Petition to stop mining of Xolobeni beaches

Posted by Laura Grant on September 12, 2008
Posted in Conservation

An online petition has been organised to call on the minister of minerals and energy to reject the application of an Australian mining company to mine the coastal dunes in the Xolobeni area of the Wild Coast. The minister is scheduled to sign the mining licence and environmental management plan on October 31. The petition states that if the mining were to go ahead it would be a gross violation of the human rights of the local residents.

In his explanation of why the mining would be a violation of human rights, John Clarke quotes Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, who, he wrote, while visiting South Africa last year, advised civil society to heed the words of Eleanor Rooseveld:

“Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world… Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

You’ll find the petition here
For more information, visit Sustaining the Wild Coast‘s website.

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