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London: campaigners to raise concerns at Rio Tinto AGM
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The London Mining Network (LMN), an alliance of church, human rights, development and environmental groups, will be calling London-based Rio Tinto plc, the  world’s third largest publicly traded mining company, to account for  its human rights and environmental abuses this week.

The LMN will raise concerns at Rio  Tinto’s 2011 AGM on Thursday 14 April at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference  Centre between 11am and 1pm. Protestors will be outside from  10am.

The Network has arranged for representatives from local organisations in regions where Rio Tinto operates to attend the AGM. Visitors from  Indonesia and the  United  States will confront the company with the  impacts of its activities on their communities.  

Chalid  Muhammad is Chairman of the Indonesian Green Institute and acted as a witness in  negotiations between the company and communities around its  now-closed Kelian  gold mine in Indonesia, where numerous human  rights  abuses occurred.

Meg  Townsend works in a New York City law firm  handling high-profile environmental litigation and represents Michigan groups concerned about water pollution and violations of Indigenous rights at the Eagle Mine.

Cherise Udell from Utah Moms for Clean Air leads the Utah  delegation.  

Sukhgerel  Dugersuren, Executive Director of Oyu Tolgoi  Watch, a coalition of  Mongolian human rights organisations monitoring the impacts of the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the arid South Gobi region of Mongolia, where  mining operations will deplete scarce water resources may also be attending.  

Chalid Muhammad of the Indonesian Green Institute said: “Rio Tinto is not  what it seems. It claims to be socially responsible but it is  not.”  

Protestors  from Utah, challenging the company over air  pollution from its  mining and smelting operations at Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, will do a colourful street theatre presentation as part of their demonstration outside the AGM at around  10.30am on Thursday.

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Tags: environmental abuses, human rights, LMN, Rio Tinto plc, The London Mining Network

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