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8 Nov 2010

Michael Petrou, MacLeans [Canada]

Canadian mining company accused of complicity in Congo massacre

An association representing survivors of a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a class action lawsuit against Canadian company Anvil Mining Ltd…The group alleges Anvil provided vehicles and planes to Congolese troops who suppressed a small uprising in the mining town of Kiwla, killing more than 70. Anvil Mining has said it did allow Congolese troops to use its vehicles but had no choice in the matter. This morning Robert La Vallière, vice president of corporate affairs at Anvil, told Maclean’s he had no specific comments about the civil suit. But Anvil has addressed similar allegations in the past and considers itself cleared. [links to prior comments by Anvil]

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Survivors of Kilwa massacre (Dem. Rep. of Congo) sue Anvil Mining in Canada - allege company complicity in killings - with links to prior comments by Anvil

Anvil Mining lawsuit (re complicity in Dem. Rep. of Congo, filed in Canada)