We, the undersigned, unite in our call for the non-renewal of the Oceanagold mining company's mining contract, a Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) covering 12,000 hectares in the watersheds of Nueva Vizcaya. This FTAA is set to expire on June 20, 2019.
Why is this important?
Oceanagold has displaced hundreds of families, many of them indigenous, when the corporation grabbed lands and demolished homes. Many residents were cheated out of receiving just compensation. Environmental defenders have paid with their civil liberties, freedoms, and lives in the course of their struggle against Oceanagold. Thousands of citizens have experienced polluted waters and air, loss of forests, and stunted agriculture because of Oceanagold’s extractive operations.
Nine special rapporteurs from the United Nations are currently looking into these violations of the Novo Vizcayano people's rights. It would be the height of injustice if Oceanagold's FTAA is renewed amid the non-resolution of these violations.
We urge the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to decisively cancel Oceanagold's FTAA.
‘No Go!’ to Oceanagold! Cancel Oceanagold’s FTAA now!