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Rights Group Commemorate National Indigenous Peoples' Month by Stamping to Stump Large-Scale Mining in the Country
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Thursday, 29 October 2009 21:23

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More than a hundred human rights defenders stamp to stump large scale mining in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) compound in Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

In line with the Commemoration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month, civil society organizations and human rights groups led by Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), a mission partner of Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) demanded from DENR the immediate moratorium in large-scale mining operations and the repeal of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 amidst grave human rights violations it caused to the Indigenous peoples’ in the country.

“Large-scale mining companies commit human rights violations with impunity.  Life, dignity and Indigenous peoples’ rights are always in peril because of our government’s policy to promote our mining industry as a way of generating revenue,” TFDP expressed with disgust.

photo_by_ATMThe cases of burning of IP properties in Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, the subsequent violent demolitions and encroachment of IP ancestral domain are complete manifestations of how cruel and horrible large-scale mining companies like OceanaGold Philippines an Australian owned company operates in the country.

“The presence of more than a hundred Philippine National Police (PNP) force to be able to implement the said demolition is even worse,” TFDP added.

TFDP was referring to the series of violent demolitions that recently took place in October 2 and 4, 2009 in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya.

The series of violence in Nueva Vizcaya mining affected communities caught the attention of Chairperson Leila de Lima of the CHR which compelled her to visit the area. She is set to visit Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya in the coming week.

Together with members of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) and people’s organizations, the groups condemned increasing grave human rights violations committed by mining corporations to IP Communities through stamping.  Symbolizing their dissent, stamping action showed intensified condemnation against Large-Scale Mining in the country and a call for a moratorium.

“We are calling for Secretary Lito Atienza and GMA to uphold dignity and protect IP rights.  Stop large-scale mining for the sake of our IPs who were stripped of their means of subsistence and dignity,” the group declared.

Meanwhile, a declaration against large scale mining by IP groups, NGOs and Anti-mining LGU officials of Nueva Vizcaya are taking place in Difun, Quirino simultaneously today.  It also initiated by TFDP in partnership with Amnesty International Philippines and NCIP Quirino, the activity is set to have a unified resistance against large-scale mining in Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.

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