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9 Jun 2009

Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) [UK]

British Mining company faces injunction over torture allegations in Peru

As alleged victims of torture in Peru bring an injunction against British mining company Monterrico Metals [part of Zijin], NGOs are calling for foreign victims of UK corporate abuses to have better access to justice in English Courts. In their written evidence to the ongoing inquiry on business and human rights by the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights, CAFOD and the Peru Support Group have highlighted the case of Monterrico Metals...London-based law firm Leigh Day served an injunction against Monterrico Metals on June 2nd...This action has been brought by 13 alleged victims of illegal detention and torture who are seeking damages for physical and psychological injuries suffered at or in the vicinity of the Rio Blanco mine [part of Monterrico Metals] in Piura...Monterrico Metals operated the Majaz copper mining exploration project through its local subsidiary Minera Majaz from 2002. [refers to Japanese-Korean consortium LS-Nikko Copper, Forza (part of Securitas)]