Extractive Industries in Latin America
Washing diamonds in Sierra Leone (Photo Ines Gesell)
07 November 2011

Transnational corporations involved in extractive industries frequently arrive with promises to build schools, hospitals, roads, provide jobs. Unfortunately, local populations too often discover that allthat glitters is not gold. Rather than benefiting, local people experience increased poverty, loss of livelihoods, violent conflict, human rights violations, environmental degradation and corruption.

CIDSE believes that a country’s natural resources belong to its citizens and should be used in their best interests, with their free, prior and informed consent. When communities are opposed to extractive projects they have a right for their voice to be heard, but CIDSE partners in Latin America have found that protest is routinely met by direct repression and the abuse of judicial procedures to convert legitimate protest into criminal acts. This is a structural and systemic problem throughout the continent.

The international human rights framework, including UN and EU mechanisms, needs to help ensure that communities are able to defend their rights in environments that are safe and free from persecution.

 


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