Extractive Industries (in Latin America)
Looking back at the panel discussion “Extractives in Latin America: grassroots and international community responses”
This dossier, with text, video footage and pictures offers a striking look back at a disaster that resulted in the death of nearly 20 people, the destruction of entire villages and the contamination of two major rivers.
Invitation to Panel Discussion organised by Pax Christi International, CIDSE and COMECE. Brussels, 31 October 2017, 10.00 - 12.00
President of the CCCB asks Prime Minister Trudeau for an ombudsperson for the Canadian extractives sector
On 9th August 2017, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express concern over the environmental degradation and human rights violations caused by Canadian extractive companies operating on Indigenous lands in Latin America.
Letter from the Churches and Mining Network concerning the Shuar Community and the decision of the Ecuadorian Government to close down and dissolve Acción Ecológica. 21 December 2016 (Available in EN and ES)
The Third World Meeting of Popular Movements began November 2 in Rome with a panel that includes the participation of Cardinal Peter Turkson, of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and João Pedro Stédile, the leader of the Landless Peasants Movement in Brazil.
“Mining megaprojects don’t solve the economic problems of our countries; on the contrary, they have harmful effects on our people, our communities and the nature.” This is one of the conclusions reached by the participants of the Third meeting of the Churches and Mining Network, held from 2 to 4 September in the Colombian capital, which brought together 50 religious leaders from various countries.
CIDSE works closely with Iglesias y Minería (Church and Mining) since the creation in 2013 of this ecumenical coalition of about 70 Latin American organizations united to reflect and struggle against the common challenges posed by transnational mining companies in Latin America.
For the third time in Latin America, Iglesias y Minería will gather religious representatives, pastoral members, social mouvements and leaders of communities affected by mining proyects in the continent from September 2-6 in Bogotá. A CIDSE delegation will be present at the event.
Meeting in Mariana of popular movements in dialogue with Pope Francis reflects on the social situation of Brazil
Meetings of popular movements with Pope Francis took place in Rome in 2014 and in Bolivia in July 2015. Brazilian movements reunited this month, without the physical presence of Pope Francis this time but keeping his words close to the heart.