Bosnia & Herzegovina: Amnesty Intl. report finds widespread employment discrimination is obstacle to return of refugees - refers to Aluminij, New Ljubija Mines (joint venture Mittal Steel & RŽR Ljubija)

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Company non-response
7 June 2006

Aluminij did not respond to: Amnesty Intl. writes follow-up letter to Aluminij, regarding Aluminij’s response to Amnesty’s report on ethnic discrimination in employment.

Article
26 May 2006

[DOC] Amnesty International letter to Aluminij: Regarding statements by Aluminij on Amnesty’s report "Bosnia and Herzegovina – Behind closed gates: ethnic discrimination in employment"

Author: Amnesty International

Aluminij claims that “[n]ot a single employee in Aluminij d.d. Mostar has been fired regardless to her/his nationality”. In fact, during the war Aluminij pursued a policy of ethnic discrimination, the effects of which continue to be felt, and elements of which continue to be practised. The fact remains that, from being a company with a significant number of employees from each of the three major communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Croats, Aluminij after the 1992-95 war has become a company with an overwhelmingly ethnic Croat workforce. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Aluminij to respond to the allegations but it declined to respond]

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Company response
14 February 2006

Mittal Steel response to Amnesty Intl. report "Bosnia and Herzegovina – Behind closed gates: ethnic discrimination in employment"

Author: Mittal Steel

Mittal Steel is an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on any basis. We hire people for their skill and that is the only consideration. However, we are aware of the complexity around ethnic lines in Bosnia & Herzogovina and realise that we have an additional responsibility to ensure that all ethnic groups have equal access to job opportunities that we offer...

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Company response
6 February 2006

Aluminij response to Amnesty Intl. report "Bosnia and Herzegovina – Behind closed gates: ethnic discrimination in employment" [see also 9 Feb "further response" by Aluminij

Author: Aluminij

Aluminij d.d. Mostar is one of rare companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina which has worked in accordance to the laws and which has completely implemented the same...A law can be good or bad, but in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in any other civilised country, only the legal authority bodies are those who can make new laws or change the existing ones.

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Article
26 January 2006

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Behind closed gates: ethnic discrimination in employment

Author: Amnesty International

...[Discrimination] continues to be one of the most serious obstacles to the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). This report focuses on the continuing discrimination against workers from ethnic minorities, including in equal access to work and full reparation...for the discriminatory dismissals suffered in the past. [Also discusses mass graves on site of New Ljubija Mines (joint venture Mittal Steel & RŽR Ljubija) & concerns regarding lack of cooperation by New Ljubija Mines with investigation of gravesites. Also refers to Aluminij, INKOS, Radnik, Vitinka, "19 Decembar" construction company, "6 Avgust" wood processing company, Livno-Bus, business partners of Aluminij: Conoco (ConocoPhillips), DaimlerChrysler, Debis, Norsk Hydro, FIAT, Glencore, TLM Šibenik]

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Author: Amnistía Internacional

...la discriminación étnica en el empleo sigue siendo un obstáculo importante para el retorno sostenible de los refugiados y las personas desplazadas en todo el país...Escribe al director gerente de Aluminij, instándole a que Aluminij cumpla sus obligaciones para con los trabajadores despedidos injustamente y aplique políticas y prácticas laborales contra la discriminación.

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Author: Amnesty International

Malheureusement, la discrimination ethnique dans le cadre professionnel demeure un obstacle majeur au retour durable des réfugiés et des personnes déplacées...Veuillez écrire au directeur général d’Aluminij pour lui demander que son entreprise respecte ses obligations à l’égard des personnes injustement licenciées et applique les politiques et pratiques professionnelles de lutte contre la discrimination.

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Article
19 January 2006

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Discrimination in employment

Author: Amnesty International

Discrimination in employment...has been endemic and has affected large sectors of society. It continues to deny tens of thousands of people from ethnic minorities their rights to work, social care and education. The report calls on the authorities and companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina to fulfil their international and domestic obligations and end ethnic discrimination in employment... [refers to Aluminij, Ljubija (joint venture Mittal Steel, RZR Ljubija)]

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