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18 Oct 2016

Karen McVeigh, Guardian (UK)

Dozens of Eritreans join lawsuit in Canada against Nevsun for forced labour in Bisha mine

"Canadian firm faces new forced labour claims over Eritrean mine", 14 Oct 2016

Dozens of Eritreans are to join a groundbreaking civil action in Canada as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Nevsun Resources...following a ruling last week. Two of them...spoke out for the first time about what they claim they experienced at the mine: forced labour, horrendous working conditions and a climate of fear and intimidation...According to his lawyers, he is one of dozens of Eritreans who will be joining a historic civil action in Canada as plaintiffs against Nevsun Resources...Their testimonies follow a ruling last week by a Canadian court, which paved the way for a lawsuit against Nevsun Resources over claims of forced labour at the Bisha mine. The ruling rejected arguments put forward by the Vancouver-based mining company that the case should be heard in Eritrea rather than Canada.  The accounts offered by Kadane and Aman will be used by lawyers for the plaintiffs as evidence in the ongoing case...None of the accusations have been proven in court...In its response to the ruling on 6 October, by the supreme court of British Columbia, Nevsun said it was studying the court’s decision and is considering an appeal...