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

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 26 July 2010

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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Related companies: Afrimex AMC Group Thailand Smelting and Refining (part of AMC Group)