On Tuesday 27 September 2016, Human Rights Watch will hold a news conference at Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe, on the release of a new report, “‘They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi”.
See the invitation below.
***News Conference Invitation***
‘They Destroyed Everything’
Mining and Human Rights in Malawi
Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to a news conference at 09:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, Malawi, for the release of a new report, “‘They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi.”
The report is based on more than 150 interviews conducted in Malawi with people living in mining communities, government officials, company representatives, members of civil society, and mining experts. It details how families living near sites of coal and uranium mining operations in Karonga district face serious problems with water, food, and housing and are not informed about health and other risks of mining. Malawi currently lacks adequate legal standards and safeguards to ensure the necessary balance between development and protecting the rights of communities. The report gives recommendations to the government and to mining companies on how to improve access to information and to prevent and mitigate harms from mining operations.
What: Release of Human Rights Watch report, “‘They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi” accompanied by a video and panel discussion followed by a Q&A.
- Katharina Rall, environment researcher at Human Rights Watch
- Dewa Mavhinga, senior Southern Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch
- Mr. Burnett Msika, Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining
- Grace Tikambenji Malera, executive secretary, Malawi Human Rights Commission
- Reinford Mwangonde, coordinator of the Natural Resources Justice Network and executive director at Citizens for Justice
When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 09:30 a.m.
Where: Crossroads Hotel
Crossroads Complex, Mchinji Roundabout, Lilongwe, Malawi