Recent victories against mining projects in Latin America and Asia increase the pressure for accountability of global businesses
Around the world, multinational companies dealing with natural resources are fighting a global battle to access, control and extract precious stones, oil, gas, minerals and even plants.
Open letter from civil society organisations calling on EU to require EU companies to act with due care
130 civil society organisations today (13 June 2016) called on the European Union not to squander a unique opportunity to play its part in tackling the conflict minerals trade.
Les « Kinshasa papers », les mains sales de l’élite des minerais. Ce jeudi 19 mai 2016, « le Soir » a publié la suite de l’enquête journalistique internationale « Panama papers », avec cette fois-ci, un focus sur les montages offshore effectués à partir de la République Démocratique du Congo. Ces « Kinshasa papers » nous montrent clairement le lien entre l’évasion fiscale et le pillage des ressources en cours dans ce pays d’Afrique Centrale. La Commission Justice et Paix aura l’occasion d’approfondir cette question ce vendredi 20 mai avec Alain Lallemand, invité de la Conférence – Expo « Nouvelles technologies, à quel prix pour le sud ? » à Liège.
For many women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the mineral wealth of the country has become a misfortune. As put by a rape survivor during a religious meeting in Kaniola in 2012 : “Dear Lord, you gave us the natural resources to support our local economy; but these natural resources have become our misfortune; we are always killed, victims of violence because of them; can you kindly take them away?”
It is a sobering fact that your smart phone might contain conflict minerals. Even more so that EU member states are in the process of scaling back proposals that can help stop this, writes Léonard Santedi.
Invitation to Panel Debate on EU Conflict Minerals regulation,
Brussels, 6-8 PM, 14 March 2016
Did you know that the extraction of minerals for your smartphone, tablet or laptop could have funded armed groups?
Joint Civil Society Public Statement
After the draft regulation proposed by the European Commission last year to put an end to the use of revenues from mining to finance armed conflicts, the discussion about conflict minerals has been on the table.