Critical minerals agreements

Critical minerals agreements

Potential US-Indonesia critical minerals agreement prompts backlash over Indonesia’s poor environmental and human rights record

30 October, 2023: The US, concerned with reliance on imports from China amid growing global demand for critical minerals, has been aggressively developing its critical mineral supply chains over the last years. However, a bipartisan group of senators have recently criticised the Biden administration for pursuing a critical mineral deal with Indonesia. They argue that Indonesia’s poor labour and environmental record should preclude it from a special trading relationship with the US.

‘Business as usual’ mining practices for critical minerals threatens to undermine Indigenous peoples’ rights

9 October, 2023: Last week the Philippine Supreme Court ordered two mining companies to cease operations at a nickel mine and ordered concerns raised by the Pala’wan Indigenous community be addressed. The Pala’wan community have fought since 2005 against plans to mine nickel in an environmentally protected area of cultural significance.