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The Dyncorp Case in Colombia

1. Factual background Under its 1999 ‚ÄėPlan Colombia‚Äô, the Colombian Government under former President Andr√©s Pastrana developed a counter-narcotics strategy that focused on the chemical eradication of illegal coca and poppy …

The Vedanta Case in India

1. Synthesis of the main facts The Vedanta Case concerns a proposal to develop an open cast bauxite mine on the upper reaches of the Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, India. According …

The Trafigura Case

1. Factual background In the Probo Koala incident, more recently also known as the Trafigura case, toxic and dangerous waste products belonging to Trafigura ‚Äďone of the world‚Äôs leading oil trading …

Climate change responsibilities in polar peoples: the Inuit Case

1. Factual background Climate change is already occurring in the Arctic and could be devastating for the Inuit. In fact, its effects are already noticeable. Anumber of life-altering changes have taken …

The Yanacocha Mine Case

1. Introduction: The Yanacocha mine The Yanacocha gold mine is located in Northern Peru, at an altitude between 3500 and 4000m, near the city of Cajamarca (35 km). It is considered …

The Texaco-Chevron Case in Ecuador

1. Factual background Texaco-Gulf operated in Ecuador for almost thirty years, between 1964 and 1992, in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. The Ecuadorian state‚Äôs original concession to the Texaco-Gulf consortium included 1,500,000 …

The Shell Case in Nigeria

1. Factual background The land tenure and access to resources have always been the source of numerous conflicts, often violent, in the Niger Delta. The colonial administration did not alter the traditional …

The Rio Tinto Case in Papua New Guinea

1. Factual background The company Rio Tinto has an extensive history of conflicts related to human rights violations and environmental damage, and over the years numerous countries have been affected. The …

Rio Tinto in Namibia: the Connelly Case

This fact sheet reports the case of a uranium mine worker in Namibia who suffered health damages about two decades ago, and his legal battle against one of the largest …

Expansion of commodity frontiers in Québec: fracking on Anticosti Island

Background Anticosti Island (49¬į30‚Ä≤N 63¬į00‚Ä≤W), nicknamed the ‚ÄėPearl of the St. Lawrence‚Äô is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is approximately 225 km in length, and 56km at its …

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