Unheard voices. Mining activities in the Katanga province and the impact on local communities

photo: mining activities in katanga

One of the major challenges of the 21st century is to ensure that the increased flows of international investment and corporate activity do not interfere with our commitment to human rights. This is not a theoretical issue: The complex task of reconciling human rights and investments has become an obligation with consequences for southern countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is distressing to discover that, in many cases, foreign investments in developing countries have failed to contribute to the social and economic development of local communities.
During the planning, developing and negotiating phases of new projects in developing countries, companies often fail to take into account the dignity and legitimate interests of the people whose lives will be the most affected. This is why Action Against Impunity for Human Rights (ACIDH), upon the initiative of SOMO and makeITfair and with its financial support, undertook this study on the impact of copper and cobalt extraction on local communities in Katanga. We have here, with the collaboration of various local groups and individuals, attempted to assess the actual impact of investments on communities in various regions of the province. This report presents five cases, which outline some of the consequences of investment in terms of human rights, including the right to free, prior and informed consent.
This report further serves as part of a long-term ACIDH project.

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