Community-based group in Prestea reports “brutalities” by Golden Star Resources & state security against local residents, allegedly under guise of fighting illegal mining.

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13 November 2013

Golden Star Resources did not respond to: Community-based group in Prestea reports “brutalities” by Golden Star Resources & state security against local residents, allegedly under guise of fighting illegal mining.

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10 September 2013

Investigate human rights abuses in Prestea [Ghana]

Author: Abdul Karim Naatogmah, CitiFm Online (Ghana)

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Golden Star Resources to respond. Golden Star Resources did not respond.] A group calling itself the Concerned Citizens Association of Prestea (CCAP) has taken a swipe at [the]… alleged brutalization of residents of Prestea…Bondaye, [and] Nakaba...by Golden Star Resources Limited in connivance with state security operatives. It stated, “Brutalities in mining communities are not new but [are]…re-emerging...” According to the group, under the guise of fighting illegal mining, the multinationals have connived with the security forces to just brutalize residents. The group condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s silence on their concerns raised in previous petitions…The group further [said]…“We call on the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice to investigate the circumstances that led to [the] brutalities…”

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