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“National laws aren’t working. African states, Latin American states, the states of the global South sometimes are much much less powerful than the companies they are dealing with. So it’s really impossible to expect that a state such as Mozambique just go against a company such as Vale”, said Erika Mendes, activist at Justiça Ambiental – Friends of the Earth Mozambique, in an interview with Real World Radio.
Present at the Week of Mobilization in Geneva organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity, in parallel to the UN official negotiations towards a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations, Erika stated that this treaty is essential to control big companies.
The environmental activist made reference to the cases of mining corporations Vale and Jindal (of Brazil, and India respectively) in Tete province, Mozambique, and the thousands of families who suffer the direct impacts of these companies. The binding treaty “could be a way for these communities to have access to the law”, said Erika.
Imagen: Víctor Barro, Friends of the Earth International