PBI-Colombia accompanied Justice and Peace Commission amplifies concern about Vancouver-based MCC Mining Corporation

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On October 27, PBI-Colombia tweeted: “Eight organizations from #Asturias #Spain reject manipulation of mining companies of #Canadá and #Colombia in ethnic territories of the Jiguamiando, amid death threats and recent murders.”

Their tweet follows the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace tweeting this Open Letter that is also posted on their website.

The letter from organizations based in Spain and Asturias (an autonomous community in northwest Spain) is addressed to the President of Minera Cobre SAS.

In the letter, the organizations “reject the mining projects of your company on the territories of the indigenous peoples and black communities of Chocó and Antioquia, the deceptions and terror unleashed to strip them of their rights.”

It further notes: “We know that the Minera Cobre SAS and by extension the Canadian MCC Mining Corporation, are heirs of the militarization and terror unleashed for the benefit of the Muriel Mining Corporation, with which they reached an agreement for the cession of the mining titles over territories of Carmen del Darién and Murindó.”

Given communities have rejected mining and not given their consent, the Open Letter concludes: “We demand that you suspend all the maneuvers deployed by Minera Cobre SAS and MCC Mining Corporation, to access by illegal means the ancestral territories of indigenous peoples and black communities.”

According to Gowling WLG, the MCC Mining Corporation, which has an office at Suite 206, 595 Howe Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, “is a private Canadian mineral exploration company with an extensive copper exploration portfolio in Colombia.”

We follow this with interest.

PBI-Colombia has accompanied the Justice and Peace Commission since 1994.

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