Gran Colombia Gold - Violating Worker's Rights
Gold mining and gold production has always been a central part of the economy of north-east Antioquía and this great mineral wealth has been attracting imperialists to the region since the first Spanish colonists arrived in Colombia. This gold production and foreign investment has proved to be a mixed blessing for the city of Segovia, a city characterized by violence, poverty, and economic under-development, which leads the world in mercury pollution and contamination. The most recent threat to the crumbling city is the Canadian based gold multinational Gran Colombia Gold which was awarded Segovia’s massive gold concessions by ex-president and current senator Alvaro Uribe in 2010. Another major threat to these small miners and the community of Segovia overall are the illegal and criminal groups who have always had a strong presence in the region due to Segovia’s mineral wealth which has made it a hot bed for criminal activity and violence. In the 1980s the guerrilla groups FARC and ELN had control over the territory, and in the 1990s the Bloque Metro of Peasant Self-Defense Forces of Córdoba and Urabá (ACCU), paramilitary group of bigwig Carlos Castaño, and Central Bolívar Block of the Colombian Self-Defense Forces, dominated the region till 2005.2 In 1988 paramilitaries in Segovia carried out one of the bloodiest massacres in Colombian history when they assassinated 43 people and injured 45 with the intent of eliminating the political party Unión Patriotica.

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See below for Zoe Pepper-Cunningham's report on Segovia and Gran Colombia Gold. For more information, and to access the research alluded to in the video, please download the documents below.

Gran Colombia Gold Annual Information Form - December 31, 2014

Author: Gran Colombia Gold Corp.

Report No. 140/09 on behalf of SINTRAOFAN - December 30, 2009

Author: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Synopsis: Between June 1995 and May 2005, in different municipalities of the Department of Antioquia, 76 workers affiliated with the Union of State Workers of Antioquia (SINTRAOFAN) were unjustly dismissed and that members of paramilitary groups, with the acquiescence of the agents of the Republic of Colombia prevented SINTRAOFAN from operating freely, threatened its members and their families, murdered 30 of its members and two of their relatives, and cause the forced displacement of its members and their next of kin.