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Venezuelan NGO asks government to kill Mining Arch decree


An NGO based in the southern Bolívar state is calling the Venezuelan government to kill the 2016 decree that creates the Mining Arch of the Orinoco River National Development Strategic Zone. This is a 111,843 Sq.Km concession area for mining gold, diamond, iron, copper, bauxite, coltan, among other resources, that has caught the attention of some 150 companies from 35 countries. According to the Observatorio Guayana Sustentable, the decree contravenes at least four international treaties, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and violates nine national laws and bylaws, as well as four articles of the Bolivarian Constitution. More…

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