July 30, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya encouraged the Panamanian government on Monday to strengthen the rights of its indigenous people and ensure they are allowed to preserve their land and autonomy. Anaya's call comes in response to allegations by indigenous ...[read more]
September 3, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A South African prosecutor on Monday announced that the government had withdrawn murder charges against 270 miners who were participating in a strike when police officers shot and killed 34 participants. The miners were charged with murder last week under an old South African law that deems the ...[read more]
June 5, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Kimberley Process (KP) a multi-government initiative to monitor and prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, to put further pressure on the Zimbabwe government to comply with established regulations. HRW expressed particular concern about the ongoing ...[read more]
June 25, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand
A Polish appellate court Tuesday overturned the conviction of one riot police officer found guilty for the shooting deaths of nine coal miners during a 1981 protest, but affirmed the convictions of 14 other officers convicted in relation to the same incident. The coal miners were protesting the ...[read more]
June 1, 2007
by Michael Sung
A Polish court Thursday sentenced 15 riot police officers involved in the 1981 shooting deaths of nine coal miners, handing down sentences ranging from eleven years to at least two and half years in prison. The coal miners were protesting a martial law crackdown on dissent by the beleaguered ...[read more]
April 4, 2007
by Leslie Schulman
The Fiji Human Rights Commission (FHRC) has accused Australian mining company Emperor Gold of human rights violations at Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine. The FHRC claims that mine workers have been subjected to sub-standard housing, paid disproportionate wages, and exposed to hazardous gases. FHRC C... ...[read more]
December 28, 2006
by Leslie Schulman
The government of Zimbabwe has arrested at least 16,290 gold panners in the last three weeks in a continuation of its controversial Operation Restore Order, according to a report by Harare's Herald newspaper. Police have also bulldozed and razed many of the temporary homes built by the miners... ...[read more]
August 24, 2006
by Kate Heneroty
A lawsuit filed by the United Mine Workers of America, seeking to compel the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to perform periodic checks of self-contained self-rescuers oxygen units and lead mandatory emergency training for all mine workers, was dismissed Wednesday... ...[read more]
June 13, 2006
by Joe Shaulis
A federal judge has granted a defense request to dismiss a criminal charge that W.R. Grace & Co. and its executives knowingly endangered miners and residents of Libby, Montana by concealing health risks from asbestos contained in vermiculite. Chief US District Judge Donald Malloy of the ...[read more]
February 1, 2006
by Greg Sampson
During testimony before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday, Richard Sticker, George Bush's nominee to head the Mine Safety and Health Agency, told senators that current mine safety laws were adequate, and that problems arise because of insufficient enfor... ...[read more]

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