World Gold Council - Stop Gold Mining in Tibet
Ask them to remove Tibet's gold from market. Tibetans have been imprisoned, beaten, killed or disappeared for opposing mining. Resource extraction has increased tensions between Tibetan residents & Chinese miners, resulting in escalation of human right abuses against Tibetans. Huge mining with greedy would definitely affect the nature climates not only of Tibet but also of whole major Asian countries.
Read more about WORLD GOLD COUNCIL their new CONFLICT – FREE GOLD STANDARD
Introduction: Conflict-Free Gold Standard
Responsibly run companies, operating in a conflict-affected or high-risk environment can play a powerful and positive socio-economic role. In contrast, stopping operations can cause greater instability as livelihoods are destroyed and economic progress stifled. Where a mine is located in a conflict or high-risk zone focus moves to whether the company has the right policies, systems and skills to enable it to operate in conformance with leading international benchmarks. The draft standard has three pillars: a ‘conflict’; a ‘company’; and a ‘commodity’ assessment. The draft standard contains a demanding framework of benchmarks and prompts through which companies must assess the adequacy of their systems and analyse their impacts upon those around them. Their conclusions must be auditable.
The standard is underpinned by a declaration of principles which includes implementing companies’ commitment to: respect human rights; ensure that payments are not made, directly or indirectly, to armed groups; be transparent about their payments to governments; only accept gold from conforming sources; and to establish a credible and accessible grievance mechanism.
More on Mining in Tibet:
China vows not to let Tibet’s mine reserves ‘just sleep there’: China is to accelerate investment in exploration of mineral resources in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in the coming five years, given its large proven and potential reserves of vital deposits, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Aug 13.
Read more: http://www.tibetanreview.net/news.php?&id=9392
Bold online appeals address persistent lead poisoning in Qinghai water supply: Urgent appeals have been posted online in Qinghai about lead poisoning in the local water-supply due to named mining and smelting operations, following up from a report in the Chinese state media in 2006 confirming that excessive levels of lead in the area had resulted in “panic” among parents.
Read more: http://savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/bold-online-appeals-address-persistent-lead-poisoning-qinghai-water-supply
Mining Company Profiles
Under Chinese occupation, Tibetans have no voice to determine the use of their own natural resources. Mining in this context poses a serious threat to the Tibetan people, their culture and the environment. Join the global effort to get the following mining companies to immediately withdraw from Tibet.
1. China Gold International Resouces Corp. Ltd
2. Lara Exploration
3. Eldorado Gold
4. Inter-Citic Minerals Inc.
5. Sterling Group Ventures, Inc.
Map of Tibet showing Canadian Mining Projects in Tibet
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Tibet is situated on a vast, high altitude plateau between India and China. Tibet, roughly the size of Western Europe (covering some 2.5 million square kilometers), existed as a sovereign nation for over two thousand years. In 1949/50 Tibet’s independence came to an end when the Chinese government illegally invaded. Since then, Tibetans have struggled under the Chinese government’s brutal regime in Tibet, which has claimed over 1 million lives. There are hundreds of political prisoners inside Tibet today and Tibetans who speak out against this state sponsored repression face arbitrary arrest, detention and even execution.
Since the invasion and occupation of Tibet, Tibetans have been denied their internationally recognized right to determine the use of their own natural resources.
Mining in Tibet: Politically Motivated Development
In 1999, the Chinese government launched the “Western Development Strategy”, politically motivated plan designed to further consolidate control over Tibet through economic rather than military means. Claiming that the plan will bring “development” and “prosperity” as well as “national unity” to the region, million dollar investments have been made in large scale transportation and communication infrastructure, most notably the construction of the China-Tibet railway and major extractive projects like mine operations and oil pipelines.
The Western Development Strategy is threatening the survival of Tibetan identity and cultural in more subtle but equally destructive ways as overt force. The relocation of millions of ethnically Chinese settlers into Tibet and the exploitation of Tibet’s mineral resources to feed China’s industrial provinces along the Eastern seaboard are two central components of the plan. The Chinese government has been promoting Tibet to foreign owned mining companies who have the technical expertise and capitol to invest in Tibet’s isolated and difficult mining environment. Teaming up with experienced foreign firms is also a way for the Chinese state owned companies to raise their competitiveness in the world markets.
Large scale development in Tibet has rarely benefited Tibetans and mining in this context will likely flood the area with Chinese workers, further marginalizing Tibetans economically, culturally and politically while hastening the plundering of Tibetans natural wealth. Increased investment in resource extraction projects in Tibet places increased pressure on Tibet’s fragile eco-system and further assimilates its people and culture.
Canadian companies have no business profiting from China’s colonization of Tibet.
Many of the Tibetan communities found near the proposed mining sites rely on agricultural based economy. Mine operations will destroy grazing lands, negatively impacting the livelihood of local residents. In some cases the desecration of lands cause by mine construction will force entire villages to be relocated.
Most concerning is the discovery of gold and copper deposits in areas of intensive land use, in central Tibet and near the Sino-Tibetan border. These regions already support greater concentrations of Tibetans and agricultural practices are intensive, involving steep hillsides and other marginal areas. The increased pressure from a growing non Tibetan immigrant population is likely to have a disastrous effect on the region and lead to potential conflict between Tibetan and non Tibetan residents.
In addition, much of the copper and gold is found in conjunction with arsenic-laden pyrite, a kind of rock formation. The arsenic is released when the desired metals are extracted. Arsenic poisoning caused by human use of groundwater has already become a major health hazard in many areas of Asia. The Tibetan plateau is the source of headwaters of several great rivers of Asia, and contamination of these waters would affect millions of people locally and downstream.
Who Owns Tibet’s Resources?
Are Tibetans being consulted about the extraction of their own natural resources? China asserts it gained control over Tibet’s land and natural resources after illegally occupying the previously independent nation in 1949/50.
Since 1959 Tibetans have been denied the right to determine the use of their own natural resources. The United Nationals has recognized the Tibetan peoples’ rights to self determination which includes the right to own, develop, and control the use of their land and resources. Tibetans have been routinely denied these rights. (United Nations General Assembly Resolutions 1353, 1723, 2079)
The following conditions must be met before a foreign owned company engages in any form of mining related activity in Tibet to ensure the rights of the local communities are respected.
• Free, Prior and Informed consent is given by communities who would be affected by the proposed development before commencing operations.
• Consultation, on a short and long-term basis, with the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as the legitimate representative of the Tibetan people.
• Continued environmental, social, and cultural integrity of the area affected by mine operations on both a short and long-term basis.
The Canadian companies currently involved in Tibet have failed to fulfill these conditions and should immediately cease operations and withdraw from Tibet.
The Mining Industry’s Own Principles Rule out Mining in Tibet
“Corporate social responsibility” is more important than ever to ordinary Canadians and the global community. Failure to protect the environmental, social and human rights of the local communities where these companies do business threatens the operations, investment climate, economic viability and reputation of participating companies.
The mining industry itself fully realizes its responsibilities to the communities in which they work. These are the principles by which members of the Mining Association of Canada judge a “responsible approach to social, economic and environmental performance”. Furthermore, “our actions must reflect a broad spectrum of values that we share with our employees and communities of interest, including honesty, transparency and integrity“.
• Respect human rights and treat those with whom we deal fairly and with dignity.
• Respect the cultures, customs and values of people with whom our operations interact.
• Support the capability of communities to participate in opportunities provided by new mining projects and existing operations.
-Towards Sustainable Mining Guiding Principles, Dec 2004
The global mining industries most recent response to these issues was the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (MMSD) that acknowledged the basic principles that civil society has been demanding of mining:
“Mineral activities must ensure that the basic rights of the individuals and communities affected are upheld and are not infringed upon. These include the rights to control and use land, to clean water, to safe environment, and to livelihood; the right to be free from intimidation and violence; the right to be fairly compensated for loss. The interests of the most vulnerable groups must be protected.”
-Breaking New Ground, MMSD (International Institute for Environment and Development)
I hope that WORLD GOLD COUNCIL will STOP mining in Tibet now!