Declaración: Justicia para los víctimas del desplome de la presa minera de Brumadinho. ¡Que se cierre Vale SA!

Statement: Justice for the victims of Brumadinho mining dam collapse.

Declaración Conjunta de IPCM e YLNM

La Conferencia Internacional de los Pueblos sobre Minería (International People ́s Conference on Mining, IPCM) y la red SÍ a la Vida NO a la Minería (Yes to Life No to Mining Network YLNM) ofrecen sus condolencias más sinceras a los víctimas del peor desastre ecológico en la historia de Brasil – el desplome de la presa cerca de Brumadinho en Minas Gerais.

Catástrofe minera de Brumadinho. Photo: Wikipedia

Declaración Conjunta de IPCM e YLNM

Justicia para los víctimas del desplome de la presa minera de Brumadinho.

¡Que se cierre Vale SA!

La Conferencia Internacional de los Pueblos sobre la Minería (International People ́s Conference on Mining, IPCM) y la red SI a la Vida NO a la Minería (Yes to Life No to Mining Network YLNM) ofrecen sus condolencias más sinceras a los víctimas del peor desastre ecológico en la historia de Brasil – el desplome de la presa cerca de Brumadinho en Minas Gerais.

Nuestras redes globales envían nuestro compromiso solidario a las gentes y a las plataformas populares en Brasil que buscan justicia para los víctimas de los crímenes contra el medioambiente perpetrados por Vale SA y que se responsabilice esta empresa. Organizaciones como la Conjunción Internacional de Personas Afectadas por Vale vienen denunciando las prácticas peligrosas en minería a sus accionistas desde hace años, pero estas preocupaciones han caído sobre oídos sordos.

Vale SA es propietaria de la presa residual de la Mina de Córrego do FeijAo que se desplomó el 25 de enero de 2019. Esta empresa también fue responsable del colapso catastrófico de la presa de Samarco en 2015 y que mató a por lo menos 19 personas. Vale opera en más de 30 países en el mundo y es conocido por su trayectoria de ensuciar el medioambiente y violar los derechos de las comunidades. A consecuencia de este crimen ambiental, exigimos las siguientes acciones por parte del gobierno nacional de Brasil y Vale SA:

-Atención médica y hospitalización gratuita a los heridos en el desastre y apoyo médico también a los traumatizados hasta su plena recuperación
-Indemnización inmediata y compensación a los víctimas y a sus familiares que han perdido seres queridos y sus casas y propiedades dañados por el incidente;

-Apoyo financiero y a los medios de vida para trabajadores de la mina que han sido desplazados y han perdido sus trabajos como resultado del incidente;

-Rehabilitación económica y ecológica que deberá comenzar al finalizar las labores de rescate y emergencia. Las vidas y medios de vida en estas zonas necesitan volver a la normalidad en cuanto antes;
-La suspensión inmediata e investigación independiente a fondo de todas las operaciones de Vale en Brasil, por orden del Gobierno de Brasil para prevenir otro incidente minero catastrófico.

Vale SA y el Gobierno de Brasil deben asumir los gastos de la indemnización, compensación y rehabilitación relacionado con el incidente.

Vale SA, oficiales y dueños, y funcionarios gubernamentales responsables, deberán ser responsabilizados por la destrucción ambiental y muertes por lo ocurrido en Brunadinho. No debe haber ́blanqueamiento ́ de la situación y la justicia debe de hacerse en cuanto antes.

El colapso de la Presa 1 en el Córrego de FeijAo es un desastre que se podría haber evitado. A pesar del incremento demostrable de colapsos de presas de residuos alrededor del mundo y el desarollo de las recomendaciones del panel de expertos independiente de Mount Polley – reconocido globalmente por el Programa de Naciones Unidas por el Medioambiente y su asesoramiento de fallos en presas residuales de 2017, y por la multi-sectorial Iniciativa por la Minería Responsable y su Garantía de Calidad – la industria minera se ha negado a desarollar y nisiquiera adherirse a las regulaciones significantes que ya existen, necesarios para mantener las comunidades locales, trabajadores y ecosistemas a salvo de posibles desastres. Presas residuales construidas cerca de nacimientos como el de Brumadinho siguen siendo las más comúnmente usadas en el mundo. Los informes mencionados nos explican que son las más peligrosas y las que más riesgos conllevan. Esto no es un problema que atañe solamente a Vale SA, sino que es una epidemia que afecta a toda la industria minera.

Asociaciones gremiales como el Consejo Internacional de Metales y Minerales deben dejar de obstruir el desarollo de requerimientos de seguridad fuertes como han hecho con presas residuales y deben adoptar las mejores prácticas y directrices como los que están tipificados por el panel de expertos independiente de Mount Polley.

Independientemente de las prácticas en cuanto a seguridad, concretas, llevadas a cabo, entendemos que la minería a escala industrial es una práctica que se predica sobre una base que causa daños. No existe tal cosa como la minería sostenible y ninguna empresa operando a dia de hoy se puede afirmar como realmente ́responsable ́, ni siquiera acorde con las medidas establecidas en el Indice de Minería Responsable.

Con esto en mente, mantenemos nuestra solidaridad con las comunidades en resistencia en contra de nuevos e indeseados proyectos de extracción alrededor del mundo que están ejerciendo su derecho a decir NO a la minería y que también exploran alternativas al extraccionismo.

¡Basta es Basta! El desastre de Brumadinho necesariamente debe representar un punto de inflexión donde partan los caminos de la destrucción gratuita y la impunidad corporativa en la industria de la minería. Nos mantenemos unidos en el llamamiento para la justicia para los víctimas del desplome de la presa minera de Brumadinho.

¡Solidaridad!

IPCM and YLNM Joint Statement: Justice for the victims of Brumadinho mining dam collapse. Shut down Vale SA!

The International People’s Conference on Mining (IPCM) and the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network (YLNM) offer heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history — the dam collapse near Brumadinho, in Minas Gerais.

Brumadinho mine disaster. Photo: Wikipedia

Our global networks extend our commitment and solidarity to the people and people’s organizations in Brazil who are seeking justice for the victims of mining company Vale SA’s environmental crimes, and for the company to be held accountable. Organizations like the International Articulation of People Affected by Vale have been denouncing Vale’s dangerous mining practices to their shareholders for years, but those concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

Vale SA owns the Córrego do Feijão Mine waste dam, which collapsed on January 25th 2019. The company was also responsible for the catastrophic Samarco dam collapse in 2015, which killed at least 19 people. Vale operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and is known for its track record of polluting the environment and violating the rights of communities.

In the aftermath of this environmental crime, we demand the following urgent action from the Brazilian national government and Vale SA:

  • ·     Medical attention and hospitalization at no cost to those wounded in the disaster, and health support for those traumatised until they have fully recovered;
  • ·     Immediate indemnification and compensation to the victims and their families who have lost their loved ones and their properties damaged by the incident;
  • ·     Financial assistance and livelihood support for mine workers who have been displaced and/or made jobless as a result of the collapse;
  • ·     Ecological and economic rehabilitation, which should immediately commence after the rescue operation is over. The lives and livelihood of the communities in the areas should be able to return to normal as soon as possible;
  • ·     The immediate suspension and thorough independent investigation of all Vale operations in Brazil, by order of the Brazilian Government, to prevent another catastrophic mine disaster.

Vale SA and the Brazilian Government should shoulder the expenses related to the indemnification, compensation, and rehabilitation related to the incident.

Vale SA, its officials and owners, and responsible government officials, must be held accountable for the environmental destruction and death they have caused in Brumadinho. There should be no whitewashing and justice should be served as soon as possible.

The collapse of Dam I at the Córrego do Feijão was a preventable disaster. Despite the demonstrable increase in catastrophic tailings dam collapses around the world and the development of the Mount Polley independent expert panel recommendations –  globally recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme’s 2017 assessment of tailings dams failures, and by the multi-sector Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance Standard – the global mining industry has refused to develop or adhere to the meaningful regulations needed to keep local communities, workers and ecosystems safe from disaster. Upstream tailings dams like the ones in Brumadinho continue to be the most commonly used worldwide. These reports tell us that they are also the most dangerous and pose the most risk. This is not just a Vale problem, it is an industry-wide epidemic.

The mining sector as a whole must commit to real changes that will prevent future disasters at existing mines NOW. This means getting behind major overhauls in design at existing mines, independent inspections paid for by mining companies, emergency response and grievance systems.

Mining trade associations like the International Council of Minerals and Metals must stop obstructing the development of strong safety requirements, as they have done in the case of tailings dams, and adopt the best practice guidelines like those set out by the Mount Polley independent expert panel.

Whatever safety precautions are put in place, we recognise that industrial-scale mining is an industry predicated on harm. There is no such thing as sustainable mining, and no company operating today can claim to be ‘responsible’, even according to the limited measures established in initiatives like the Responsible Mining Index.

With this in mind, we stand with communities resisting new and unwanted extractive projects around the world who are asserting their right to say NO to mining, and exploring alternatives to extractivism.

Enough is Enough! The Brumadinho disaster must represent a turning point away from wanton destruction and corporate impunity in the mining industry. We stand together in calling for justice for the victims of Brumadinho mining dam collapse.

Solidarity!

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