejón mine in Colombia - one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.

Glencore, BHP and Anglo American jointly run the mine. Ireland’s state owned energy provider the ESB, will also be probed as part of the investigation by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries - after complaints were filed simultaneously in Australia, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN).

The action has been supported by a coalition of Colombian, Irish and international human rights and environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs.)

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