PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PRESIDENCY OF ANAVAD
PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF KABYLIA
THE PRESIDENT OF ANAVAD, FERHAT MEHENNI, OFFICIALLY ADDRESSES THE AUSTRALIAN COMPANY TERRAMINE
In recent days, the mining of the Tala Hamza Zinc and Lead field in Vgayet, planned very soon, has sparked a heated debate.
The Australian company TERRAMIN is the company involved in the mining of the Tala Hamza field site via the Western Mediterranean Zinc Spa (WMZ) joint venture created for the purpose with the Algerian company “National Enterprise Non-Ferrous Mining Products and Useful Spa Substances” (ENOF).
The president of the Provisional Government of Kabylia Ferhat Mhenni has officially addressed the company TERRAMIN headquartered in Fullarton near Adelaide in southern Australia. He highlighted to the company the overall issues and real stakes regarding this mining field site and provided some warnings and cautions against any operation on this site.
In addition to the disastrous and irreversible damages on the neighborhood environment and population, this site is located in the Kabyle land, a disputed territory for which the Kabyle independence activists, headed by the Self-determination Movement (MAK), are fighting politically and proposing, for many years now, the holding of the self-determination referendum on Kabylia independence from Algeria, as officially clearly requested by the Memorandum submitted to the United Nations on September 28, 2017.
Here is the letter sent to the Terramin company by Mr. Ferhat Mehenni, the president of Self-determination Movement (MAK) and Provisional Government of Kabylia (Anavad):
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ANAVAD AQVAYLI UΣḌIL
GOUVERNEMENT PROVISOIRE KABYLE
PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF KABYLIA
To the CEO of TERRAMIN Company, Australia
WARNING AND CAUTION AGAINST ANY EXPLOITATION OF THE TALA HAMZA MINING FIELD SITE (VGAYET, KABYLIE)
Dear Chief Executive Officer,
According to your agreement with Algeria, you are about to start the mining of the Tala Hamza field, located near Vgayet in Kabylia land. This vast field of 125 km², contains lead, zinc, gold and rare earth metals.
On behalf of the Kabyle Provisional Government and the Kabyle people, I have the imperious duty to alert your company about the nullity of this agreement, because it violates the clauses of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, September 13th, 2007.
Kabylia is against any hostility towards your company or any other foreign company, but strongly opposes the spoliation of its natural resources by any entity or organization.
Kabylia officially claims her right of self-determination and a Memorandum for the same purpose was submitted to the United Nations on September 28th, 2017. Kabylia territory is already declared as being “occupied”, therefore subject to National liberation and restitution back to kabyle people.
As you are already aware, Algeria is foreign to Kabylia, just as Kabylia is foreign to Algeria. Algeria and Kabylia are two distinct countries. Kabylia belongs only to the Kabyle people and to nothing else.
The local citizens and residents will benefit from this mining site only environmental pollution and serious diseases and tragedies. They decided to abort and fail this mining project.
An escalation and an intervention request to the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union is underway to denounce and defeat this project based on articles 25-26 and 27 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted on September 13th, 2007 (see. annex below).
Kabylia and the Kabyle people, wherever they are in Kabylia or abroad, will never allow their natural resources to be despoiled by the Algerian colonial state, which mistreat them, since 1962, by contempt, denial, and extreme repressive violence.
For all these obvious reasons, we advise you and your company to terminate this agreement which violates one of the fundamental principles of the sovereignty of peoples and their inalienable right to self-determination, and consequently to all resources contained in their territory contains, whatever they are, to be fully in accordance with the international law.
We stay at your disposal for any further information and possible discussions in relation to the consequences that could arise from the execution of this mining project to operate the Tala Hamza site in Kabylia.
President of the Provisional Government of Kabylia
Exile, January 23rd, 2021
Extract from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
Article 25) Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories, and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired.
2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired.
3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.
Article 27) States shall establish and implement, in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned, a fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process, giving due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems, to recognize and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to their lands, territories and resources, including those which were traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used. Indigenous peoples shall have the right to participate in this process.