The Phulbari case: lessons for future strategies
Thursday 4 June 2015, 2-5pm
Global Justice Now, 66 Offley Road, London SW9 0LS (nearest tube: Oval)
In 2012, Global Justice Now and International Accountability Project filed a complaint against British company GCM Resources to the UK National Contact Point (NCP) on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, with regard to GCM’s plans for a huge coal mine near the town of Phulbari, Bangladesh. The NCP ignored extensive evidence that the mine would displace up to 220,000 people and destroy over 14,000 acres of land, stating that it could only consider actions that had already taken place. An internal review of the handling of the case did not result in substantive changes to the NCP’s final statement published in November 2014.
This event will provide a workshop for human rights campaigners, activists and lawyers to learn more about the proposed mine and the campaign against it and, using Phulbari as an example to explore campaign strategies around corporate injustices, including: the process of making a UK NCP complaint; potential additional/alternative strategies; and legal/policy reforms needed to improve accountability in similar cases.
Christine Haigh, Global Justice Now
Chris Esdaile, Leigh Day
Rumana Hashem, Bangladeshi Activist
Patricia Feeney, RAID
Peter Frankental, Amnesty International UK