Brazil: Piquiá community fights against mining industry’s human rights abuses

May 21, 2019 EcoVadis Mkt


The report provides an assessment revealing the lack of implementation of the recommendations formulated to responsible actors in a 2011 report, as well as encouraging the progress achieved by the community in the fight for accountability and redress. The case of Piquiá is emblematic of the dramatic consequences of a development model that places economic interests over human rights, and should be an incentive to innovate an alternative that enables full enjoyment of human rights for all. In a context of increasingly loose environmental legislation and a lack of monitoring and penalties, companies are able to operate outside the law. In spite of the acknowledgment of environmental violations by relevant authorities, some steel mills operate without environmental licenses and deactivated structures are left to deteriorate in open air, with irreversible consequences for the environment and surrounding communities.



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