COLOMBIA: The CERREJON COAL MINE & SYSTEMATIC HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Rights Action recently joined an international delegation to Guajira, the most northern province of Colombia, to investigate human rights violations caused by the company in communities near the mine.
In Guajira, Colombia, the Cerrejon coal mine is systematically violating rights of poor campesino, Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities as a method of forcibly re-locating them, to enable the continuing expansion ofits open-pit coal mine.
OWNERS: Cerrejon [www.cerrejon.com] is owned by BHP Billiton plc, AngloAmerican plc, Glencore International AG and Xstrata plc.
BUYERS: Cerrejon sells most of its coal to European and North American buyers. The governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, in Canada, and municipal governments in the north-east USA,`are amongst its buyers.
INVESTORS: The CPP (Canadian Pension Plan) is a major investor, with Cdn$5,145,000,000 shares in Anglo-American plc (United Kingdom),Cdn$7,722,000,000 shares in BHP Billiton PLC (United Kingdom), andCdn$70,000 in Xstrata plc (United Kingdom).
More information in the Rights Action webpage: www.rightsaction.org