Europe - A New Leader for Justice in Mining

Guillermo Otano, from the Spanish NGO Alboan, has been appointed by Frank Janin SJ, President of Jesuit Conference of Europe, as the new coordinator of the GIAN – Justice in Mining Network. The network began in 2010 in Ranchi, in India, and since expanded all over the world.  Guillermo in an interview shares his views on the network. He says, “The real challenge for the coming years, in my view, is to strengthen our ability to work together, connecting the local struggles with the global dynamics that lay behind them. We need to collaborate in order to stop the criminalisation of human rights defenders and those who defend our “Common Home”; to speak out against the unethical behaviour of companies and governments involved in mining projects; and to open a public conversation about the environmental degradation produced by mining (specially, regarding the use of water)”.  Read more…