Protest as mining elite snub ordinary Africans

23 June 2015 - 3:00pm
Press release

As world's mining elite meet in London this week to discuss how best to exploit a continent's resources, the voices of ordinary Africans will not be heard.

Africa's annual mining summit - 'Mining on Top' - begins this week in London and the complete absence of civil society speaks volumes. On Thursday 25 June, War on Want will join London Mining Network and Gaia Foundation in protest at the failure of organisers to include civil society representatives at the summit.

Tom Lebert, senior programme officer at War on Want, said,

"It is local communities that are most affected by the extractives industry in Africa. Mining routinely disrupts and destroys people's livelihoods. It damages their health and the environment. It's a scandal that the very people who should be at the heart of these discussions are shut out.

"Mining may indeed be 'on top' in Africa, but it is quite clear that ordinary African's continue to lose out. As large-scale miners and elites get rich, the rest are ignored. To exclude community voices strips this event of all legitimacy."

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

For more information and to arrange interviews please contact Ross Hemingway on +44 (0) 7983 550 728. Email: rhemingway@waronwant.org. Twitter @WarOnWantMedia

The planned action is scheduled for Thursday 25 June, 6pm, at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TJ. To illustrate the UK Government's role in facilitating exploitative mining in Africa, the protest will involve a mock up auction where Africa will be sold off to the highest corporate bidders.

'Mining on Top' Africa – London summit http://miningontopafrica.com/ takes place on 24-26 June at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TJ.

'Mining on Top' brings together speakers and participants from government and industry and is billed as an opportunity to drive economic and social development in Africa.

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