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We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Armenia halts the exploitation of the Teghut copper-molybdenum mine and urgently introduces amendments to the legislation concerning environmental issues.
Exploitation of the mine will have devastating and irrevocable consequences for an entire ecosystem, with 1500 hectares of land being poisoned or destroyed, including forest, rivers, and rare species, and underground water and air being polluted. Teghut will witness the construction of the largest toxic tailings damp in the Caucasus.
The mining project threatens the physical and mental health of inhabitants of the region, their right to food and water, and violates children’s rights. Public property and national wealth have been privatized with massive miscalculation of the environmental impact and in the cost-benefit analysis, and without involving the public in the decision-making process, thus violating national legislation and international conventions.
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