Latin American bishops testify in D.C. against extractive industries

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March 20, 2015

Villagers in Honduras wash stones at Clavo Rico mine

In this April 20, 2008 file photo, villagers wash stones at the La Lucero mine in Clavo Rico, Honduras. (CNS photo/Gustavo Amador, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. and Canadian bishops joined their Latin American counterparts who came to Washington to testify over the environmental and social ills wrought by extractive industries such as mining and logging.

The bishops testified March 19 before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in a bid to heighten awareness of the degradation of land, water — and people’s lives — brought about by companies, most of them foreign-owned, taking resources from the earth to boost their profits.

Bishop Roque Paloschi of Roraima, a member of the Brazilian bishops’ Amazon commission, told Catholic News Service before the hearing that “the large financial companies” must bear some of the responsibility, as they finance the operations of transnational mining and logging firms.

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