The rehabilitation of railway life by the Spanish company SACYR in Mozambique, the eighth poorest country of the world, shows that the activity of the companies in less advanced countries is not always positive for development.
SACYR was awarded, for a total of 177 million euros, of a work in the African country, which was intended to enable the priority use of rail transport to move large quantities of coal from a mine to the port of Nacala, in the coast for export.
After the completion of these works, an investigation of Alliance for solidarity notes that not only there is no benefits to the local population, but has serious negative impacts on safety, health and the livelihoods of about 50,000 people, who have been affected with the destruction of their homes, displacement, loss of land or with the deterioration of the connections among people, hindering their access to markets, schools or health centres. There is no information there was prior and informed consultation to those affected.
The "train of life", as it was known, now follows a toxic cloud of dust, due to coal, which has increased respiratory illnesses and withered crops, but also continuous abuses occur because there is more than four bridges to cross the roads in the 900-kilometer journey.
CRIMINILIZACION OF SOCIAL PROTEST
In addition, this work involving Sacyr has generated serious threats against social leaders who have opposed the abuses of the companies involved, coming to the end of the murder of political and social figures who denounced corruption.
ACTS AND ASK TO THE NEW MINISTER THAT CASES LIKE THE OF SACYR NOT BE REPEATED
To prevent the recurrence of cases such as the Sacyr, Alliance for solidarity launches a campaign in which requires the new Minister of trade, industry and tourism, Kings Maroto, that it put in place urgent measures guaranteeing that Spanish companies respect the human rights in their activities abroad, as it is collected in the National Plan of action of business and human rights.
Signature and send a mail directly to the new Minister so that it undertakes to comply with the mentioned plan if we are thousands will listen to us!