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Sweden: Greta, Stockholm does not authorize iron mines

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 11 – UN rights experts and numerous activists and ecologists, including Greta Thunberg, have appealed to Sweden to deny the license for the exploitation of an iron mine, warning that it would cause “risks irreversible “to the lands of the indigenous Sami community, which in the country has between 20,000 and 40,000 members. The concession would concern the northern region of Gallok, in particular endangering the herds of reindeer, which represent the main source of livelihood for local populations.

Greta has protested against the project in recent days.

“We believe – said the young activist in a video message – that the climate, the environment, clean air, water, reindeer herds, the rights of indigenous people and the future of humanity should have priority over profit. in the short term of a company “.

“We are very concerned about the lack of good faith of the consultations and the failure to obtain free, prior and informed consent from the Sami, UN experts Jose Francisco Cali Tzay and David Boyd said in a statement.

The Stockholm government’s decision on the project, led by British company Beowulf, is expected next month. The company, quoted by the Guardian, said it was “confident” about Sweden’s green light. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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