With the 'Stop Blood Coal campaign' PAX aims to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands people who have become victims of paramilitary in the mining area of Cesar, Colombia. We support these victims in their search for truth and reconciliation and push mining companies to take their responsibility and contribute to actual remedy for the victims.
PAX has conducted research into the history of paramilitary violence and established that there is a coincidence between the arrival of extractive multinationals and rise of paramilitary presence in the region. Furthermore the mining companies have not helped to prevent the violence from occurring, while they have profited from the consequences, among others through the purchase of land that originally belonged to displaced farmers.
The mining companies so far deny carrying responsibility for the negative human rights impact. In a meantime the victims have been waiting over 15 years for truth and compensation. PAX expects that governments and energy companies, in their role as buyers, consider their suppliers – the coal mining companies - responsible for making a contribution to the solution of the situation of the victims.
30-01-2019 Mining multinational Drummond has ended the dialogue with European Energy giant Vattenfall, because they disagree with Vattenfall’s human rights approach.Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights Colombia
17-01-2019 Four major European energy companies want their coal suppliers in the mining region of Cesar in Colombia to begin a process of reconciliation with victims of human rights violations.Natural Resources, Conflict & Human Rights Colombia