By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

International tribunal accepts petition against mining in transboundary rivers watersheds


October 4, 2023

Almost five years after the original petition was filed, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ruled that the complaints against mining activity in British Columbia warrant fact-finding and further analysis, which could result in a determination that pollution puts the health and rights of Alaska Natives downriver of the mining at risk.

The ruling found the petition “admissible” and within the commission’s jurisdiction to determine whether the mining and Canadian government and British Columbia approvals violated the Alaska tribes’ life and personal security, preservatio...

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