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When Mines Break Environmental Laws: How to Use Criminal Prosecution to Enforce Environmental Rights

February 2014

In certain cases the negative impacts of mines and mining operations are the result of criminal activity by a mining company, its employees or subcontractors. This report provides an accessible, easy-to-use guide on the use of the criminal process as a tool to report non-compliance by mining companies with environmental and mining laws. It comes with a schedule of criminal offences potentially applicable to mining activities.

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