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29 Jun 2015

Martin Plaut, Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (UK) on his personal blog

Eritrea: UK govt. meets Nevsun to discuss forced labour allegations

"Eritrea: British Government meets Nevsun mining over use of forced labour", 25 Jun 2015

The Canadian Mining group, Nevsun, has been under intense pressure after the UN’s Commission of Inquiry found evidence that it was employing Eritrean conscripts. The National Service personnel, working through a South African subcontractor, were using the conscripts in slave-like conditions. As the UN report put it: “Eritreans are subject to systems of national service and forced labour that effectively abuse, exploit and enslave them for indefinite periods of time.” This issue was taken up by the UK Foreign and Commonweath Office during a meeting earlier this month, it has been revealed (see below). Nevsun assured the British that it has put in place safeguards to prevent this happening. I have highlighted the key paragraph before including the rest of the letter...