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20 Nov 2014

Siskinds LLP (Canada)

Siskinds co-counsel in lawsuit against Nevsun Resources

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Canadian mining company Nevsun Resources Ltd. is being sued for complicity in torture, forced labour, slavery, and crimes against humanity, according to a…lawsuit filed in British Columbia…[T]hree plaintiffs filed suit…against Nevsun…whose primary operation is…Bisha mine in…Eritrea…Bisha Mine is…owned and operated by Bisha Mining Share Company (BMSC), a majority-owned, indirect subsidiary of Nevsun.  The Eritrean government holds a 40% stake in BMSC through…Eritrean National Mining Corporation. Eritrea has been widely condemned by international organizations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, and Human Rights Watch for its widespread and systematic use of forced labour…[C]o-counsel for the plaintiffs, stated “In my view…doing business with a government that is as reprehensible as Eritrea’s is morally repugnant.  No ethical corporation would seek to profit from a relationship with such a repressive regime.” The plaintiffs allege that Nevsun used forced labour…through its subcontractor Segen, a…company controlled by Eritrea’s ruling party...