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26 Mär 2012

Global Witness

Congolese victims’ pursuit of justice against Canadian company goes to Supreme Court

The Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI)…today filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Congolese families…seeking leave to appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss a human rights case against the Canadian corporation Anvil Mining Limited [part of China Minmetals]. The appeal will decide whether victims will be able to hold Canadian companies accountable in Canadian courts, for their involvement in serious human rights violations committed abroad. In November 2010, families of the Congolese victims…filed a class action against Anvil Mining accusing it of having provided logistical support to the Congolese army who raped, murdered and brutalized the people of the town of Kilwa in the DRC…Anvil Mining provided logistical support but claims it was requisitioned by the authorities and denies any wrongdoing…

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Congolese massacre victims appeal to Canadian Supreme Court to reverse dismissal of lawsuit alleging Anvil Mining was complicit in abuses committed in Kilwa

Anvil Mining lawsuit (re complicity in Dem. Rep. of Congo, filed in Canada)