COVID-19 pandemic: A call of the Justice in Mining Network to strengthen cooperation and solidarity with communities affected by mining
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the world on all aspects of life —the economy, social security, education, food production and the health of families and communities. In this scenario, our actions should be guided by the values of cooperation and solidarity, otherwise, marginalized people and the most vulnerable groups in society will bear the brunt of this pandemic, during and after this crisis.
The Justice in Mining Network represents Jesuit Social Centres and Jesuit organizations from all around the world that accompany communities affected by mining in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Despite living in territories rich in natural resources, most of these communities suffer from poverty, violence, inequality and a structural lack of access to education, healthcare and other basic services. Our main advocacy goal is to stop the criminalization of social leaders, human right defenders and environmental activists, while ensuring that issues of equity and sustainability are addressed by the national governments and the extractive industries.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to express our concern for our member organizations and the local communities they work with, as well as make key policy recommendations to address the challenges posed by the outbreak
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