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[OPIRG-EVENTS] COLOMBIAN UNION LEADER TO SPEAK IN OTTAWA (fwd)
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>>PUBLIC SPEAKING EVENT
>>Francisco Ramirez, president of the Mining Workers Union of Colombia,
>>Francisco Ramirez will speak to the relationship between mining activity
>>and paramilitary voilence in Colombia. He will also address how the
>>Canadian government and Canadian multinational mining companies
>>contribute to this violent process.
>>CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION
>>253 ECHO DRIVE (Near the canal and Pretoria Bridge)
>>THURSDAY, NOV.1, 2001
>>Francisco Ramirez, president of Colombia's mining workers union
>>(SINTRAMINERCOL) has arrived in Ottawa today, October 31 to give
>>testimony in a Parliamentary Sub Committee on Human Rights.
>>SINTRAMINERCOL is one of the few obstacles between multinational mining
>>companies entering into Southern Bolivar in Colombia where paramilitaries
>>have been leading a campaign of massacres and blockades over the past
>>year. His work has meant several attempts on his life.
>>The Canadian government, through CIDA, supported the re-drafting of
>>Colombia's mining legistlation, making it easier for concessions to be
>>handed over to mining multinationals and much more difficult for
>>peasants, indigenous and Afrocolombian people to gain legal title over
>>the same territories. Canadian mining multinationals, such as Corona
>>Goldfields, have had their sights put on SOuthern Bolivar for some time
>>and have a great deal to gain from the new mining code.
>>Francisco will speak to the relationship between Canadian investment -
>>specifically Corona Goldfields, a Canadian multinational - in oil and
>>mining and human rights violations of local communities, specifically, in
>>Southern Bolivar and Colombia
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