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Community activists in London to denounce British companies' abuses abroad

This week activists from Colombia, Mongolia, South Africa and the USA are in London with a common purpose: to draw attention to abuses being perpetrated in their countries by Anglo American and Rio Tinto, two UK-based giant mining companies.  War on Want is supporting awareness-raising activities arranged to coincide with the companies' Annual General Meetings (AGMs). In these short videos, each of them explain how communities are being affected by the mining companies’ activities.

During their trip, they will attend the AGMs of the companies and publicly challenge top executives over their disregard for human rights and the environment. London Mining Network, a coalition of organisations of which War on Want is a member, is coordinating the week's activities and has arranged demonstrations outside of the companies’ AGMs.

Peter Bailey, National Health and Safety Chair of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers, explains how Anglo American has made huge profits from mining in South Africa at the expense of the health of miners.

Julio Gomez, President of Fecodemigua (Federation of Communities Displaced by Mining in the Guajira region). Anglo American owns one third of El Cerrejon, a huge open cast coal mine in Northern Colombia which has brought displacement, contamination and destruction to communities in the La Guajira region for nearly 30 years.

Sukhgerel Dugersuren, Executive Director of Oyu Tolgoi Watch, tells us how Rio Tinto is violating the rights of nomadic herders in Mongolia, and what her organisation is doing about it.

Alexandra Thebert, Executive Director of Save the Wild UP in Michigan, USA: how mining giant Rio Tinto is trying to build a huge sulphide mine which would threaten sacred indigenous land and also contaminate the Great Lakes.

Roger Featherstone, Director of Arizona Mining Reform Network, explains how the UK-based multinational company Rio Tinto is attempting to privatise a sacred indigenous area in Arizona in order to construct a huge mine.


If you'd like to come along to demonstrate at the companies' AGMs and stand in solidarity with these communities:

  • Rio Tinto AGM demonstration- Thursday 18 April, 10-11am, outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1.
  • Anglo American AGM demonstration- Friday 19 April, 1-2pm, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1.
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