16-05-2019Several Colombian social leaders have received death threats shortly after a meeting with Dutch MPs about the human rights situation in the Cesar coal mining region. These social leaders stand up for labor rights and victims of paramilitary violence. Between 1996 and 2006 thousands of people were killed and 55,000 farmers were driven from their land in the coal mining region. European energy companies are buying large amounts of coal from Cesar and are the most important customers of mining companies operating in this region.
Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights