Griet Juwet and Marjolein Lyssens
THE IMPACT OF MORE THAN ONE CENTURY OF GOLD-MINING IN THE WEST RAND
Mining in the West Rand
On October 25th 2014, urban, rural, peasant and indigenous community members, leaders, activists and authorities from different parts of Peru gathered in Celendín, Cajamarca region, and agreed upon a powerful pronouncement with important claims and announcements the Peruvian state and the international community, and particularly to the COP20 Climate Summit and the alternative People's Summit in Lima.
WE WORK TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM, DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES, LIFE AND MOTHER EARTH, AND CONSTRUCT ´BUEN VIVIR´*
October 16th, Cluj Napoca/ Romania – Deva Gold, a subsidiary of the murky Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold, illegally started construction works for the development of the cyanide based Certej mine, despite not having acquired any of the relevant permits from the appropriate institutions. Thus the process of cyanide leaching in Romania is on its way.
A Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the Guatemalan government must respect the right to information and consultation with the local population before granting any kind of mining permits.