Weekly Report - 01 April 2021 (WR-21-13)

COLOMBIA: Illegal gold mining in the spotlight

Hopes of saving 11 gold miners trapped in a flooded mine in Neira, a municipality in the central Colombian department of Caldas, were fading at the end of March. The accident has focused attention on the practice of illegal gold mining, which has been growing rapidly in Colombia and is associated with criminality, poor safety standards, mercury pollution, and deforestation.

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