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"What the affected communities expect is a firm and prophetic stance from the churches. As Pope Francis said, this economy kills and we see this in communities every day. This is the moment in which the Prophetic Church, in favor of the poor and of the earth, becomes urgent and necessary, "affirms the Brazilian sociologist Moema Miranda, one of the coordinators of the" Meeting with Communities Affected by Mining in Latin America " which will take place in Brasilia from August 7 to 10.
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
We are proud to launch CIDSE’s new “Voices for Change” blog. This blog space is dedicated to “systemic change.” It will reflect and analyse current issues that are challenging and transforming systems such as those for producing and consuming food or energy, at their intersection with greater systems of injustice: patriarchy, racism, colonialism or capitalism. It will also bring stories of change to break out of abusive and unjust systems, however small or big the change. We look forward to contributions from the CIDSE family, partners and allies to this blog space.
The mining model, as implemented in Brazil, of promoting the extraction of natural resources by the state in conjunction with transnational companies has caused countless socio-environmental conflicts. Mining profoundly modifies production and reproduction in life in the surrounding area, deepening inequality, as does patriarchy, destroying community ways of life and causing an immense environmental impact through the intensive use of electricity and water.
An interview with Father Rodrigo Peret from Franciscans International, member of Iglesias & Mineria network and of People’s Dialogue, about his recent arrest in Zimbabwe and the threats that environmental defenders face globally.
“We believe that we know who we are because of the land. We believe that once you have lost the land, you have lost your identity,” says community activist Nonhle Mbutuma, a founding member of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and resident of Xolobeni. “We also believe that it is our right to live in a healthy environment (...). To make all these things happen, we believe that women must be a part of decision making. There should be no discrimination in terms of gender. If we do that, we are going to build a healthy nation.”
Looking back at the panel discussion “Extractives in Latin America: grassroots and international community responses”
Last week (23-27 October 2017), the first negotiations towards a UN Treaty on businesses and human rights took place in Geneva. Momentum is growing, but more efforts are needed to put into place the necessary framework to stop corporate impunity and provide access to justice for victims of human rights abuses.
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.