By Staff Reporter
The Mozambican government has suspended operations of a Chinese mining firm that had risked the lives of over 1, 000 inhabitants of a village close to the Indian ocean.
About a month ago, global human rights watchdog, Amnesty International released a report that exposed the human cost of Haiyu mining company’s irresponsible practices that also caused serious floods in 2015 in which about 290 people were left homeless.
And responding to the Mozambican government’s decision to suspend the mining operations, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena hailed the decision and called for further protection of human rights.
“Haiyu’s irresponsible practices have devastated lives in the coastal village of Nagonha, likely contributing to flash floods that put more than one thousand people at serious risk of being washed into the Indian Ocean and left hundreds of people homeless. With so many lives at risk, the decision by the government of Mozambique to suspend Haiyu’s mining operation is a welcome move,” said Muchena in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“However, if the government of Mozambique is serious about protecting the human rights of the people of Nagonha, it is essential that the community is genuinely consulted in all discussions in order to facilitate equal and effective access to justice to all victims of human rights abuses.”
On April 28, Amnesty International released a report on the irresponsible mining activities of Haiyu in Mozambique.
The mining process has put an entire coastal village of more than a thousand people at serious risk of being washed into the Indian Ocean in Nagonha, Nampula province.
The report, Our lives mean nothing: the human cost of Chinese mining in Nagonha, Mozambique, exposes how the operations of Haiyu, likely contributed significantly to a flash flood in 2015 in the village of Nagonha, which destroyed 48 homes and left 290 people homeless.
Haiyu did not conduct a proper environmental impact assessment or consult with the community prior to establishing its business, despite international law and national legislation requiring it to do so.