AID/WATCH recently participated in the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples Forum (ACSC/APF) held in Bangkok with the Asia Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives and the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN). The following statement from Asia Pacific Gathering on Human Rights and Extractives during the ACSC/APF was endorsed by AID/WATCH.
“Simply put, Lynas has never had a social licence to operate – this would never be allowed here in Australia.”
Friends of the Earth Australia, AID/WATCH, together with Australian chapters of Malaysian BERSIH Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections and Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia Melbourne (SABMOZ) have responded to a petition that has gained momentum in Malaysia demanding that Australia suspends Lynas’ rare earth export to Malaysia because Lynas has no safe disposal facility for its radioactive waste.
AID/WATCH partner from the Paga Hill community and human rights defender Allan Mogerama talks to Hilda Wayne on ABC Radio National’s Wantok program about his community’s ongoing #Justice4Paga campaign that seeks redress for the human rights violations they have faced with the illegal eviction of their informal settlement, and compensation for their homes that were demolished by two Australian companies, the Paga Hill Development Company and Curtain Brothers and the PNG State.
“I really do question whether this should happen it undermines the integrity of the aid program interns of the extent to which it is seen to not be delivering on its purpose which is to offer development assistance.“ James Goodman, Chair of AID/WATCH