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The Administrative Court of Tete Province (TA) has condemned mining company Vale Moçambique and the Mozambican state for violating the rights of communities affected by coal mining.
The ruling comes two years after the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM) sued the two entities after finding that there was a lack of provision for fundamental rights for the many families affected and resettled as a result of coal exploitation in Moatize district where the Brazilian mining company operates.
Among the main decisions made by the Tete province Administrative Tribunal ruling is the order for the reconstruction within 120 days of all defective houses built as part of the resettlement process to the standards set out in the ‘model house’ presented to affected communities.
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Likewise, the Mozambican state, through the Government, was ordered to channel 2.75% of revenue generated by mining activity to the communities in the exploitation areas.
Reacting as promised, Vale told O País that “in relation to the said position of the Administrative Tribunal of Tete province, the company is acting in accordance with the due procedural formalities.”
The mining company adds that “it reinforces its action, having as a priority the respect for the communities and the current laws, always privileging an open dialogue with its various partners.”
By Romeo CarlosSource: O País
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