2009/01/29: Please help CSN put pressure on Muriel Mining and the Colombian Government to respect the rights of the Colombian people

Over 630 indigenous people are camping outside of Colorado-based Muriel Mining Corporation facilities in Chocó (in northwestern Colombia) and calling for an end to mining on their ancestral lands.  The multinational company recently began carrying out exploration work in search of gold, copper and molybdenum deposits on the Careperro Mountain, which is considered a sacred site by surrounding Embera-Katío communities. Indigenous leaders assert that Muriel Mining did not carry out a prior consultation with their communities as required by the Colombian Constitution and international law, and instead gathered signatures, sometimes using dishonest means, from individuals not entitled to make decisions on behalf of the entire community.   Muriel Mining was granted a 30-year mining concession by the Colombian Government to explore and exploit 16,000 hectares of land located in the Departments of Antioquia and Chocó. Nearly  11,000 of these hectares are located on the ancestral lands of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.  The Colombian military has moved in to control the territory and to protect the interests of Muriel Mining.  The indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups demand that the law be respected, and that they be allowed to reach a community-wide consensus regarding the mining activities on their lands.  As these groups depend on the health and biodiversity of the rainforest in which they live, Muriel Mining has a responsibility to discuss with them how their mining activities and the accompanying deforestation will impact the land.
 
Please help us put pressure on Muriel Mining and the Colombian Government to respect the rights of the Colombian people.  
 
 
ACTION : PLEASE WRITE

To send messages to your members of Congress, please go to our website and see CSN’s Action Center: www.colombiasupport.net

President Barack Obama
www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
www.state.gov

Ambassador William Brownfield
AmbassadorB@state.gov

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MURIEL MINING CORPORATION:

President & Chief Executive Officer
Andy Robertson
arobertson@infomine.com
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technical Officer

Julian Houlding
jhoulding@infomine.com
Director of Business Development

Graham Baldwin
gbaldwin@infomine.com
CORPORATE OFFICES
InfoMine Inc. (Canada)
Suite 640, 580 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC, Canada V6C 3B6
Tel: +1 604 683 2037
Fax: +1 604 681 4166
Email: info@infomine.com

InfoMine (USA)
1120 N. Mullan Road, Suite 100, Spokane Valley WA, USA 99206
Tel: +1 509 328 8023
Fax: +1 509 328 2028
Email: usa-info@infomine.com

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IN COLOMBIA :

Presidencia de la República
Dr. Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Presidente de la Republica
E-mail: auribe@presidencia.gov.co
Or via his website http://web.presidencia.gov.co/presidente/perfiling_auv.htm   
Scroll down and click on “Escribale al Presidente”

General Jorge Rodriguez
Office of Human Rights
rforero2007@gmail.com

General Hernan Giraldo
Commander of the Seventeenth Brigade
br17ayudantia@ejercito.mil.com

Juan Manual Santos
Minister of Defense
juan.mira@mindefensa.gov.co


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