Global Witness sues UK Govt., alleging it breaches international legal obligations by failing to investigate companies trading Congolese conflict minerals

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26 July 2010

Global Witness takes UK government to court for failing to list UK companies trading Congo conflict minerals for UN sanctions

Author: Global Witness

The British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese ‘conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness today in an application to the High Court for a judicial review...A number of UK companies known to have been trading in minerals sourced from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should have been put forward to the UN Sanctions Committee...By failing to adequately investigate the companies and individuals the UK government is breaching its international legal obligations, says Global Witness...[T]he UN Group of Experts names UK company AMC's Thailand-based smelting arm, THAISARCO, as sourcing from armed groups through their supply chains. The report also names UK national Ketan Kotecha, director of Afrimex, as working with a trading house alleged to have pre-financed the FDLR rebel group.

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Author: Global Witness

Le gouvernement britannique agit dans l'illégalité en refusant de recommander, en vue des sanctions ciblées de l'ONU, les entreprises et individus britanniques qui font le commerce de « minerais du conflit » congolais, déclare aujourd'hui le groupe de campagne Global Witness dans une demande...à la Haute Cour de justice. Le nom de plusieurs entreprises britanniques dont on sait qu'elles ont fait le commerce de minerais provenant de l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) aurait dû être communiqué au Comité des sanctions des Nations Unies...Le gouvernement britannique, en s'abstenant d'enquêter de manière adéquate sur les entreprises et les individus, transgresse ses obligations légales internationales, déclare Global Witness... [fait référence à THAISARCO (partie d'AMC); Ketan Kotecha, ressortissant britannique et directeur d'Afrimex]

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22 July 2009

AMC hits back at Congo conflict claims

Author: AFP

British-based broker Amalgamated Metal Corporation Group rejected claims Wednesday that it was fuelling the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo through its mineral trades. Global Witness, a non-governmental organisation in London, on Tuesday accused AMC unit Thailand Smelting and Refining Co (Thaisarco) of buying minerals from suppliers that trade with armed groups in the central African country.

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28 August 2008

[DOC] Final statement by the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Afrimex (UK) Ltd [includes Afrimex response]

Author: UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The National Contact Point (NCP) considered the complaint brought under Chapter II (General policies), Chapter IV (Employment and Industrial Relations) and Chapter VI (Combating bribery) of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines) alleging that Afrimex paid taxes to rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo and practiced insufficient due diligence on the supply chain, sourcing minerals from mines that used child and forced labour, who work under unacceptable health and safety practices. The NCP upheld the majority of the allegations brought by Global Witness. [also refers to SOCOMI, Société Kotecha]

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