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Gemfields settles UK claim over alleged human rights abuses at ruby mine in Mozambique for £5.8 million; Co. denies liability

On April 2018, over 200 Mozambicans brought a claim in the UK against Gemfields, a London based gemstone company, over human rights abuses in the Montepuez Ruby Mining Limitada’s mine in northern Mozambique. On 29 January 2019, Gemfields announced that it will pay £5.8m to settle the claim and will establish an operational grievance mechanism. The company denies liability for the allegations.