Mining company Cerrejón is a major supplier of coal to UK power stations. It has been exploring, exploiting and exporting coal in the northern region of La Guajira for 40 years. During this time it has caused great damage as well as social, environmental, economic and cultural impacts that today still remain unresolved. There has been a systematic violation of the rights of African-descent, indigenous Wayuu and peasant communities in La Guajira, who have not been compensated adequately for the damage, and now face situations of concern mainly relating to water, air, health, resettlement and prior consultation.
The second anniversary of Brazil’s worst environmental disasters is approaching. On the 5th of November, 2015, the deadly Fundão tailings dam breached in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais (MG), killing 20 people and decimating an entire river ecosystem over 300 miles long. Our partner, The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB); a coalition of local communities impacted by Brazil’s thousands of dam projects, has since been working to seek justice and adequate compensation for affected communities. The mine and tailings dam is owned and operated by Brazilian mining company Samarco, and parent companies Anglo-Australian BHP, Brazilian Vale. The Renova Foundation is a non-profit organisation funded by Samarco, BHP Brazil and Vale which was set up in the aftermath of the disaster.
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