UN experts urge Sweden to stop planned iron-ore mine project

GENEVA (AP) — Two independent U.N. human rights experts are calling on Sweden’s government not to issue a license to industrial backers of a planned iron-ore mine that environmentalists say would generate large amounts of toxic waste and other pollution.

The proposed project would involve British company Beowulf Mining and their Swedish subsidiary Jokkmokk Iron Mines AB.

Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who is Swedish, joined a protest against the planned mine over the weekend.

The experts said Thursday that plans for the mine in the Gallok region have gone forward without obtaining the "free, prior and informed consent" of the indigenous Sami people, whose lives and livelihoods could face risks from the project.