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Canada Supreme Court to hear case against Nevsun Resources over alleged forced labour & torture at Eritrea mine in January

Author: Julius Melnitzer, Financial Post (Canada), Published on: 31 December 2018

"Supreme Court set to hear Nevsun Resources case on Eritrea human rights abuses", 27 Dec 2018

The future of the Canadian resource industry hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court of Canada prepares to hear a high-profile case accusing Canadian miner Nevsun Resources Ltd. of human rights abuses in Eritrea.

At the heart of the hearing, set for Jan. 23, is whether customary international law (CIL)...will now apply to Canadian companies...

At the January hearing, the high court will not be tasked with determining the case on the merits. It must only decide whether the case should proceed to trial at all.

Nevsun’s argument is that it should not because, among other things, Canadian law does not recognize that breach of CIL is an actionable wrong when asserted against the private sector...

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