Amulsar: Human Rights Violations and Environmental Negligence in the Search for Gold
Report | 28 June 2022
Although Armenia is rich in mineral resources, the image of the mining sector in the country has been tarnished by a decade-long history of non-transparent governance of natural resources and a legacy of environmental pollution and unmitigated health risks. This report sheds light on the human rights violations by the Armenian government and investors, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in relation to the Amulsar gold mine project. There is abundant evidence of serious violations of a wide range of rights in the development of the Amulsar gold mine, from substantive and procedural environmental rights to social, economic and political rights of affected individuals and communities. Moreover, there are examples of significant barriers to justice and remedy for rights holders, who have sought redress through judicial and non-judicial mechanisms without success thus far.
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