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11 Sep 2020

Human Rights Law Centre

Removal of Rio Tinto CEO a welcome step towards accountability for Juukan Gorge blasting

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11 September 2020

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the removal of Rio Tinto’s CEO, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, head of Corporate Relations Simone Niven and Head of Iron Ore Chris Salisbury [...].


Keren Adams, Legal Director at the Human Rights Law Centre, said while the removal of the three senior executives was an important first step it must not be the last.

“At last we are seeing some proper accountability at the top for Rio Tinto's destruction of Juukan Gorge. The company’s initial response of docking executives’ bonuses was patently inadequate given the significance of the site.

“But this is only the first step. The company must now follow this action up with proper reparations to the Traditional Owners and start walking the talk on human rights and cultural heritage protection.”