The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America

29 August 2019|

Updated report from War on Want, OCMAL and other partners on how the vast expansion of British mega-mining in Latin America is displacing communities, destroying ecosystems, costing lives and polluting our planet.

Date: 14 May, 2019
Organisation: War on Want
Theme:
  • Natural resources

‘The Rivers are Bleeding: British mining in Latin America’ documents 56 UK-mining operations – 32 of which have ongoing conflicts – to produce a damming indictment of one of the world’s most powerful industries.

Read the report on War on Want’s website

British mega-mining

The vast expansion of British mega-mining in Latin America is displacing communities, destroying ecosystems, costing lives and polluting our planet. The Rivers are Bleeding: British Mining in Latin America documents 56 UK-mining operations – 32 of which have ongoing conflicts –to produce a damming indictment of one of the world’s most powerful industries.

Mining conflicts

Mining conflicts are fuelled by environmental degradation, competition over water, the dismantling of local organisations, fraud, corruption, dispossession, repression and the criminalisation of community opposition. The proliferation of catastrophic conflicts associated with the mining industry has been widely analysed by various environmental and social movements, intellectuals and academics.

The report highlights company practices and their consequences, which in turn demonstrate the need for much greater independent scrutiny and action by governments to defend the rights of local communities.

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