Gold mining in Mongolia
Lead NCPCanada
Supporting NCP(s)
DescriptionSubmission from a group of NGOs concerning the activities in the mining sector of a Canadian MNE operating in Mongolia
Theme(s)Concepts and principles, General policies, Human rights, Environment
Date14 Mar 2012
Host country(ies)Mongolia
Industry sectorMining and quarrying
StatusNot accepted

Read a summary of the specific instance by the Canadian NCP, found in the 2012 annual report.

On 14 March 2012, the United Mongolian Movement of Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL), Oyu Tolgoi Watch (OT Watch), and MiningWatch Canada submitted a request for review in relation to the operations of Centerra Gold Inc. at the Boroo Mine and the Gatsuurt gold deposit in Selenge Province, Mongolia. The request for review alleged: mining on prohibited land, violating national law; seeking exemptions from national law; contamination of water sources; failing to respect the right to religious freedom of the local community, and arrests of environmental activists; not providing the public with adequate and timely information on the actual and potential environmental, health and safety hazards and impacts of the company’s activities.

The NCP reviewed the materials presented from all the parties, including additional information requested by the NCP from the parties, and found that some of the issues raised were material but not substantiated, and the remainder were neither material nor substantiated.  In addition, the use of “warning gunshots” by one of the Notifiers was clearly contrary to the expectation that the Parties would engage respectfully and without violence.  The NCP completed its initial assessment on 2 November 2012, stating that the Request for Review did not merit further examination. The NCP encouraged the Parties to engage in dialogue, and that the company extend its efforts to communicate information to the local population and Notifiers.