Residents in Other Communities Also Intend to File Lawsuits against Mining Companies Following Example of Mets Ayrum and Tchotchkan Residents
Following the examples of the residents of Mets Ayrum and Tchotchkan, the residents of other communities also intend to file a lawsuit against the mining companies. In order to restore their violated health and life rights and property rights, about 70 residents of Mets Ayrum and Tchochkan villages in Akhtala enlarged community, Lori Region, have filed lawsuits against Akhtala Mining and Processing Plant CJSC. Residents of other regions want to follow their example, as Oleg Dulgaryan, President of "Community Mobilization and Support Center" NGO, said at "Right to Health: Lawsuits against Akhtala Mining and Processing Plant and Other Companies” Press Conference held on July 7, 2021 at "Media Center".
The lawsuits were based on the findings of the studies regarding the impact of soil, water, food and human health in mining-affected settlements in Lori region carried out in 2020 in cooperation with Czech “Arnika” NGO, “Community Mobilization and Support Center” NGO and “EcoLur” Informational NGO.
"They prove the connection between the air and soil pollution centers, the transition to agricultural products, and then to the human body. The settlements of agricultural significance, which were traditionally engaged in the cultivation of agricultural products, have tails, have polluted rivers, and do not benefit from that mining industry. The whole agricultural perspective has been disrupted. There are social and health problems as well.
The precedent is already giving its results. The geography of studies is expanding, citizens from different settlements are applying with similar problems, even without having the findings of the studies, they are going to go upon court again against different companies. And this is not only in Lori, but also in Syunik Region.”
According to Oleg Dulgaryan, the mining sector should be improved in such a way that the subsoil brings maximum benefit to Armenia. “We want to open a mine in almost every second village in Lori Region. But this is not a development of the mining industry. Lori, together with several regions, provides adventure tourism to the country. Let's get rid of that and go away.”
July 09, 2021 at 16:20