Extractive Industries (in Latin America)
The Bishops of Latin America are concerned that the EU is more prompt in negotiating new trade deals than ensuring the respect of basic human rights, when violated by companies who have their headquarters in Europe, writes Cardinal Pedro Barreto.
Deepening the solidarity of the Church with the victims and communities impacted by mining is the objective of the next Meeting of Communities Impacted by Mining in Latin America, which will take place in Brasilia from August 7 to 10, 2018. During the event participants will listen directly to the impacted communities and peoples from different countries of the region.
La minería extractiva constituye una de las mayores amenazas contra el medio ambiente y las comunidades locales en el Amazonas y en el conjunto de América Latina, pero estas empresas a menudo buscan lavar su imagen acercándose a la Iglesia, advierte el sacerdote italiano Dário Bossi, coordinador de los Misioneros Combonianos en Brasil y miembro de la coordinación de la Red Iglesias y Minería
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.