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4 Jul 2018

Alex McKeen, StarMetro Vancouver (Canada)

Nevsun granted leave to appeal decision that allowed lawsuit alleging forced labour & torture at Bisha mine in Eritrea to proceed in Canada

"Vancouver-based mining company granted Supreme Court appeal in ‘conscripted labour’ case", 22 June 2018

A Vancouver-based mining company accused of using forced labour in an Eritrean mine will argue at Canada’s top court that a case filed against it shouldn’t go to trial.  Nevsun Resources Ltd. has vehemently denied allegations of human rights violations at the Bisha gold mine, of which it owns 60 per cent...The company now has permission to argue at the Supreme Court that a “forced labour” case against it should not go forward in B.C.  In public statements and court filings the company denied that it worked with the Eritrea government to build or find labour for the mine, said it doesn’t allow conscripted labour...The plaintiffs want to hold Nevsun to account in a B.C. court, while Nevsun said a Canadian court shouldn’t get to decide the case...The B.C. Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the company’s arguments that the case should not go forward in 2017...This month, the Supreme Court of Canada gave Nevsun leave to appeal that decision, which means the company will have another chance to argue against the case going to trial...