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2 Jun 2008

AngloGold Ashanti

[DOC] AngloGold Ashanti's response

On the...conflict between land use for agriculture and for mining, it is clear that...agriculture and mining are two of the primary industries which have formed the basis for broader economic development. It is also clear, however, that the task of determining national economic development priorities, in a democratic country such as Ghana, rests most properly with government...As a signatory of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, we agree that neither private nor public security forces should be entitled to violate human rights, and that mining companies should avoid complicity in human rights violations of any sort. However, normal police functions are sometimes necessary. Where company officials have occasionally called for military assistance this is out of desperation at the fact that many employees have been seriously injured in attacks by artisanal miners. The Ghana Mineworkers Union, too, has expressed serious concern over their members’ (our employees’) safety in this respect

Part of the following timelines

Ghana: Report says deployment of military to mining areas has led to serious human rights violations

Ghana: Human Rights Commission's investigations reveal widespread human rights violations by mining companies