Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Corruption in Venezuela's Mines

Some gold, diamond and bauxite mines in the Venezuelan Amazon are largely controlled by criminal gangs who exploit, beat and even kill workers, a United Nations investigation has found. Venezuelan security and military forces fail to prevent crimes and have participated in some violence against miners, the U.N. human rights office said in a report.

The U.N. report, referring to an area known as the Orinoco Mining Arc, said: “Much of the mining activity within and beyond AMO is controlled by organised criminal groups or armed elements.”

Nearly 150 men and women are reported to have died in or around the mines from March 2016 to 2020, with security forces implicated in half of the incidents, it said.

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