In countries such as Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar, local populations can be victims of mutilation, massacres, rape, slavery and massive displacements just because they live near a mine. In these countries many people are suffering from this spiral of violence linked to natural resource extraction.
The EU decided to take action on this and made a proposal aiming to ensure responsible sourcing of minerals by businesses. In May 2015, following strong public pressure, the European Parliament voted in favor of an ambitious and mandatory regulation. But this achievement is now at risk as many EU Member States are arguing only for a voluntary scheme, putting profits before people.
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Mgr Fridolin Ambongo lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the President of the Episcopal Commission for Natural Resources he is witnessing and constantly denouncing the suffering caused by armed groups.
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