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“Gold mining involves the destruction of landscapes and the contamination of land as well as people. Regularly there are claims of corruption and violations of national or international legislation. When protest movements develop to criticise these problems and to stop the project politically, they represent a valuable part of a democratic society that must be accepted. Nevertheless there are reports on Greece that accuse police and counterterrorism office of brutally combating demonstrations, arresting people and taking their DNA without legal basis, and intimidating the population in other ways that violate human rights. The Greek authorities were called by Amnesty International to conduct an investigation but remained silent.”

Hellenic Mining Watch

Source: Council of Europe – Parliamentary Assembly

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Parliamentary Assembly

Doc. 13279
05 July 2013

Gold mining projects – a danger to human rights, the rule of law and ecological integrity

Motion for a resolution
tabled by Mr Andrej HUNKO and other members of the Assembly

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only those who have signed it

The Parliamentary Assembly has repeatedly engaged in questions on mining projects which cause serious problems (Doc. 10825; Doc. 12515; Doc. 12361). The rise of the gold price and the economic downturn in the aftermath of the banking crisis of 2007 led to intensified and new efforts to start gold mining projects in several member States, among others in Romania, Greece and Turkey.

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