Lanka abstains from voting against death penalty

The document was adopted by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to none against, with 67 abstentions. The UN General Assembly, during its session last week adopted 56 resolutions and 9 decisions. Amnesty International said that in the vote, the fourth such vote by the plenary session of the UNGA since 2007, there was an increase of two in support from the last vote in 2010.New voters in favour of the moratorium included the Central African Republic, Chad, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tunisia.As a further positive sign, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia moved from opposition to abstention. Amnesty expressed regret that Bahrain, Dominica and Oman changed their abstention to a vote against the resolution. Sri Lanka last week abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly in favour of abolishing the death penalty.The draft resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was adopted by a recorded vote of 111 in favour to 41 against, with 34 abstentions. Meanwhile Amnesty International welcomed an increase in global support for abolition of the death penalty.“Although the UNGA vote is not legally binding, it does express the will of the international community and is a strong signal from the world body. The death penalty is the ultimate form of cruel and inhuman punishment – we oppose its use in all circumstances,” Amnesty International’s UN representative in New York José Luis Díaz said in a statement. According to Amnesty International Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Namibia went from a vote in favour to an abstention. Sri Lanka also abstained from voting for the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. read more

West African gold and iron ore – a mining boom in one

first_imgGold mines in Mali are an underexploited treasure trove for commodity investors, the supervisory board chairman of German-listed Pearl Gold told Reuters in an interview, Mineweb reports. International Mining will publish a comprehensive review of West African mining in its August issue, examining dozens of projects in gold, iron ore and more. All the iron ore majors – such as ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale are there. Gold projects abound. “Mali is certainly one of the most promising locations for gold mining at present,” Robert Goninon said in the Reuters interview. “Other countries like Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Ghana offer lucrative gold mining opportunities too. Contact john@im-mining.com for more information.“Mali’s political stability and legal framework sets it apart from its neighbours,” he added. Regulation in Mali ensures that both nationals and non-nationals can exploit deposits under the same conditions — a privilege not always granted to foreign investors. Pearl Gold, a holding company listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange at the end of 2010, focuses on investments in West African exploration and mining corporations, especially in the field of gold and other precious metals. It already holds a 25% stake in Malian company Wassoul’Or S.A, which operates the Kodieran mine that it believes to contain about 1.75 Moz of recoverable gold.“Our short-term aim is to start industrial-scale gold production in Kodieran,” Goninon said. Pearl Gold is also eyeing other mines as acquisition targets, he said, but declined to name specific mines or companies.Wassoul’Or was founded by the respected Malian businessman Aliou Boubacar Diallo to operate the Wassoul’Or mine. Located in Kodieran, Wassoul’Or is one of Mali’s promising mining companies with well developed logistic and infrastructure facilities (300 km gravel roads southeast of Bamako). It put in place a pilot plant with a capacity of 1,000 t/d which was successfully operated for a period of 12 months in order to optimise the processing and the commissioning of the effective production plant of 11,000 t/d which is to be built within the next few months. The project is well advanced and has a relatively short time line to effective production.last_img read more