Challenging Mining Corporations at the International Level

Foreign Policy in Focus

By John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus

If a mining operation is polluting the land—or a corporation is threatening to start digging in the near future—concerned citizens can try to protect their community with a number of strategies at the local and national level. To stop the pollution or address human rights abuses connected to the mining, activists can go through the courts. They can work with local politicians to stop the mining with legislation. They can go the consumer route and launch a boycott.

But what happens when these strategies fail to stop the mining project?

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