Stop Lydian’s toxic attack on democracy

In solidarity with the campaign to #SaveAmulsar, we urgently need to take action.

UK-registered mining firm Lydian’s plans for a toxic gold mine in the Armenian mountains have been stopped by community resistance. The mine has been blockaded for over a year, halting construction completely and preventing any gold from being extracted.

But Lydian’s threat of a corporate courts lawsuit has bullied the government into giving the mine the green light.

Take action: urge Lydian to drop their plans for toxic mining and corporate courts.

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Corporate courts (or ISDS – Investor state dispute settlement) allow big businesses to sue governments for measures that harm their profits. They’re now being used by UK-registered mining firm Lydian to bully Armenia’s new government into quashing democratic protests against the Amulsar gold mine, under construction in the southern mountains of the country.

In April 2018, Armenia’s 'Velvet Revolution' saw peaceful protests end years of autocratic rule. Galvanised by the revolution, local communities whose water and livelihoods are endangered are taking a stand. An inspiring community blockade has stopped all work on the mine for the past year.

But Armenia’s struggle for democracy now faces a new threat: corporate courts. Lydian’s threat of corporate courts has bullied the government into submission, pushing the new government to betray its own people and authorise the mine. Their next step will likely be an attempt to remove the community blockade. 

But the people of Armenia are determined to protect their water and livelihoods. And across the world, people are fighting and winning against destructive mining and corporate courts. Together, we can stop Lydian’s toxic attack on democracy and end corporate courts for good.