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Stand up to Anglo American’s Corporate Greed

Coal mining in CerrejónHour.poing CC: BY-SA 3.0

The Cerrejón mine in Colombia is one of the world’s biggest open-pit coal mines. The local Indigenous and African descent communities have endured forcible displacement, environmental devastation, and the destruction of their livelihoods for decades – all for the profits of UK mining giant, Anglo American. Those who have resisted Anglo-American's decades of exploitation and extraction, have been met with militarised repression and death threats.

Anglo American is also bringing an ISDS case (Investor-State Dispute Settlement, also known as ‘corporate courts’) against Colombia. Anglo American is suing Colombia for blocking the expansion of the mine under the sacred Bruno stream. And just last week, the Colombian government seems to have succumbed to the pressure and recently gave the company a green light to go ahead with the expansion.

Anglo American must be held to account for the irreparable damage it has caused in Colombia, and other countries across the Global South. It should drop the predatory corporate court case it is bringing against the country and cancel plans to expand the mine.

On 19 April, Anglo American will hold its Annual General Meeting in London. Write to Anglo American’s board of directors and make clear that we won’t stand for their destructive mining practices, or their use of corporate courts to crush community resistance.

Read more about the case here.

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