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Mining and conflict in Colombia

PAX wants to prevent mining from aggravating the current conflicts in Colombia.

Situation & Urgency

Peace organisation PAX works internationally, nationally and locally.
The Colombian government is developing large-scale mining projects. Conflicts arise in the areas where projects are planned. Sometimes armed groups, like FARC, operate there.

Activiteiten & Resultaten

  • Locally: Cesar

    Locally: Cesar

    PAX is investigating the human rights situation nearby the large coal mines of the international companies Drummond and Glencore. They supply to European energy producers in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Read the report The dark side of coal.

  • Locally: La Guajira

    Locally: La Guajira

    In La Guajira we monitor decision-making on the expansion of the Cerrejón coal mine. The Netherlands is one of its main customers. The purpose is to have indigenous peoples consulted about this expansion because of the major changes it brings to their living conditions and culture. A report on this issue has recently been published.

  • Locally: Tolima

    Locally: Tolima

    AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) operates in Tolima. We train citizens there to participate in decision-making, register complaints and work on a comprehensive and transparent supply of information. PAX has carried out a risk-analysis on security and human rights.

  • Locally: Information

    Locally: Information

    PAX coaches, advises en trains local communities in mining areas. The objectives are to improve the human security situation, prevent conflicts and ensure local participation in decision-making. The local population often feels like the ball in a game of power politics played by the government and companies. Often, these people are unaware of their options and their rights.

  • Nationally: Laws, oversight and transparency

    Nationally: Laws, oversight and transparency

    PAX encourages national authorities and government institutions to improve legislation, fortify the government's supervisory scope and stimulate transparent decision-making. In addition we stimulate national discussions on mining-related decisions, including the inadequate influence of local and regional authorities on these decisions.

Contact information

Joris van de Sandt, Programme Leader Latin America, vandesandt(javascript needed for readable email)

Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights, Dealing with the Past - Colombia