South African communities resisting mining are uniting to build power and assert their #RighttoSayNo to mining in a new campaign. Find out more and stand in solidarity with them!
AIDC, April 2018.
Mining-affected communities are repeatedly denied what is known as the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC) when it comes to mining developments in their backyard.
Now a new campaign is emerging in South Africa to help communities fight for a Right to say NO to mining developments that do not address their interests.
“The concept of the ‘Right to say No’ is based on the need for FPIC, an important step towards the right to self-determined development,” say the organisers of the campaign.
The campaign stresses the communities’ fundamental right not only to be involved in and informed about plans that affect them but also – in cases of unsatisfying outcomes of negotiating processes – to say ‘No’ to the proposals.
As part of their campaign, communities need at least one million signatures by April 25 2018 to present a united front at the Pretoria High Court, as part of the Xolobeni community’s court case against an application by Transworld Energy and Minerals to mine titanium along the Wild Coast.
“We want the court to issue a declaratory order that forbids the Department of Mineral Resources from issuing a mining licence against our will”.
What can you do to help?
- Sign the petition to stand in solidarity with ALL mining-affected communities in South Africa.
- Amplify on social media– follow, share, add. On Facebook check out the Amadiba Crisis Committee page. On Twitter follow @stopcorppo
wer, and use #Right2SayNO. And join the Thunderclap!
- Share a video: If you live in or work with a mining-affected community, use your cell phone to take a video or two (of 30-60 seconds) of community members explaining why they want the Right to Say No. Send the video via WhatsApp to +27 72 278 4315, email to email@example.com and post on social media.
- Join the Action: On 23-25 April, during the court case, members of mining affected communities will be gathering in Tshwane for 3 days of activism – marching, workshops, exhibitions, video screenings and more. Details will soon follow, but if you would like more information on how to get involved, or would like to make a particular contribution to these three days, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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