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On 28th and 29th November 2017, CEPIL with funding support from OSIWA organised a workshop to sensitise key stakeholders on possible environmental and social impacts of exploration of iron ore in the Sheini community and also educate assembly men and women in Zabzugu and Tatale districts concerning the effects of the extraction of iron ore. Participants were taken through the following topics:

  • Overview of the mining sector in Ghana
  • The legal framework for mining in Ghana
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process

On 13th and 14th September 2017, CEPIL with funding support from OSIWA organised a workshop in respect of the potential exploration of iron ore in Sheini area. A toolkit on compensation and dispute settlement training modules was developed for the purpose of the workshop. Participants were taken through the legal regimes preceding the minerals and mining Act 2006 and the underlying features as well as lapses found in the law. Participants were schooled on the following topics:

  • Understanding why the subject of compensation is important
  • Understanding what compensation is and how to make a claim for compensation
  • Understanding the process for resettlement of communities displaced by mining companies
  • Understanding the principles used in calculating compensation

CEPIL with funding support from Ibis reviewed mining contracts and stability agreements of Newmont Gold Ghana Ltd and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd to assist the negotiating committee that was set up by government to renegotiate the mining contracts and stability agreements of the two companies.

In November 2016, CEPIL with funding support from OSIWA organised a rights education workshop to over fifteen (15) communities in the Sheini area in the Northern region of Ghana. The workshop equipped participants with basic knowledge of their human rights, so as to enable them know and protect their rights before the iron are operations start. Participants were taken through the following topics:

  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Right to own Property and Protection from Deprivation of Property
  • Freedom of Speech, Association and Demonstrations
  • Community Mobilization and Action to Demand Rights

The training workshop, funded by OSIWA, enhanced the capacity of West African lawyers to develop strategies to use legal tools to respond to complex environmental and human rights cases and strengthened collaborative trans-border and regional work among the participants on human rights and environmental issues leading to the formation of Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa (PILIWA). It has carried out a series of collaborative litigation in the ECOWAS Court and national courts which OSIWA is funding.

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