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Amadiba Crisis Committee vs. MRC Ltd.

Descripción del caso

Fecha archivada 1 February 2013
Estado actual Rechazado
Asunto Human rights violations by mining agents. Amadiba, S. Africa
Resumen del caso The Australian venture capital mining company MRC Ltd has ambitions to mine in an environmentally sensitive and pristine stretch of coastline on the Pondoland Wild Coast of South Africa, which has been inhabited for centuries by the amaMpondo Indigenous People. The sacred ancestral land of the AmaDiba clan, one of the 21 constituent Chiefdoms of the amaMpondo, is host to their revered ancestors.

The South African government provisionally awarded mining rights to the Amadibas land in 2008 but after an outcry from the community revoked them in 2011. The Environmental Impact Assessment revealed that the negative impacts of mining could not be adequately mitigated. Moreover, analysis of economic benefits showed that the profits and other benefits from a 25-year mining venture could only accrue at the cost of the once thriving and much more appropriate income generation opportunities from a community based eco-tourism venture, which was already providing income opportunities for 400 local residents. Even the effect of the six-year prospecting process on the eco-tourism industry was devastating. Eco-tourism was beginning to recover when the same mining company returned to lodge a fresh prospecting rights application.

Members of the indigenous Amadiba clan allege that MRC Ltd co-opted, intimidated and subverted the members of the clan in order to obtain their consent for the issuing of a mining license on ancestral land. Other issues raised in the complaint include adverse environmental impacts, loss of livelihood, inadequate disclosure of project plans and impact assessments, and bribery.
Evolución/Resultado After conducting an initial assessment, the Australian NCP rejected the case on the grounds that the complainants expressed unwillingness to enter into mediation with the company and because the mineral exploration rights are currently being considered by the relevant local authorities. The NCP declined to investigate the allegations in the complainant.
Principes directeurs de l’OCDE relacionados
Palabras claves del caso Industrias extractivas / Sector minero, Los derechos humanos, Medio Ambiente, Publicación de informaciones, Soborno / Corrupción

Información PNC

Nombre PNC National Contact Point Australia
Dirección PNC C/- The Treasury ACT 2600 Canberra, Australia
Sito web del PNC http://www.ausncp.gov.au/
Otras PNCs comprometidos

Demandador

ONG

Información de la empresa

Empresa responsable Mineral Resource Commodities Ltd
Dirección de la empresa
Sito web de la empresa
Empresa en violación Mineral Resource Commodities Ltd
Pais de operaciones Sudáfrica
Otras empresas comprometidos

Cronología del desarollo

Fecha Actor Acción Descripción Documento
8 March 2013 National Contact Point Australia desestimar Australian NCP rejects case. descarga el pdf (95Kb)  
1 February 2013 Amadiba Crisis Committee presentar Amadiba Crisis Committee files complaint at Australian NCP. descarga el pdf (142Kb)  

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