Limitations in the Minerals and Mining Act has become a safe haven for several mining companies to make enormous profits from their operations at the detriment of local communities, Mrs. Hannah-Owusu Koranteng, Associate Director of WACAM, observed.
She noted that the entire Act 846 had no human rights provision that protected and defend the dignity and liberty of local people, who are directly or indirectly affected by operations of mining companies.
Speaking at a stakeholder?s workshop on the Minerals and Mining Act at Abesim, near Sunyani, Mrs Owusu-Koranteng regretted the use of the military to brutalize local people in mine-take communities in their demands for protection and of their rights and property.
The workshop was organized by WACAM, an anti-mining advocacy organization and was attended by assembly members, civil society organizations, media practitioners, police, as well as representatives from the water resource commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.
We at The Moment see the no inclusion of human rights provision that protected and defend the dignity and liberty of the local people in mining communities as regrettable.
The country has rectify many protocols? and convection which enjoins the country to ensure human rights provision in our mining law and, therefore, find it extremely surprise that the entire Act 846 has no provision for human rights provision.
To this end, we at The Moment are calling on the various stakeholders to ensure immediate inclusion of human rights provision in the mining law. Include it now!!